Sweden passed a new Climate Act on Thursday, legally binding the country to reach net-zero emissions by the year 2045. The act, which passed in parliament by a vote of 254 to 41, is even more ambitious than what the Scandinavian country pledged under the Paris Agreement: Under the new act, Sweden will reach carbon neutrality five years earlier.

According to a recent analysis, Sweden is one of just three European countries with climate policies in line with the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The country has had a carbon tax in place since the 1990s and has invested heavily in wind and solar since the early aughts. Sweden derives only 25 percent of its energy from fossil fuel.

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Source: Pacific Standard

HP reveals new sustainability goals

It´s time to get on board with the circular economy, PC giant says.

HP has unveiled plans to revolutionise the way it works to provide a range of environmentally friendly business practices.

The PC giant has pledged to cut the amount of greenhouse gases and waste material generated in making its products within the next ten years as it looks to promote sustainability within what it calls the “circular economy”.

“Sustainability is a guiding principle for HP,” Judy Glazer, the company’s head of sustainability and product compliance said at the company’s HP Sustainability Summit 2017 event in London today, “there’s a real benefit for our customers and society at large.”

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Source: IT ProPortal

Mapping the carbon footprint of EU regions

While the EU Commission has encouraged Member States to combine national and international climate change mitigation measures with subnational environmental policies, there has been little harmonized effort towards the quantification of embodied greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from household consumption across European regions. This study develops an inventory of carbon footprints associated with household consumption for 177 regions in 27 EU countries, thus, making a key contribution for the incorporation of consumption-based accounting into local decision-making.

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Source: IOP Science

Here’s how US carbon pollution stacks up with the rest of the world

President Donald Trump may yank the United States out of the Paris accord on climate change, and even though that wouldn’t end the agreement, it would deal it a major blow.

The news sparked widespread criticism. The agreement, which went into effect last November, is the product of several years of difficult negotiations involving most of the countries on earth, and it marked the first global deal to limit carbon emissions.

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Source: CNBC

All UK Unilever sites powered by renewable energy

Unilever has announced all its sites in the UK are now powered by renewable energy.

The consumer goods giant has signed a contract with energy company Eneco UK that means 15 sites receive power from a wind farm in the Scottish highlands.

Coupled with an existing agreement with a biomethane company, which supplies five sites, this means “all of Unilever UK’s manufacturing sites source 100% of [their] electricity from certified renewable sources, which will help deliver long-term value and advance the company’s wider carbon reduction commitment”.

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Source: CIPS.org

Tesco pledges Paris agreement support with 100% renewable electricity target

Tesco has pledged to source all of its global electricity requirements from renewables by 2030 on its path to becoming a zero carbon company by 2050, in an effort to meet the climate change targets set at COP21.

Through investment of over £700 million in energy efficiency in its stores and distribution centres since 2007, the supermarket chain has reduced its emissions by 41% per square foot of its estate, saving £200 million in annual energy savings as a result.

However, despite being on track to deliver on its 2020 targets for emissions reduction, Tesco’s head of climate change and sustainable agriculture Kené Umeasiegbu has today said more must be done to reach the company’s more ambitious targets.

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Source: Clean Energy News

Nespresso bid to recycle coffee pods

The coffee company Nespresso – part of the Swiss multinational Nestlé – is to trial a scheme to make it easier for consumers to recycle their used aluminium capsules in the UK, in the face of a growing environmental backlash against increasingly popular single-serve pods, many of which end up in landfill.

A six-month pilot, starting this week in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, will allow Nespresso Club members to recycle their used capsules through their council household recycling service, using special purple bags provided by the company. The borough’s 190,000 residents will only be able to put out capsules made by Nespresso.

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Source: The Guardian

You are what you buy – the first International Standard for sustainable procurement just published

Sustainable purchasing can improve supplier relations – and your business. ISO 20400 for sustainable procurement has just been published to help organizations make sustainable purchasing a way of life.

Procurement plays a large role in any organization, large or small. Who an organization buys from has just as big an impact on its performance as what it buys. Ensuring suppliers have sound and ethical practices – across everything from working conditions and risk management to their environmental impact – has the potential to not only make businesses work better, but to improve the lives of everyone in the communities where they are situated.

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Source: International Organisation for Standardization

Philips links sustainability performance to corporate finance

Philips has agreed a unique deal with a consortium of international banks that links the company’s sustainability performance to the interest rate attached to a €1 billion (£836 million) loan.

The company has agreed to have its current sustainability efforts assessed by independent provider of environmental, social and corporate government ratings Sustainalytics, which will be used as a benchmark for future improvements.

This year-on-year approach will determine how much interest is to be paid on the revolving credit facility, with greater achievements to be met with a lower rate. Alternatively, interest on the loan will increase should Philips go backwards in its sustainability efforts.

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Source: Clean Energy News

C&I Companies Can Expect Improvement in Plastics Recycling, Says BPFRG

British manufacturing companies can expect a steady stream of “valuable plastic material” for use in their operations, if the British Plastics Federation Recycling Group (BPFRG) has its way. The group is launching a strategy that will use both industry-led initiatives and regulation in the hopes of improving plastic recycling in the UK.

The strategy aims to encourage the development of the UK plastic recycling industry and keep valuable plastic material in the UK so it can be used by the manufacturing sector. The group calls for a split plastic packaging recycling target that increases over time — the split would be between UK-based recycling and exporting.

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Source: Environmental Leader