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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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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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Rail and the Paris Agreement: industry faces major challenges to become mode of choice

Rail and the Paris Agreement: industry faces major challenges to become mode of choice | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“Sustainable transport is an important part of our common efforts to tackle climate change and build a cleaner, greener world,” said UN secretary general Mr Ban Ki Moon, in a statement read at the event by UIC director general Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux. “The transport sector can play a vital role in achieving the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. I count on the commitment of the global railway community to make transport more sustainable - and your gathering is especially timely coming within weeks of the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.”
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The railway industry continues to lead the way as a sustainable transport mode, but it must do more to meet its ambitious targets for reducing emissions and energy consumption.

Read EcoVadis' take-aways from the UIC Conference in Vienna.

 

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Six months after the COP21: 4 ways to unleash the power of Sustainable Development

Six months after the COP21: 4 ways to unleash the power of Sustainable Development | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
As the Paris Agreement destined to fight global warming has been signed by more than 175 countries, it’s urgent that we now make sure it produces the desired results. Indeed, Climate Central, an ONG that utilizes NASA data, has just announced that in the first 3 months of 2016, we were already dangerously close to the 1,5º temperature increase limit fixed by the COP21.
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Very interesting insight from Sylvain Guyoton, VP Research at EcoVadis, on how to work towards the objectives of the COP21 agreement for its "6-month anniversary''.

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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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European Commission - Paris Agreement to enter into force as EU agrees ratification

62 parties, accounting for almost 52 % of global emissions have ratified the Paris Agreement. The Agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 parties, representing at least 55% of global emissions have ratified. The EU ratification and deposit will cross the 55% emission threshold and therefore trigger the entry into force of the Paris Agreement.
The EU, which played a decisive role inin building the coalition of ambition making the adoption of the Paris Agreement possible last December, is a global leader on climate action. The European Commission has already brought forward the legislative proposals to deliver on the EU's commitment to reduce emissions in the European Union by at least 40% by 2030.
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Great news! The international agreement to combat man-made climate change will take effect as from next month; less than a year after negotiators from more than 190 countries reached a final deal.

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