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Rifiuti elettronici: le EcoIsole RAEE di Milano diventano modello per il C40 -Cities Climate Leadership Group

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 aprile 2019

Le EcoIsole RAEE realizzate dal consorzio Ecolight diventano modello per una nuova raccolta dei piccoli rifiuti elettronici. Una delegazione del C40 – Cities Climate Leadership Group, rete globale costituita dai sindaci delle maggiori città del mondo per combattere i mutamenti climatici, durante il sopralluogo a Milano ha fatto tappa oggi, venerdì 29 marzo, nel quartiere Baggio per vedere il funzionamento dell’EcoIsola RAEE posizionata al Municipio 7. Guidati da Amsa-Gruppo A2A, una decina di rappresentanti di città quali Los Angeles, Abu Dhabi, Tel Aviv e Rotterdam, aderenti alla rete mondiale impegnata nella tutela dell’ambiente, hanno voluto vedere il funzionamento dell’innovativa soluzione adottata da Milano per la raccolta di prossimità dei piccoli RAEE. Grazie infatti al progetto avviato da Amsa-Gruppo A2A in collaborazione con Ecolight, otto EcoIsole sono state posizionate in altrettanti municipi del capoluogo lombardo: nei soli primi due mesi del 2019, sono state utilizzate da 2 mila cittadini che hanno conferito oltre 1,5 tonnellate di piccoli elettrodomestici, cellulari e lampadine a risparmio energetico.
«I RAEE sono tra i rifiuti che crescono ad un tasso maggiore nel mondo. Potenziare la loro raccolta è quindi una necessità per tutelare maggiormente l’ambiente», ricorda Giancarlo Dezio, direttore generale di Ecolight, consorzio nazionale per la gestione dei RAEE, delle pile e degli accumulatori esausti. «L’EcoIsola RAEE offre ai cittadini una possibilità in più per conferirli correttamente e così avviarli ad percorso di trattamento e recupero».
L’EcoIsola è un cassonetto intelligente, interamente automatizzato, nato da un progetto europeo che Ecolight ha realizzato per la raccolta di prossimità dei RAEE con l’esplicito scopo di facilitare la raccolta dei rifiuti elettronici di piccole dimensioni. Vi possono essere conferiti cellulari, telecomandi, tablet, ma anche lampadine a risparmio energetico, piccoli led e neon non più funzionanti. «Sono questi i rifiuti elettronici più difficili da intercettare: solamente poco più del 20% segue un corretto percorso di trattamento e recupero. Eppure sono riciclabili fino a oltre il 90% del loro peso», aggiunge Dezio.
Per utilizzare l’EcoIsola RAEE l’utente deve strisciare nell’apposita fessura la Carta Regionale dei Servizi (tessera sanitaria) quindi selezionare il tipo di rifiuto che intende conferire, inserendolo successivamente all’interno dello sportello dedicato. Quando i contenitori interni sono pieni è la stessa macchina ad avvisare gli operatori di Ecolight Servizi per il loro svuotamento. Per evitare possibili vandalismi le EcoIsole sono dotate di un sistema antintrusione.
Ecolight – Costituito nel 2004, è uno dei maggiori sistemi collettivi per la gestione dei Raee, delle Pile e degli Accumulatori. Il consorzio Ecolight, che raccoglie quasi 1.800 aziende, è il secondo a livello nazionale per quantità di immesso e il primo per numero di consorziati. È stato inoltre il primo sistema collettivo in Italia ad avere le certificazioni di qualità ISO 9001 e ISO 14001. È punto di riferimento per la grande distribuzione (Gdo) e tratta tutte le tipologie di Raee. http://www.ecolight.it

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Activist investors put climate change on BP’s agenda

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 febbraio 2019

The resolution was designed and proposed by investors including the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the largest public pension fund in the US, alongside private firms including HSBC Global Asset Management and Manulife Asset Management, under the auspices of the Climate Action 100+ initiative. “Investors remain concerned that the Company has not yet demonstrated that its strategy, which includes growth in oil and gas as well as pursuing low carbon businesses, is consistent with the Paris Goals,” it reads. “It also presents a potential inconsistency between the Company’s actions and its stated corporate purpose ‘to power economic growth and lift people out of poverty’ given climate vulnerabilities in many developing countries.” Investors want BP to measure its plans to invest in new resources against the need to limit carbon emissions, and to improve the metrics that it uses to monitor and report the emissions associated with its operations. They have also called for BP executives to have their bonuses linked to the company’s progress towards sustainability targets. BP’s board say that they will support the resolution, which will be voted on at the company’s annual general meeting in May.
Climate Action 100+, which was founded in December 2017, has the support of more than 300 investors who collectively represent more than US$32 trillion in assets under management.
Activist investors previously pushed climate change onto BP’s agenda in 2015, when the ‘Aiming for A’ investor coalition requested disclosures on the company’s climate change risks.Global investment companies are increasingly demanding greater action and transparency from oil and gas businesses, as the economic cost of climate change becomes clearer, and as social pressure rises. Research by the shareholder advocacy group As You Sow found that between 2012 and 2018, 160 climate-related shareholder resolutions were filed at US-listed oil and gas companies. More than 1,000 institutional investors, representing more than US$6 trillion in assets under management, have begun to divest entirely from fossil fuel investments, according to a 2018 report from Arabella Advisors.“Investors are helping to ensure climate change is firmly on the boardroom agenda, which is especially important for the oil and gas sector,” said Stephanie Pfeifer, a member of the global Climate Action 100+ Steering Committee and the CEO of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change. “It’s encouraging to see major companies such as BP moving in the right direction. Global carbon emissions need to be reduced urgently and investors expect other companies in the sector to follow suit.” (by responsiblebusiness.com)

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Climate change plays second fiddle as California burns

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 14 novembre 2018

By Jon Allsop. California is burning again. Separate fires in the north and south of the state wreaked devastation over the weekend and are not done yet. In SoCal, the Woolsey Fire has killed two people so far. In Butte County, north of Sacramento, the death toll from the Camp Fire is 29 and rising, with more than 200 people still missing. Many news organizations have stressed the historic proportions of the latter fire, in particular—on Sunday night, it tied as the deadliest recorded in California history. While outlets at all levels have painted poignant portraits of human suffering, local newspapers, as is their responsibility, have led with more pragmatic coverage. Small titles like the Chico Enterprise-Record have reported on what dislocated residents can expect to happen next. The San Francisco Chronicle, meanwhile, took a bigger picture look at how the state’s intensifying fire threat might be mitigated going forward. The Woolsey and Camp fires are not coincidental, one-off monstrosities, but rather significant new evidence of a rapidly changing climate. Sadly, far too much media coverage has failed to draw that link. That oversight is not surprising—in turn, it fits its own trend of big news organizations investing in detailed reporting on climate change, then failing to cite it in their quick turnaround stories when the threat strikes close to home. (As Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida last month, CJR’s Pete Vernon pointed out that newspaper front pages did not mention climate change, despite having splashed dire UN climate projections just days earlier.) Over the weekend, fire stories that did reference climate change often did so in quotation marks, referencing, variously, high-profile comments from outgoing California Governor Jerry Brown, Los Angeles fire chief Daryl Osby, and the musician Neil Young (the latter’s remarks, on his website, were a rare benefit of a cycle that otherwise paid wildly disproportionate attention to celebrities losing their homes). These are weighty voices, and editors’ hesitation to blame individual meteorological events on climate change in the absence of conclusive proof is not without reason. Nonetheless, this sort of attribution is not sufficiently authoritative. Brown’s comments, in particular, were framed as a political dispute with President Trump, even though the latter’s weekend tweets blaming poor forest management for the fires carried significantly less merit.There is clear contextual evidence of the role of climate change in California’s worsening wildfire problem, and not enough outlets have cited it. The San Francisco Chronicle, at least, quickly got bona fide experts on the record: LeRoy Westerling, a climate and fire scientist at the University of California, Merced, for example, told the paper that “Climate change is drying out our landscape.” The Chronicle’s editorial board itself weighed in definitively as the fires spread on Friday, adding a practical call to action. “Rather than absolve us of responsibility for the growing human and material devastation of wildfires,” it wrote, “global warming should spur more urgent efforts to mitigate the danger with policies that make sense in any weather.” (font: CJR Editors)

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EU-India Energy and Climate Days & Business

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 settembre 2018

The European Commission (EC)-funded Business Beyond Borders sessions, and their outcomes, at Renewable Energy India Expo 2018 (REI) (18-20 September 2018, Greater Noida) were praised by H.E. the EU Ambassador to India, Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, as ‘the kind of events we need to move the business, energy and sustainable development agenda forward between the EU and India’.
A visiting delegation of about 80 EUR representatives took part in the EU-India Energy and Climate Days & Business Beyond Borders activities over the past week, taking place in New Delhi and Greater Noida.Giving the welcome address at the ‘India and EU – Co-Creation of Projects in alignment with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ dialogue session on Friday, which marked the end of the EU-India Clean Energy Days, EU Ambassador Kozlowski added, when addressing the the gap between ideas and concrete actions in the renewable energy sector: ‘We are now working on practical solutions. That’s why it’s important to come together to foster business opportunities between European and Indian companies’. EU Ambassador Kozlowski also announced some of the deals struck between EU and Indian companies during the Business Beyond Borders (BBB) meetings.Over the past week, more than 364 renewable energy Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Clusters from 34 countries (including 121 EU Companies from 19 countries) took part in 537 meetings during the Business Beyond Borders matchmaking sessions at REI 2018. Besides the matchmaking meetings and the dialogue session on SDGs, companies registered for the BBB event at REI 2018 also took part in the ‘Doing Business in India’ seminar; and the European Night Networking Evening. Some of the European clusters present at REI 2018 also had the opportunity to have ministerial meetings at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of India.Representing both Archenerg Cluster from Hungary and COSMENERG-4i ‘Global Clusters for Renewable Energy and Environmental Technologies’, the biggest partnership in Central and Eastern Europe comprising 450 companies, Ramon Vivanco Mugarra considered the BBB matchmaking sessions at REI 2018 to be an added-value for COSMENERG-4i: ’India has a huge potential and technologies when it comes to renewable energy, which is a great asset in the European market. I had the chance to meet different companies which are willing to join our alliance in Europe, so I’m pretty happy with the outcome of my BBB meetings’.Business Beyond Borders, a project financed by the European Commission, helps businesses, especially SMEs and clusters, to trade across borders and explore third markets. It has held eight successful international events (in Madrid, Cape Town, Paris, Milan, Cannes, Santiago, Sydney and Tehran) where over 300 new business partnerships have been agreed.The Business Beyond Borders event at REI 2018 was organised in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union to India; the European Business Technology Centre (EBTC); and UBM India. The final Business Beyond Borders matchmaking event will take place at VISION (6 – 8 November, Stuttgart, Germany); and target companies operating in the machine vision industry.

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Climate action so far in 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 maggio 2018

The Climate Action Tracker has updated our assessments of 23 of the 32 countries whose development on climate action we track. While some progress has been made since November, most governments’ policies are still not on track towards meeting their Paris Agreement commitments, many of which are in themselves far from sufficient to keep warming to the agreed 1.5˚C warming limit. Our assessments point to an urgent need for governments to scale up both their policies and targets to bring them more in line with a pathway to limiting warming to 1.5˚C.
Renewable energy from wind and solar is still developing so fast that the CAT had to revise its projections for emissions in 2030 downwards for the USA (despite the Administration’s efforts in the opposite direction) and for Chile (where record low costs for RE paved the way to the adoption of a plan to phase out coal). Argentina presented new energy scenarios that, if implemented, would result in significantly lower emissions.There are also some standout new policies that have been announced, but not yet implemented (nor quantified by CAT). An example is New Zealand’s new government, which has announced it will be at net zero carbon by 2050 and will introduce a Zero Carbon Act. An increasing number of countries are turning away from coal, with a new “Powering Past Coal Alliance” of more than 20 countries aiming at phasing out its use. One of its members, the UK, has decreased the share of coal in electricity generation from around 40% to 7% in 3 years. Germany, Europe’s leading coal user, has just initiated a process to work out a phase out deadline. Outside the realm of national policies, international shipping acknowledged for the first time the need to phase out GHG emissions completely and has set the target to reduce its emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 (see page 7 of briefing)
In contrast, there is still a disappointing theme of some governments not yet willing – or unable – to give up coal.
Japan, Indonesia, Philippines and Turkey, for example, are still proceeding with coal plant construction plans that will continue to drive up emissions and risk significant stranded assets. Although China is stopping coal plant construction in some provinces due to overcapacities, coal continues to account for about two-thirds of electricity generation, and additional plants have been permitted. Total coal use in China rose again last year after a decline since 2013. Within the EU, Poland, this year’s host of the climate conference, continues to rely heavily on coal and is alone in the EU planning expansion.
Governments that have decided to phase-out coal, but need further steps for implementation:
South Korea has announced its intention to shut down several old coal plants earlier than scheduled and to reconsider the new plants seeking permits or under construction, but has not yet been able to fully implement these aspirations. Other countries, for example Chile and Germany have taken a first step and decided to start a process to determine phase-out schedules. In both countries almost half of the electricity today is generated by coal.
Governments still focussed on a coal-fired future, while the reality on the ground is renewables: continued coal use appears to be still firmly in the sights of the USA and Australian governments, despite clear signs from on the ground that renewable energy is taking over due to cost-competitiveness—and is highly likely to continue doing so.
Under the Paris Agreement, governments have agreed to improve their commitments over time, with preparations for the first round ongoing in 2018. There is a need for most governments to scale up their targets by 2020 to bring them in line with the Paris Agreement 1.5 limit.
Some, for example Mexico and individual EU Member States (Germany, UK, France, Czech Republic) have already developed long term strategies and some are working on strengthening them.
Others, like New Zealand, are working on developing strategies to implement their long-term targets. The EU is working on updating their existing long-term strategy as a basis to revise the 2030 target to speed up action.At the other end of the spectrum countries like Australia have failed to put forward long-term targets and any process to ratchet up their—inadequate—2030 target.

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State Street Global Advisors Signs Declaration on Financial Risks Related to Climate Change

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 29 aprile 2018

State Street Global Advisors, the asset management arm of State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT), and Finance Montréal, today announced that the global asset manager with more than $2.7 trillion in assets under management has joined more than 30 other financial institutions and pension funds as a signatory of the Declaration of Institutional Investors on Climate-Related Financial Risks (“the Declaration”). The Declaration, released in October 2017, calls on publicly-traded companies in Canada to commit to enhanced disclosures of their exposure to climate change risks, and the measures they are taking to manage them.The signatories of the Declaration pledge to work with Canada’s publically-traded companies to help them mitigate their climate change risks, such as preparing for a transition to a low-carbon economy. By signing the Declaration, these organizations are also using their collective financial strength to encourage other financial institutions to join together to inspire more sustainable economic growth and reduce their environmental impact.“We are proud to join these other financial stewards in calling on publicly-traded companies in Canada to commit to disclosing more information on their exposure to climate change risks, and how they will manage these risks moving forward,” said Peter Lindley, head of State Street Global Advisors Canada. “In signing this Declaration, State Street Global Advisors reaffirms our commitment to ESG efforts that will help to initiate greater transparency around climate change disclosure principals.”
“We are pleased to welcome State Street Global Advisors among the signatories of the Declaration,” said Louis Lévesque, Chief Executive Officer of Finance Montréal. “As a leading financial services company, State Street is sending a strong signal to facilitate the growth of a sustainable and low-emission economy. Such a commitment from the now 15 signatory organizations demonstrates the role the financial services industry can play in the global movement seeking to reduce climate impacts.”

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Climate Action Tracker warming estimate update

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 novembre 2017

climateBonn While US climate policy has been rolled back under President Trump, India and China have moved ahead, making significant progress in climate action over the past year, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) said. Actions in China and India have made a difference to the CAT’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions projections based on government policies currently in place, leading to a 0.2°C decrease in projected warming—to 3.4˚C by 2100, compared with 3.6˚C in November 2016.
This is the first time since the CAT began tracking action in 2009 that policies at a national level have visibly reduced its end of century temperature estimate and reduced the 2030 emissions gap between policies and what is needed to meet the Paris Agreement 1.5°C temperature limit.China’s emissions growth has slowed dramatically: in the first decade of this century, its emissions grew by 110%, but between 2010–2015, growth had slowed to only 16%. China is set to far overachieve its climate commitment or Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). The CAT’s estimate of emissions from China in 2030 is 13 GtCO2e—0.7 GtCO2e lower than its 2016 estimate. If China continues with its coal abatement, this could drop by another 0.7 GtCO2e. Equally, India has increased its climate action. If India fully implemented its Draft Electricity Plan, its emissions in 2030 would be 4.5 GtCO2e—almost 1 GtCO2e lower than the CAT predicted last year. If it were to strengthen its NDC to match the ambition level of its Draft Electricity Plan, India’s targeted emissions level would be moving much closer to the “1.5˚C Paris Agreement compatible” range.
The Climate Action Tracker now projects global emissions under current policies in 2030 to be 1.7 GtCO2e per year lower than last year’s projection. An optimistic case assuming implementation of planned, but not yet implemented, policies is even lower—at 4.1 GtCO2 a year, which would lead to a warming estimate of 3.1˚C.Due mostly to the USA’s announced withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, there has been a significant deterioration in progress to limit expected warming. If all governments fully implemented their commitments made under the Paris Agreement (NDCs) the projected global temperature increase in 2100 would be 3.2˚C above pre-industrial levels, up from last year’s 2.8˚C, and largely due to the fact that the US is walking away from its 2030 target and long-term 2050 goal.

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The Climate Corporation Expands Its Industry-Leading, Global Digital Agriculture Platform into Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 novembre 2017

climateThe Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON), announced today at Agritechnica, the world’s leading trade fair for agricultural machinery, the pre-commercial launch of the Climate FieldView™ digital agriculture platform into regions of Europe for the 2018 growing season. Through the company’s innovative, analytics-based digital tools, farmers in these European regions will be able to get all their data into one, connected platform, uncover valuable field insights and maximize productivity to get the most out of every acre.“Transformative digital technologies are helping more farmers around the world gain a deeper understanding of their fields through easy-to-use tools that are helping enhance their operations through the power of data,” said Mike Stern, chief executive officer for The Climate Corporation. “Farmers around the world are experiencing the value of the Climate FieldView platform on millions of acres, and soon farmers in Europe will have the opportunity to bring their field data to life. Farmers will be able to seamlessly collect data, quickly visualize it, and gain personalized insights to optimize agronomic practices and make critical management decisions that impact sustainable crop production.”
Over the past year, the Climate FieldView platform conducted robust testing efforts across farms in Germany, France and Ukraine. For the upcoming season, more farmers in these countries will be able to experience data collection and visualization in the cab of their equipment, along with additional tools to analyze and evaluate crop performance and manage variability through customized seeding and fertility prescriptions.“Climate FieldView is an extremely user-friendly, intuitive tool,” said Andreas Roehrl, a farmer from Bavaria who participated in beta testing the Climate FieldView platform this season. “From my point of view, it is the first tool that has the potential to help me finally get all my data in one place and easily analyze all the available information to start planning ahead and ensure I’m making the best decisions for the success of my operation. I’m excited to accompany this coming year’s growing season and harvest with Climate FieldView, and I hope the positive projections on my business can be implemented in practice and will bring desired results.”

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Berlin and Beijing united on climate in the age of Trump

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 maggio 2017

berlinoBerlin. German Environmental Minister Barbara Hendricks and Chinese Special Climate Envoy Xie Zhenhua jointly held a press conference at the opening of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, where the two ministers stressed the importance of implementing the Paris commitments and urged the US to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement.
Karsten Smid of Greenpeace Germany said:“It is a positive signal that China and Germany want to step up to the plate in taking shared leadership in accelerating international climate action. In order to make this a really convincing initiative, both countries must accelerate their transition away from coal to renewable energy. ”Li Shuo, Climate Policy Advisor Greenpeace East Asia said: “There is no better way of reflecting the zeitgeist of international climate action than strong cooperation between China and Germany. Through their collective efforts of building new leadership and moving towards renewable energy, the two countries can highlight to the world the direction of travel. In committing to the Paris spirit, a new coalition of willing is taking up the mantle of climate leadership.”

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China forecasts fourth year of stable or declining CO2 emissions, as world awaits Trump climate action

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 marzo 2017

Beijing, China is forecasting a significant drop in CO2 emissions of approximately 1%, according to GreenpeacBEIJINGe East Asia’s analysis of China’s National Energy Administration forecasts for 2017. This would be the fourth year in a row of either zero growth or a decline in CO2 emissions.The encouraging news reinforces China’s growing status as a global climate leader, and sends a strong signal to US President Trump that his dirty energy agenda will send the American economy in the wrong direction as the rest of the world moves forward.Statistics released today from the Statistical Communique on Economic and Social Development show that coal consumption in 2016 fell for the third year in a row, by approximately 1.3%. Data released in January shows that China is also smashing records for solar panel installations, installing enough panels to cover three football pitches every single hour of the year. “China is ploughing money into renewables and reining in its addiction to coal. As Trump’s rhetoric leaves the world in doubt over what his plan is to tackle climate change, China is being thrust into a leadership role,” said Li Shuo, Greenpeace Global Policy Advisor. “These trends give some hope that the global peak in emissions might well be within reach, but only if all major emitters break free from fossil fuels and reduce emissions.” Greenpeace USA Executive Director Annie Leonard said:“The United States should be one of the countries leading the world on climate action, doubling down on renewable energy and drastically cutting emissions. Instead, we are a global roadblock, thanks to Trump and his cabinet of billionaires.” “While the Trump administration proposes huge cuts to federal climate-change programs and vows to ‘cancel Paris’, the majority of the people in the United States want action on climate change. Trump would know this basic fact if he listened to anyone but the last fossil fuel executive he dined with at Mar-a-Lago, or if he listened to facts at all. The United States Congress has to listen to what the people want and stop our delusional President from sabotaging global progress on the most urgent issue facing the human species.”
Greenpeace East Asia’s analysis shows that China is virtually certain to overachieve its 2020 climate targets and could be on track to a much earlier CO2 peak if the rapid shift to clean energy and away from over-reliance on polluting industries continues. After almost two decades of relentless growth, China’s CO2 emissions have remained stable since 2013, after leveling off in 2014 and falling for the first time in 2015. [4] 2016 saw another year of zero growth, while 2017 is expected to see a substantial decline in CO2 emissions. This trend has enabled global emissions to stay stable since 2013.Preliminary information indicates that China’s total energy consumption grew 1.4% in 2016, a slight pick-up from 2015 but continuing the dramatic slowdown since 2013. Coal consumption fell by approximately 1.3%, while coal output shrank by a dramatic 9%. Non-fossil energy continued to grow at a rapid 12%, having covered all of China’s electricity demand growth since 2013.

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Canon è per la prima volta nella Climate A List

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 gennaio 2017

canonLe iniziative di Canon per affrontare i cambiamenti climatici sono state riconosciute dall’organizzazione internazionale non-profit CDP1, con sede nel Regno Unito, facendo guadagnare all’azienda la sua prima ammissione nell’elenco Climate A.Dal 2003, CDP esamina le principali aziende a livello mondiale sui loro sforzi per affrontare i cambiamenti climatici. Le valutazioni si basano sulle informazioni ottenute dalle aziende2 in materia di business risks e opportunità connessi alle emissioni di gas serra e al cambiamento climatico. Nel 2016 sono state prese in considerazione circa 6.000 imprese, di cui 500 giapponesi. La valutazione colloca le società in una scala da A a F, in cui A è il gradino più alto della classifica. Canon è una delle 193 aziende a livello mondiale a essere inserita nella lista A.Seguendo gli obiettivi fissati dalla vision dedicata all’ambiente “Action for Green”, introdotta nel 2008, Canon ha fissato l’obiettivo di ridurre annualmente le emissioni di CO2 del 3% per ogni prodotto. Inoltre l’azienda si adoperando attivamente in molteplici iniziative come ad esempio il risparmio energetico negli stabilimenti produttivi, il trasferimento modale della distribuzione, la riduzione del consumo di energia nell’uso del prodotto, il ricondizionamento del prodotto3, il riutilizzo di parti e il riciclo dei materiali di consumo. Grazie a questo grande impegno, nel 2015, le emissioni di CO2 per prodotto erano ridotte di circa il 30% rispetto al 2008, realizzando con successo una riduzione media di circa il 5% all’anno.“Siamo molto orgogliosi di questo importante riconoscimento a conferma della volontà costante di Canon di minimizzare l’impatto dei propri prodotti sull’ambiente. Impegno che manteniamo anche a livello locale nel nostro paese, cercando di ridurre sempre più l’impronta ecologica sia dei siti presso i quali operiamo – attraverso, ad esempio, l’impiego di energia proveniente da fonti rinnovabili, una gestione dei rifiuti mirata alla riduzione, alla separazione e al riciclo e la sensibilizzazione dei dipendenti –, sia delle nostre attività, in particolare avvalendoci di una flotta auto con livelli di emissione ridotti, dell’utilizzo di sistemi di video e teleconferenza per il contenimento delle trasferte aziendali e dei sistemi di diagnostica a distanza per le apparecchiature installate presso i nostri clienti.” Afferma Daniela Valterio, Environment, Quality & Product Safety Manager, Sustainability Group di Canon Italia.La visione ambientale “Action for Green” di Canon si propone di realizzare una società che promuova migliori stili di vita nel rispetto dell’ambiente attraverso l’innovazione tecnologica e una migliore efficienza di gestione. Durante l’intero ciclo di vita del prodotto – Produzione, Uso, Riciclo – Canon continua a espandere le attività con i propri clienti e partner commerciali per ridurre l’impatto ambientale.
1 Già Carbon Disclosure Project, costituito nel Regno Unito nel 2000. CDP supporta un singolare sistema globale in cui le aziende e le città misurano, divulgano, gestiscono e condividono importanti informazioni ambientali.
2 I responsi rappresentano 827 investitori istituzionali (con un patrimonio totale di 100mila miliardi di dollari).
3 Il processo di selezione delle parti che possono essere riutilizzate da prodotti usati, la pulizia e la riparazione delle stesse e il riutilizzo per la fabbricazione di nuovi prodotti. I prodotti rigenerati devono ottemperare agli stessi standard qualitativi dei prodotti fabbricati interamente con nuove parti prima della spedizione.

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Faith Leaders Challenge Sovereign Wealth and Pension Funds in COP 22 Interfaith Climate Statement

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 novembre 2016

marrakechBy Jenny Phillips. Green Faith Marrakech, Leaders from global faith groups, financial institutions and foundations called on sovereign wealth and pension funds to rapidly end trillions in investments related to fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy in line with the Paris AgreementThe faith leaders met at Building the Divest Invest Movement with Faiths, Foundations and Finance, an official side event of the COP22 UN Convention on Climate Change, which began November 7 in Marrakech.At the event, the COP22 Interfaith Climate Statement was released, with eminent leaders from across faith traditions joining together in a powerful call to action. Signatories include His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Msgr. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences; Rev Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary, World Council of Churches; Sayyid M. Syeed, Islamic Society of North America; Archbishop Desmond Tutu; and over 220 other faith leaders from around the globe. Other signatories include senior Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Muslim, Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Episcopal, Baptist, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Quaker, Unitarian Universalist, Indigenous and other spiritual leaders.The Statement included a set of imperatives designed to speed a transition to a low carbon future in a timeframe consistent with the goal of limiting temperature rises to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. The calls included shifting public finances away from fossil fuels, increasing financing to end energy poverty with renewable energy, and ensuring a just transition that protects human rights and vulnerable communities.Faith leaders urged their communities for more commitments to divest from fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy, with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) releasing a major announcement that it would commit to divest its investments from fossil fuels and encourage its two constituent organizations and five national affiliated institutions to do so as well. This marked the world’s first divestment announcement from a Muslim institution.“According to Islam’s most basic and fundamental teachings, human beings have been uniquely charged with the great responsibility of being Guardians of the Earth. It goes against the mission of the ISNA to invest in fossil fuel companies whose operations and products cause such grave harm to humanity and to Creation,” said Dr. Azhar Azeez, President of the Islamic Society of North America.The event also included presentations by philanthropic foundation leaders. Mark Sainsbury, Chair of the Mark Leonard Trust, made the financial case for divest invest: “The Paris Agreement, new regulations and technological innovation will see fossil fuel companies lose value and market share to sustainable energy technologies. In fact, it’s happening already. We’re in a sustainable energy revolution and I believe it’s wiser to invest in the low carbon technology of today and tomorrow, not the high carbon technology of yesterday,” he said.Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director of the Wallace Global Fund, stated, “Governments have significant influence on global finance with their investment assets. Nations can play a critical and stabilising role in expediting the transition from a fossil-fuel based economy to a net-zero carbon economy, mitigating the financial and humanitarian risks of dangerous climate change. Nations’ sovereign wealth funds must be invested consistent with the commitments made in Paris.”Rev Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenFaith said, “Religious and spiritual communities recognize that the earth is a gift, and that it is our responsibility to protect it. In the face of the climate crisis, we are all required to act and to immediately shift away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy. Faith communities are also united in their concern to care for the most vulnerable and are committed to bring distributed, clean power to the 1.1 billion people globally who lack access to electricity by 2030.”The side event was hosted by GreenFaith and Divest Invest. Greenfaith is an interfaith environmental organization that inspires, equips, and mobilizes diverse faith communities for environmental action. Divest Invest encourages individuals and philanthropic institutions to accelerate the transition to a clean energy future.

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New EWG study: Germany falls behind on its climate targets Zero-carbon economy needed to meet Paris Agreement

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 7 novembre 2016

berlinoBerlin – Germany’s current climate targets are too weak and fall short of meeting the Paris Climate Agreement. Meanwhile, the German government is on track to missing even these weak climate targets, a new study by the Energy Watch Group and the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO) Germany shows.The Paris Agreement is entering into force today. Yet, the former climate leader Germany is most likely to take off to the world climate conference COP22 in Marrakesh without a Climate Action Plan in place – and is turning into a climate sinner.“The federal government needs to completely rewrite its Energy Concept and climate targets. The greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 80-95% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels is inadequate to meet the Paris targets”, Hans-Josef Fell, co-author of the study, President of the Energy Watch Group, and Member of the German Parliament 1998-2013 says.
“Current climate protection measures do not bring about any significant emissions reduction. Global temperature is increasing at unprecedented speed. Given the consequences we already observe today, any further increase of global temperatures – 1.5°C or less – should be unacceptable. The target should be a cooling to preindustrial levels”, Fell adds.
The new study ‘German Climate Policy – From Leader to Laggard’ proves that the emissions reduction pathway in Germany has been surpassed every year since 2010. Especially the transport, electricity and agricultural sectors have contributed to this transgression. According to the government projections, in its most ambitious scenario, the transport sector for example will exceed the set 2035 targets by a striking 91%.“The emissions reduction pathway from 2010 was already exceeded years ago. With the new more ambitious targets of the Paris Agreement in place, additional and stronger measures are now needed. The aim should be a zero-carbon economy by 2030”, Jörn Schwarz, author of the study and chairman of ASPO Germany says.
A global zero-carbon economy should go hand in hand with the creation of effective carbon sinks and requires a range of measures on the policy and technical level. The study shows that 100% renewable energy as well as a functioning circular economy is essential. The study authors recommend including climate protection into the constitution; creating incentives for private investments into climate change protection; and promoting research and education in this field.
“This study clearly shows that the current German energy policy removes any possibility to meet the Paris climate targets. Compared to the ambitious measures of other countries, Germany is increasingly lagging behind on its climate protection action. The federal government is jeopardizing the livelihoods of current and future generations, and the competitive advantage of the country“, Dr. Volker Quaschning, Professor for regenerative energy systems at HTW Berlin, and peer reviewer of the study says. The study is currently only available in German. You can find it here.

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Mark Climate Technology delivers total package to home improvement store Leroy Merlin

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 luglio 2016

VeendamVeendam. Mark Climate Technology delivered a total package of climate control equipment to Leroy Merlin. The originally French home improvement store has opened a new branch in Wrocław (Poland) in April 2016. Six different products of Dutch manufacturer Mark Climate Technology were chosen to provide heating and ventilation of the 10.000 m2 building. For the heating of the building 26 Tanner MDA water-fed air heaters have been installed with a total capacity of 1,500 kW. Additionally, Infra Aqua Design water-fed radiant panels are there to provide pleasant warmth where it’s required. The use of radiant heating makes the perceived temperature higher than the actual room temperature. This, in combination with a short warming-up period, can yield good energy savings. A total of 60 meters of radiant panels were delivered.
At the entrances and exits of the home improvement store 16 Mark Easyair water-fed air curtains were installed. These prevent the cold air from coming inside the building and keep the warm air inside. Also, 11 Ecofan recirculation fans make sure the distributed heat does not linger below the ceiling.For the ventilation of the building two Mark Airstream HWX heat recovery units with air amounts of 3000 m3/h and 4500 m3/h have been installed. The efficiency of the units equipped with corrosion-resistant rotary heat exchangers is up to 90%. This means that 90% of the energy produced is supplied to the fresh intake air.Additionally, a Tanner MDC with the air amount of 9000 m3/h has been installed. This unit is equipped with a variable-speed low-noise EC motor which can provide energy savings up to 50% at partial load.The entire range of climate control products include special control boxes operated both based on room temperature and constant inlet temperature as well as on the air displacement measured by the CO2 level. At the customer’s request, in order to stay close to the look and feel of Leroy Merlin, the units were all painted white. The entire installation was finished in 8 weeks.

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Mark Climate Technology delivers air handling units to “De Broodfabriek”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 giugno 2016

Climate TechnologyThe Expo and Event Centre “De Broodfabriek” (formerly known as Darling Market) in Rijswijk (The Netherlands) has been equipped with a complete new heating system. To create the best possible indoor climate in the complex, Mark Climate Technology has delivered five air handling units. Additionally, five Mark air curtains have been installed to prevent that cold comes in through the loading and unloading doors during the winter months. Because the new heating system is more quiet and the event centre can be easier pleasantly heated, “De Broodfabriek” has been able to strengthen its position as an event location.The Mark Climate Technology air handling units placed on the roof are of the type AHU2520 and AHU3525. Together the units have a total maximum air flow of 117,000 m³/h with a nominal capacity of 1455 kW. The direct fired air curtains are placed above the overhead doors, which are 5 x 5 meter. Each air curtain contains a pilot burner of which the pilot light burns continuously, which makes sure the unit can be activated fast. Furthermore, the air curtain operates through two air flows: a primary (the air heater) and a secondary (residual heat from up in the hall) air flow. Since 1945 Mark Climate Technology (www.markclimate.com) has been manufacturer of climate control equipment: air heating, radiant heating, ventilation equipment and air handling units. Mark is based in Veendam (the Netherlands) and, together with branches in Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Poland and Romania, serves the whole of Europe.

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World’s Most Vulnerable Countries Back Day of Faith Climate Action

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 giugno 2016

Philippine climateSix months after the Paris Climate Talks, faith communities came together globally to call for climate action in a day of celebration of the earthcalled – Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust (http://sacredearth2016.org).More than 150 actions and events in 36 countries took place from Rio de Janeiro to New Delhi, including Green Iftars, Solidarity fasts, mobilisations, meditation sit-ins, climate services and many others.The actions had the support of the Climate Vulnerables Forum, the coalition of countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.Secretary Emmanuel M. de Guzman, Vice Chairperson of the Climate Change Commission of the Office of the President of the Philippines said on behalf of the Climate Vulnerable Forum Chair Philippines: “Yesterday’s events involving every major faith from Manila to Santiago have shown how united the world’s religions are in the fight against climate change. They echo the unity shown by the world’s governments in adopting and signing the Paris Agreement on climate change. The challenging 1.5C limit to global warming at the heart of this Agreement presents a historic opportunity for all of us to survive and thrive–and achieving this target requires the involvement of all society. We are indeed very glad to see the voices and actions of the world’s climate champions growing and gaining momentum with every passing day.” Faith communities who took part in Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust called for the acceleration of climate action New-Delhifrom countries, businesses and communities globally, in order to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C and protect the lives of millions of people.The past 12 months have been the hottest consecutive 12 month period in recorded history [2], and the 1.5°C goal agreed upon in the Paris Agreement is looking ever more difficult to achieve.Sacred Earth is part of an escalating wave of climate action from faith communities and follows the Interfaith Climate Change Statement [3] which was handed over to the President of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in April 2016 and was signed by 270 religious leaders from around the world.Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenFaith one of the organisations involved, said responding to Sacred Earth in light of the attacks in Orlando; “We envision a world where people of all creeds, ethnicities, sexualaties and circumstances work together to protect our common home. That’s what Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust represents, and it is a beautiful vision. We hope this offers hope in the aftermath of yesterday’s horror in Orlando.” Gopal Patel, Director of the Hindu Environmental NGO The Bhumi Project, said: “Care for the natural world is central to Hindu life. As Hindu communities are increasingly seeing the effects of climate change across India, it is heart-warming to see them participating in the Sacred Earth celebrations.”
And Nana Firman, co-Coordinator of Global Muslim Climate Network said that: “Because of where we live globally, Muslim communities are facing the greatest threat from climate change. There is a clear relationship between poverty and climate change, and its underlying spiritual illnesses. This awareness requires a significant transformation in response to the ethical and spiritual message of Islam. The responsibility lies with our ability to urgently take relevant actions at the local, national and international levels. One such initiative is the Green Ramadan project. By emulating the Prophetic guidance on food consumption, Muslims around the world, adopting Green Iftars, are encouraged to consume local and organic food, in order to reduce the carbon emission from the food production and transportation. So, let us all tackle our habits, mindsets, and the root causes of climate change in our particular spheres of influence and bring about a resolution to the challenges that now face us. We all can be winners in this race, “so compete with each other in doing good deeds” (Qur’an 5:48).”

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Mark Airstream ventilates new Steakhouse in the Netherlands

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 giugno 2016

Philippine climateMark Climate Technology has supplied an AIRSTREAM CFX for the climate control of new Steakhouse Amigo Ranch in Veendam (Netherlands). The Mark Airstream CFX 6400 is equipped with a high efficiency (up to 90%) aluminum counterflow heat exchanger for recovering extracted heat. The supplied outdoor unit has an air flow of 6400 m3/h. The entire restaurant, with a surface area of 600m2, will receive the necessary ventilation without the need for extra heating energy. Radiators were chosen for the basic heating.In addition, three Mark extraction units with an air flow of 4000 m3/h have been installed for the extraction of the kitchen.
The Mark Airstream heat recovery unit has been equipped with a highly advanced control system, which controls the unit based on pressure and ventilates per room based on CO2. The client can maintain the control system easily by PC or with the delivered remote control.The Mark Airstream is RTL A+ certified and meets all the current and future European regulations of the EU1253/2014.
Since 1945 Mark Climate Technology (www.markclimate.com) has been manufacturer of climate control equipment: air heating, radiant heating, ventilation equipment and air handling units. Mark is based in Veendam (the Netherlands) and, together with branches in Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Poland and Romania, serves the whole of Europe.

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Greenpeace responds to the G7’s Communique on climate change

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 maggio 2016

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Ise-Shima. The Ise-Shima G7 Leaders’ Communique does not reflect the urgency of the climate crisis we face, nor is it consistent with the momentum around the world since the Paris Agreement. Clearly, Japan has held back the rest of the G7 from the action the Paris Agreement requires. “The Ise-Shima Communique fell short of what’s needed on climate change,” said Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director of Greenpeace International. “We’re glad to see the G7’s support for ratification of the Paris Agreement this year, but we expected a more ambitious response to the climate crisis, with specific details of how and when G7 leaders themselves intend to act. “The first assessment of all countries’ climate commitments takes place in 2018, and we challenge the G7 to produce plans for a transition to 100% renewable energy by then. The promise to implement existing climate pledges early is welcome, but these should be quickly strengthened to much more ambitious pledges.” Last year in Elmau, G7 leaders were bold in committing to do their part to decarbonise the global economy over the course of this century, while aiming for a transformation of the energy sectors by 2050 in order to hold temperature rises to below 2C and reduce emissions to zero. That sent an important signal to global investors and the fossil fuel industry that the transformation is under way and full decarbonisation is inevitable. Since then, the world agreed to pursue the goal of limiting temperature rises to 1.5C. The G7 should have responded by recognising this means a transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 at the latest.Nuclear energy is not the answer to the climate crisis, and it’s disappointing to see the G7 leaders suggest that nuclear energy can significantly contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.“This idea is being pushed by the Japanese government and other pro-nuclear countries in support of their own agendas,” said Hisayo Takada, deputy programme director at Greenpeace Japan. “Nuclear will not be a significant part of the energy mix in Japan again. Prime Minister Abe is using the climate crisis to promote his own short-sighted commitment to this outdated and risky technology.”

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270 Faith leaders unite for climate change statement

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 aprile 2016

new yorkNew York Chapel of the Church Center of the UN, 777 UN Plaza (1st Avenue and E. 44th Street), New York 18th April 11-12pm. Four days before UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon hosts a signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on climate change adopted by UN negotiators in Paris on 12 December, an Interfaith Climate Change Statement to World Leaders from 270 religious leaders (full text in Annex below and at http://www.interfaithstatement2016.org) supporting this pact while also urging much more ambitious action will be handed over to the President of the UN General Assembly, Ambassador Mogens Lykketoft at a high-level event on 18 April. (Location: Chapel of the Church Center for the UN, 777 Dag Hammarskold Plaza).Eminent signatories (full list in Annex below) include: Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences of the Holy See, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town the Most Rev. Desmond Tutu, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary, World Council of Churches, Swami Aginivesh, Chief Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen, Grand Imam Maulana Syed Muhammad Abdul Khabir Azad, Sister Jayanti Kirplani, Priestess Beatriz Schulthess and Sheikh Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Sufi Order.
In addition to the high level signatures, the Statement is supported by 4,639 individuals and 86 groups from all over the world who have shown their support online by using the hashtag #Faiths4ParisAgreement.
The handover will take place between 11am and 12pm EDT (GMT 3-4pm) in the chapel of the Church Center for the UN, East 45th St and 1st Avenue, New York and be immediately followed by a press conference at the same location, featuring all the speakers at the event. A press release reporting highlights of the handover ceremony and subsequent media briefing will be issued as from 1pm EDT (GMT 5pm). Program details are given below this release. The Statement supports the full and ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement and of all other decisions adopted at the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) last December (www.unfccc.int). The Statement also reaffirms the faith community’s support for more ambitious climate action – including the swift phase out of fossil fuel subsidies, accelerating the transition to 100% renewable energy – as well as for the commitment in the Agreement to ´pursue efforts´ to limit the global temperature rise to no more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.
“The planet has already passed safe levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Unless these levels are rapidly reduced, we risk creating irreversible impacts putting hundreds of millions of lives, of all species, at severe risk” the Statement´s initial section warns.
Both the Statement and the 18th April event serve to renew the strong commitment of the faith community to remain active in defining humanity´s moral responsibility to care for the Earth, as so powerfully stated in the Pope’s Encyclical, as well as in climate change statements by Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Islamic, Sikh and other faith leaders.
Archbishop John Ribat, President of the Federation of Catholic Bishops´ Conferences of Oceania said “we are heartened by the growing international concern about climate change and global warming. The protection of the atmosphere and the oceans are powerful examples of the need for political representatives and leaders of nations to take responsibility for the wellbeing of peoples beyond their own particular shores or borders. In some cases, entire regions and nations are under threat from the indisputable fact of rising sea levels.” “The environment has been damaged primarily by human beings. It is human karma that we suffer as a result of our irresponsible selfish actions. It is our chance to be really responsible for our action with sincere reflection and wholesome action to the earth with a kind compassionate mindful-heart, said Ven. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, President of the Buddhist Council of New York “The environmental crisis is ultimately a crisis of the heart. The more we are disconnected from one another and from God, the more we are disconnected from Mother Earth. We must therefore strive to re-establish our relationship with the earth. To see the rivers, plants, animals and trees with equal vision – understanding that their is no hierarchy, that all life is sacred. By doing so we can begin the journey of restoring love and beauty to the world,” according to His Holiness Radhanath Swami, International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
The Rev. Martin Junge, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation stated “climate change is the daily reality of people and communities who struggle to cope with adverse impacts of extreme weather events. It is neither abstract nor theoretical but rather a struggle for justice between people living in different places and between generations. Faith-based communities play a major role in advocating for a conversion of hearts and minds in order to bring about the necessary lifestyle changes to meet the effects of climate change. In addition they help us redefine and understand anew what matters most in life, now and in the future.”

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Cop21: l’accordo di Parigi non ci salverà dal Climate Change

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 dicembre 2015

n-COP21-largePARIGI – L’accordo globale per la lotta al Cambiamento Climatico siglato oggi a Parigi non curerà la malattia del pianeta. Mentre media e capi di Stato parlano di “enorme successo” e del compimento di un passo decisivo contro il riscaldamento globale e il Big business – ossia le grandi imprese mondiali – saluta quello che definisce uno “storico accordo”, scienziati e attivisti sono impegnati a denunciarne limiti di merito e di metodo.Che le grandi compagnie private siano felici non è mai un buon segno. In ogni caso l’accordo presenta nella forma alcuni punti ambiziosi: si definisce vincolante e ambisce a stabilizzare l’aumento della temperatura al di sotto dei 2°C “compiendo gli sforzi possibili per raggiungere gli 1,5°C” (art.2). Sin qui tutto bene: ma a invalidare ogni possibilità di efficacia concorrono alcuni elementi che non è possibile ignorare.Al di la degli indirizzi generali contenuti nel testo presentato stamani, il cuore della strategia di riduzione è contenuto degli Indc, gli impegni specifici dei singoli paesi. Tali impegni, calcolati complessivamente, sono completamente insufficienti a garantire il raggiungimento dell’ambizioso obiettivo. La revisione degli accordi si farà ogni 5 anni, prima verifica prevista nel 2023. Anche se tutti i paesi facessero la loro parte – cosa non scontata, visto che mancano ad oggi concreti strumenti di controllo e sanzione – la temperatura salirebbe comunque sopra i 3°.Esperti del Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (Inghilterra), del Center for International Climate and Environmental Research di Oslo, del Potsdam Institute tedesco e di altri istituti di Svezia e Austria avvertono che così com’è l’accordo non basta: non si prevede un anno specifico per il picco emissivo, ma occorre ridurre di almeno il 70% le emissione entro metà del secolo sui livelli del 2010 e per farlo dovremmo iniziare a ridurre adesso, immediatamente, e non nel 2020, quando entrerà in vigore l’accordo. Con queste premesse il riferimento vaghissimo alla “neutralità delle emissioni” da raggiungere senza fretta, la seconda metà del secolo, è poco più di una formula di rito.La verità è che mentre eravamo tutti concentrati sui dettagli dell’accordo, abbiamo perso di vista il punto di fondo: la sostanziale mancanza di una volontà politica condivisa per agire drasticamente ed immediatamente che vuol dire abbandonare i fossili, tagliare i sussidi, convertire il modello produttivo attraverso una transizione giusta per i lavoratori e indispensabile per il pianeta. La Cina, mentre i cittadini di Pechino soffocano sotto una coltre di smog con concentrazioni di particelle sottili che ha superato di oltre 30 volte la soglia di allarme dell’OMS, annuncia che inizierà a ridurre solo dal 2030. L’India non ha alcuna intenzione di rinunciare al carbone. L’Italia dice di sposare, per voce del Ministro Galletti, l’obiettivo del 1,5° e intanto impone dall’alto progetti estrattivi e infrastrutture energetiche lungo tutta la penisola, in terra e in mare. Sono solo alcuni esempi delle contraddizioni che si annidano tra proclami e politiche energetiche, tra ambizione e impegno.
Nel testo di 31 pagine votato a Parigi neppure una volta vengono nominati i termini “petrolio”, “carbone” o “combustibili fossili”. Neppure un cenno alla necessità di tagliare i 5.300 miliardi di dollari l’anno di sussidi ai combustibili fossili. Aviazione civile e trasporto marittimo, che rappresentano il 10% delle emissioni, sono fuori dall’accordo. Si parla di trasferimento di tecnologie ma non si mette mai in discussione del diritto di proprietà intellettuale. Il meccanismo Loss&Damage, per sostenere le popolazioni piu vulnerabili per le perdite subite a causa del cambiamento climatico, non è definito nel sistema di indennizzi. La conferma del meccanismo dei Redd+ mette in pericolo l’obiettivo di sviluppo sostenibile della deforestazione zero entro il 2020. Si ribadisce, a livello di finanziamento, l’impegno per 100 miliardi l’anno da qui al 2020, cui i paesi in via di sviluppo (India e Cina comprese) potranno contribuire su base volontaria, anche se dal 2010 – anno in cui il Fondo Verde per il Clima è stato istituito – solo il 10% delle promesse di erogazione sono state mantenute.In definitiva i governi – e di conseguenza i negoziatori – non hanno avuto il coraggio di inchiodare alle loro responsabilità le grandi imprese, e chiedere loro di pagare per i danni provocati e per finanziare una transizione climaticamente sostenibile.La cosa peggiore è che si grida al successo mentre la barca affonda. Mentre la scienza dice che non c’è più tempo, l’Oim avverte che a causa del clima ci saranno 250milioni di profughi ambientali nel 2050, il FMI ribadisce che il cambiamento climatico è una minaccia anche per la stabilità dei mercati, i capi di stato brindano per un accordo che entrerà in vigore non ora, ma tra 5 anni. Con il tempo potrebbe essere scaduto.Per protestare contro l’accordo diverse mobilitazioni hanno attraversato oggi la blindatissima città di Parigi. Durante la mattinata oltre 3.000 persone hanno partecipato all’azione che ha prodotto sul satellite l’enorme scritta Climate Justice Peace.
Alle 12.00 15.000 attivisti hanno sfidato il divieto della prefettura e composto una enorme linea rossa sulla Rue della Grande Armèe, vicino all’Arco del Trionfo, zona piena di ambasciate, per ribadire che la linea rossa del cambiamento climatico, ovvero il punto di non ritorno, non va oltrepassato per nessuna ragione.
Alle 14.000 oltre 20.000 si sono ritrovate al Champs de Mars, molte le quali sono arrivate dall’Acro di Trionfo, improvvisando un corteo non autorizzato. Sotto la Torre Eiffel si è formata una enorme catena umana. Dal palco, e durante i lavori delle organizzazioni sociali che per tutte e due le settimane hanno discusso parallelamente al vertice, si è parlato della necessità di rilanciare la vertenza globale per la giustizia climatica affinché a cambiare alla fine sia “il sistema, non il clima”.È chiaro che timidi correttivi non saranno sufficienti, e che serve invece una alternativa radicale. Per questo è molto importante che dopo Parigi l’impegno si sposti sui fronti di vertenza nazionale, contro ogni singolo impatto contaminante. Dalle infrastrutture energetiche ai nuovi campi petroliferi, al fracking, alle sabbie bituminose, alle centrali al carbone, all’incenerimento di rifiuti, alla cementificazione. Dopo le giornate di Parigi c’è bisogno di tornare ciascuno a casa e di cominciare a tessere la rete della battaglia contro la distruzione del pianeta. In Italia come negli Usa, in Nigeria, in Canada, in India e in ogni altro paese del mondo, c’è da costruire un quadro globale radicalmente alternativo fatto di migliaia di lotte territoriali.Perché per vincere la guerra, e quella contro il cambiamento climatico lo è, bisogna vincere ogni battaglia possibile. (Marica Di Pierri Giornalista, attivista di A Sud e presidente del CDCA fonte: HUFFINGTON POST ITALIA)

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