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‘I am Asking You to Misbehave’: Companies Across the Globe Take Action on Renewable Energy

first_img‘I am Asking You to Misbehave’: Companies Across the Globe Take Action on Renewable Energy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享GreenTech Media:When President Trump announced plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord attention quickly turned to corporate America. Would business leaders forge ahead in the fight against climate change in the absence of federal backing?In 2017, at least, the answer is yes. As of December 12, when heads of state joined to commemorate the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement, 327 major corporations, worth a cumulative $6.5 trillion, had committed to matching their emission reduction plans with the Paris goals through the Science Based Targets initiative. Another 864 companies have stated their intention to adopt a science-based target within two years. These companies hail from some 50 countries and 70 sectors, including finance, chemicals, food processing, technology hardware and more. Companies headquartered in the U.S. make up 20 percent of the group and have made the greatest number of climate commitments to date, despite uncertainty surrounding the American government’s participation in the Paris accord.In addition, some 1,700 U.S. businesses from every state and of varying sizes — from Walmart to Wild Joe’s Coffee Spot in Bozeman, Montana — have signed the “We Are Still In” declaration. The initiative, which also includes cities, statehouses and college campuses, was intended to demonstrate America’s enduring commitment to delivering on the promise of the Paris Agreement.Apple, for instance, issued a $1 billion green bond in June, shortly after Trump announced his exit from the climate deal, which CEO Tim Cook tried to convince the president not to quit. This is the tech giant’s second green bond, following a $1.5 billion offering that came in response to the Paris Agreement last year. Proceeds from the green bond sales will be used to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects at Apple facilities.In another significant development this year, Walmart launched Project Gigaton, which asks its suppliers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 1 gigaton by 2030. That amounts to the equivalent of taking more than 211 million passenger vehicles off of U.S. roads for an entire year.Walmart is “bypassing the politics” to focus on driving down emissions internally and in its supply chain, said the company’s Chief Sustainability Officer Kathleen McLaughlin, speaking at the New York Times’ ClimateTECH conference in late November. There is a business case for supporting sustainable agriculture, combating deforestation, reducing waste and purchasing renewables, she said. Cost savings is one, but there’s also the potential for business-model innovation, improved product quality and increased sales revenue.“In light of the withdrawal from the Paris accord…I wouldn’t say the political winds are favorable to the climate agenda right now,” McLaughlin said. “But we’re trying to make it practical and favorable just from a common-sense point of view.”Walmart signed the We Are Still in pledge, she added, because “we think we need to show the rest of the world that there is still a critical mass of American companies of states and cities working on this, to drive [climate action] forward.” …New recruits to the 100 percent groupAs part of their climate action plans, 119 companies have committed to sourcing renewable energy for 100 percent of their operations through the RE100 initiative. That’s up from 56 members a year and a half ago.Schneider Electric is the latest company to commit to 100 percent renewable electricity through RE100, with a 2030 target date. The European multinational also pledged to double its energy productivity by 2030, from a 2005 baseline, through an initiative called EP100.  “When it comes to the climate, I’m neither an optimist nor a pessimist — I’m an activist,” said Schneider Electric Chairman and CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire, in a statement. “Prosperity and energy are intertwined.”Other recent additions to the RE100 list include Estée Lauder, Kellogg, DBS Bank and Clif Bar. Citi Group also made the 100 percent renewables pledge in September, on top of the company’s vow to finance $100 billion in clean energy, infrastructure and technology projects. Meanwhile, French utility EDF Group recently committed to transitioning to electric vehicles by 2030 through EV100, a new initiative that seeks to make electric transport “the new normal.” All three initiatives — RE100, EP100 and EV100 — are led by the international nonprofit organization The Climate Group.At the COP23 climate conference in November, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres’ had a message for businesses: “I am asking you to misbehave.” He called for companies around the world to disrupt “business-as-usual” and urge governments to ramp up their climate action plans.Hundreds of businesses, in the U.S. and abroad, have accepted the secretary’s challenge. Now, the world will be watching for them to follow through.More: How Corporations ‘Bypassed the Politics’ to Lead on Clean Energy in 2017last_img read more

Belgium opens borders for travel to EU countries, the Netherlands lifts a negative recommendation for Croatia

first_imgLast night, the Belgian and Dutch governments decided to open their borders to certain countries, ie to abolish the negative recommendation for travel.. Photo: Pexels.com The Netherlands on June 15 lifts a negative recommendation for travel to 12 countries, to Croatia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Italy and the Dutch overseas territories. All countries for which the negative recommendation has been revoked are marked as countries that can be traveled to, but responsibly and with increased caution. “Along with Germany, Belgium and Italy, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Marc Rutte especially pointed out Croatia as a popular holiday destination ” Novak emphasizes.center_img Belgium has thus decided to open its borders on June 15 for travel to EU countries, Schengen and the United Kingdom. “Crossing borders will be possible subject to reciprocity with neighboring countries, and the Belgian government advises citizens to be well informed before traveling, to regularly monitor the situation in the countries they intend to travel to or are currently in, and to regularly follow the pages of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. . The decision to travel outside Europe will be made at European level.”Said Ivan Novak, Director of the CNTB Representation for the Benelux countries. The Netherlands, as a receptive tourist destination, opens its borders to all EU and Schengen countries except Sweden and the United Kingdom, with mandatory compliance with sanitary and social distancing measures.last_img read more

Hernandez reveals Van Gaal talk which prompted United exit

first_img Press Association Hernandez ended a five-year stay at Old Trafford in the summer by signing for Bayer Leverkusen on a three-year deal. The 27-year-old has been revitalised in Germany, scoring 19 goals already this season for club and country. Louis van Gaal told Javier Hernandez he only had a “one per cent chance” of playing up front for Manchester United, the Mexican has revealed.center_img While United were being dumped out of the Champions League and then losing to Bournemouth, Hernandez was busy scoring against Barcelona and then netting a hat-trick in the Bundesliga. Hernandez spent last season on loan at Real Madrid after Van Gaal told him to take the right offer if it came up, and the United boss left the striker in little doubt where he stood during the summer. In an interview with Movistar reported by Marca, Hernandez said: “I spoke with Van Gaal and he said that I only had a one per cent chance of playing in my position, so I headed to Bayer. “I felt confident from the very first day. I feel important, not just because of my goals, but because I feel that I’ll start every game”. Hernandez joined Manchester United from Guadalajara in 2010 and scored 20 goals in his first season, being voted player of the year by the fans. After Sir Alex Ferguson retired and was succeeded as manager by David Moyes in 2013, Hernandez began to fall out of favour He praised Ferguson for his squad management, saying: ” I was extremely lucky to be the first (Mexican) player to move to one of the biggest clubs in the world. “I had a great time there. I had an incredible start, full of opportunities, although those opportunities dwindled over time and things took a turn for the worse. “I’m so grateful to Ferguson. I think he’s the best there’s ever been, especially his squad management skills. “Every player had his place. A squad player could still play 15 games a season. He opened the door to Europe for me and I won two league titles there.” last_img read more

Eagle Mountain-Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project given environmental assessment certificate

first_imgdevelop a Grizzly Bear Mitigation and Monitoring Plan to avoid or reduce impacts to grizzly bears from the project;enter into an agreement with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations prior to the start of construction to contribute $250,000 towards the monitoring and study of grizzly bear populations;develop an Indian River Watershed Mitigation and Management Plan to minimize potential effects from the project on Tsleil-Waututh’s interests;continue to consult and engage with Aboriginal groups to provide opportunities for involvement in monitoring activities, share information, identify and protect heritage resources, and discuss the effectiveness of measures to avoid or reduce effects from the project;hire an environmental monitor prior to construction to help FortisBC Energy Inc. to identify and avoid or reduce adverse effects from the project on environmental, health, economic, social and heritage values;use an underground trenchless construction method to avoid or reduce impacts of any construction on the Skwelwil’em Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management Area;consult with Aboriginal groups and government agencies to develop a plan to manage and monitor effects from the project on community services and infrastructure; andcontinue to communicate with the public about the project, including information sharing and providing opportunities to discuss mitigation measures, the development and implementation of plans, and compliance with environmental assessment certificate conditions.The project still has many hurdles to cross, as there are federal, provincial, local permits to receive. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Eagle Mountain-Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project is taking another step forward.Environment Minister Mary Polak and Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman issued an environmental assessment certificate to FortisBC Energy Inc.The decision was finalized after reviewing information from the British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Office.- Advertisement -There will be 30 conditions that FortisBC Energy Inc. must follow.The certificate conditions were made up by numerous groups and people: Aboriginal groups, government agencies, local governments, communities and the public.The key conditions for FortisBC Energy Inc. are as follows:Advertisementlast_img read more

Ipswich vs Norwich: Live talkSPORT commentary, kick-off time and team news

first_imgBut the Canaries have hardly been better and come into this one after a sobering 3-0 defeat to Leeds.Daniel Farke would love a victory here to unite the fanbase, just as they did last season.What time is Ipswich vs Norwich?The match will be held on Sunday, September 2.Kick-off at Portman Road is at midday.When the sides last met in February, Norwich salvaged a dramatic point after a 95th minute Timm Klose equaliser.How can I listen to the game on talkSPORT?Tune in to talkSPORT 2 form 11.45am via our free web player.You can also tune in via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Your City XI for the derby ⬇️#ncfc pic.twitter.com/QVgxyXfMBq— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) September 2, 2018 Farke’s side won 1-0 at Portman Road last season silverware highlights 1 FOOTBALL LATEST Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Getty possible standings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack smart causal It’s always tasty when Ipswich and Norwich clash in the Norfolk derby.The Tractor Boys are still searching for their first win of the season and will kick off this game rock bottom of the Championship. What is the team news? TEAM-NEWS | Here’s how Town line-up on derby day at Portman Road… 👇 #itfc pic.twitter.com/DWNG7CXrTP— Ipswich Town FC (@Official_ITFC) September 2, 2018 impact last_img read more