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U.S. craft marketplace makes plans to go green by offsetting emissions

U.S. craft marketplace makes plans to go green by offsetting emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Online crafts retailer Etsy Inc will go green by offsetting planet-warming carbon emissions from its shipping activities, the U.S. company said on Wednesday, joining a host of companies making public moves to battle climate change. Etsy will buy clean energy certificates supporting tree conservation in the United States, wind and solar power in India and clean automotive technology, it said.

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Rio de Janeiro hits the gas in push toward its zero carbon goal

Rio de Janeiro hits the gas in push toward its zero carbon goal | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In its efforts to slash its climate-changing emissions nearly to zero by 2050, Rio de Janeiro has chosen a perhaps unlikely place to start: its trash bins. At a huge waste treatment plant outside of the famed beach city, methane gas released by buried municipal garbage is captured and turned into energy as part of the city's key push to meet its ambitious goals to become carbon neutral.

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Cycling city Copenhagen sprints to become first carbon-neutral capital

Cycling city Copenhagen sprints to become first carbon-neutral capital | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Around the world, more than 70 major cities have pledged to end their reliance on fossil fuels and stop pumping out climate-changing emissions by 2050. But Copenhagen - a city of wind turbines, bicycles and reliable public transportation - thinks it can go even further: It intends to accomplish that shift in just seven years. It will require a complete reimagining of how the Danish capital is powered and designed - and a lot of cyclists, officials admit.

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Shell Becomes First Energy Company To Link Executive Pay To Carbon Emissions

Shell Becomes First Energy Company To Link Executive Pay To Carbon Emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Royal Dutch Shell caved in to growing investor pressure over climate change on Monday, setting out plans to introduce industry-leading carbon emissions targets linked to executive pay. Rivals BP and Total have already set short-term targets on reducing carbon dioxide emissions, but these are limited to their own operations. Shell’s targets, which will be introduced in 2020, will be more extensive with inclusion of the so-called Scope 3 emissions from the burning of fuels sold to millions of customers around the world, the company said.

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Canada's Trudeau vows to impose carbon tax despite resistance

Canada's Trudeau vows to impose carbon tax despite resistance | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said he would press ahead with plans to impose a carbon tax on provinces unwilling to combat climate change despite resistance in voter-rich parts of the country. Starting in April 2019 carbon pollution will initially cost C$20 ($15.27) a tonne, rising by C$10 a year until it reaches C$50 in 2022.  "The effects of climate change are everywhere, and they are a constant reminder of the need to act now," he said in a statement, citing recent heat waves, floods and forest fires. Official data regularly show Canada has little chance of meeting its climate change goals of reducing emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030

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Airlines lack clear flight path to lower carbon emissions: researchers 

Airlines lack clear flight path to lower carbon emissions: researchers  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Airlines are making progress toward more efficiency and are offsetting emissions—but the big emissions cuts needed from aviation are not yet in the plans, researchers say. Some of the world’s largest airlines have yet to set long-term targets to reduce their climate-changing emissions, climate and economic researchers warned Tuesday.

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Zero carbon at sea? Rotterdam port eyes a greener future

Zero carbon at sea? Rotterdam port eyes a greener future | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In Rotterdam, ships from around the world cruise in and out of Europe's busiest port, a bustling industrial hub that employs almost 200,000 people and produces 20 percent of the Netherlands' climate-changing gases. As Rotterdam tries to cut its emissions - in line with global goals to curb global warming - shipping emissions are a particular challenge, not least because many fall outside the targets set by the Paris Agreement to curb climate change. But the city's bustling port is starting to take them on.

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Climate change has been acknowledged for a few decades now. Many companies are making efforts into reducing their carbon footprints, making sure to mitigate climate change. To make sure these efforts actually help curbing climate change, a new trend is currently gaining momentum: science-based targets.

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COP24: World is politically unwilling to fight climate change

COP24: World is politically unwilling to fight climate change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

At a time when carbon dioxide emissions have started to rise after three years of stability, there is a “lack of political will” in most nations to phase out fossil fuels with the necessary speed, according to a report released at the 24th Conference of Parties (COP 24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2019, released December 10, 2018 by Germanwatch and the NewClimate Institute, shows that only few countries have started working towards limiting global warming below 2°C or even at 1.5°C.

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Amid growing awareness about climate change and a consequent shift in consumer behavior, brands are increasingly selling more sustainable goods. And as the expectations on corporate responsibility increase, and as transparency becomes more prevalent, companies are recognizing the need to act on sustainability. Professional communications and good intentions are no longer enough. 

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Reduce and reuse raw materials to slash waste and emissions, UN and think-tanks urge

Reduce and reuse raw materials to slash waste and emissions, UN and think-tanks urge | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The rapid consumption of raw materials must be curbed to cut waste and carbon emissions, the United Nations and global think-tanks have urged, with resource consumption set to almost double by 2060, especially in developing economies. "We are using the planet's resources at a faster rate than they can be replenished, while polluting our seas, air and countryside with the waste from our consumption habits," head of U.N. Environment Erik Solheim said in a statement. Governments, cities and companies have been under increased pressure in recent years to cut down on waste, including plastic, and to reach ambitious climate goals.
In 2015, countries signing the Paris Agreement to curb global warming set a goal of limiting a rise in average world surface temperatures to "well below" 2C (3.6F) above pre-industrial times, while "pursuing efforts" to limit rising temperatures to 1.5C (2.7F).
Yet with two-thirds of people set to be living in cities by 2050, according to U.N. estimates, the use of raw materials is predicted to nearly double by 2060.

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