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Greenpeace at the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report approval meeting in Copenhagen

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 ottobre 2014

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Copenhagen. Greenpeace will host a press briefing on FRIDAY 31st, OCTOBER at 11.15 a.m. at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) (Øster Voldgade 10, 1350 Copenhagen K) as a ‘side event’ to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting taking place in the city. At the briefing, climate and energy experts from the Danish Energy Agency, Climate Analytics, Ecofys and Greenpeace will elaborate on some key IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) themes: zero emissions, renewable energy and coal.
As official observers to the IPCC a team of experts from Greenpeace will be available for comment on the AR5 findings and their implications for action throughout the meeting in Copenhagen (27th October – 2nd of November, 2014). Media briefings on the IPCC key findings and Denmark’s 100% renewable energy commitment are available at http://www.greenpeace.org/ipcc. The IPCC is convening to approve and adopt the final volume of its AR5 Report. The report itself is scheduled to be launched on Sunday the 2nd of November. The Synthesis Report will integrate and condense the wealth of information contained in the three Working Group reports released over the past year into a concise document – explicitly targeted at policymakers. This is the core factual document drawing together the assessment of past changes in climate as well as projections for the future and looking at adaptation, mitigation and an overview of possible risks and solutions. “The Synthesis Report will bring together the latest understanding of climate change and what we must do to prevent catastrophic consequences. It will be critical in guiding governments as they decide their climate policies in the near future”, said Kaisa Kosonen of Greenpeace. “The takeaway message from the IPCC is that climate change is happening and we are causing it. Its effects are already evident across all continents and oceans – despite there being less than 1C° of warming so far – and some impacts are showing alarming signs of acceleration. Meanwhile, global emissions, especially from coal, continued to grow rapidly in the past decade.” “We still have time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change by phasing out fossil fuels and bringing emissions down to zero, but we need to get started now”.

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Introducing the new EFQM Committed to Sustainability

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BruxellesIn 2014, many organisations may say they understand the concepts of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability, but can they really demonstrate the integration of these concepts into the way they work? When the EFQM Excellence Model was first issued in 1992, the inclusion of a criterion called “Impact on Society” caused the most discussion. Still today, a majority of organisations struggle in demonstrating their commitment. As an answer, EFQM designed a new type of assessment named EFQM Committed to Sustainability.EFQM Committed to Sustainability has been designed to provide a holistic 1 day assessment of an organisation’s sustainability strategy. The assessment explores 4 themes; People, Planet, Profit and Products. With the integration of the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact into the assessment framework, an organisation going through the EFQM Committed to Sustainability will not only gain feedback on the impact and effectiveness of its sustainable strategy but also earn the “EFQM Committed to Sustainability” recognition.
At the EFQM Forum in Brussels, Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, recognised the first 3 organisations to achieve EFQM Committed to Sustainability; Ricoh Belgium, Robert Bosch Rodez Plant and Royal Philips NV.Georg Kell commented: “EFQM has played a critical role in the development of the Global Compact. Our partnership, formed a decade ago, introduced us to the continuous performance model, which inspired the Global Compact’s Communications on Progress (COP) methodology. As the business and society agenda has evolved significantly over the past decade, a stronger collaboration between the two organisations promises to build a healthier balance between businesses, citizens and the planet.” Marc Amblard, EFQM Chief Executive Officer, added: “Social responsibility has always been at the heart of the EFQM Excellence Model. Our new Committed to Excellence assessment is another milestone in our long-term partnership with the UN Global Compact. Together we can support support organisations on their journey towards sustainable excellence.”
We are committed to help organisations improve performance through the EFQM Excellence Model, a management framework used by over 30 000 organisations. To help you implement our Model, we provide training, assessment tools and recognition. But our real talent comes from gathering good practices and integrating those within our portfolio for your benefit.

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“Water, Energy, Land and Food Security and the Challenge of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions”

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Food_SecurityOctober 2014- January 2015 On behalf of the School of Doctorate of the University of Venice IUAV and the Department of Design and Planning in Complex Environment, and the Venice International University (VIU), we kindly invite you to participate to the seminar series “Water, Energy and Food Security and the Challenge of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions” that will be run in Venice from October 2014 to January 2015. The seminars have received the endorsement of the National Institute of Agricultural Economics (INEA), the Venice Expò2015 Committee and the ENEL Foundation.
Since the early 2000s, private companies, state-owned companies, investment funds and public-private partnerships have invested in large tracts of agricultural land, especially in developing countries, aimed at installing commercial activities. This phenomenon, often referred to as land grabbing, has attracted much attention and also raised concerns about its socio-economic and environmental implications from national governments, international institutions, civil society and academia. This seminar series will address a number of challenges raised by this rush for land, by hosting international scholars and experts. Increasing understanding of the implications for water, food and energy security will be the overarching aim of the seminars. These themes are also relevant for Expò 2015 that will be held in Milan in 2015.

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