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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

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

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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