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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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COP24: Nations complicit in ignoring bioenergy climate bomb, experts say

COP24: Nations complicit in ignoring bioenergy climate bomb, experts say | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Twenty years ago science told policymakers that bioenergy – the burning of woody biomass – was a sustainable form of energy that was carbon neutral. The current United Nations carbon accounting system follows that guidance. However, new science has found the hypothesis to be wrong: bioenergy has been found to add significantly to carbon emissions. Meanwhile, NGOs and scientists at COP24 have sought earnestly to alert the media and COP delegations to the bioenergy climate bomb and its looming risks, even going so far as to write language closing the loophole that could be inserted into the Paris Rulebook now being negotiated, but to no avail.

 

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Ukraine cities gear up to run on local clean energy by 2050

Ukraine cities gear up to run on local clean energy by 2050 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Fossil fuel-dependent Ukraine will strengthen its climate change action plan under the Paris Agreement to curb global warming, its government said at U.N. climate talks in Poland this week. Four Ukrainian cities also reaffirmed their goal of shifting to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, announced this year.

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New York City Just Unveiled A Historic Bill To Cut Its Biggest Source Of Climate Pollution

New York City Just Unveiled A Historic Bill To Cut Its Biggest Source Of Climate Pollution | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A top New York City lawmaker unveiled landmark legislation Tuesday to dramatically decrease emissions from big buildings, the city’s largest source of climate pollution. If passed, the bill would set a new standard for cities around the world and mark the most aggressive climate action yet taken by the nation’s largest and most financially and culturally influential city. Starting in 2022, the new legislation proposes cutting pollution 40 percent by 2030, a timeline roughly twice as fast as the original agreement brokered by the Urban Green Council, a nonprofit linked to the U.S. Green Building Council that published the framework as a report three months ago.

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Building green is one of the best strategies to temper negative climate change.It is very important to make a building as energy efficient as possible, use renewable energy and have low greenhouse gases associated with the production and use of envelope materials. Reducing a building's carbon footprint reduces its running costs, improves employee morale, raises property values and improves LEED scores.

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What You Need To Know About Climate Change Ahead Of Next Week’s UN Summit

What You Need To Know About Climate Change Ahead Of Next Week’s UN Summit | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A fresh round of international climate negotiations, called COP24, kicks off in Poland next week. This annual event brings together world leaders, scientists, campaigners, the private sector and local community representatives to debate how to address climate change and put in place policies to tackle it. Here are some of the key things you need to know. 

1. Climate Change Is Already Happening
2. Humans Have A Lot To Answer For
3. The Effects Are Being Felt Across The U.S.
4. Donald Trump Is In Denial
5. The U.S. Is Making Some Progress...
6. ... But Let’s Not Get Carried Away
7. The Big Picture: There’s A Lot More Work To Be Done

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The main aim of COP24 will be to adopt decisions ensuring the implementation of the Paris Agreement, in order to fight climate change. Many forward-looking businesses are not waiting for their countries or local governments to make laws or provide incentives. They are already committing: Thousands of businesses have stepped up to set public targets, some in the form of general climate pledges, but others are setting more specific goals.

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European mayors urge wider political push to step up climate action

European mayors urge wider political push to step up climate action | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
European cities are seeking greater recognition and support for their pioneering efforts to tackle climate change, both from national governments and the European Union, mayors leading the charge said on Wednesday.
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Britain to tax non-recycled plastic packaging

Britain to tax non-recycled plastic packaging | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Britain will levy a new tax on those who make or import plastic packaging with less than 30 percent recycled material, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Monday. The measure, to be introduced in April 2022 subject to consultation, is an attempt to reduce waste and help tackle climate change. "

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Great sustainable initiative by Britain to reduce waste and help tackle climate change. 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.

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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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EU lawmakers move to ban throw-away plastics

EU lawmakers move to ban throw-away plastics | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Under the proposal, EU states would also be obliged to recycle 90 percent of plastic bottles by 2025, with help from manufacturers to cover costs of waste management. European Union lawmakers moved on Wednesday to ban widely-used, throw-away plastics such as straws and cotton buds, and put a greater burden on manufacturers to recycle in an effort to clear up ocean pollution. Under the proposal, overwhelmingly backed by the European Parliament, 10 single-use plastic products with readily available alternatives would be banned by 2021. EU states would be obliged to recycle 90 percent of plastic bottles by 2025 and producers to help cover costs of waste management.

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With solar farms and roof panels, Bangladesh inches toward green power goal

With solar farms and roof panels, Bangladesh inches toward green power goal | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Bangladesh's electricity generation from renewable sources has passed the 5 percent mark with the opening of a major new solar plant - boosting hopes the country might meet its goal of getting 10 percent of power from renewables by 2020, experts say. The solar plants come on top of the widespread use of solar home systems in the low-lying country, considered one of those most vulnerable to climate change impacts.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great Sustainable step by Bangladesh. Despite the advances in solar power technology, it still costs significantly more to produce electricity from solar panels than it does from using traditional coal, gas or nuclear sources. But as energy prices continue to increase, the future looks bright for solar power.

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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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FIU, Walmart Foundation to help farmers respond to changing climate

FIU, Walmart Foundation to help farmers respond to changing climate | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

FIU is working to help build stronger agricultural systems in the face of climate change. Florida is the nation’s largest producer of tomatoes, tropical fruits and winter vegetables, and climate change is expected to increase the occurrence and strength of droughts, floods, pest infestations and disease infestations. These effects of climate change can harm farmers, their crops and the country’s food supply. “The goal of this project is to develop a blueprint for a food certification program of which all parties across the strawberry and tomato supply chains can agree,” said Mahadev Bhat, project director and co-director of FIU’s Agroecology Program. “The study can improve our understanding of production, environmental and labor welfare issues, as well as competition between domestic and imported crops and the certification process.”

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Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. 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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Cargill unveils ‘Protect our Planet’ plan to improve supply chain sustainability

Cargill unveils ‘Protect our Planet’ plan to improve supply chain sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Cargill has launched a new sustainability programme called ‘Protect our Planet’ that aims to eliminate deforestation from its cocoa supply chain and achieve 100% cocoa bean traceability.
The plan expands Cargill’s sustainability efforts to five origin countries — Brazil, Indonesia, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Ghana — as well as the indirect cocoa supply chain. Harold Poelma, president of Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate ,said that the firm recognises that there’s a “considerable urgency to address climate and deforestation challenges”.

EcoVadis's insight:

In the drive to produce yet more and more food and consumer goods products, our forests remain under constant threat from agricultural expansion. As such, companies sourcing commodities and raw materials from regions tainted by deforestation face ongoing challenges, especially as many have developed more stringent policies and commitments to make sure their final products are not in any way connected to the loss of trees. 

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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.

EcoVadis's insight:

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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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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Major businesses call for easier access to renewable energy

Major businesses call for easier access to renewable energy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nearly 100 organisations are calling on European governments to make it easier for them to invest in and directly source renewable energy. The companies, including Amazon, E.ON, Facebook, Google, H&M, Lightsource BP, Nike and Siemens Gamesa, have signalled their willingness to do more to tackle climate change in a declaration signed in Amsterdam today. According to WindEurope, corporate renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs) worth 6GW have already been signed in the region, with nearly 2GW contracted in 2018 alone.

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Great sustainable efforts on the part of these major companies. 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. 

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Producing bitcoin currency could void climate change efforts

Producing bitcoin currency could void climate change efforts | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Producing bitcoin at a pace with growing demand could by 2033 defeat the aim of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to U.S. research published in the journal Nature Climate Change. 

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Climate change is almost certainly man-made, as reiterated by the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Most companies still do not see climate change as relevant to their business and rarely publish climate change scenarios. Publishing more data on climate change and analyze the ways companies address it in their supply chains is vital.

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PwC: RE100 commitment just one step on sustainability journey

PwC: RE100 commitment just one step on sustainability journey | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The latest addition to the Climate Group’s RE100 initiative for green energy has been named as global consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which aims to source 100% renewable energy for its global operations by 2050. The company has also set itself a target of 70% renewable energy by 2022. However, the company has already made strides on its sustainability journey in the past year, reducing emissions per employee by 7%. It has also achieved an 85% reduction of emissions from energy use over the last 11 years and is now introducing an air travel offset program. PwC will also enjoy the knowledge that its business can continue to operate not only sustainably but economically too, following the recent release of figures stating that RE100 members enjoy “above average financial performance” in comparison with their counterparts.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great initiative by PwC. More than 70 cities have already adopted ambitious 100 percent clean energy goals, and five have already hit their targets. This proactive drive to increase sustainability efforts is just one step toward a greener future, but swift action must be taken to ensure these cities meet their goals by their respective deadlines – some, like Boulder, Colorado, as soon as 2030.

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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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Britain asks experts to advise on net zero emissions climate target

Britain asks experts to advise on net zero emissions climate target | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Britain has asked its climate change experts to advise on whether it should set a date to meet a net zero emissions target, the government said on Monday. Britain has a target to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent compared with 1990 levels by 2050, but campaigners have warned this does not go far enough to meet pledges made under the Paris climate agreement.
The move comes a week after a United Nations report warned the world needs to make unprecedented changes in the way people use energy to curb global temperature rises and limit the worst effects of climate change such as more extreme weather and loss of species. Under the Paris agreement more than 190 nations agreed in 2015 to pursue efforts to limit a rise in global temperatures this century to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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 The Paris agreement aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate changeHigher temperatures lead to an increase in greenhouse effect, leading itself to higher temperature. Such global warming is believed to cause climate change.

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Marshall Islands marches toward zero greenhouse emissions by 2050

Marshall Islands marches toward zero greenhouse emissions by 2050 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Marshall Islands, an atoll-nation vulnerable to sea level rise from climate change, announced steps on Monday towards an ambitious plan to cut its greenhouse emissions to zero by 2050.
The Pacific country became the first small island nation to present such a strategy to the United Nations amid increasing interest from governments worldwide towards eliminating planet-warming emissions in a bid to curb man-made climate change. Heine upped the pressure on world leaders to go beyond current pledges to reduce their heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions as agreed in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Worldwide, nine other countries have so far unveiled long-term plans to completely eradicate carbon emissions at home, from Britain to France and the United States under the administration of former U.S. president Barack Obama.

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Great initiative by Marshall Islands! The best practice for emissions policies is to communicate clear principles and objectives for the reduction of GHG emissions in qualitative and quantitative terms, reporting of Key performance indicators (KPIs) can have an even stronger, positive impact on a suppliers’ scorecard.

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