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Posts Tagged ‘climate’

New EU project “SafeCREW” launchedScientific expertise on safeguarding drinking water supply systems under climate change conditions

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 6 dicembre 2022

(PresseBox) The safe and affordable supply of drinking water in the EU under the pressure of climate change is a key priority. The European joint project SafeCREW, led by the DVGW Research Centre at Hamburg University of Technology, will address this key priority over the next three and a half years. SafeCREW will develop new methods for monitoring, quality assessment, treatment and distribution of drinking water and will derive guidelines for drinking water management and integrated risk assessment for water suppliers and authorities. The project has received 3.9 million euros in funding from Horizon Europe to provide answers to this important question: How do we need to adapt technologies for European water supply in order to provide safe and healthy drinking water under climate change conditions?

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Caritas Confederation at COP27 to bring the voice of vulnerable communities to the frontline of the climate crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 novembre 2022

A large delegation of Caritas Internationalis with regional and national Caritas representatives will attend the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP 27, being held in Sharm-el Sheikh, Egypt, until to 18 November. In Egypt, Caritas will call States for more commitment to address the so-called “loss and damage” which are the irreversible negative impacts caused by climate-related extreme weather events. On this topic, on 9 November, Caritas Internationalis will co-host a side event titled, Addressing loss & damage to deliver climate justice. Youth, gender and faith leaders’ perspective, along with other Faith Based Organisations. The Caritas confederation brings concrete examples related to this subject. According to Caritas Fiji, Tropical Cyclone Winston affected 57% of livelihoods related to agriculture and caused an estimated US$1.42 billion in damage (around 30% of GDP), affecting 540,000 people. In Asia, Caritas Philippines reported that Typhoon Rai in the Philippines caused damage to the agricultural sector to the amount of EUR 210 million and EUR 55 million to the fisheries sector. These examples show how urgent it is to invest in loss and damage measures, and climate change adaptation measures, namely those measures aimed at preventing or minimising the damage that climate change can cause. In particular, Caritas believes climate funds should focus on climate-resilient community development initiatives. Caritas Internationalis also highlights the need for climate finance to be provided not in the form of loans, which would further burden economic growth in developing countries, but in the form of grants. The resilience of local communities to climate change also depends on agriculture, which will be one of the key topics at COP 27. Agriculture must play a central role in climate change policies and address current severe food insecurity. Therefore, there is a need for greater investment in the agricultural sector with a focus on innovations that build sustainable local food systems rooted in local realities, inclusive and resilient to climate shocks worldwide. Currently, only 1.7 percent of climate finance goes to the agriculture sector, with a questionable fraction supporting small-scale farmers.Caritas also urges to build on the experiences and practices of local communities, whose knowledge of how to cultivate and maximise the use of locally available resources has brought unquestionable benefits of adaptation and mitigation. “In a context in which climate change continues to make resources scarcer and the carbon footprint more significant, we urge states to ensure that science reflects and integrates lived experience and local knowledge in responding to climate change,” concludes John.

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What to read to understand climate change

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 novembre 2022

Who among us can say they fully grasp the complexities of climate change? It is reshaping weather systems and coastlines, altering where crops can be grown, which diseases thrive and how armies fight. Rising temperatures affect geopolitics, migration, ecosystems and the economy. And it is likely to dominate headlines over the coming days as delegates from all over the world flock to Egypt for COP27, the United Nations’ annual climate summit. That is why our climate correspondent has selected six books (and one report) that offer an excellent introduction to the climate crisis, as part of our “Economist reads” series.It might be that after working your way through that list you’ll need a stiff drink—just as well, then, that we’ve also compiled the essential guides to making better cocktails. Other “Economist reads” round-ups you might enjoy include six essential books on North Korea, plus our pick of books (and a couple of excellent films) that will help you understand contemporary Spain. Happy reading. Patrick Lane Deputy digital editor The Economist

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The People’s Climate Festival in Middelfart

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 31 agosto 2022

On 1 – 3 September 2022 the People’s Climate Festival, or Klimafolkemødet will be held in Middelfart (Denmark), 2022 European Destination of Excellence. This annual event brings together citizens, politicians, stakeholders, and activist to find a solution to the on-going, global climate challenge. The event seeks to inspire all those who participate to act and put our climate on the top of the agenda. The People’s Climate Festival is a non-commercial, national event in Denmark that is growing annually. Last year’s event drew a record-breaking attendance of 8,000 – 10,000 people who visited Middelfart to attend the festival. The festival is organised by various organisations who come together to contribute to the programme of the festival. The programme consists of a variety of unique and curated workshops, activities, seminars, concerts, and events within the festival for visitors to learn, enjoy, and participate in. This year’s highlight is the “Climate in Space” project by award winning, Danish producer and musician, Bjorn Vido. This project will see the People’s Climate Festival Transported into Space, 40 kilometres above the earth’s surface with the aid of weather balloons and satellites. It will result in making Middelfart’s People’s Climate Festical the world’s first live climate concert in space. As the 2022 European Destination of Excellence, Middelfart is a sustainable tourism pioneer that places sustainability at the heart of its political decision making. The People’s Climate Festival is the highlight of a diverse and innovative destination.As a sustainable tourism pioneer, Middelfart places sustainability at the heart of its decision-making process. Through offering certified climate friendly stays, engaging with stakeholders to be more climate aware, and putting an emphasis on protecting the Little Belt Nature Park and Europe’s largest population of small whales, Middelfart is on the forefront of sustainable tourism in Europe.

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Key European lawmakers set course for scaling up climate-neutral eFuels

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 luglio 2022

The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy of the European Parliament set an important course for the EU’s sustainable energy transition. During the vote on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), a centrepiece of the Fit-for-55 climate package, an overwhelming majority of MEPs voted in favour of a 45% share of renewable energy in final energy consumption in Europe by 2030, with renewable hydrogen and climate-neutral synthetic fuels, also known as eFuels, to play a prominent role. The eFuel Alliance welcomes this important decision. According to Ralf Diemer, today’s result is “an important signal to the fuel industry to prepare its business model for the sustainable energy transition. At the same time, it sets clear incentives for investments in renewable fuels.” Indeed, industry policymakers propose that in the transport sector alone, renewable fuels of non-biological origin (RFNBOs) – a term that includes both renewable hydrogen and hydrogen-derived carbon-neutral synthetic fuel – should account for at least 5.7% by 2030 instead of just 2.6% as initially proposed by the EU Commission. MEPs also voted in favour of a higher GHG reduction rate of 16% by 2030 instead of only 13% that was proposed by the EU Commission. Ralf Diemer added: “Particularly against the background of current difficult global energy policy developments, and with a view to the objectives of the REPowerEU plan lawmakers need to set ambitious, but feasible renewable energy targets. Only this can boost the market ramp-up of renewable hydrogen and hydrogen based eFuels and provide both the industrial and transport sectors with clean alternatives to fossil fuels in a timely manner.”In addition to the transport sector, RFNBOs have a particularly important role to play in decarbonizing industry. That is why MEPs want their share, both used for final energy and non-energy purposes, to be 50% of the hydrogen used in industry by 2030 and at least 70% already by 2035.The course has been set – now it is up to the plenary to confirm the position in September before entering into negotiations with the Council on an ambitious EU climate policy. Font:

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eFuel Alliance: Climate-neutral aviation only with CO2-neutral fuels

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 6 luglio 2022

Brussels/Strasbourg. Ahead of this week’s plenary vote on the ReFuelEU Aviation Regulation, MEPs as well as industry and environmental experts criticised the EU Commission’s plans and called for higher blending mandates of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and eFuels at an event organised by the eFuel Alliance. “I strongly believe that eFuels are the future of aviation,” said MEP Ciaran Cuffe. CO2-neutral fuels will also profit from price development and economies of scale, Cuffe stressed: “eFuels may be expensive now, but the greater the supply, the lower the price and that comes from a clear signal to the market by the ReFuelEU Aviation proposal. Look at what has happened with renewables over the last few years. When we are serious about new technologies, prices fall to the point where they are more competitive than less sustainable alternatives, and the same is true for eFuels”. The market for synthetic fuels in aviation will grow and become more attractively priced, Silke Bölts, Aviation Policy Officer at the NGO umbrella organisation Transport & Environment (T&E), also underlined. “We have found in a study that the production capacities for e-kerosene in Europe until 2030 and beyond are significantly higher than the Commission’s estimates.” Of course, this development would depend on the political framework conditions, but the technical possibilities for production could be 1.83 Mt in 2030 – compared to the less than 0.4 Mt projected by the Commission. Bölts: “Finally, companies have to assess the market and the market opportunities. Companies need those blending mandates because the investors need to be sure that the product will also be sold”. Today, less than one per cent of aviation fuel worldwide comes from renewable sources, which provides immense potential, Dr. David Zaziski, Vice President of Infinium, also pointed out. “But this is where the opportunities lie to reduce greenhouse gases and achieve air quality benefits. What is often overlooked is that aviation fuel is actually harder to make given its tighter specifications. As a result, it takes extra processing and extra cost compared to diesel for road transport,” Zaziski said. Initiatives like the EU’s showed that there needed to be specific policy incentives for aviation fuel from renewables, “with clear targets, so that we can rapidly advance the SAF market”. Samuel Maubanc, Head of EU Affairs at Neste, also underlined the need for a clear framework: “We need to have realistic regulatory rules for Power to X for SAF starting now, because it’s a new market”. He also spoke out against cherry-picking preferred options, or even worse, pitching one technology against another, as climate targets should always be kept in mind. “Fossil fuels must be replaced by renewable energies, that is the order of the day”, Maubanc emphasized. “Both HEFA SAF, based on waste and residues, and eFuels will be badly needed to decarbonise aviation, and Neste is investing in all of them”, Maubanc added.The role of biofuels was also discussed, the definition of which was expanded during the vote in the lead committee TRAN. The eFuel Alliance is an interest group working for the political and social acceptance of eFuels and for their approval. We represent more than 170 companies, associations, and consumer organizations along the eFuel production value chain. We stand for fair competition and a level playing field for all relevant emission reduction solutions. We are clearly committed to greater climate protection and want to see the significant contribution of eFuels to sustainability and climate protection more widely recognized. Our goal is to enable the industrial production and widespread use of CO2-neutral fuels from renewable energy sources.

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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 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 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 ( 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 (, 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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