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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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Bumps in the UK's road to zero emission vehicles

New registrations of electric vehicles hit a record in 2016, with more than 750,000 sold worldwide, according to the latest statistics from the International Energy Agency. Precipitous growth of 50% a year since 2010 has been driven by falling costs of production and incentives to consumers from policy makers. This is most notable in the world’s biggest and fastest-growing EV market, China, which is determined to tackle rising air pollution as its burgeoning middle class trade two wheels for four. Climate change concerns are also a big driver for policy makers, who see electric vehicles as key to tackling transport emissions, which in the UK account for some 28% of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Committee on Climate Change. National Grid’s latest Future Energy Scenarios concludes that a third of transport-related emissions could be cut if 36 million EVs were on the streets by 2040, adding 8GW to UK peak electricity demand.

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Most companies still do not see climate change as relevant to their business and rarely publish climate change scenarios. It is the responsibility of all to make sure that we address current sustainability challenges, for the future generations.

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Meat and Dairy Contributes More To Climate Change Than Gasoline Companies

Meat and Dairy Contributes More To Climate Change Than Gasoline Companies | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The blame for climate change often falls on fossil fuel companies, but new research shows that the top meat and dairy companies are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline companies. A study released on July 18, 2018, found that the world’s top five meat and dairy producers combined — Brazil’s JBS, New Zealand’s Fonterra, Dairy Farmers of America, Tyson Foods, and Cargill — emit more greenhouse gases than Exxon-Mobil, Shell, or BP.

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If meat and dairy companies do not make changes to their operations soon, these industries will be responsible for 80 percent of the allowable greenhouse gas budget by 2050.

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Thirsty work: Molson Coors and Pepsi-Co announce science-based climate progress

Thirsty work: Molson Coors and Pepsi-Co announce science-based climate progress | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

North American beverage giants Pepsi-Co and Molson Coors separately have unveiled their latest sustainability reports last week, with both highlighting progress cutting greenhouse gas emissions, waste and water use. Brewer Molson Coors revealed plans July 11 to join the Science-Based Targets (SBT) initiative, announcing an overarching goal in its sustainability update to reduce its emissions in line with a 2 degrees Celsius trajectory.

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Great job by Molson Coors and Pepsi-Co as they have been  researching and developing new, more nutritious products, to finding ways to reduce water and energy use across plants and farms — that helped them deliver on the vision of making their growth, operations and impact more sustainable.

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China pollution haze linked to climate change

China pollution haze linked to climate change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The melting of the Arctic Ocean sea ice and the greater falls of snow in Siberia may be responsible for stagnant air conditions that blanketed a damaging screen of polluting haze over Beijing and the East China plains in January 2013, according to new research.

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The research shows that cutting greenhouse gases would help with the winter haze problem - time to put in place solid sustainable policies and measures.

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EU needs to shut all coal plants by 2030, or will vastly overshoot Paris Agreement

EU needs to shut all coal plants by 2030, or will vastly overshoot Paris Agreement | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Climate Analytics has calculated that to stay within the Paris Agreement’s long term temperature limits of “well below” 2˚C and “pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C,” the EU’s C02 emissions budget for coal in the power sector is around 6.5Gt by 2050. The EU will exceed its Paris Agreement-compatible coal emissions budget by 85% if its existing coal-fired power plants continue operating to their full lifespan.
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The report  by Climate Analytics sets out the first science-based analysis of when and where each of EU’s 300+ coal power plants would need to be phased out.

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UPS to install solar panels in 8 facilities as part of sustainability drive

UPS to install solar panels in 8 facilities as part of sustainability drive | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Partnering with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and BSR, a climate sustainability consultancy, the logistics provider has so far pledged to drive one billion miles on alternative fuel by 2017, plant 15 million trees across the globe worldwide by 2020 and reduce carbon intensity 20% by the end of 2020. 
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UPS has set ambitious goals on its path to sustainability, and the company is moving aggressively to meet them..

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ICT Can Have a Huge Impact in Reducing Carbon Emissions 

ICT Can Have a Huge Impact in Reducing Carbon Emissions  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Information and communications technology, or ICT, can potentially save 1.5 GT of CO2e in the year 2030. That’s fully 2.7 times greater than the full carbon emissions of the UK in 2012, and 37% of the EU’s 2012 emissions. Of course, we know that all those server farms and cell towers use a lot of energy themselves, but according to the report, the ICT emissions overhead is only about 5.3%.

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Can ICT help in reducing carbon emissions, share your thoughts.

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Report: Cities need $375 billion in green investment

Report: Cities need $375 billion in green investment | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The world's cities must invest around $375 billion in climate action and low carbon infrastructure over the next four years in order to avoid catastrophic global climate change, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group has warned.
Published this week, a report by consultancy Arup on behalf of the C40 group argues that without serious action before 2020, the world will have "locked-in" future emissions that will see global temperatures surpass the 2 degrees Celsius mark set out as the upper "safe" limit in the Paris Agreement. 

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City leaders aim to take action on climate change regardless of who is in the White House.

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GM Recognized as World Leader for Climate Change Action

GM Recognized as World Leader for Climate Change Action | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
CDP, a global nonprofit committed to sustainable economies, has named General Motors a global leader for its actions and strategies to address climate change. GM is now on the global Climate A List – a spot held by just 9 percent of the thousands of companies participating in CDP’s climate change program.

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Congrats GM for this great achievement!

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U.S. climate summit aims for a new carbon goal: zero

U.S. climate summit aims for a new carbon goal: zero | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Anirban Ghosh said it had been agreed that only the group's largest company would strive to become carbon neutral, producing no more emissions than it could offset elsewhere. But plans appeared to change in the heat of the moment, said Ghosh, with the chairman promising that all of Mahindra's nearly 100 companies would be carbon neutral by 2040. Around the world, companies and cities are increasingly setting net-zero carbon goals for themselves as freak weather attributed to climate change spurs them to cut their planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, experts said. At the summit, attended by 4,500 delegates from city and regional governments worldwide as well as industries, promises to achieve net-zero emissions have been a major focus.

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Great step forward by Mahindra Company! A report by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) shows a 24% annual growth in Climate Change and Mitigation Technologies (CCMTs) between 2006 and 2011, highlighting emerging innovations in biofuels, solar thermal, solar PV, and wind energy.

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Big cities vow to make buildings carbon neutral by 2050

Big cities vow to make buildings carbon neutral by 2050 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Leaders of some of the world’s biggest cities vowed on Thursday to make all buildings carbon neutral by 2050, ensuring they make no contribution to climate change. From London to Tokyo, 19 mayors said they would put in place regulations requiring all new buildings to be carbon neutral by 2030 and all existing ones to reach the same goal by 2050. Cities, scientists unite in battle against climate change at UN summit. “Climate change poses an existential threat to New York City, and making our buildings more sustainable and efficient is a key part of the solution,” said Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio in a statement.

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Great initiative by the biggest cities since buildings are a large contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, so to meet reductions set out in the Paris Agreement, it’s critical that they tackle this problem.

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Europe’s 1st automotive renewables PPA bolsters corporate drive to fight climate change

Europe’s 1st automotive renewables PPA bolsters corporate drive to fight climate change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Mercedes Benz recently announced Europe’s first automotive Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with a 45 MW Polish wind farm to power its manufacturing facility in the nearby town of Jawor, with the longer-term goal to source all of its power needs from renewables. Corporate PPA deals like this are expanding rapidly in Europe. There was a 130% increase in the volume of wind energy contracted through such PPAs in 2017 alone, according to a press release from WindEurope, a Brussels-based association promoting wind power in Europe. 

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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. 

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The Unlikely Heroes of Climate Change

The Unlikely Heroes of Climate Change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
We all know we should recycle, and turn lights off when we aren’t in the room, and not take extra showers just because we’re bored or need a break from our kids. These are all important individual…
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No matter what sector you are in, supply chain is where the leverage is to make impact on climate change (and just about every CSR criteria)

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Online tool explores countries’ climate action plans

Online tool explores countries’ climate action plans | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A new interactive online tool that helps countries to access and compare their priorities and ambitions related to climate action plans has been developed.
The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Explorer could contribute to the global climate action in the context of the UN climate negotiations, according to its developers.

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This tool could help African nations easily access climate action plans to aid transparency in negotiations.

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HP Recognized as World Leader for Corporate Action on Climate Change

HP Recognized as World Leader for Corporate Action on Climate Change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
HP was one of only 29 global companies out of more than 3,300 assessed by CDP to earn a position on the inaugural supplier engagement leader board, which highlights the leading practices of companies working directly with their suppliers to reduce emissions and lower climate-related risks in the supply chain in the past reporting year.
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Congrats to HP for leading the way in reducing GHG emissions and actively engaging its suppliers to commit to clean energy

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Coming up: what Parliament will be working on this year 

Coming up: what Parliament will be working on this year  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The biggest piece of climate change legislation the coming years is probably the reform of Europe's emissions trade system. It also represents the EU's first concrete steps to comply with the limits agreed at the COP21 conference. It could help to reduce emissions and encourage companies to shift to renewable or low-carbon sources. It should also help to prevent firms moving production to countries with lower environmental standards.
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The European Parliament will continue encouraging companies to be more responsible in their supply chain

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U.S. Business Leaders Send Open Letter To Trump: 'Don't Abandon Climate Deal'

U.S. Business Leaders Send Open Letter To Trump: 'Don't Abandon Climate Deal' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

More than 300 U.S. companies, including 72 with annual revenues exceeding $100 million, have sent an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump, urging him not to abandon the Paris climate agreement. The letter calls for Mr. Trump and other American leaders to support three broad actions: 1) Continuation of low-carbon policies; 2) Investment in the low-carbon economy at home and abroad; and 3) Continued U.S. participation in the Paris agreement.

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Great to see such a call from unified businesses!

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The Paris Effect: How the Paris Agreement is Driving Climate Action

The Paris Effect: How the Paris Agreement is Driving Climate Action | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The adoption of the Paris Agreement delivered a signal to governments, businesses and the global public: All parties, from national governments to small businesses, must do their part to minimize the risks and impacts of climate change.

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Are you doing your part and engaging all your stakeholders to follow the trend? 

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CDP to Score Companies’ Supply Chain Carbon Management 

CDP to Score Companies’ Supply Chain Carbon Management  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The CDP supplier engagement rating will score all companies that disclose to the 2016 CDP supply chain questionnaire. CDP supply chain members (purchasing organizations that request data from their suppliers via CDP) that themselves disclose to the supply chain or climate change questionnaire will also be evaluated on supplier engagement.
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CDP supply chain program will soon start rating companies on how well they manage carbon and climate change in the supply chain

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