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Climate change: Pledge to cut emissions from dairy farms

Climate change: Pledge to cut emissions from dairy farms | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A dairy firm is pledging to make its operations carbon-neutral from cow to supermarket by 2050, including more than 2,000 farms in the UK. This will require "radical changes" over the coming decades, including developing new technologies, the dairy co-operative, Arla Foods, said. It admitted the target was "ambitious", but said it was achievable.

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AB InBev Takes Aim at Scope 3 Emissions

AB InBev Takes Aim at Scope 3 Emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Anheuser-Busch InBev’s sustainability team has been busy. Since launching ambitious new sustainability goals for 2025 early last year, the world’s largest brewer began requesting supplier data through CDP and placed an order for 800 hydrogen-electric semi trucks, and started sending leftover alcohol from their European headquarters to a biofuel plant.Their 2025 goals cover smart agriculture, water stewardship, circular packaging, and climate action. Virginia Covo, AB InBev’s global director for sustainability supply chain, is responsible for the climate action pillar. She’s also in charge of the company’s sustainability reporting and supply chain engagement. We recently caught up with Covo to learn about her approach to reducing emissions, particularly the indirect Scope 3 ones.

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Investors call on soy trade companies to eliminate deforestation

Investors call on soy trade companies to eliminate deforestation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Fifty-seven investors with $6.3 trillion in assets sent a letter to companies involved in the soy trade, asking them to eliminate "deforestation within their entire soybean supply chain, and will seek evidence of this on multiple levels." The investors are worried climate and deforestation risk could harm the companies they've invested in.
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Finland wants EU to agree plan for net-zero carbon footprint

Finland wants EU to agree plan for net-zero carbon footprint | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Finland wants the European Union to agree to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050, Environment Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen said on Monday as the bloc's ministers met to discuss a climate protection plan. Finland, which will take over the EU's rotating presidency in the second half of 2019, has called for leadership in combating climate change after U.S. President Donald Trump decided to pull out of the global Paris deal. The EU executive proposed last year that the bloc aims for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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EDF Unveils Crowdsourced Platform to Accelerate Sustainable Supply Chains

EDF Unveils Crowdsourced Platform to Accelerate Sustainable Supply Chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A new crowdsourced web platform launched today aims to help sustainability professionals meet increasing demands to reduce corporate climate impacts and chemical footprints, and showcase results. The platform will fill a vital gap in sustainability departments’ capacity to stay informed on the latest resources to address environmental impacts across global supply chains. While nearly half of Fortune 500 companies (48 percent) have at least one climate or clean energy target, today’s sustainability professionals are tasked with reducing impacts across their entire value chains.

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Investors press fast food giants to 'urgently' improve supply chain sustainability

A coalition of investment firms with more than $6.5trn in assets under management have called on six of the world's largest fast food companies to take more ambitious action to tackle the climate and water risks within their supply chains, as a "matter of urgency".

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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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Outdoor and snowsports industries stand united against climate change 

Outdoor and snowsports industries stand united against climate change  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Trump administration’s sustained attacks on conservation areas in the USA has mobilised the outdoor industry in unprecedented ways. Now the key forces in the outdoor and snow sports industries – the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and Snowsports Industries America (SIA) have joined forces to step up action on climate change solutions.

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Groupe PSA recognized by CDP as a leader on climate change

Groupe PSA has been highlighted as a global leader on corporate climate action by environmental impact non-profit CDP, achieving a place on the “CDP Climate Change A List”. The Groupe has been recognized for its actions to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy, based on its 2018 disclosure to CDP.

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Global giants call for more action on climate change

Global giants call for more action on climate change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Global commerce giants - including Coca-Cola, Tesco and Sky - have today signed a statement calling on the Scottish Parliament to ‘seize the chance to renew their position as a climate leader in the Climate Change Bill’ by 2050 at the latest.
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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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The Cement Industry, One of the World’s Largest CO2 Emitters, Pledges to Cut Greenhouse Gases

The Cement Industry, One of the World’s Largest CO2 Emitters, Pledges to Cut Greenhouse Gases | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Cement is the second most-consumed resource in the world, with more than 4 billion tons of the material produced globally every year. As a result, the industry generates approximately 8 percent of global CO2 emissions, not far behind the agriculture industry, which accounts for 12 percent. Ranked with CO2 emissions from individual countries, the cement industry would be the third-highest emitter after China and the United States.
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Nations at climate talks back universal emissions rules

Nations at climate talks back universal emissions rules | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nearly 200 countries at the U.N. climate talks have agreed upon universal, transparent rules on how nations can cut greenhouse gas emissions and curb global warming, putting the principles of the 2015 Paris climate accord into action. But to the frustration of environmentalists and a group of countries who were urging more ambitious climate goals, negotiators on Saturday delayed decisions on two other climate issues until next year in an effort to get a deal on them.

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Any modern business is likely to feature low carbon strategies in their business plan. In today’s world, businesses want to play their part in a sustainable future by helping the UK cut its carbon emissions. Carbon emissions don’t just impact the environment either – they impact the finances and livelihood of every business too. But with solutions such as renewable energy and free solar, cutting carbon emissions have never been easier. 

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UK: Govt. to look at how co.'s address modern slavery & climate change before drawing up public sector contracts 

UK: Govt. to look at how co.'s address modern slavery & climate change before drawing up public sector contracts  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Businesses looking to secure public sector contracts will need to do more to help improve society, the UK government is set to announce. Ministers want firms to tackle issues like modern slavery and climate change. It is "morally right" for the UK to make certain demands of companies taking taxpayers' money, Cabinet Office minister David Lidington will say.

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Businesses urged to 'do more' to win public contracts

Businesses urged to 'do more' to win public contracts | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Businesses looking to secure public sector contracts will need to do more to help improve society, the UK government is set to announce. Ministers want firms to tackle issues like modern slavery and climate change. The UK, which spends £49bn with outside organisations every year, will also try to award more contracts to small firms. It is "morally right" for the UK to make certain demands of companies taking taxpayers' money, Cabinet Office minister David Lidington will say.

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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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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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Climate action helps companies build reputations and attract investors

Climate action helps companies build reputations and attract investors | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

This year, climate change topped off the agenda at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland —where every January, global leaders and the heads of the world's largest companies gather to find ways to improve the state of the world. When surveyed, experts from government, business, academia and non-governmental organizations said the failure to respond to climate change is a key risk. Companies committed to tackle climate change are addressing their greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) via science-based targets. These voluntary goals are compatible with the global push towards a low-carbon economy that aims to keep the global temperature increase to less than 2℃.

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Reckitt Benckiser Recognised For Sustainable Supply Chain Strategies

Reckitt Benckiser Recognised For Sustainable Supply Chain Strategies | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Reckitt Benckiser has been awarded a position on the supplier engagement leaderboard by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), for its efforts to reduce emissions and lower climate-related risks in its supply chain.

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Costa Rica launches 'unprecedented' push for zero emissions by 2050

Costa Rica launches 'unprecedented' push for zero emissions by 2050 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Costa Rica's president has launched an economy-wide plan to decarbonize the country by 2050, saying the Central American nation aims to show other nations what is possible to address climate change.
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Study: Fear of breaching competition law stifling sustainability efforts

Study: Fear of breaching competition law stifling sustainability efforts | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Fear of breaching competition law is discouraging companies in the UK grocery sector from working together to tackle low pay and extreme poverty among farmers, according to new research from the Fairtrade Foundation. The study, seen exclusively by BusinessGreen, warns ending low wages in the food supply chain is crucial for tackling a host of inter-related sustainability challenges, including improving the sector's climate resilience and tackling deforestation.

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Hershey sharpens focus on deforestation in cocoa supply chain

Hershey sharpens focus on deforestation in cocoa supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Hershey is stepping up its efforts to combat climate change and deforestation in the cocoa supply chain with an agroforestry landscape program in Ghana, along with several new commitments to sustainability initiatives and standards, including a new internal environmental policy, the company announced in a press release Thursday.  
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To meet climate goals, world urged to reuse natural resources

To meet climate goals, world urged to reuse natural resources | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

More of the billions of tonnes of materials the world uses each year must be recycled and reused to keep climate change in check, researchers said on Tuesday. Only about a tenth of the nearly 93 billion tonnes of materials utilised annually - including minerals, metals, fossil fuels and biomass - are currently put back into service, said a report by Amsterdam-based social enterprise Circle Economy. The Circle Economy report said 62 percent of heat-trapping emissions, excluding land use and forestry, are released during the extraction, processing and manufacturing of goods.

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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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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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Major Funding Pledges Won't Close the Clean Energy Investment Gap

Major Funding Pledges Won't Close the Clean Energy Investment Gap | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Several major financial institutions have made massive sustainable-investment pledges surrounding COP24, the new round of global climate talks that concluded earlier this month in Poland. The World Bank announced $200 billion in funding for projects tackling climate change in developing countries. Five of Europe’s largest banks, managing more than $2.7 trillion, promised to reassess their lending and reduce their carbon impact. And several countries increased their funding to the Green Climate Fund, which supports renewable energy and climate resilience projects in developing countries, bringing the funding to $7 billion.
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