20 November 2015
The plan is for the new company, called i(x) Investments, to invest in early-stage and undervalued companies that are working on issues such as clean energy, sustainable agriculture and water scarcity...
The Sydney Morning Herald, October 27, 2015
Australia's leading science institution has put its money where its mouth is on climate change and withdrawn its direct investments in fossil fuel companies.
The decision will be outlined in a speech by Australian Academy of Science president Professor Andrew Holmes at a climate science conference in Hobart on Tuesday, in which he will also urge scientists to be "truth tellers" and fight against "scientific fallacy" in the public debate.
September 24, 2015
It’s the fourth day of Climate Week NYC, and the big corporate commitments keep rolling in. On Wednesday, nine Fortune 500 companies pledged to meet 100 percent of their electricity needs using renewable sources. Later that day, nine more linked up with the World Resources Institute and WWF to spur progress on renewables.
The firms — Amazon, DuPont, Equinix, Etsy, Intuit, Microsoft, Sealed Air, Starbucks and Starwood — signed on to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, developed by large energy buyers as a way to advance renewables and add their perspective to the future of the U.S. energy system.
But, along with going 100 percent renewable, sustainability leaders are asking politicians and the business community to consider another number: zero.
La empresa multinacional Siemens ha anunciado que quiere ser la primera empresa del sector industrial del mundo en lograr una emisión cero de carbono en el año 2030. Para ello, la compañía invertirá alrededor de 100 millones de euros en los próximos tres años.
Model S went mountain climbing with Tesla Club Switzerland pic.twitter.com/q4z9vbkSth— Tesla Motors (@TeslaMotors) September 5, 2015
"California's healthcare industry can lead the way on stronger climate change regulation" http://t.co/hRADmDx88R— Sustainable Business (@GuardianSustBiz) September 5, 2015
...By 2030, the state’s clean transportation policies can save more than $8bn in health care costs through fewer asthma attacks, respiratory and cardiac hospitalizations, and premature deaths from poor air quality...
Jun 27th 2015
25 June 2015
Scientists at Oxford University have started work on a scientific model they hope will enable them to establish or rule out links between climate change and extreme weather more quickly.
Las renovables significan casi la mitad (49,3%) de la potencia instalada en la Península. Mira el gráfico: pic.twitter.com/MXw77Vk8qZ— Red Eléctrica España (@RedElectricaREE) June 24, 2015
Red Eléctrica publica el ‘Informe del sistema eléctrico 2014': http://t.co/IQRIEpR5Kp— Red Eléctrica España (@RedElectricaREE) June 24, 2015
Climate Change: Why the Tropical Poor Will Suffer Most http://t.co/CyH6drXssq— MIT Tech Review (@techreview) June 19, 2015
In its annual Climate Change Vulnerability Index, the U.K.-based risk analysis firm Maplecroft lists the top 32 countries at “extreme risk” from climate change. The top 10 are all tropical countries: Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Nigeria, Chad, Haiti, Ethiopia, the Philippines, the Central African Republic, and Eritrea. Of these, all but Nigeria and the Philippines are on the UN’s list of the world’s 48 poorest countries.
The reasons that the poor living at low latitudes will bear the heaviest burdens of climate change are meteorologically, economically, and geopolitically complex, but they all arise from an inescapable statistical fact: normal temperature ranges in the tropics fall within a narrower range than those in more northern climes, and so any deviation is likely to have more significant effects.
“Summers in much of the tropics are already becoming systematically hotter than they used to be, affecting food supplies and contributing to heatstroke and death like we saw in India just this year,” says Susan Solomon, a professor of climate science at MIT...
Mes pauvres enfants, le Nutella "destructeur" ! http://t.co/lNOABOo4ZM— Thomas Froehlicher (@FroehlicherT) June 16, 2015
Et si le fabriquant jure qu'elle est «certifiée durable», la fondation de Nicolas Hulot rappelle que l'huile de palme «est à l'origine de 90% de la déforestation en Malaisie»
Environmental impact of palm oil (Wikipedia) ...Significant greenhouse gas emissions. Deforestation, mainly in tropical areas, accounts for up to one-third of total anthropogenic CO2 emissions... ...responsible for over 80% (~88%) of world oil palm production, Indonesia and Malaysia... ...In 2010, the Nature Conservancy took representatives of America’s National Farmers Union and the American Farmland Trust to Brazil to see how illegal forest clearance was "hurting US businesses by flooding markets with cheap and unsustainable products". A new (2010) report from David Gardiner & Associates (Mr. Gardiner served as the Executive Director of the White House Climate Change Task Force during the Clinton Administration), a consultancy, says that protecting the 13,000,000 hectares (50,000 sq mi) of mostly tropical forest that are lost annually to timber, cattle and agricultural production would boost American agricultural revenue by as much as USD$190 billion-270 billion between 2012 and 2030. (PDF, 56 pages, "Farms Here, Forests there" (see page 20 Palm Oil Modeling Results: potential $USD 40B savings))
Conclusion of "Farms Here, Forests there"
Conserving tropical rainforests generates significant financial gains and savings for the U.S. agriculture and timber industries, while also increasing opportunities for residents of rainforest nations.
Nestlé Media statement, on their website: "Update on deforestation and palm oil. Nestlé is committed to communicating regularly on progress, including holding regular meetings with Greenpeace (report "Frying the Forest")...
Taking action with our suppliers
The supply chain of palm oil is very complex and there are no quick and easy solutions. We have conducted an in depth analysis of our supply chain in order to create transparency and detailed action plans. Read more about the complexity of the palm oil supply chain in the RSPO Supply Chain Systems Overview (pdf, 3.95Mb)..."
In response to the urgent and pressing global call for sustainably produced palm oil, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was formed in 2004 with the objective promoting the growth and use of sustainable oil palm products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders. The seat of the association is in Zurich, Switzerland, while the secretariat is currently based in Kuala Lumpur with a satellite office in Jakarta. RSPO is a not-for-profit association that unites stakeholders from seven sectors of the palm oil industry - oil palm producers, palm oil processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks and investors, environmental or nature conservation NGOs and social or developmental NGOs - to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil...
What is the Scorecard?
The Palm Oil Buyers’ Scorecard 2011 measures the performance of 132 major retailers and consumer goods manufacturers against 4 areas which show whether these companies are acting responsibly.
The Scorecard focuses on European companies, since they are leading the way in transforming the market for palm oil, and were the first to commit to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). However, it also looks at other markets such as Australia and Japan where some progress is being made.
...In 2008 Unilever, an RSPO member, committed to use only palm oil which is certified as sustainable, by ensuring that the large companies and smallholders that supply it convert to sustainable production by 2015. ...As of 2009, twelve companies including giant retailer X, tied for worst, scoring 0.
Research from Melbourne Business School (MBS) has found that if a product clearly reflects factors which impact ethical consumerism on its label, consumers will favour that product over others.
As a result of her research in this area, MBS Professor Jill Klein is calling for manufacturers to improve their labeling to provide consumers with a more informed choice and to increase sales.
Professor Klein based her research on a series of experiments performed at the Melbourne Zoo between April and June last year. Zoo visitors were asked to select between a food product that did not contain the orangutan-unfriendly palm oil and a virtually equivalent alternative that contained vegetable oil...
It is technically and economically feasible to run the US economy entirely on renewable energy, and to do so by 2050. That is the conclusion of a new study in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, authored by Stanford scholar Mark Z. Jacobson and nine colleagues.
Jacobson is well-known for his ambitious and controversial work on renewable energy. In 2011 he published, with Mark A. Delucchi, a two-part paper (one, two) on "providing all global energy with wind, water, and solar power." In 2013 he published a feasibility study on moving New York state entirely to renewables, and in 2014 he created a road map for California to do the same...
Spearheading Japan's renewables revolution: http://t.co/wNkTP67PrL— LondonBusinessSchool (@LBS) June 16, 2015
"We want to help shape the future of the energy industry in Japan, to change the world through renewable energy."http://t.co/loQ2wTBUie— LondonBusinessSchool (@LBS) June 16, 2015
Japan's renewable energy sector has grown hugely in recent years - and alumnus Ken Isono is leading the field: http://t.co/4jVKqNxFbl— LondonBusinessSchool (@LBS) June 15, 2015
The business has come a long way in just four years. Isono was on the shortlist for both the 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Japan and EY job creation award, and runs one of the fastest growing companies in his sector.
By 2017 he plans on having developed 1,000 MW of renewable energy power plants. The firm is expanding as well, both into new energy sources, such as wind, hydro energy and biomass, and internationally.
A more effective use of activists’ energy, Mr. Wolak (Dir..@Stanford) and Mr. Stavins (Dir..@Harvard) said, would be to work on putting a price on carbon emissions through a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system. (versus Divestment campaigns etc.)
The most exhaustive study on the subject was conducted by researchers at Oxford, Mr. Caldecott among them. Their report, published in late 2013, examined previous divestment movements — like those against the government of South Africa in protest of apartheid, and against companies that sell tobacco, alcohol or pornography.
That’s largely because most energy company stock is held by big institutional investors like BlackRock and Fidelity, whose managers are unlikely to use their portfolios to advance moral or social agendas.
Divestment in itself is neither here nor there,” Atif Ansar, one of the study’s authors and a professor at Saïd Business School at Oxford, said in an interview. “On its own, it’s not going to generate any real impact.”
The Oxford researchers found that the negative publicity can create reputational headaches.
“It becomes much harder for stigmatized businesses to recruit good people, to influence policy and, occasionally, to raise capital,” Mr. Caldecott said.
A more effective use of activists’ energy, Mr. Wolak and Mr. Stavins said, would be to work on putting a price on carbon emissions through a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system.
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Environmental, social and governance (ESG)
E. Simon, “Do SustainableCompanies Offer Sustainable Pensions?” Guardian Sustainable Business, September 19, 2013 www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/do-sustainable-companies-offer-sustainable-pensions
L. Preesman, “Unilever PensionFund to Increase ESG on back of strong Returns” Investment& Pensions Europe, May13,2014 www.ipe.com/unilever-pension-fund-toincrease-esg-on-back-of-strongreturns/10001825.fullarticle
It is unethical and untenable for universities, that seek to advance global development and health, to invest in the fossil fuels that cause climate change, say a group of 2,000 researchers at Academics Stand Against Poverty (Wikipedia)
That statement from, Academics Stand Against Poverty (Asap) – a global group of about 2,000 researchers who study poverty and development– urges universities to follow the lead of institutions like Stanford, Syracuse and Glasgow that have all committed to divest from fossil fuel holdings.
16 February 2015
(Reuters) – European Union climate and energy bosses launched two projects on Monday designed to unleash more than a billion euros ($1.1 billion) of spending on measures to save energy and adapt to climate change.
Nearly a third of the overall spending under the Juncker plan is meant to be related to energy.
One of the pilot projects presented on Monday that will run until 2017 is the Private Finance for Energy Efficiency scheme.
It will take 80 million euros of Commission money to try and elicit more than 550 million euros in spending on ways to save energy, such as better insulated buildings.
While EU officials declined to go into details, they said the 80 million would be used to protect against credit risk on energy efficiency loan portfolios and said the Commission would also provide technical expertise.
The other project is the Natural Capital Financing Facility. It will draw on up to 125 million euros of EIB funds to attract investment in projects such as forestry management...
The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, which represents investors responsible for nearly 9 trillion euros in assets, says EU financing instruments can attract private capital if there are strong policies to support them.
(Beijing, Jan 23, 2015) - Five Chinese companies with innovative technologies were today announced as the winners of WWF-China’s third annual Climate Solver Award.
If these five technologies reach their expected market share, more than 0.118 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents will be reduced every year.
The objective of the Climate Solvers programme, started by WWF-Sweden in 2008, is to strengthen innovation ecosystems around climate entrepreneurs’ so as to increase their capacity for widespread use of low carbon technologies in society.
The climate outcomes of different lifestyle and energy choices can now be explored by anyone, thanks to an online tool. Dr Erica Thompson of LSE’s Centre for the Analysis of Time Series (CATS) was the lead climate scientist for the project, which draws on the latest scientific results from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (www.IPCC.ch) to highlight the range of possible impacts resulting from different energy choices.
The Global Calculator is an interactive tool for businesses and individuals, NGOs and governments. It allows anyone to consider the various options for cutting carbon emissions and the trade-offs for energy and land use to 2050. It suggests that the world can eat well, travel more and live in more comfortable homes while meeting international carbon reduction commitments.
The Team The Global Calculator was built by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, Climate-KIC, the International Energy Agency, the Energy Research Institute (China), the World Resources Institute, Ernst & Young, Imperial College London, London School of Economics, Potsdam Institute, Climact, Climate Media Factory, Rothamsted Research, Walker Institute, the UK National Environment Research Council, the UK National Oceanography Centre, the UK Met Office and Universite de Versailles St-Quentin-en-Yvelines. In addition, over 150 experts from around the world were consulted during the course of building the model.
How can nations, cities and companies grow their economies, while reducing the risk of dangerous climate change?
The Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) develops socio-technical understandings of the emergence, diffusion and impact of low energy innovations. Sussex Energy Group
It’s all about a collective effort. Ambition and commitment from government will be rewarded by commitment and investment from businesses. But we really do need everyone. In an increasingly connected world, we need all countries and companies to step up and play their part - setting strong goals, having clear plans, and openly declaring progress. When consumers and investors place their money with companies that are on the right path, the change we all need is accelerated.
It’s important for all sectors of society to not wait for Paris or for the next agreement to come in to effect. Grasping the opportunity means acting decisively now...
Why is this so high? Let’s start with carbon dioxide. Burning gasoline emits .008 tons of carbon dioxide per gallon...
Green-Energy Inspiration Off the Coast of Denmark http://t.co/A6abhric7Y We need innovation testbeds, but what about is dynamic pricing?— Severin Borenstein (@BorensteinS) January 19, 2015
Larry Summers has a very nice Financial Times oped, "Let this be the year when we put a proper price on carbon" Greg Mankiw has also written extensively and eloquently in favor of a carbon tax, for example here. Jeff Miron has some interesting skeptical thoughts, recently here.
I agree in principle. But I have some important qualifications, and some suggestions for framing to broaden the appeal of the proposal substantially. I also think that individual rights may be better than a tax. What matters, really, is a carbon price, and there are different ways to bring that about.
I don't want today to get in to the debate about climate science. How big of a problem is human released carbon and other greenhouse gasses? Are the big computer models accurate? I don't want today to debate the larger economic and policy questions: How much economic cost is there really? Are there mitigation strategies? Are there more pressing environmental or economic problems? (Species extinction due to habitat loss, old fashioned water and air pollution, etc.)
Too much of the policy discussion focuses on the scientific debate, as if the economic and policy answers follow unequivocably once that is settled. They are not. Let's talk about the second half today.
?? PCI (@pricingcarbon) ?? http://act.pricingcarbon.org/petition??
"For RE diffusion to increase, gvmt action should be directed not only @ shielding renewables from competition w/ fossil fuel tech" Masini— HEC Paris Knowledge (@HECKnowledge) January 8, 2015
Most physicians already seeing health effects of climate change in patients, survey finds: http://t.co/4aXKvoRefk— Yale Environment 360 (@YaleE360) January 9, 2015
The Bank of England governor has warned that ‘stranded assets’ are a growing risk for fossil fuel companies
Offshore wind more profitable than oil and gas drilling on U.S. East Coast, report says: http://t.co/jEPA5K2F06— Yale Environment 360 (@YaleE360) January 14, 2015
California still in serious widespread drought, despite recent heavy storms: http://t.co/jJMRfOIdp7— Yale Environment 360 (@YaleE360) January 13, 2015
What do Americans think about global warming? http://t.co/XxNr8VxpxV— Yale Environment 360 (@YaleE360) January 14, 2015
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Sunday 11 January 2015
Three hundred professors at Stanford, including Nobel laureates and this year’s Fields medal winner, are calling on the university to rid itself of all fossil fuel investments, in a sign that the campus divestment movement is gathering force.
In a letter to Stanford’s president, John Hennessy, and the board of trustees, made available exclusively to the Guardian, the faculty members call on the university to recognise the urgency of climate change and divest from all oil, coal and gas companies.
Stanford, which controls a $21.4bn (£14.2bn) endowment, eliminated direct investments in coalmining companies last May, making it the most prominent university to cut its ties to the industries that cause climate change. Months later, however, the university invested in three oil and gas companies.
Campus divestment campaigns have spread to about 300 universities and colleges over the last few years, but are largely dominated by students. The Stanford letter was initiated by faculty, and signed by the first female winner of the prestigious Fields prize in mathematics, Maryam Mizarkhani, as well as the Nobel laureates Douglas Osheroff and Roger Kornberg, Paul Ehrlich, a population analyst, Terry Root, a biologist and UN climate report author, and others – 300 faculty members in total....
And, unfortunately, that’s the good news.
If nations want even a 50 percent chance of avoiding dangerous global warming, they’ll need to keep more than 80 percent of current coal reserves in the ground. And in the United States, more than 90 percent of coal reserves would need to stay buried, according to a new study from University College London.
...In this new paper, published Wednesday by the journal Nature, researchers tighten the focus of this global carbon budget by breaking the global numbers into regional ones...
...In the Middle East, producers would have to forego 38 percent of their oil and 61 percent of their gas. China and India would close off 66 percent of their coal. Former Soviet states would keep 94 percent of their coal underground...
And, unfortunately, that’s the good news.
...The above estimates assume that power plants and industry will be able to capture and hide much of their carbon dioxide beginning in 2025. Without that rosy assumption, idled coal reserves jump to 95 percent in the U.S., 77 percent in China and India, and 97 percent in the former U.S.S.R. And these numbers may be the safer bet
Professor and Head of the Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Susana Borrás and Jakob Edler
Why do we see so few electric cars on our streets today in spite of the overwhelming positive views on them? Why is it so difficult to introduce electronic patient journals in our hospitals or to phase out fossil-based energy sources? How come mobile telephones were developed and expanded so rapidly in the past two decades? How are integrated transport systems transforming commuting in large cities, and who contributes to that change? At a basic level these questions have to do with the way in which science and technology interact with society. It is commonplace today in social sciences literature that science, technology and society are constantly shaping each other in a truly co-constitutive process. However, these questions also have to do with the elements that form the socio-technical and innovation systems as well as with sociocultural and economic aspects in the intentionality towards (or against) change. This book argues for the need for a better understanding of governance of change in socio-technical systems and innovation systems. It develops a conceptual framework to understand change and studies governance of change in a range of selected case studies that mobilize this framework.