Vestas Promises to Go Carbon-Free by 2030

Already fully powered by renewables, the world’s largest wind turbine maker will turn its focus to areas like transportation and heating.

Vestas, the world’s leading manufacturer of wind turbines, announced plans to become carbon-neutral by 2030 without the use of any offsets, also stating it will lean heavily on its suppliers to shrink their own emissions.

Denmark’s Vestas said Monday it will slash its carbon emissions 55 percent by 2025 — and zero them out entirely by the end of the new decade. Vestas employs 25,000 people worldwide, with factories spread across four continents, including several in Colorado. In addition to manufacturing, Vestas services a 90-gigawatt operating fleet of wind farms for customers around the world.

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Source: GreenTech Media

The UN climate talks are over for another year – was anything achieved?

Governments at the UN climate talks in Madrid responded to the growing urgency of the crisis with a partial admission that carbon-cutting targets are too weak, but few concrete plans to strengthen them in line with the Paris agreement.

Two weeks of talks ended on Sunday afternoon with a formal recognition of the need to bridge the gap between greenhouse gas targets set in 2015 in Paris and scientific advice that says much deeper cuts are needed. Current targets would put the world on track for 3C of warming, which scientists say would ravage coastal cities and destroy agriculture over swathes of the globe.

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Source: The Guardian

Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions

The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era.

New data from world-renowned researchers reveals how this cohort of state-owned and multinational firms are driving the climate emergency that threatens the future of humanity, and details how they have continued to expand their operations despite being aware of the industry’s devastating impact on the planet.

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Source: The Guardian

Banks worth $47 trillion adopt new UN-backed climate, sustainability principles

In the Principles, launched one day ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, banks commit to strategically align their business with the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and massively scale up their contribution to the achievement of both. 

“The UN Principles for Responsible Banking are a guide for the global banking industry to respond to, drive and benefit from a sustainable development economy,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said at the launch event, adding that they also “create the accountability that can realize responsibility, and the ambition that can drive action.” 

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Source: UN News

Why industry is going green on the quiet

Secret sustainability’ is on the rise, with companies loath to talk about their ecological credentials. Why?

There’s a factory in Asia that uses only a single litre of water to make a pair of jeans. That’s 346 litres less than Levi-Strauss estimated it took to make a pair of its jeans in 2015. Wouldn’t you love to buy your jeans from this amazingly innovative factory? Me too, but I don’t even know what it’s called.

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Source: The Guardian

Greta Thunberg and ‘Flight Shame’ Are Fueling a Carbon Offset Boom

Campaigning by climate activist Greta Thunberg and filmmaker-naturalist David Attenborough is persuading pollution-conscious fliers to try and mitigate the environmental damage caused by their flights.

Sales of so-called carbon offsets are soaring: Myclimate, a Swiss nonprofit whose clients include Deutsche Lufthansa AG, reported a five-fold uptake in its credits in a year. At Ryanair Holdings Plc, Europe’s largest discount carrier, the number of customers making voluntary offset payments has almost doubled in 18 months.

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Coca-Cola Great Britain Brings Back Reverse Vending Machines

Cola-Cola Great Britain is bringing reverse vending machines back to Merlin Entertainments sites following a successful trial initiative last summer. This time, the beverage company has placed 23 machines across local attractions.

The way the machines work is that each bottle recycled delivers a 50%-off voucher for one of Merlin’s amusement park locations. Last year’s pilot began in late July and ran through the end of August.

Machines available this summer are set to be operational through October 17 at Alton Towers Resort, Thorpe Park Resort, Chessington World of Adventures Resort, and Legoland Windsor Resort. All other participating attractions have the machines until March 31, 2020, the beverage company noted.

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Source: Environmental Leader

Fashion retailers cannot afford to ignore sustainability

Fashion retailers are taking steps to improve sustainability, but recycled ranges and ethical product filters are weak responses to a trend that could cause significant disruption to the market.

Sustainable fashion

Consumers and retailers alike have recognised the growing importance of sustainability in fashion, as seen by the recent wave of announcements by online fashion retailers, including Asos with its “responsible edit” range, to cater for a customer base that is far more aware of the impact clothing has on the environment and are looking to live more sustainable lifestyles.

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Source: Retail Insight

Global carbon emissions hit another record

To avert climate catastrophe, the power sector needs a more sustainable energy mix.

In “ICE ON FIRE”, a documentary narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio which premiered last night on HBO, the actor and environmental activist highlights the magnitude of the climate crisis and some of the tools available to fight it, from renewable energy to advanced batteries to carbon capture.

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Source: The Economist

World Environment Day 5 June

It is time to act decisively. My message to governments is clear: tax pollution; end fossil fuel subsidies; and stop building new coal plants. We need a green economy not a grey economy.” — Secretary-General, António Guterres

Humans are both creatures and moulders of their environment, which gives them physical sustenance and affords them the opportunity for intellectual, moral, social and spiritual growth. In the long and tortuous evolution of the human race on this planet a stage has been reached when, through the rapid acceleration of science and technology, humans have acquired the power to transform their environment in countless ways and on an unprecedented scale.

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Source: United Nations