“Global warming won’t wait until 2050,” says European science advisory group

Envirotec Magazine

The IPCC special report has shown that, if GHG emissions are not reduced quickly over the next 10 to 15 years, then the average global temperature will rise above 1.5 The biggest source of GHG emissions in the EU is the use of fossil fuels in industry, buildings and transport.

What’s the difference between net-zero and carbon-neutral policies?

Renewable Energy World

As understanding of the climate crisis increases and the harm to ourselves, the environment, business, industry, and the economy that will follow, so a desire to not only reduce carbon but to be seen reducing carbon increases. This requires an initial carbon footprint measurement.

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Japan aims to be carbon-neutral by 2050

AGreenLiving

Japan has a goal to achieve carbon-neutrality by the year 2050. Although Suga did not give an elaborate plan on how he intends to achieve this new objective, he said that it is possible to achieve carbon-neutrality without jeopardizing the economy.

Revealed: Two Thirds of Online Posts from Six Major European Fossil Fuel Companies ‘Greenwashing’

DeSmogBlog

Nearly two thirds of social media posts put out by six major European fossil fuel and energy companies since the end of 2019 present a “green” image of the company, despite the majority of their business activity remaining in fossil fuels, reveals new analysis by Desmog.

Governments Are Sending Oil Executives to COP26 Despite Climate Pledges. Here’s a Look at the Fossil Fuel Influence in Glasgow

DeSmogBlog

Fossil fuels are everywhere at this COP except in the decisions being negotiated by governments,” Nikki Reisch, the director of climate and energy at the Center for International Environmental Law, wrote to DeSmog from Glasgow.

UN report shows global warming could pass 1.5C limit before 2030

AGreenLiving

According to the United Nations’ United in Science Report 2020 , global temperatures could exceed the 1.5°C Global temperatures have been on a steady rise since the 1800s due to the effects of industrialization. According to the report, global temperatures have already risen by 2°F (1.1°C) Although the high temperatures experienced in the last five years could be temporary, there is a cause for alarm if global warming continues at the current rate.

'Leaving fossil fuels in the dust': How greener firms are outperforming the wider market

Business Green

Latest Carbon Clean 200 list companies outperformed average benchmark by 47 per cent over the past year. Overall, they calculated that investing $10,000 in the Carbon Clean 200 companies in July 2016 would have seen this investment grow to more than $21,000 by the end of last month.

One in Three Directors at Australia’s Major Banks Have Ties to Oil, Gas, and Mining

DeSmogBlog

billion in financing to the fossil fuel industry. And, despite many banks releasing bold pledges on climate, the global banking sector has poured over $3.8 Fossil Finance.

The Glasgow Climate Pact: What does it mean for Canada’s climate policy?

Clean Energy Canada

COP26 ended on Saturday with a new deal to try and limit global temperature rise to 1.5C: the Glasgow Climate Pact. of warming. (If If longer-term net-zero pledges are achieved, which is less certain at this point, global warming could be contained to 1.8C.)

New Report Shows Gap Between Utility Carbon Pledges and Climate Change Imperatives

GreenTechMedia

utilities have promised to eliminate their carbon emissions by midcentury. utilities are on track to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 percent by 2030 compared to a 2005 baseline, the target needed to prevent global warming beyond 1.5 Most of the biggest U.S.

'Economically feasible': New study maps how China could shift from coal to green energy in the 2020s

Business Green

The report argues decarbonisation of China's power sector must start during the current decade if the country is to achieve its climate goals, which include peaking its emissions by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality before 2060.

Google Pledges 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy by 2030

GreenTechMedia

Google on Monday pledged that by 2030 it will run its entire business on carbon-free energy — every hour of every day of the year. West driven by increased heat and dry conditions linked to global warming from human carbon emissions.

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How China could shift from coal to green energy in 2020s to hit climate goals

Business Green

China must electrify as much of its economy as possible and generate almost all its electricity from zero carbon sources to meet its 2060 carbon neutrality goal, according to joint research today by the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) and US environmental group Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).

How Big a Difference Can Biodegradable Straws Make to the Environment?

Green Business Bureau

Rather, by using an alternative resource to fossil fuels, biodegradable straws enable a reduced ecological footprint across the whole of the product lifespan – from production to disposal. Transitioning from Plastic to Biodegradable Paper Reduces Your Carbon Footprint. However, plastics themselves are produced from fossil fuels – and they are known to release greenhouse gases such as methane and ethylene as they degrade.

'The end of coal is in sight': Scores of nations join pledge to phase-out coal power

Business Green

A statement released today - dubbed the Global Coal to Clean Power Transition Statement - has been signed by a host of developed and developing countries, including both major coal users and climate vulnerable nations.

Global Briefing: Rio Tinto loses lithium mining license in Serbia

Business Green

Rio Tinto's $2.4bn Jadar mining project would have made the Anglo Australian firm one of the world's top producers of lithium, which has found itself in increasing global demand as a key raw material for EV batteries and other clean tech products.

Costa Rica has just run on 100 percent renewable energy for 300 days

Mr. Sustainability

Back in 2015 it managed to generate 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy sources for 299 days, and in 2016, it ran for 271 days on everything but fossil fuels. And it comes at a good time too; the record goes hand-in-hand with the Costa Rican government's plan to be carbon neutral by the year 2021, a deadline which was set up over a decade ago. And their example just goes to show that clean energy works as well as the energy derived from fossil fuels.

IRENA: Renewable energy generates half a million new jobs worldwide in 2019

Business Green

However, with women making up just 12 per cent of the UK's renewable energy workforce, the country lags far behind the global average, with women making up almost a third of the world's renewable energy jobs, IRENA said. As many as 11.5

China Finances Most Coal Plants Built Today

DeSmogBlog

China represents more than a quarter of all global carbon emissions, and it has spent tens of billions of dollars to build coal power facilities in 152 countries over the past decade through its Belt and Road Initiative. China has been the world’s largest carbon emitter for 20 years.

Responsible investing, irresponsible metrics? Race to net zero hit by data reliability woes

Business Green

But concerns persist about the reliability of data metrics measuring carbon output. or sooner currently stands at 87, representing $37tr AUM, more than a third of global assets under management, according to the latest Net Zero Asset Managers initiative figures.

The 5 Biggest US Utilities Committing to Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

GreenTechMedia

Over the past three years, some of the country’s biggest utilities have been committing to a goal that few may have predicted they’d undertake on their own: weaning themselves off carbon-emitting generation by 2050. Jared Polis is pushing a 100 percent carbon-free plan.

Where are they now? Catch up with 30 Under 30 alumni

GreenBiz

My environmental work in Microsoft’s datacenter communities has certainly been disrupted by the global crisis. As we are learning, in climate change as in pandemics, the costs of a global crisis are bound to vastly exceed those of its prevention. UN Global Compact, Arlene Thompson.

The Biggest Sustainability Stories of 2019 (and what to watch for in 2020)

Andrew Winston

Beginning in late 2018 and stretching into 2019, she created a global movement, spoke truth to power , and collected more than 10 million followers on social media. These Gen Z kids will soon become voters and buyers, and Gen Z and Millennials are already half the global workforce.

'China always honours commitments': President Xi enhances 2030 green goals, as world leaders ramp up climate pledges

Business Green

President Xi, one of around 75 world leaders scheduled to speak at the virtual UN summit, reiterated his landmark pledge from September to peak China's carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2060.

Report: Industrial giants guilty of 'slow progress' on climate action

Business Green

Analysis of the carbon performance of the 72 largest listed industrial companies, which include cement, steel, paper, and aluminium firms, reveals just 19 per cent are currently have strategies that are aligned with a 2C pathway.

Can burning biomass be sustainable?

Low Impact

In any case, why send wood pellets to Europe to substitute for coal, when North Americans burn more fossil fuels than Europeans do? Burning wood for energy emits more carbon on a per-unit-of-energy basis than burning coal. Carbon Debt. Where, one asks, is the carbon debt?

Biofuels are a controversial climate solution. Could they still help save the planet?

Grist

The reason it’s considered a solution is that plants suck up carbon from the air while they grow. When we turn them into fuels and burn them, no new carbon is added to the atmosphere —the whole cycle is considered “carbon neutral.”

'Limit the risk': BT's £55bn pension scheme sets 2035 net zero target

Business Green

The UK's largest pension fund promises to decarbonise its savers' investments within 15 years as it joins global Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance. The commitment is aligned with the Paris Agreement's target to limit global warming to 1.5C

Global Briefing: Panama Canal Authority eyes emissions fee for ships

Business Green

Dubbed the Green Vessel Classification system, the scheme is set to include a new Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fee for ships using the canal, in a bid to accelerate the shift away from fossil fuels towards greener forms of shipping, according to Maritime Executive.

Global Briefing: Arrival arrives in US with new headquarters

Business Green

Electric vehicle expansion, RWE emissions targets, and Brazilian net zero aspirations, all feature in this week's round up of global green business news. Brazil announces 'indicative' goal to deliver carbon neutrality by 2060.

Powering the Change: The size of net zero challenge and how to fix it

Business Green

C, we must halve global emissions by 2030. In August, the Sixth Assessment Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicted that average global temperatures could potentially breach the 1.5?C

5 Government Initiatives from Around the World That Are Helping Reduce the Impact of Climate Change

Green Tech Challenge

The problem of global warming crosses geopolitical lines and boundaries, and thus must be addressed by humanity as a whole. Sweden’s Pledge to be Carbon-Neutral Despite uncertainties in global leadership, Sweden promised to honour the Paris Agreement made by the United Nations and cut all its greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. Based on catalytic combustion, its technology runs on different fuels and scales from small to large.

Global Briefing: China emissions on track to peak by mid 2020s

Business Green

The findings, taken from the IEA's An Energy Sector Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality in China report, suggests Beijing's existing policies will also give the country the capacity to accelerate its transition to clean energy sources and reach carbon neutrality before 2060.

Church of England and insurer Generali join $4.3tr Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance

Business Green

The announcement, which came on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, means all three national investment bodies linked to the Church of England would need to be aligned with limiting global warming to 1.5C, with a target to achieve net zero emissions throughout the portfolio by 2050.

Global Briefing: UN calls for rapid acceleration in European CCS deployment

Business Green

UN argues 'rapid deployment' of CCUS needed to meet carbon neutrality goals. The report acknowledges that CCYUS technologies alone will not be sufficient to deliver carbon neutrality in line with the goals ofthe Paris Agreement.

Making the Impossible Possible

Mr. Sustainability

Several promising carbon reduction measures are combined which are technically viable and based on matured technology, although scaling of existing technologies and cooperation with key partners is required. It originates from Heerema’s ambition to become a carbon neutral offshore contractor.

Urban Future Lab, Greentown Labs, and the Fraunhofer USA TechBridge Program Announce the Carbon to Value Initiative

Greentown Labs

Leading climatetech innovation organizations launch multi-year initiative to accelerate the trillion-dollar carbon-to-value market. According to scientists, reducing greenhouse gas emissions alone will not be enough to keep global warming below an average of two degrees Celsius globally.

50 Books on Climate Change and Sustainbility

Green Market Oracle

Here are fifty recently published books on the subjects of global warming, climate mitigation and social change. A significant proportion of global carbon emissions come from farming meat.

'There is no business case for not being sustainable': Inside Capgemini's bold transformation plan for net zero by 2030

Business Green

Over the next ten years, carbon reduction efforts will be a central element of Capgemini's work with its clients, which include some of the world's largest automotive, telecommunications, consumer goods and retail companies.

Trump's State of Disunion (2020 Edition)

Green Market Oracle

Trump bragged about the fact that the US is the world's largest producer of fossil fuels. He did not acknowledge the mounting evidence that suggest fossil fuels are on their way out, and not once did he mention renewable energy.

Leaving trees alone might be better than planting new ones

Grist

In recent years, Moomaw has turned his attention to working on natural solutions to climate change and has become a leading proponent of what he calls “proforestation” — leaving older and middle-aged forests intact because of their superior carbon-sequestration abilities. One paper found in multi-aged forests around the world of all types, that half of the carbon is stored in the largest one-percent diameter trees. Even older forests continue to accumulate carbon in the soils.

How can the world kick its oil habit?

Mr. Sustainability

How do we transition from fossil-based oil towards a sustainable future? Don’t agree on the assessment or the different pathways to get rid of fossil fuels? Either way - whether kicking and screaming or willingly - we will get rid of fossil fuels.

References to Climate in the 2019 Canadian Federal Leaders Debate

Green Market Oracle

On this stage tonight, the Green Party’s the only party with a plan, mission possible, that will –— actually protect us – Hon Andrew Scheer: Our plan takes the climate change fight global, recognizing that Canada can do more to fight climate change by exporting our clean technology and helping other countries — lower their emissions – Rt. We must go off fossil fuels as quickly as possible, and you bought a pipeline. Elizabeth May: No, we have a plan, get rid of fossil – Rt.