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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 Mag 2018

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

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

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 29 aprile 2018

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

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Climate Action Tracker warming estimate update

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 novembre 2017

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

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

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 novembre 2017

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

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Berlin and Beijing united on climate in the age of Trump

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 Mag 2017

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

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

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 marzo 2017

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

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Canon è per la prima volta nella Climate A List

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 gennaio 2017

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

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

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 novembre 2016

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

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

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 7 novembre 2016

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

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

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 luglio 2016

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

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

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 giugno 2016

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

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

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 giugno 2016

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

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