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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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Make transition to climate-neutral EU a socially just transition, say MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 gennaio 2020

Plans to finance ambitious EU Green Deal must be accompanied by a strong European social agenda, underlined MEPs in today’s debate with the European Commission.Following the Commission’s presentation of a sustainable investment plan, a just transition fund and a Roadmap to building a strong social Europe for just transitions, MEPs warned that a just transition must go hand in hand with creating a more social EU. They stressed that investment in the reskilling and upskilling of workers, decent working conditions and fair wages are all essential elements in the fight against inequality and exclusion. MEPs want the Commission to deliver on the European Pillar of social rights with concrete proposals. After the debate, Commissioner Schmit for Jobs and Social Rights presented the Communication on building a strong social Europe for just transitions including the launch of a first consultation on Fair minimum wages for workers in the EU.

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Governments still showing little sign of acting on climate crisis – Climate Action Tracker

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 12 dicembre 2019

Madrid In the face of the growing climate emergency, governments seem determined to continue embracing fossil fuels, and even meeting their Paris Agreement pledges would see warming of 2.8˚C by the end of this century, according to the Climate Action Tracker’s 2019 annual update, released at COP25 in Madrid today.Under government real-world action (current policies), global temperature is set to rise by 3˚C and the most optimistic policy scenario would be 2.8˚C. “We are not seeing the kind of action you’d expect from governments facing a climate emergency,” said Prof Niklas Höhne, of CAT partner organisation NewClimate Institute. “Since last year’s update, our temperature estimate has not improved from climate action, and many governments are still failing to meet their often insufficient targets.”While all governments agreed to update their climate targets with more ambition by 2020, the CAT’s new Climate Target Update Tracker has only one country on its list of those that has done so, and only one full draft proposal – from Chile.Coal is still playing a major role in government energy planning, despite the fact it’s now way more expensive than renewables. Governments continue to plan and build new coal plants, especially in Asia, where China, Japan and South Korea, who are also funding coal offshore.An example of such offshore coal-funding is the proposed Lamu coal-fired power station in Kenya, that would be both Chinese-funded and built. Kenya it is set to meet its Paris pledge with renewables, and gets a CAT rating of “2˚C Compatible” but if both the Lamu plant and another proposed coal plant were to go ahead, its emissions would rocket up. “Gas is a major concern. Governments are acting as if this fossil fuel is somehow clean – yet gas was responsible for half the increase in CO2 emissions from fossil fuel consumption in 2017-18,” said Bill Hare, CEO of Climate Analytics.“But let’s be clear: for a 1.5˚C pathway, emissions from gas need to peak before 2030, halve by 2040, and be only a tiny part of global electricity demand by 2050.”On a positive note, the growth of renewables is expected to soar: almost 2,400 GW was installed in 2018, a doubling of capacity in ten years, and is expected to increase by another 50% (1,200GW) in the next five years. This acceleration needs to increase if CO2 emissions are to peak soon and reduce rapidly to at least 45% below 2010 levels by 2030, and to do this governments need to stop supporting fossil fuels in the market.

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European DataWarehouse Announces Green Initiatives Ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 novembre 2019

European DataWarehouse today announced its commitment to the environment and corporate climate responsibility. Beginning today, the firm will plant a new tree for every deal created on its platform, including active deals that have already been uploaded.
Dr. Christian Thun, CEO of European DataWarehouse noted, “In the absence of technological advancements to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, reforestation is the most effective and affordable way to offset our carbon footprint. The decision to plant a tree for every deal created is an easy step our firm can take to help combat climate change.”This announcement comes as leaders and environmentalists prepare to meet at the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25) in Madrid, Spain.As part of this initiative, European DataWarehouse plans to plant more than 2000 trees in the next three years. To further demonstrate its commitment to the environment, European DataWarehouse plans to expand its already green practices. Current programs include a company e-bike leasing scheme, public transport tickets, green printing practices, and travel policies that support train use over air travel.
Notably, European DataWarehouse is also part of the Energy Efficiency Data Protocol and Portal EeDaPP, an initiative which aims to create a standardised energy efficient data protocol and portal for European mortgages. The market-led protocol will enable the large-scale recording of data relating to energy efficient mortgage assets (loan-by-loan), via a standardized reporting template.European DataWarehouse was established in 2012. Since its inception, ED has collected loan-level data and relevant documentation for more than 1,400 ABS transactions.

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Osram commits to becoming climate neutral by 2030

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 novembre 2019

Climate protection and the reduction of climate-damaging emissions are global challenges. Osram recognizes its responsibility as a manufacturing company and is committed to making a contribution to mitigating climate change. In order to consistently reduce its own CO₂ balance sheet, the company is increasing its focusing on energy efficiency both in its own production and at its administrative and development sites, effective this financial year, with the goal of becoming CO₂-neutral in 2030. In doing so, the company is playing its part in implementing the agreement of the Paris Climate Protection Convention of 2015 and limiting global warming to well below two degrees Celsius compared with pre-industrial levels. In concrete terms, the aim now is to save energy and increase energy efficiency in all areas of production and administration. The consistent use of renewable energies also plays a decisive role.Osram also intends to make its upstream and downstream supply chain more energy efficient in order to achieve its ambitious goals. In this way, Osram customers save energy, reduce their own emissions and, in addition to contributing to climate protection, also have economic added value. “In line with our vision of ‘Light for a Better World,’ our energy-efficient products and solutions provide us with a major lever to drive climate protection forward,” Bank said. These energy-efficient products and intelligent lighting control solutions are already helping Osram customers reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 5 million tons a year. According to the United for Efficiency (U4E) initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme, a consistent global shift to energy-efficient lighting could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 390 million tons per year and save consumers around $50 billion in energy costs.

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3M and Clean Air Asia Act on Climate Change with New Air Pollution Initiative

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 settembre 2019

Coinciding with its participation in Climate Week and the United Nations Climate Action Summit, 3M is acting on climate change through a new partnership with Clean Air Asia. 3M will collaborate with the international non-governmental organization on science-based air quality solutions for New Delhi, India, and Metro Manila, Philippines. This partnership aims to create healthier, more livable cities in Asia, and will ultimately advance the Clean Air Initiative announced by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in July 2019.
To move toward this goal, 3M will spend the next five years assisting Clean Air Asia in its efforts to assess baseline air quality conditions, design capacity-building programs for air quality management, implement awareness and education campaigns, develop Clean Air Action Plans with selected city and district governments, and measure the resulting impact on air pollution levels. According to the World Health Organization, air pollution causes 7 million premature deaths each year. The health impact of poor air quality is particularly notable in the WHO South-East Asia Region, where people in 99% of cities are exposed to pollution levels that exceed WHO guidelines.
In Metro Manila, PM2.5 levels in four of five cities with monitoring data in 2017 exceeded the National Ambient Air Quality Guideline Value and WHO Air Quality Guideline. India is also struggling with poor air quality nationwide. According to the WHO in 2016, 14 of the 20 most-polluted cities in the world were in India, and 900,000 premature deaths were attributed to poor air quality. New Delhi’s sources of air pollution include industrial facilities, vehicles, road dust and domestic cooking.
3M continues to increase its long-standing commitment to sustainability strategy and action, both through its own initiatives as well as its broad approach to partnerships around the world. It has announced bold new goals for renewable energy use, advancing the circular economy, and embedding sustainability in all new products, and is on a path to do much more. Together with its employees, customers, partners, governments and communities, 3M is committed to a science-based, collaborative approach to solving shared global challenges and improving lives.

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MSCI to Strengthen Climate Risk Capability with Acquisition of Carbon Delta

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 12 settembre 2019

MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community, announced today that its subsidiary, MSCI Barra (Suisse) Sàrl, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Zurich-based environmental fintech and data analytics firm, Carbon Delta AG (“Carbon Delta”). Founded in 2015, Carbon Delta is a global leader for climate change scenario analysis. Together, MSCI and Carbon Delta will create an extensive climate risk assessment and reporting offering for the institutional market, providing global investors with solutions to help them better understand the impact of climate change on their investment portfolios and comply with mandatory and voluntary climate risk disclosure initiatives and requirements. Voluntary reporting initiatives are being led by entities such as the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investing (UNPRI), while mandatory disclosure requirements are quickly developing across the European Union and North America.The Carbon Delta integration will expand MSCI’s robust suite of climate risk capabilities with state-of-the-art modeling technology that supports climate scenario analysis and forward-looking assessment of transition and physical risks, as well as extensive company-level analysis of publicly traded companies globally. This will be offered as MSCI Climate Value-at-Risk, an innovative and pioneering climate risk metric that calculates the impact of climate change on a company’s market value and helps investors understand and quantify these risks within their portfolio.The Zurich office will act as MSCI’s Climate Risk Center, the focal point for the development of climate change risk analytics and tools. The aim will be to develop strong partnerships with leading academic and research institutions around the world to advance the use of climate science for financial risk analysis, building on the relationships already forged by Carbon Delta.

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Climate alarm, in July the peack in Italy

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 luglio 2019

(AJ-Com.Net) Canadian multinational Solar Power Network (www.solarpowernetwork.ca), global leader for industrial solar solutions, is very clear on what will soon come: the hottest month will be July, while in August we will face more showers. “Ferragosto” (mid-August) will hit Italy with cold rain at altitude, including afternoon thunderstorms, particularly in the internal areas, not excluding hailstorms and small tornados. During July, all the Country will be hit by hot african wind (sub-tropical anticyclone) just in part balanced by the Azores anticyclone. Those two main “pressure” players will gift people on holidays with long summer time during the entire month, but also will guarantee temperatures to rise over 36C° in many places, and sometimes again hitting 40C° or 42C° in Puglia and Sicily. High humidity rate will be responsible for sultry and unbearable weather conditions, in particular in big cities where temperature will stay high during nighttime also. Tropical nights for Rome and Milan, with red alert temperature also in Bari, Bologna, Bolzano, Brescia, Firenze, Frosinone, Latina, Napoli, Perugia, Rieti, Torino, Venezia, Verona and Viterbo.
The title of hottest summer since 1880 could be indeed assigned to 2019. Results is extreme repercussions not just for citizens but also for industrial area and plants: from the refrigerated logistic to pharmaceutical and food chain: everywhere temperature and ambient conditions are critical to be under control and technologies is not anymore able to compensate even with facing high energy expenses.
Global leader in the solar industrial sector, from Canada to United States, from Japan to Australia and recently to some African regions, Solar Power Network (www.solarpowernetwork.ca) is managing about 700 commercial or industrial sites with an overall installed power of 400MW totally dedicated to green energy production and direct self-consumption.«We have cracked the code» assures Peter Goodman. As a matter of fact, Solar Power Network was able to achieve:
I) REDUCED COST. Solar Power Network will lower your electricity rate and that rate will be fixed for the life of the installation compared to the unpredictable price of grid electricity..
II) REDUCED CARBON. Onsite solar offsets coal and gas-fired utility scale generators. Solar alone offsets daytime emissions. Solar plus battery storage enables up to 100% carbon offset.
III) RELIABILITY AND BRAND AWARENESS. Solar puts power in the hands of business owners. Onsite solar provides a reliable additional or alternate source of energy. And it reduces dependence on the transmission grid. (AJ-Com.Net). AJ/LL 05 LUG 2019 10:00 NNNN
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Europe will not reach climate neutrality by 2050 without its cities and regions

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 luglio 2019

Head of the first sitting of the new European Parliament, public opinion is increasingly shaping the climate debate. As weekly protests recall, climate ambition is currently insufficient to reverse global warming. Likewise, EU cities and regions are calling for higher targets and resources to fast track Europe’s sustainable energy transition. On Member Sates’ National Energy and Climate Plans, the CoR denounces a lack of permanent multi-level dialogue with local and regional governments as specified by the Energy Union Governance. The European Committee of the Regions has adopted by unanimity the opinion of Michele Emiliano (IT/PES), President of the Puglia region, concerning ‘A Clean Planet for all A European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy’. The opinion includes a set of proposals that contribute to the EU 2050 climate neutral strategy presented by the European Commission in November 2018.
The CoR asks to raise the share of the EU budget spent on climate to at least 30%, recalling the importance of an effective “energy taxation” to ensure a coordinated, coherent and timely response to climate change.Members support revising the 32% target for renewable energy at EU level in the light of technological developments with a view to reaching 40% by 2030 in order to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.The CoR proposes to create a ‘European climate neutrality observatory’, aimed at mapping and monitoring the vulnerabilities of the different territories to the energy transition. Members declare their availability to cooperate with the European Commission on a structure for technical exchanges regarding the implementation of the Clean Energy Package.The EU’s Assembly of cities and regions requests to systematically involve regions and local authorities in the implementation of SDGs, the Paris agreement and COP25 preparatory work, including a CoR representative as observer in all UNFCCC bodies.
The CoR’s opinion emphasises the need to reinforce the link between climate policies and air quality and the direct impact these have on citizens’ health. Decarbonisation is the most effective preventive policy for protecting citizens’ health, members agree. The European Environment Agency estimates 483,000 premature deaths occur in Europe every year due to air pollution.Member States presented drafts of their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) last 31 December 2018.NECPs include countries’ planning tools to contribute to the implementation of the Energy Union objectives, mainly the 2030 energy and climate targets. Last week, the European Commission presented NECPs country assessments. Final NECPs need to be delivered by the end of this year.

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Climate crisis demands more government action as emissions rise

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 21 giugno 2019

Bonn. Amid growing public concern as climate impacts start to bite, governments must take bold action to address the rise in greenhouse gas emissions, but most of them are not, said the Climate Action Tracker at the Bonn climate talks today, as it released its latest update of government action.The CAT has updated its assessments of 21 of the 32 countries it rates (see page 8 of the briefing for key countries).“We are seeing an increasing number of Governments beginning to talk about net zero emissions by or before 2050, but we also know that we must halve global emissions by 2030 in order to keep the 1.5˚C goal alive, and most governments are nowhere near the action they need to take,” said Professor Niklas Höhne of NewClimate Institute.Last year, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions reached an historic high, with more than a third of emissions from coal, but the fastest-growing source is from natural gas, which grew 4.6% from 2017 to 2018.The US, India and China were responsible for 85% of the global rise in energy-related carbon dioxide emissions over the past year, and renewable energy additions have stagnated after 20 years of strong growth. Methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, has accelerated in recent years, likely due to increasing emissions from oil and gas production. “Public concern is rising fast, with global movements like Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion pushing governments toward action as people take to the streets. As we turn from climate change to a climate crisis, the public priority is rising, and we expect Governments to take bold action,” said Höhne.There are key governments – the EU, China and India – who are likely to meet or exceed their Paris targets and can increase their action substantially as they haven’t reached the level of ‘highest possible ambition’ as stated in the Paris Agreement.“Although the overall picture is not good there are signs of progress with a number of countries moving forward, including Costa Rica, Chile and the UK with new zero emissions targets and other actions,” he said.
It has been reported that up to 80 countries may announce new targets later this year at the UN Secretary General’s Summit in September, which is in preparation for 2020, when countries are expected to increase the ambition of their Paris Agreement targets.
“On a positive note, the growth in electricity produced from renewables grew 7% from 2017 to 2018, more than twice as fast that from fossil fuel-sourced power,” said Hare.

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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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