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Report annuale “Climate Impact Pledge”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 giugno 2022

Londra. Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), uno dei più grandi asset manager al mondo, ha pubblicato il suo report annuale “Climate Impact Pledge”, che evidenzia un maggiore impegno nel contrasto al cambiamento climatico da parte delle circa 1.000 imprese incluse nella sua analisi.Nel corso di un anno, il numero di imprese soggette alle sanzioni di voto di LGIM per non aver rispettato gli standard climatici minimi si è ridotto del 35%, passando da 130 a 80; un segno evidente dell’impatto positivo sia delle attività di engagement di LGIM, sia della crescente attenzione per questa tematica in tutto il mondo. Tra le 80 imprese che saranno sanzionate durante le assemblee del 2022, i settori prevalenti sono quello oil&gas, bancario, degli investimenti immobiliari ed estrattivo. Il Climate Impact Pledge è stato lanciato nel 2016, e questa è la seconda edizione del report pubblicata dopo che nel 2020 LGIM aveva annunciato un rafforzamento del suo approccio, arrivando a considerare 1.000 multinazionali in 15 settori critici per il clima, responsabili di oltre la metà delle emissioni di gas serra da parte delle maggiori compagnie quotate al mondo. Inoltre, LGIM ha identificato 59 società che necessitano di attività di engagement individuali più approfondite. Si tratta di realtà particolarmente influenti nel loro mercato di riferimento, che non hanno ancora totalmente intrapreso la strada verso le zero emissioni nette, ma che hanno il potenziale di generare effetti molto positivi nei settori e nelle catene di approvvigionamento in cui operano qualora lo facessero. Di queste 59 imprese, ben 31 si sono poste l’obiettivo del net-zero; più del doppio rispetto al 2021.LGIM è anche molto soddisfatta di annunciare che la Japan Post Holdings è stata reinserita nei suoi investimenti dopo aver fatto registrare progressi significativi in numerose aree di engagement – i più rilevanti includono la pubblicazione delle emissioni scope 3 associate agli investimenti e la pubblicazione di obiettivi a medio e a lungo termine per raggiungere le zero emissioni nel 2050. Nel corso del 2022, LGIM amplierà ulteriormente la portata del suo programma e aumenterà le aspettative sulla gestione dei rischi e delle opportunità legate al clima da parte delle aziende.

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Mobility: Blow for climate protection

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 giugno 2022

Parlamento europeo.The European Parliament delivered a setback for consumers and climate protection as a majority of MEPs voted to ban combustion engine cars, rejecting a technology-mix in road transport that – alongside e-mobility – would embrace all climate-friendly ways to accelerate the phase-out of fossil fuels.If the European Parliament has its way, conventional cars with combustion engines will be banned in Europe from 2035. A majority of European lawmakers approved an electrification-only strategy for road transport in their vote on stricter CO2 emission standards for new cars and vans on Wednesday.An amendment, also considered on Wednesday, to count the CO2 savings of sustainable renewable fuels towards the fleet targets of new cars, failed by only 44 votes. Had it passed, this would have offered consumers another climate-friendly alternative to fossil-fuelled cars. „Cutting emissions, not choices – this should be the guiding principle of European climate policy. Unfortunately, many MEPs have opted for exactly the opposite, simply ignoring the key role that sustainable renewable fuels like eFuels can play in reducing transport emissions,” said Dr. Monika Griefahn, managing chairwoman of the eFuel Alliance. However, the end of the combustion engine is not yet a done deal. The Environment Council is currently busy revising the regulation – a General Approach is still pending.

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GFJ ESG Acquisition I SE and tado GmbH, a European market leader for intelligent climate management

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 gennaio 2022

GFJ ESG Acquisition I SE (“GFJ”), a Luxembourg special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), signed a mutually exclusive Letter of Intent and agreed on the terms of a business combination with tado GmbH (“tado”), a European market leader for intelligent climate management. In case of a successful closing of the business combination, tado will be publicly listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. In connection to the business combination GFJ will raise further capital in a private investment in public equity transaction (“PIPE Transaction”). It is currently envisaged that the transaction will value tado with an enterprise value of approximately EUR 450 million.As the only cross-manufacturer solution, tado’s Smart Thermostats and services connect with any kind of heating or cooling system. Matching over 18,000 systems from more than 900 manufacturers, tado is compatible with around 95% of Europe’s residential buildings and households. Simple to install and equipped with intelligent data management technology, its products are a plug-and-play solution resulting in less money spent on heating: customers save an average 22% on heating cost per year by using tado’s technology. tado enables its customers to benefit from energy-saving technologies such as geofencing and open-window detection as well as the integration of weather forecasts. With over 2 million sold smart thermostats and an installed base of 7 GW energy capacity in over 400,000 buildings and households, tado’s technology already helped to avoid 730,000 tons of CO2.Tado will use its connected buildings and households to create one of the most impactful energy efficiency and management platform for Europe and beyond. Capturing the entire value chain from grid integration and distribution to energy retailing and consumption, tado addresses the multi-billion-dollar value pools of energy efficiency, smart energy tariffs and demand response solutions.tado’s business success is expected to result in rapid revenue growth with the aim of delivering more than EUR 0.5 billion in revenue by 2025.The company’s competitive advantage is driven by its technological edge. AI-driven, model-predictive control and a deep understanding of individual thermal capacity of connected buildings and households lead to significant improvement of energy efficiency and low energy cost.The tado energy efficiency platform delivers high savings for consumers, with tado’s solutions paying for themselves within the first year on average, whilst proving as a substantial business for tado across both hardware and SaaS subscription software services. tado offers time-of-use energy tariffs which enable customers to benefit from volatility in the energy markets. The increasing energy production from growing renewable energy sources leads to higher volatility in the energy market. When the availability of wind or solar energy is high, energy prices drop significantly. tado’s technologies use these times in particular to load buffer storage tanks and hot water tanks when the price of energy is lower. This intelligently shifts the energy consumption of homes to more favourable times and lowers energy costs whilst retaining the level of comfort customers are used to.

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Il report di Climate Analitycs sull’Italia

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 novembre 2021

Il report è stato pubblicato per la prima volta nella sua versione integrale con il titolo “Obiettivi e politiche climatiche dell’Italia nel rispetto dell’Accordo di Parigi e delle valutazioni di Equity globale”. Lo studio è stato commissionato dall’associazione A Sud come allegato dell’atto di citazione nell’ambito della prima azione legale climatica contro lo Stato italiano, lanciata a giugno.In base ad un’analisi imparziale ed accreditata delle acquisizioni della letteratura scientifica, Climate Analytics ha calcolato tale percentuale in conformità ai principi di equità, di responsabilità comuni ma differenziate e di capacità che caratterizzano il diritto climatico. La stima è stata formulata considerando la responsabilità storica e attuale del nostro paese e la sua capacità tecnologica e finanziaria.Secondo Climate Analytics “L’attuale obiettivo dell’Italia rappresenta un livello di ambizione cosi basso che, se altri paesi dovessero seguirlo, porterebbe probabilmente a un riscaldamento globale senza precedenti di oltre 3°C entro la fine del secolo. Il carbon budget residuo dell’Italia (ovvero il tetto massimo di gas serra emettibili) tra il 2020 e il 2030, che risulta compatibile con il suo fair share nel perseguimento dell’obiettivo di temperatura a lungo termine dell’Accordo di Parigi, ammonta al massimo a circa 2,09 GtCO2eq. Se gli attuali livelli di emissioni dovessero continuare, già nel 2025 l’Italia esaurirebbe il suo fair share di emissioni rilasciabili nel periodo tra il 2020 e il 2030.” Nei giorni scorsi a sostegno della causa contro lo Stato è stata lanciata una petizione su Change.org per chiedere al governo Italiano di aumentare considerevolmente i suoi obiettivi di riduzione delle emissioni clima-alteranti.

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EU Ocean Day highlights role of oceans in tackling climate change

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 novembre 2021

The ocean is a key enabler of life on Earth, producing 50% of the oxygen in the atmosphere, absorbing about 25% of human-produced carbon dioxide emissions and 90% of excess heat in the climate system, and regulating the global climate. The ocean has greatly slowed the rate of climate change but also been among its first victim: 14% of coral reefs are gone, the Arctic has lost an ice area about six times the size of Germany over the last 40 years, and marine species are disappearing from their habitat at twice the rate of those on land. To underline the importance of the nexus between the ocean and climate change, the EU has called for the third edition of the EU Ocean Day at COP26 in presence of Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries.The event will take place in Glasgow in a hybrid format on 9 November from 9.30 to 10.30 (Brussels time) and is co-organised with the European Bureau for Conservation and Development (EBCD), the Ocean and Climate Platform and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML).This event follows up on the commitment of convening a dedicated Dialogue on Ocean and Climate Change, taken at the Blue COP (COP25). It draws on the recently adopted Arctic Joint CommunicationSearch for available translations of the preceding linkEN••• as well as ongoing EU action for the ocean, including the Biodiversity Strategy 2030, the designation of new large-scale Antarctic Marine Protected Areas (MPAs); the Strategy for Adaptation, and the new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU to support climate adaptation and coastal resilience. And it is not about remedial action only: The European Union has set its Paris Agreement target of climate neutrality by 2050 into law, while it aims reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 with the “Fit for 55” package”.

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“Climbing for Climate”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 agosto 2021

Anche quest’anno l’Università di Parma aderisce a “Climbing for Climate”, iniziativa di sensibilizzazione promossa dalla Rete delle Università per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile – RUS e giunta alla terza edizione. Sabato 18 settembre l’Ateneo e il Club Alpino Italiano sezione di Parma organizzano un’escursione nella zona di Prato Spilla, aperta a personale e studenti Unipr. Per iscriversi alla giornata, occorre mandare una mail all’indirizzo climbingforclimate@unipr.it entro lunedì 6 settembre alle 12, indicando ai fini assicurativi nome e cognome, stato (docente, personale tecnico amministrativo, studente, familiare), luogo e data di nascita. L’Università di Parma anche in questo modo testimonia la sua attenzione per i temi legati alla sostenibilità, impegno “trasversale” che coinvolge profondamente tutta la comunità accademica e sul quale si sta lavorando con passione. “Climbing for Climate” vuole sensibilizzare l’opinione pubblica locale e nazionale sui temi dell’Agenda ONU 2030 attraverso la conoscenza dei territori lungo i sentieri del CAI, alla luce degli Obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile (Sustainable Development Goals – SDG) delle Nazioni Unite: tra questi, quelli per la promozione del turismo sostenibile (SDG8), dell’inclusione sociale ed economica di chi vive in aree periferiche (SDG10), del supporto alle comunità sostenibili (SDG11), della lotta al cambiamento climatico (SDG13), della promozione della vita sulla terra (SDG15).

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CWT commits to setting Science Based Targets against climate change

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 20 giugno 2021

Minneapolis. CWT, the Business-to-Business-for-Employees (B2B4E) travel management platform, announces its commitment to significantly reduce its environmental footprint by signing the Science Based Targets (SBTs) Call to Action Standard Commitment Letter.Science Based Targets are greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets that are consistent with the level of decarbonization that, according to climate science, is required to keep global temperature increase within 1.5ºC to 2ºC, compared to pre-industrial temperature levels.“I am delighted to share that, as part of our commitment to defining bold actions to go further against climate change, we are working on building a robust program based on climate science, by setting Science Based Targets (SBTs),” said Françoise Grumberg, CWT’s VP, Global Responsible Business and Diversity & Inclusion. “We will be collaborating closely with our entire value chain on how to support each other in reaching our climate targets, further contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and work towards transitioning to a low-carbon economy.”

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Climate change finance: rischi e opportunità per le imprese

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 aprile 2021

27 aprile 2021, ore 15-18, convegno online (https://www.som.polimi.it/event/climate-change-finance-rischi-e-opportunita-per-le-imprese/. Il cambiamento climatico rappresenta una delle sfide più rilevanti del nostro tempo, con impatti significativi diretti – e misurabili – sulla nostra vita e su tutto il tessuto economico. Quanto le aziende italiane ed europee sono state danneggiate da questi mutamenti e come stanno reagendo alla sfida climatica? Che ruolo potranno giocare le politiche climatiche? Se ne parlerà martedì 27 aprile dalle 15 alle 18 nel corso del convegno online “Climate change finance: rischi e opportunità per le imprese” promosso dall’Osservatorio Climate Finance della School of Management del Politecnico di Milano, che presenterà il suo primo Rapporto.L’evento – aperto a tutti previa iscrizione (https://www.som.polimi.it/event/climate-change-finance-rischi-e-opportunita-per-le-imprese/), in seguito alla quale si riceverà il link per accedere al webinar – sarà anche l’occasione per confrontarsi con imprese, istituzioni e operatori finanziari sulle novità normative e sulle strategie che sono state sviluppate.

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Con il COVID-19 e il climate change, cresce l’engagement di LGIM verso le aziende

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 aprile 2021

Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), uno dei più grandi asset manager al mondo, ha pubblicato il suo decimo “Active Ownership” report annuale. La società rivela che nel corso del 2020 ha aumentato del 21% le azioni di engagement con le aziende e ha continuato a esercitare il suo diritto di voto a livello globale, opponendosi all’elezione di oltre 4.700 amministratori di società, con l’obiettivo di apportare cambiamenti positivi nelle aziende in cui investe. Il 2020 è stato un anno eccezionale per l’engagement. A marzo LGIM ha scritto alle aziende presentando suggerimenti costruttivi su come affrontare la pandemia in corso e i relativi lockdown, dal sostegno ai dipendenti alla raccolta di capitali. Oltre al crescente focus su temi quali la retribuzione dei dirigenti, la governance dei consigli di amministrazione e le disuguaglianze di reddito, la stewardship di LGIM ha continuato a far luce sulla diversity di genere ed etnica delle aziende, nonché sulla minaccia di lungo termine del cambiamento climatico. Nel 2020, LGIM ha ampliato i suoi UK Principles of Executive Pay per evidenziare che aumenterà i controlli su quelle società che hanno ricevuto sostegno dal governo o dagli azionisti – tramite capitale aggiuntivo o dividendi sospesi – o quelle che hanno effettuato licenziamenti del personale, ma hanno continuato a pagare bonus ai dirigenti. LGIM è stata coinvolta in 145 consultazioni sulle retribuzioni – rispetto alle 96 del 2019 – riguardanti le modifiche alle politiche da sottoporre agli azionisti alle assemblee generali del 2021 e le ulteriori incertezze sulla pandemia di COVID-19. Nel 2020, sono state 341 le proposte di adozione di una nuova politica retributiva presso le società del Regno Unito, ed LGIM ha espresso voto contrario per 128 (il 37,5%). Di queste, 82 (il 64%) riguardavano politiche con requisiti di partecipazione azionaria successiva all’uscita che non soddisfacevano i principi retributivi individuati da LGIM. All’inizio del 2020, LGIM ha annunciato la sua decisione di votare contro tutte le società in cui i ruoli di presidente del consiglio di amministrazione e CEO fossero congiunti e nel corso dell’anno ha votato contro 411 società in cui le due funzioni erano unite. Solo in Nord America, ha espresso voto contrario nei confronti di 280 amministratori con ruoli non separati e ha sostenuto 42 proposte degli azionisti che chiedevano un presidente indipendente.LGIM ha rafforzato il suo engagement sui temi della diversity nel 2020, lanciando campagne di alto profilo per promuovere una maggiore diversity etnica all’interno dei consigli, impegnandosi nel contempo sulla diversity di genere e di leadership in Giappone.

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Help small-scale farmers adapt to climate change or face increased hunger and migration, warns IFAD President

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 gennaio 2021

Rome. If investments to help rural small-scale farmers adapt to climate change do not substantially increase, we risk widespread hunger and global instability, warned Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), ahead of next week’s Climate Adaptation Summit. This follows a recent United Nations’ announcement that 2020 was one of the warmest years on record, with catastrophic temperature rises expected this century.“It is unacceptable that small-scale farmers who grow much of the world’s food are left at the mercy of unpredictable weather patterns, with such low investment to help them to adapt,” said Houngbo. “They do little to cause climate change, but suffer the most from its impacts. Their increasingly common crop failures and livestock deaths put our entire food system at risk. It is imperative that we ensure they remain on their land and sustainably produce nutritious food. If not, then hunger, poverty and migration will become even more widespread in the years to come.” In response, Houngbo will announce the launch of IFAD’s Enhanced Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP+) at the Climate Adaptation Summit on 26 January, alongside IFAD’s Goodwill Ambassadors Idris and Sabrina Elba who will discuss the topic with Alexander de Croo, Prime Minister of Belgium, and Dag Inge Ulstei, Norway’s Minister of International Development. Only 1.7 percent of global climate finance – a fraction of what is needed – goes to small-scale farmers in developing countries despite their disproportionate vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, according to a report released by IFAD at the end of 2020. ASAP+ intends to change this. It is envisioned to be the largest fund dedicated to channelling climate finance to small-scale producers. It aims to mobilise US$500 million to reduce climate change threats to food security, lower greenhouse gases and help more than 10 million people adapt to weather changes. Austria, Germany, Ireland and Qatar have already pledged commitments. ASAP+ will focus on low income countries that depend the most on agriculture and face the greatest challenges in terms of food insecurity, rural poverty and exposure to climate change. It aims to bring 4 million hectares of degraded land under climate resilient practices, and sequester around 110 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent over 20 years. It will also help countries achieve their nationally determined contributions set under the Paris agreement. Small-scale farming systems currently produce half of the world’s food calories, but are often entirely reliant on natural resources, including rain. As a result, they are at significant risk from increasing temperatures, erratic rainfall, pest infestations, rising sea levels, and extreme events such as floods, droughts, landslides, typhoons and heat waves.

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Paris turning point: net zero targets would bring warming to 2.1degC

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 dicembre 2020

If all national governments meet their 2050 net zero emissions targets, warming could be as low as 2.1˚C by 2100, putting the Paris Agreement’s 1.5˚C limit within striking distance, according to new calculations by the Climate Action Tracker.However, all eyes are now on their 2030 Paris Agreement targets, all of which need to be considerably strengthened to get national emissions onto a net zero pathway.The CAT’s new modelling takes into account announcements by China, President-elect Biden’s 2050 net zero target for the US, along with other recent net zero announcements. In total, 127 countries, responsible for around 63% of emissions are considering – or have adopted, net zero targets.“Five years on, it’s clear the Paris Agreement is driving climate action,” said Prof Niklas Höhne of NewClimate Institute, a Climate Action Tracker partner organisation. “The Paris Agreement introduced the goal of global net zero greenhouse gas emissions, and now we’re seeing a wave of countries signing up to it. Can anyone really afford to miss catching this wave?”“Not only is our warming projection for government climate pledges falling to just over two degrees, a level that puts the Paris Agreement 1.5˚C target within reach, but we’re also seeing a drop in projections for real world action.”The CAT’s warming projection of its ‘current policies’ scenario has fallen from 3.6˚C in 2015 to 2.9˚C today. This drop has come from governments implementing new policies, increased use of renewable energy, a downturn in the use of coal, and lower economic growth assumptions (both prior to and because of the pandemic). However, while 2050 pledges are welcome, none of the big emitters have strengthened their 2030 Paris Agreement targets (nationally determined contributions or NDCs) in time for this year’s deadline set by the UNFCCC.

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Climate change: the EU needs to be better prepared so it can better adapt

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 dicembre 2020

On Tuesday, the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety approved a resolution on adaptation to climate change, with 64 votes to 9 and 7 abstentions, providing input on the upcoming EU Strategy on adaptation to Climate Change.The resolution calls for a renewed and improved focus on adaptation, as it is crucial to prepare for a changing climate by building resilient societies that are able to minimise the adverse impact of climate change.The EU Strategy on adaptation should be an opportunity to ensure EU countries are on track to meet the adaptation goal under the Paris Agreement, show EU global leadership in building global climate resilience through increased financing and promote EU science, services, technologies and practices for adaptation, MEPs say.MEPs call for increased funding at EU, national and regional levels, and for public and private investments in adaptation. The EU’s climate-related spending target should contribute to both climate mitigation and adaptation, they say, recalling that the cost of inaction would be far greater.The Commission should ensure that costs arising from a failure to take adaptation measures are not passed on to citizens and enforce the “polluter pays” principle, making the polluter take responsibility for adaptation, MEPs agreed.They also want to ensure that EU funding only goes to climate-proofed infrastructure by making an ex-ante examination to assess the capacity of EU projects to cope with medium-to-long term climate impacts in different global temperature rise scenarios an obligatory condition of receiving EU funding. The resolution is scheduled to be voted on during the 14 – 17 December Plenary session, where a related question will also be presented to the Commission for oral answer.

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Clima, Rotta: “Indispensabile intervenire sul climate change”

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 novembre 2020

“I ricercatori dell’Università di Padova hanno scoperto che anche le Orchidee Alpine sono una specie a rischio a causa del riscaldamento globale e dell’attività antropica. In uno studio pubblicato sulla sulla rivista internazionale “Nature Communications” hanno rilevato che si stanno spostando sempre più in alto alla ricerca sia di temperature più rigide indispensabili alla propria sopravvivenza sia di habitat più accoglienti. Quindi anche questo studio mostra, se mai ve ne fosse ulteriore bisogno, che il riscaldamento globale sta bussando alle nostre porte e che va finalmente assunto come problema prioritario da affrontare, non solo da parte degli accademici, ma della politica e delle istituzioni. Per questo motivo sarà importante avviare in Commissione Ambiente una indagine conoscitiva sul Climate Change e le conseguenze che questi cambiamenti stanno producendo sul nostro ecosistema” così la Presidente della Commissione Ambiente della Camera Alessia Rotta sul rischio di scomparsa delle Orchidee Alpine.

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Climate finance neglects small-scale farmers – new report

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 novembre 2020

Climate finance neglects small-scale farmers – new report

Rome. Only 1.7 per cent of climate finance – a fraction of what is needed – goes to small-scale farmers in developing countries despite their disproportionate vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, according to a report released by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) today.Examining the Climate Finance Gap for Small-Scale Agriculture is the first detailed analysis of climate finance flows to small-scale farmers. It is released during the Finance in Common Summit where representatives of the world’s 450 Public Development Banks are meeting for the first time to discuss how to reorient financial flows to support global climate and development targets.The report shows that while financing that supports actions to address climate change surpassed half a trillion US dollars for the first time in 2017 and 2018, only $10 billion of this reached smallholder farmers annually. “It is unacceptable that the people who produce much of the world’s food, and who are at the greatest mercy of increasingly unpredictable weather, receive the least support,” said Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD. “Small-scale farmers living on marginal lands are on the frontline of climate change and should have access to the climate finance they need to adapt their production.” Small-scale farmers currently produce 50 percent of the world’s food calories. However, higher temperatures – together with increased incidences of drought and flooding – destroy crops and livestock and make it difficult for them to continue to feed their communities and earn a living.While there are no exact figures available of what climate financing small-scale farmers require, various estimates of their general needs are in the order of hundreds of billions annually, which gives an indication of the magnitude of the climate investments required.IFAD is the only multilateral development organization focused on eradicating hunger and poverty in rural areas. Next year it will launch ASAP+, a climate financing mechanism envisioned to be the largest fund dedicated to channelling climate finance to small-scale producers to help them adapt to climate change and combat hunger and malnutrition.ASAP+ builds on IFAD’s Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP), the largest global climate adaptation programme for smallholder farmers, which has already channelled more than $300 million to more than 5 million farmers in 41 countries.

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Allarme climate change: a rischio le infrastrutture

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 settembre 2020

Dal 1980 ad oggi nel Mediterraneo si sono aggiunti 6,5 giorni di caldo estremo ogni decennio e la situazione diventerà ancora più critica nel ventennio 2030-2050. A lanciare l’allarme è Sensoworks (www.sensoworks.com), la startup italiana specializzata in monitoraggio infrastrutturale supportata da piattaforme tecnologiche multilivello.«Da qui al 2050 il riscaldamento globale metterà a rischio la sicurezza delle infrastrutture a livello mondiale» avvisano gli esperti di Sensoworks. E non è solo il caldo ma anche il conseguente incremento dei periodi di alluvione, delle tempeste e degli uragani. Fenomeni climatici che sono aumentati in quasi ogni parte del mondo, sia in frequenza che in durata.Secondo il Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX), centro di ricerca a cui aderiscono 5 università australiane, il Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche del governo australiano (ARC) e numerose organizzazioni internazionali, la somma delle anomalie di temperatura rispetto una determinata soglia durante i giorni di ondata di calore (calore cumulativo) sta aumentando in media a livello globale in una forbice che varia da 1 a 4,5 gradi Celsius ogni decennio. Ma in Medio Oriente ed in certe zone dell’Africa e del Sud America l’aumento raggiunge anche i 10 gradi Celsius.Nella peggiore stagione delle ondate di calore —secondo i dati del CLEX— in Australia si sono verificati addirittura 80 gradi Celsius di calore cumulativo in più e la situazione è ancora peggiore nel Mediterraneo dove il calore cumulativo ha superato i 200 gradi Celsius. Lo studio coordinato da Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick dell’Università di Sydney insieme a Sophie Lewis dell’Università di Canberra è stato pubblicato questo mese su Nature Communications.«Sottovalutare questa situazione sarebbe un errore. Ma con il monitoraggio dinamico sarà possibile risolvere fin d’ora il problema infrastrutturale» sottolinea Niccolò De Carlo, ceo e co-fondatore di Sensoworks, startup già attiva a livello globale, con uffici anche a Boston e monitoraggi in molti Paese europei, includendo anche la Francia.«I ponti italiani sono stati costruiti a regola d’arte ed anche la manutenzione è stata nella maggior parte dei casi adeguata. Oggi —tuttavia— le nuove tecnologie consentono di fare di più: di prevedere il futuro e prevenire un evento infrastrutturale prima che accada» puntualizza Niccolò De Carlo, sottolineando la necessità di passare da un monitoraggio statico delle nostre infrastrutture —quello caratterizzato da ispezioni tecniche sporadiche realizzate da tecnici in carne ed ossa— ad un monitoraggio dinamico, consentendo così di avere un controllo costante ed in tempo reale attraverso strumenti tecnologici all’avanguardia.E certamente l’Intelligenza Artificiale (IA) può fare la differenza, attraverso modelli predittivi che possono essere utilizzati per evidenziare in anticipo determinati fenomeni e valutare meglio le priorità.

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COVID-19 pandemic adds uncertainty on future emissions

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 agosto 2020

The Climate Action Tracker today published updated assessments for 12 of the 36 countries it assesses, and has included projections of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on 2020 emissions.The CAT team has updated Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Germany, Ethiopia, Morocco, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine and the USA (see below for details).
ect, but there does appear to be a worrying trend where countries are protecting their fossil fuel industries,” he said.For the US, the Trump Administration continues to systematically walk back climate policy now even more using the pandemic as justification. If the new rule rolling back the Obama-era vehicle emissions standards withstands legal challenges, a 12% share of electric vehicle sales in 2025, projected by the last CAT assessment, will drop to 7%.The USD 2 trillion recovery package goes without support for climate. But renewables continue to dominate in terms of new investment. The CAT’s US emissions projections for 2030 are 5%–10% lower compared to our previous projections in December 2019, mainly due to the impact of the pandemic on emissions and the greening of the electricity sector due to market forces.Chile’s rating has been upgraded from “Highly Insufficient” to “Insufficient” based on its updated Paris Agreement target submitted to the UNFCCC. Chile was one of the first countries to officially submit an updated target.“Chile is one of the few countries that followed the specific request of the Paris Agreement to submit an updated target that is more ambitious than the first. More countries have to follow suit,” said Deborah Ramalope, head of climate policy analysis at Climate Analytics. The CAT grades government’s Paris Agreement 2030 targets with one of five possible ratings, based on its “fair share” methodology: 1.5˚C Paris Agreement compatible, 2˚C compatible, Insufficient, Highly Insufficient and Critically Insufficient.

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COVID-19: Industrial recovery plan must focus on climate, growth, jobs and research

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 27 aprile 2020

In a debate with commissioners Gabriel and Breton, MEPs called for the EU recovery plan to be balanced across sectors and to strengthen Europe’s strategic autonomy on the global stage.
“All economic ecosystems are hit by the crisis. We need an industry recovery plan with financial aid tailored for each sector, with a focus on our climate ambitions, but also growth and jobs. We therefore need a structured plan on how these instruments will be used across the different sectors » said Industry, Research and Energy committee Chair Cristian Bușoi (EPP, RO). « More investment in research can be a driver for the recovery, with a focus on innovation and data” he added.Commissionner for Innovation and Research Mariya Gabriel highlighted the many steps already taken by the European Commission against COVID-19 and said that the EU has to make the recovery truly transformative towards digitalisation and decarbonisation. Public investment into research should be prioritized and not considered as as adjustment investment like it happened in the past, she said, referring to the Horizon Europe Programme. She also highlighted that Europe’s industry is at the forefront in the development of a vaccine, which should be made available not only for Europe but the whole world.
“This crisis reveals that we have been too far into globalisation. Globalisation is here to stay but will have to be more balanced” said Commissioner for the Internal Market and Industry Thierry Breton. The current crisis is an accelerator of the trends we have observed, and European industrial ecosystems are exposed to the risk of hostile investment strategies by third country operators, he warned. The implementation of a European industrial recovery policy must be able to ensure that the crisis does not worsen Europe’s competitive situation on the global stage, while the level playing field should also be preserved within the internal market, he said.MEPs from the committee highlighted the challenge to balance the recovery efforts across the different industrial ecosystems. While several MEPs called for the recovery to focus on the objectives of the Green Deal, as well as the strategic autonomy of the European Union, and how to build more economic resilience, others raised the challenge of ensuring equal access to treatment when a vaccine against COVID-19 is found, concerns over privacy standards for tracing apps.

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Greta Thunberg to MEPs: “we will not allow you to surrender our future”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 8 marzo 2020

Climate activist Greta Thunberg spoke at a meeting in the Parliament’s Environment Committee.Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on Wednesday attended an extraordinary meeting of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee to talk about the European Climate Law.“The EU must lead the way – you have a moral obligation to do so”, Greta Thunberg said on Wednesday before MEPs. “In November 2019, you said that climate change was an existential threat. Now you must prove that you mean it”, she added. She said that the new proposal for a climate law published on Wednesday by the European Commission is “a surrender”: “Nature does not bargain, and you cannot make deals with physics. We will not allow you to surrender our future”, she concluded.
MEPs highlighted the challenge of bringing other continents on board to raise climate ambition before the Glasgow climate conference to take place in November. While most MEPs agreed that the EU needs to raise its own emission reduction goals, several MEPs said that raising the EU’s 2030 goals from 40% to 55%, as proposed by the European Parliament, would already be ambitious, but is met with much resistance from member states.Following the meeting, the Chair of the Committee Pascal Canfin (Renew, FR) said: “Today we hosted Greta Thunberg. To win the battle against climate change, we need the energy of youth. Here in Parliament, and notably in the Environment Committee, we are fighting for climate neutrality in 2050. The climate law that was presented today cannot deceive young Europeans who are mobilised for the climate and all European citizens, and we must therefore succeed.”

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Energy: EU priority projects should be aligned with 2050 climate objectives

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 febbraio 2020

• Legislation on Trans-European Energy networks to be revised this year
• MEPs give early input, can amend the proposal later
• Vote follows plenary debate on 4th PCI list
The Commission should update its guidelines to select priority energy projects so that the next EU list is in line with its climate policy, said the Energy Committee.The revision of the TEN-E guidelines, to be proposed by the European Commission later this year, should be consistent with EU energy and climate targets for 2030, its long-term commitment on decarbonisation and the energy efficiency first principle, say MEPs from the Industry, Research and Energy Committee, in a resolution adopted on Tuesday.In order to ensure that the projects selected for the next PCI (projects of common interest) list are in line with the EU’s climate commitments, MEPs call on the Commission to also propose transitional guidance before the end of 2020. To be granted PCI status, projects must contribute to keep the energy supply affordable – one of the five dimensions of the Energy union, with which projects must be aligned, they say.The TEN-E regulation was set up in 2013, before the Paris Agreement was adopted, and several developments have since significantly changed the landscape for energy policy, MEPs recall.The non-binding resolution was adopted with 55 votes to 15. It will be put to a vote in the full House in March. The plenary already held a debate on an oral question on this topic.

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Nasce l’Osservatorio Climate Finance

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 12 febbraio 2020

A un primo esame, sono circa 22 milioni in Europa le imprese, dalle micro alle quotate, potenzialmente soggette agli impatti dei cambiamenti climatici. Ma quali settori sono più esposti? In quali aree geografiche? Quanto potrebbero impattare sulle performance delle aziende, e sul loro profilo di rischio, le evidenti modifiche che il clima sta subendo ovunque nel mondo? Di questo si occuperà il nuovo Osservatorio Climate Finance della School of Management del Politecnico di Milano, che verrà presentato la mattina del 20 febbraio durante un evento di kick-off al Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale (Sala del Consiglio, via Lambruschini 4B, Edificio 26B, campus Bovisa), dalle 9.45 alle 13.15.
L’Osservatorio – che coinvolgerà docenti e ricercatori del Politecnico di Milano esperti di temi legati alla finanza e al rischio, da un lato, e ai cambiamenti climatici, dall’altro – mira a diventare un punto di riferimento nazionale per lo studio della finanza del cambiamento climatico, uno spazio di confronto indipendente che aggregherà player industriali e finanziari interessati a queste tematiche.
Tramite modelli interpretativi basati su solide evidenze empiriche e l’utilizzo di metodologie avanzate di statistica ed econometria, verranno studiati gli impatti del cambiamento climatico sul sistema economico: a livello europeo infatti sono già state identificate circa 22 milioni di imprese, dalle micro alle quotate, potenzialmente soggette al climate change, sulle quali verrà condotta un’analisi per quantificare gli impatti di questi cambiamenti e identificare i settori e le aree geografiche maggiormente esposti al rischio climatico.
“Molte realtà hanno già manifestato interesse nel progetto, a testimonianza di quanto il climate change sia diventato centrale in tutte le valutazioni strategiche – commenta Roberto Bianchini, direttore dell’Osservatorio -. Crediamo che l’Osservatorio potrà rispondere alle recenti spinte delle autorità pubbliche e dei mercati finanziari per l’introduzione di valutazioni del rischio climatico nei modelli decisionali di imprese, banche e assicurazioni”.
La ricerca confluirà in un report che analizzerà come il mercato nazionale e internazionale stanno rispondendo alle sfide del cambiamento climatico, identificandone gli impatti sulle performance di impresa e sul profilo di rischio delle stesse.

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