Against the Clock: The Palm Oil Problem

Posted by Lucy Haines on 17-Apr-2018 16:13:39

Palm oil is once again a hot topic in sustainability with the announcement by Iceland that they will stop using Palm Oil in all their own brand food by the end of this year. This has possibly been spurred on by a recent report by Greenpeace entitled, ‘Moment of truth’. The publication claims that firms are unlikely to meet their pledges on eliminating deforestation from palm oil production. Pressure is mounting for organisations to act as the charity takes aim at those failing to display transparency on the matter, with no qualms about naming and shaming.

In 2010 members of the Consumer Goods Forum made a promise to clean up the palm oil supply chains and achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. Less than two years left to come good on this commitment, and with a rush for bio-fuels creating a surge in demand and high deforestation rates persisting, it seems time is running out to meet this goal.

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Topics: emissions, Palm Oil, supply chain, deforestation

Fuelling Change & Preservation in Kenya

Posted by Lucy Haines on 12-Apr-2018 12:53:41

This week is Africa Climate Week. Officials from eight African countries and the UN are convening in Nairobi for a week-long conference, the purpose of which is to support the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement as well as assist delivery on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In support of the endeavours of the conference this week and to highlight the importance of their mission, we are featuring the EcoAct Group’s offsetting project in Embu County, in the foothills of Mount Kenya. This project demonstrates the challenges faced by local communities and how a cheap and efficient solution is driving positive change both socially and environmentally.

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Topics: paris agreement, Sustainable Development Goals, Carbon Offsetting, Africa Climate Week

A sustainable maritime industry in a 2°C scenario - has the ship already sailed?

Posted by Joe Beviss on 05-Apr-2018 10:39:02

Shipping has long been a fundamental enabler of trade, although its important role may go unnoticed. Think about where the clothes you are wearing were made and how they arrived here. What about your phone? How did its components all come together to reach your hand right now? It's very likely that shipping played a role in both examples. How is this all made possible?

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Topics: Sustainable Development Goals, Science based targets, emissions, Shipping

Top ten takeaways: The world energy outlook

Posted by Marientina Laina on 05-Apr-2018 10:31:17

We recently attended Fatih Birol’s presentation in advance of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) first publication of the Global Energy and CO₂ Status Report. Their flagship publication, World Energy Outlook, was published in November 2017.

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Topics: International Energy Association, energy, IEA

Scenario Analysis: future-proofing your organisation

Posted by Lucy Haines on 27-Mar-2018 12:39:04

The uncertainties regarding the future state of the earth’s climate are vast. With the potential for many different climatic conditions, preparing businesses and the economy for the future poses a great challenge. To tackle this, increasing attention is being given to scenario analysis.

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Topics: Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, scenario analysis

Is the reform of the EU ETS sufficient to contribute to the Paris Agreement?

Posted by Emilie Alberola on 23-Mar-2018 08:54:29

On 27th February 2018, Member States (MS) formally approved the reform of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) for phase IV (2021-2030) at the EU Council. After more than two years of negotiations since the EU disclosed its initial proposal for reform, this approval by MS is the last political step before implementation.

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Topics: emissions, emissions trading scheme

The TCFD Recommendations: making the case for climate-related financial disclosures

Posted by Absa-Reena Tasaddiq & Amelia Pardoe on 21-Mar-2018 06:00:00

Climate change is recognised as a significant threat to the stability of the global economic, social and geopolitical system. The TCFD recommendations represent a concerted commitment amongst experts to better account for the risks and opportunities that organisations now face and to build a more sustainable global financial system.

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Topics: Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures

Setting the stage for Europe’s next economic transformation?

Posted by Lucy Haines on 15-Mar-2018 14:47:58

On 31st January the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG) published its roadmap for responsible finance in Europe. This 100-page detailed document we have read for you articulates an ambitious and comprehensive set of recommendations with an overarching objective to ‘hardwire’ sustainability into the EU’s regulatory and financial policy framework.

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Energy access is a gender issue

Posted by Rachel Hunter on 08-Mar-2018 07:00:00

To mark International Women’s Day, we revisit a blog about our project in Sudan and how it contributes to improving the lives of communities, and especially women, in Darfur.

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Topics: International Women's Day

Plastic - What can we do about it?

Posted by Luke Mendenhall on 21-Feb-2018 14:20:46

The use of plastics is a hot topic right now. It has entered the consumer consciousness and companies, communities, and politicians are taking action.  

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Topics: Circular economy

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