A round up of news featuring science-based targets, the Science Based Targets initiative and companies that are leading the transition to the low-carbon economy. 


Sun-powered shopping: Syzygy and Landsec deck out Leeds mall with PV panels

A shopping centre in Leeds is now home to the largest solar installation of its kind in the UK, thanks to a partnership between its owners Landsec and clean energy consultancy Syzygy. (businessGreen, 15 Aug 2017)

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Las Vegas Sands takes action on climate change with new set of sustainability goals

LAS VEGAS – Sands ECO360, the global corporate sustainability program of Las Vegas Sands has released its 2016 environmental report. The report marks the company’s first annual measurement against its revised sustainability goals, building upon the success and key learnings of original targets set in 2011 and reported on through 2015. (Travel Daily News International, 11 Aug 2017)

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‘The jewel in the crown’: Landsec drives towards science-based target with Britain’s biggest shopping centre solar installation

The UK’s largest commercial property developer has today (11 August) flicked the switch on a giant rooftop solar system at a shopping centre in Leeds, kicking off a 12-month investment programme in onsite sustainability across its estate. (edie.net 11 Aug 2017)

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Fujitsu Aims for Renewable Energy Usage of at Least 6% by Fiscal 2018

Fujitsu Limited today published the Fujitsu Group Environmental Report 2017, which summarizes the Group’s environmental results for fiscal 2016 in light of the “Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan (Stage VIII),” which sets out the Fujitsu Group’s environmental goals for three years beginning with fiscal 2016. The English language of this report version is scheduled for release in September. (ACN Newswire, 10 Aug 2017)

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Las Vegas Sands Takes Action on Climate Change with New Set of Sustainability Goals

The global corporate sustainability program of Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) has released its 2016 environmental report.  The report marks the company’s first annual measurement against its revised sustainability goals, building upon the success and key learnings of original targets set in 2011 and reported on through 2015. (Markets Insider, 9 Aug 2017)

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TSC: To fill a void, companies deliver more sustainable goods

In this time of political uncertainty in the U.S., Europe and beyond, it is heartening to see civil society and the private sector rushing forward to fill the gaps. (GreenBiz, 7 Aug 2017)

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Interserve shows how to build green BHAGs

A growing trend over the past couple of years, spurred by the private sector’s role in supporting the Paris Agreement in 2015, has been for whole industries to work together in pursuit of global environmental and sustainability targets. (GreenBiz, 4 Aug 2017)

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How a data centre from 2010 is helping Capgemini towards its 2020 sustainability goals

Seven years on from the opening of one of the most sustainable data centres in the world, IT consulting firm Capgemini is still using the key learnings from the low-carbon project to “accelerate” beyond its carbon reduction goals. (edie.net, 3 Aug 2017)

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Promoting Environmental Sustainability and Long-Term Value

As a part of this year’s Corporate Social Responsibility report, Chief Financial Officer of BYN Mellon Todd Gibbons discussed environmental sustainability and its impact on our business. (BYN Mellon PR, 2 Aug 2017)

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Tetra Pak Aligns Its Environmental Goals with Paris Climate Agreement

Secretary Michael Gove’s assertion that “people have had enough of experts” came to symbolise last summer’s Brexit referendum debates. But when it comes to the business response to global warming, it is the experts – in this case, the climate scientists – that are starting to set the agenda. (CSR Wire, 2 Aug 2017)

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Interserve and the ‘hairy, audacious’ green goals

The outsourcing and construction services giant has set its sights on a raft of new resource use and carbon emissions targets – and it doesn’t need industry initiatives to show it the way. (Business Green, 1 Aug 2017)

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The impact of Brexit on environmental policy in the UK

Last Friday (21st July) saw Michael Gove make his first keynote speech as Environment Secretary. It would be safe to say that his appointment to the role was not universally welcomed and in some quarters actively feared. So, what does his first speech tell us about his intentions for his new role and the impact of Brexit on environmental policy in the UK? (Carbon Clear, 28 July 2017)

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Mondelez eliminates 46,300 metric tonnes of packaging

Mondelez International has announced it has cut 46,300 metric tonnes of packaging, as part of its ambitious sustainability goals. (Packing News, 27 July 2017)

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4 ways business is stepping up to meet global climate goals

Non-state actors like businesses are essential to meeting the ambitious goals outlined in the Paris Agreement. A panel discussion at the recent ECOCITY World Summit in Melbourne, Australia explained why. (International Chamber of Commerce, 21 July 2017)

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Ferrovial, the first Spanish company to certify its emission reduction objectives by SBT

Ferrovial has become the first Spanish company and the global pioneer in the infrastructure and services sector to certify its emission reduction targets by the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative, supported by scientific criteria, the company said in a statement. (Capital Madrid, 21 July 2017)

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Symrise aims to reduce its carbon emissions

Sustainability has a high priority at Symrise – from resource-conserving and low-emission production methods and preserving biodiversity to supporting social equality. In pursuing these goals, the company has once again set itself lofty climate goals. Symrise was able to achieve these ahead of schedule in 2016. Now Symrise is taking things a step further. (Asia & Middle East Food Trade, 19 July 2017)

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Ecofys supports Belgian arm of Lidl with climate strategy

Energy and environment consultants Ecofys have advised Lidl on the climate strategy of their Belgian wing. The supermarket chain hopes the support will see their carbon emissions fall dramatically. (consultancy.uk, 14 July 2017)

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100 Fossil Fuel Producers Responsible For 71% Of Emissions Since 1988

A historic new report from CDP has revealed that 71% of all greenhouse gas emissions since 1988 can be traced back to only 100 fossil fuel producers, a group which together are responsible for 635 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. (Clean Technica, 13 July 2017)

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Taking climate into account: Reporting the right metrics & targets

Reporting the right metrics and targets are important for managing climate risk, according to the CEO of CDP, Paul Simpson. These are the metrics and targets you need to know about as part of Mark Carney and Michael Bloomberg’s climate task force report. (Financial Director, 12 July 2017)

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Property industry develops sustainability toolkit for acquisitions

A coalition of the UK’s leading commercial property owners has teamed up to launch an industry toolkit which delivers practical guidance on sustainability criteria within the acquisition process. (edie.net, 12 July 2017)

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New report shows just 100 companies are source of over 70% of emissions

Historic new research from CDP, voted no. 1 climate change research provider by institutional investors, in collaboration with the Climate Accountability Institute, today reveals that 71% of all global GHG emissions since 1988 can be traced to just 100 fossil fuel producers. (YubaNet.com, 10 July 2017)

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CDP: Only 100 firms account for more than 70% of global emissions

Just 100 major companies, such as Shell, ExxonMobil and BP, have caused 71% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) since 1988, according to new research from global disclosure organisation CDP. (edie.net, 10 July 2017)

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Utility EDP: Key benefits from setting a science-based target

Major European utility EDP is realizing a host of strategic benefits from having set its science-based emission reduction target*, such as improved reputation and customer engagement. (Huffington Post, 7 July 2017)

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America’s Pledge: We Can Still Reach A Clean Energy Future

Some of America’s biggest brands – including Coca Cola, General Mills, Hewlett Packard, Kellogg Company, Pepsi, Phillip Morris, Proctor & Gamble, Pfizer, Wal-Mart Stores and Xerox are among 43 U.S. companies, as part of the Science Based Targets initiative, that have already created (or in the process of creating) targets for reducing emissions in-line with what the science says is needed to address climate change. (Huffington Post, 7 July 2017)

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Symrise Climate Strategy Approved by “Science Based Targets Initiative”

Sustainability has a high priority at Symrise – from resource-conserving and low-emission production methods and preserving biodiversity to supporting social equality. (Food Ingredients First, 7 July 2017)

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The world’s first climate rating for equity funds will help catalyse a shift towards greener investment

There is growing momentum in the financial sector towards disclosing and reporting risk related to climate change. (Daily Planet, 7 July 2017)

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Tesco opens up its property innovations through Innovation Gateway

Following the Paris Climate Agreement, Tesco set out new, science-based targets that will enable them to meet their zero-carbon ambition. (Retail Times, 6 July 2017)

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Sustainability reporting: 10 steps to build trust and increase engagement

Sustainability and corporate responsibility managers from a range of businesses across the country recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and DNV GL, which explored the steps required to take sustainability reporting onto the next level. (edie.net, 5 July 2017)

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“Committing to energy productivity will drive us to achieving our long-term targets”: Tom Byrne, Energy Manager, Landsec 

Landsec was the first property business to sign up to The Climate Group’s EP100 campaign, pledging to double its energy productivity within 20 years from 2014 levels. We spoke with Tom Byrne, Energy Manager, Landsec to find out how the UK’s largest listed commercial real estate company is achieving its bold targets. (The Climate Group, 29 June 2017)

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Stepping up climate work: Kesko sets ambitious emission targets for its operations and supply chain

Kesko is the first Finnish retail company to set science-based targets to reduce emissions from facilities, transportation and the supply chain. To achieve these ambitious emission reduction targets, Kesko will increase its use of renewable energy while also improving its energy efficiency. (Nasdaq, 21 June 2017)

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Farmer Brothers Advances Its Sustainability Program With Science-Based Targets

Working with the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI), Farmer Brothers set a goal that by 2025 it will reduce GHG emissions by 11% across the Company’s roasting and administrative operations, compared with its base year of 2014. (Restaurant News Release, 20 June 2017)

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Farmer Bros. Co. Advances Its Sustainability Program With Science Based Targets

Farmer Bros. Co. (NASDAQ: FARM) (“Farmer Brothers” or the “Company”) a national coffee roaster, wholesaler and distributor of coffee, tea and culinary products today confirmed that its sustainability targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its roasting and administration operations have been reviewed and approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative. (Digital Journal, 20 June 2017)

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Taking climate into account: Knowing and showing management of climate risk

Last year was the hottest on record. Even though climate change is generally seen as a long-term issue, it is already radically re-shaping many businesses, especially when it comes to risk management. (Financial Director, 12 June 2017)

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Edie explains: Science-based targets

What are science-based targets? Why do they matter? And what are the main business benefits behind implementing them? Find out in the first installment of edie’s new content series. (Edie.net, 12 June 2017)

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4 big ideas in sustainable business

New business models, science-based targets, collaboration, and better marketing: here are the four trends in sustainable business that business leaders are talking about. (Eco-Business, 9 June 2017)

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Corporate America Is Committing To Carbon Cuts Through Science-Based Targets

Kellogg Company is on a mission to increase its share of world markets while also keeping its greenhouse gas emissions in check. And the cereal maker says that it will use science-based targets that are accredited and verified by third parties. (Forbes, 8 June 2017)

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The blueprint to a low-carbon construction industry

The volume of construction output worldwide is projected to grow by 85 percent by 2030. This presents a dual challenge to the global construction industry. It has to meet both increasing demand and mitigate the increasing political, regulatory and financial risk as global commitments on climate change create mounting pressure on operating costs and profit margins. (GreenBiz, 7 June 2017)

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Atos preps science-based emissions target as CO2 cuts continue

European IT services giant Atos has hailed progress against its environmental targets, after reporting further reductions in its carbon emissions and confirming plans to set a new science-based emissions… (businessGreen, 6 June 2017)

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Bloomberg delivers U.S. pledge to continue Paris climate goals to U.N.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg submitted a statement to the United Nations on Monday that over 1,000 U.S. governors, mayors, businesses, universities and others will continue to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement abandoned by President Donald Trump last week.(Reuters, 5 June 2017)

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4 Things Private Businesses Can Do To Lessen The Impact Of Trump’s Climate Decision

Greenwashing business as usual isn’t enough. Here are practical steps that business leaders can take to bridge the gap and take climate action.(Fast Company, 5 June 2017)

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M&S turns to storage and more renewables for Plan A update

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has updated its Plan A sustainability strategy with pledges including delivering half of UK property peak-energy demand flexibly by 2025, using clean and renewable technologies, before reaching 100% renewable electricity by at most 2035.(Clean Energy News, 5 June 2017)

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The road to a low-carbon economy: Setting Science Based Targets

Setting a Science Based Target (SBT) can seem a daunting task, especially if the business case is not clearly laid out. Companies ask themselves what are the benefits of setting a SBT, what does it involve, and why should they aim for climate leadership?  (2 Degrees, 2 June 2017)

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Marks & Spencer Launches New Eco and Ethical Programme – Plan A 2025

Marks & Spencer today (01 Jun 2017) launches a new sustainability plan – Plan A 2025. The eco and ethical programme is an ambitious, customer focused plan that builds on the success of the first 10 years of Plan A and will support 1,000 communities, help 10 million people live happier, healthier lives and convert M&S into a zero-waste business.  (ERP Retail News, 2 June 2017)

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Every building must be ‘net-zero’ carbon by 2050, says WorldGBC

The construction sector needs a “dramatic” shift towards a zero-carbon built environment to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, according to new research from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC). (Edie, 1 June 2017)

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Every building must be ‘net-zero’ carbon by 2050, says WorldGBC

The construction sector needs a “dramatic” shift towards a zero-carbon built environment to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, according to new research from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC). (Edie, 1 June 2017)

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Sopra Steria : L’initiative Science Based Targets approuve les objectifs ambitieux de Sopra Steria concernant la réduction de ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre

Les objectifs ambitieux de réduction des émissions de Sopra Steria, qui s’appuient sur une approche scientifique, ont reçu l’approbation officielle del’initiative Science Based Targets (SBTi). Cette approbation récompense la stratégie à long terme de Sopra Steria, leader européen de la transformation numérique. Le Groupe a en effet adopté une approche pertinente pour identifier l’impact environnemental réel de ses opérations et de sa chaîne d’approvisionnement afin de les réduire.
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Plan A 2025: M&S updates flagship initiative to ’embrace a sustainable future’

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has today (1 June) launched a new roadmap for its Plan A sustainability programme, which includes targets to reduce emissions by 80% and turn the company into a zero-waste business.  (Edie, 1 June 2017)

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M&S targets zero waste and 90 per cent CO2 cut in new ‘Plan A 2025’

Marks & Spencer unveiled a raft of ambitious zero waste and CO2 reduction targets across its business and supply chains with the launch of its new Plan A 2025 sustainability programme today.  (Business Green, 1 June 2017)

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Tesco to slash carbon footprint with refrigerant retrofit

Tesco could reduce its carbon footprint by 40%, after agreeing to convert refrigerants across 1,200 UK stores to a new model from suppliers Honeywell.  (Edie.net, 26 May 2017)

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Targets for a better tomorrow – Nokia publishes its People & Planet Report for 2016

Nokia has today published its annual sustainability report, outlining the company’s performance in 2016 and setting aggressive sustainability targets through to 2030 for top focus areas.  (Nasdaq, 22 May 2017)

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PepsiCo embraces science-based targets in the fight against climate change

PepsiCo has confirmed that its ambitious new target for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction has been verified and approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative as being in line with what climate science says is necessary to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius. The global food and beverage company has committed to work to reduce absolute GHG emissions across its value chain by at least 20 percent by 2030.  (JustMeans, 18 May 2017)

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4 things to consider before setting a science based target

Over 260 companies have committed to setting a SBT through the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), with many more developing SBTs without publicising their intent.  (Carbon Clear, 18 May 2017)

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Tesco to switch to 100% renewable electricity this year in UK and by 2030 worldwide

Tesco has announced it will run 100 per cent on renewable electricity in the UK and Ireland this year and worldwide by 2030 in a move which one solar panel company said would create “huge demand” in the sector.  (Independent, 16 May 2017)

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Tesco turns to solar in Paris climate accord pledge

Tesco is to turn its back on fossil fuels and ramp up its use of solar panels as the UK supermarket makes an ambitious pledge to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in line with the toughest goals of the Paris climate accord.  (Financial Times, 15 May 2017)

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Tesco commits to 100% renewables by 2030

Tesco has pledged to source all of its global electricity requirements from renewables by 2030 on its path to becoming a zero carbon company by 2050, in an effort to meet the climate change targets set at COP21.  (Edie.net, 15 May 2017)

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Tesco sets ‘high ambition’ carbon reduction targets

Tesco has pledged to source all of its global electricity requirements from renewables by 2030 on its path to becoming a zero carbon company by 2050, in an effort to meet the climate change targets set at COP21.  (The Grocer, 15 May 2017)

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Tesco pledges Paris agreement support with 100% renewable electricity target

Tesco has pledged to source all of its global electricity requirements from renewables by 2030 on its path to becoming a zero carbon company by 2050, in an effort to meet the climate change targets set at COP21.  (Clean Energy News, 15 May 2017)

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PepsiCo embraces science-based targets in the fight against climate change

PepsiCo has today confirmed that its ambitious new target for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction has been verified and approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative as being in line with what climate science says is necessary to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius. The global food and beverage company has committed to work to reduce absolute GHG emissions across its value chain by at least 20 percent by 2030.  (Pepsi, 15 May 2017)

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The Companies That Are–And Aren’t–Setting Strong Clean Energy Targets

At a time when the Trump Administration is trying to undo as much clean energy and climate regulation as it can, many corporations are traveling in a different direction. There’s a distinct divergence between government and Fortune 500 these days on renewables and global warming, and, in turn, a divergence between Trump, mainstream financial markets, and much of global public opinion.  (Fast Company, 5 May 2017)

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Big Climate Goals Can Align with Positive Financial Outcomes: Q&A with Walmart’s Joby Carlson

Last November, Walmart became the first retailer to set a Science Based Target. The company committed to reducing its own emissions 18% by 2025 from 2015 levels, and to cutting 1 gigaton of emissions from its value chain by 2030.  (Environmental Leader, 5 May 2017)

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Sustainability Reporting: Closing the ESG guidance gap

The London Stock Exchange Group recently published guidance for companies on how to report environmental, social and governance (ESG) information to meet investor demand for better data. The aim of the guidance is “to close the ESG guidance gap”.  (Carbon Clear, 3 May 2017)

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Measuring True Impact: Why Science Is Redefining Our Definition of a Sustainable Company

Businesses today are realizing that to truly address the environmental and social challenges that affect our world, a major shift is required in the way they produce and market products and services.  (Sustainable Brands, 2 May 2017)

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Science based targets: a journey of discovery

Setting targets for action on climate change has been both best practice and a dark art for some years. Businesses, with light pressure from NGOs and investors, have acknowledged for some time that targets need to be stretching and industry needs to take a leading role, but the question has remained – how do we know if, collectively, we are trying hard enough?  (edie.net, 3 May 2017)

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Sir Ian Cheshire: Sustainability leadership will be defined by ‘courage’

Companies that embrace new business models that push beyond ‘defensive’ actions to future-proof themselves will act as the next generation of sustainability leaders, the executive member of Debenhams and new Barclays chairman Sir Ian Cheshire said.  (edie.net, 1 May 2017)

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Science-based targets ‘critical’ to achieve 2C world, BITC survey finds

The adoption of science-based-targets and the engaging with the supply chain are two of the biggest challenges facing sustainability professionals in the next decade, according to new research from Business in the Community (BITC). (edie.net, 28 April 2017)

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Nearly 50% of Fortune 500 companies set carbon reduction targets

Almost half of the Fortune 500’s leading U.S. firms have committed to reduce their environmental impact and increase their energy efficiency, according to a new report.  (Climate Action, 25 April 2017)

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With Government in Retreat, Companies Step Up on Emissions

The Trump administration may be pondering a retreat from the United States’ climate commitments, but corporate America is moving ahead with its own emissions goals. (The New York Times, 25 April 2017)

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There’s a Leadership Vacuum on Climate Change. Business Should Fill It

This Earth Day is different. The world’s largest economy is governed by a president who has called global warming an “expensive hoax” on multiple occasions. He has threatened to “cancel” the Paris climate agreement, and appointed a head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, who as recently as last month has reported not believing that human activity or carbon dioxide are primary contributors to climate change, contradicting 150 years of basic physics and decades of scientific consensus. (Harvard Business review, 25 April 2017)

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Survey: Renewables workforce concerned about future skills shortage

A relatively young workforce in the renewables sector could create a future skills shortage unless mentoring and coaching is improved, while hiring managers across the energy sector are increasingly willing to recruit from other sectors to inspire “a new way of thinking” into companies. (Edie, 28 March 2017)

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World Water Day: Six Trends for Optimism

More than half a billion people today lack access to clean water, and with climate change, water pollution and booming population growth, pressures on limited water supplies are ratcheting up. (The National Geographic, 22 March 2017)

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Science based carbon reduction targets go Dutch

Energy company Eneco Group has had its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its electricity by 25% by 2020 (against a 2012 baseline) certified by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI). (Energy News Live, 15 March 2017)

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Eneco secures approval of Science-Based Targets for carbon cuts goal

Energy supplier Eneco Group has become the first Dutch firm to have its emissions reduction plans for electricity, heat and gas distribution approved under the Science-Based Targets (SBT) climate change initiative. The company announced yesterday that it has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions per GWh from electricity consumed by its customers by 25 per cent by 2020, against a 2012 baseline. (Business Green, 15 March 2017)

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While governments dither, companies step up with environmental targets

Each year, Investa Office Management releases its corporate sustainability report. In 2016, it announced that electricity use was down by 43% since 2004, gas use had fallen 38% over the same time, and water use had also being curtailed. (The Guardian, 10 March 2017)

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EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: NRG, Energy Producer and Climate Leader

As part of our Climate Leaders series, we sat down with Bruno Sarda, Head of Sustainability at NRG Energy, to learn how and why a global top 100 emitter of greenhouse gas is managing its carbon footprint in line with policy guidance. (Sustainability, 9 March 2017)

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Tetra Pak puts Science Based Targets in place

Tetra Pak (tetrapakusa.com) today pledged that by 2030, the greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations will be at least 40% lower than in 2015. Working with the Science Based Targets initiative, the company also set a goal that by 2040, emissions will be down 58% compared with a year ago. In doing so, Tetra Pak becomes the first company in the food packaging industry to have its climate impact reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative. (Packaging Strategies, 2 March 2017)

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Tetra Pak puts Science Based Targets in place

Tetra Pak puts Science Based Targets in place. Working with the Science Based Targets initiative, the company set a goal that by 2040, emissions will be down 58% compared with a year ago. (Converting Guide, 2 March 2017)

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First property firm gets science-based targets approved

The first property company in the world has had its Science Based Targets approved. Land Securities, the UK’s largest listed commercial real estate company, has had its commitment to cut emissions by 80% by 2050 certified by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI). The initiative is a collaboration between the WWF, UN Global Compact, CDP and the World Resources Institute. It aims to help companies set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets in line with the Paris Agreement’s goal to limit global warming to well under 2°C. (E-Po, 2 March 2017)

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Land Securities is world’s first property firm to have science-based targets approved

The UK’s largest listed commercial real estate company has today (2 March) announced the approval of its science-based target to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050. (Carbon Emission News, 2 March 2017)

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Land Securities secures science-based target emission reduction approval

Real estate giant becomes first property company to have ambitious emission reduction goals signed off by Science-Based Target Initiative. Land Securities has this week unveiled a series of greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, announcing that it has become the first property company in the world to secure approval for its goals from the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTI). (Business Green, 2 March 2017)

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Land Securities is world’s first property firm to have science-based targets approved

The UK’s largest listed commercial real estate company has today (2 March) announced the approval of its science-based target to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050.Land Securities, which has set the target against a 2014 baseline, has also become the first property business to sign up to The Climate Group’s EP100 campaign, pledging to double its energy productivity within twenty years. (edie.net, 2 March 2017)

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First property firm gets science-based targets approved

The first property company in the world has had its Science Based Targets approved. Land Securities, the UK’s largest listed commercial real estate company, has had its commitment to cut emissions by 80% by 2050 certified by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI). (Energy Live News, 2 March 2017)

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Science-Based Targets Key to Private-Sector Success in Carbon-Constrained Future

Rather than waiting for international agreements to address climate change, some businesses are turning to science-based targets to determine their share of future global greenhouse gas budgets and planning accordingly. (Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report, 2 March 2017)

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The UK’s biggest commercial real estate company is making its buildings greener

Commercial real estate giant Land Securities has announced its plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its buildings by 80 percent by 2050 have been given the seal of approval by the Science Based Targets initiative. The initiative is a partnership between the international not-for-profit organization CDP, the UN Global Compact, the World Resources Institute, and the WWF. Land Securities said it now had a “clear pathway for its commitment to cut emissions.” (CNBC, 2 March 2017)

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Tetra Pak sets sustainability targets but says concept still has to ‘catch on’ with some customers

Sustainable packaging is not a new subject for Tetra Pak, but it may not be a top mind concern for consumers when making beverage purchases. “It will take time for people to get a better understanding of it,” VP of environment at Tetra Pak for US and Canada, Jason Pelz, told BeverageDaily. “I do think it will catch on”. (Beverage Daily, 1 March 2017)

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Portugal’s EDP Receives Science Based Targets Initiative Seal Of Approval

Portugal’s largest electricity utility, EDP, has received the seal of approval from the Science Based Targets Initiative on the company’s target to reduce its carbon footprint across its entire value chain. EDP is Portugal’s largest generator, distributor, and supplier of electricity, and also has significant business in neighboring Spain, as well as 12 other countries. The company recently announced that it has now received approval of its target to reduce its carbon footprint across its entire value chain by experts at the Science Based Target Initiative — a collaborative project between CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), World Resources Institute, the World Wide Fund for Nature, and the United Nations Global Compact. (Altwire Utne, 27 February 2017)

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Portugal’s EDP Receives Science Based Targets Initiative Seal Of Approval

Portugal’s largest electricity utility, EDP, has received the seal of approval from the Science Based Targets Initiative on the company’s target to reduce its carbon footprint across its entire value chain. EDP is Portugal’s largest generator, distributor, and supplier of electricity, and also has significant business in neighboring Spain, as well as 12 other countries. The company recently announced that it has now received approval of its target to reduce its carbon footprint across its entire value chain by experts at the Science Based Target Initiative — a collaborative project between CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), World Resources Institute, the World Wide Fund for Nature, and the United Nations Global Compact. (Clean Technica, 27 February 2017)

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EDP gets seal of approval for Science-Based Targets

Portuguese energy giant gets plan to slash carbon emissions by 75 per cent by 2030 validated by experts at the Science-Based Targets Initiative. EDP plans to cut direct emissions from electricity production by 55 per cent per TWh by 2030 against 2005 levels, and indirect emissions in its supply chain by 25 per cent. The target is in line with its 2015 commitment to cut overall emissions from its activities by 75 per cent by 2030, compared to 2005, the firm said. (Business Green, 27 February 2017)

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EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Enel, Climate Leader and Energy Producer

Climate Leadership is about being both transparent on emissions performance, and reducing emissions in line with policy guidance to stay within 2 degrees C global warming. As part of our Climate Leaders series, we sat down with Andrea Valcalda, Head of Sustainability at Enel, to learn how and why a top 100 emitter of greenhouse gas is managing its carbon footprint in line with policy guidance. (Reuters Sustainability, 22 February 2017)

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Svenska Cellulosa : Greater ambitions with science-based targets

I’m proud that SCA is one of the forerunners in developing science-based targets and also that we are prepared to set a target that will require investment and action’ said Patrik Isaksson, VP Environmental Affairs. ‘This is a crucial point in maintaining SCA’s position as a global leader for corporate action on climate change’. Reduction targets are considered science-based if they are in line with what is needed in order to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, as agreed by world leaders at the UN climate change conference (COP 21) in Paris in 2015. (4-traders, 21 February 2017)

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Greater ambitions with science-based targets

SCA will substantially raise the bar for climate work by committing to develop a science-based target for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed target will be developed over the course of the year and submitted to approval organizations. (SCA News, 21 February 2017)

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“K” Line Meeting Paris Agreement Goal

Japanese shipping company “K” Line has announced that its CO2 reduction targets meet the aims of the United Nations Paris Agreement target of 2℃ rise in global temperature. The company has obtained confirming certification from an international initiative, Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi), an initiative between the non-profit organization CDP, United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute and World Wide Fund for Nature, which checks whether the companies’ medium-term reduction targets (five-15 years) for greenhouse gases are consistent with the level of necessary decarbonization for achieving the long-term 2℃ goal based on their own science-based CO2 emission standard. (The Maritime Executive, 15 February 2017)

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Dropped 2.2% in 2015, EPA Says

Greenhouse gas emissions in the US declined by 2.2 percent between 2014 and 2015, according to EPA data, which finds the nation produced 6,586.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2015. The EPA report comes as a growing number of private companies are committing to reduce emissions across their operations and supply chains in line with what scientists say is needed to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. Some 211 companies have set Science Based Targets and of these, 35 have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. (Environmental Leader, 15 February 2017)

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Lawnmower giant Husqvarna Group to trim emissions in line with Science Based Target initiative

Swedish forest and garden products company gets approval from high profile initiative for 33 per cent emissions reduction goal. The Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI) has this month approved another ambitious emissions reduction goal, rubberstamping plans from Sweden’s Husqvarna Group to cut its emissions 33 per cent by 2035 against a 2015 base year. The listed company is a global provider of outdoor power products such as lawnmowers and chainsaws, employing more than 13,000 people worldwide. (Business Green, 15 February 2017)

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“K”Line’s CO2 Reduction Target Certified as “Science Based Target (SBT)”: Evaluated as the Goal to Contribute to the Paris Agreement

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) CO2 reduction targets were approved to be scientifically consistent with the level achieving to the “Paris Agreement” set binding 2℃ goal for rise of global temperature and obtained certification from an international initiative, Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi). (Hellenic Shipping News, 15 February 2017)

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K Line CO2 Reduction Targets Certified as “Scientifically Consistent” with Paris Agreement

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K Line) today announced that its CO2 reduction targets have been approved as “scientifically consistent” with the 2℃ goal set by the COP 21 Paris Agreement. As a result, K Line says it has obtained certification from Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi), and has set its interim target to reduce CO2 emissions by 10 percent for 2019. (Ship & Bunker, 15 February 2017)

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K Line’s CO2 Reduction Targets on Track

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K Line) has announced that its CO2 reduction targets have been approved as “scientifically consistent” with the  2 degree centigrade  temperature  goal set by the COP 21 Paris Agreement. As a result, K Line says it has obtained certification from Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi), and has set its interim target to reduce CO2 emissions by 10 percent for 2019. (Marine Link, 14 February 2017)

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K Line’s Environmental 2050 Vision on Track

K Line has announced that its CO2 reduction targets are scientifically consistent with levels set by the Paris Agreement.The carrier has now set a new interim target, certified with SBT, to reduce CO2 emissions by 25% for 2030.SBT checks whether the compaines’ medium-term reduction targets of five to 15 years for greenhouse gases are consistent with the level of necessary decarbonisation for achieving the long-term 2℃ goal. This is done based on its own science-based CO2 emission standard. (Port Technology, 14 February 2017)

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Walmart on science-based targets: ‘It doesn’t matter who occupies the White House’

Retail giant explains why pursuing science-based emissions targets makes sense regardless of who sits in the Oval Office (Business Green, 14 February 2017)

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Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd’s (“K” Line) CO2 reduction target certified as “Science Based Target (SBT)”

“K” Line’s CO2 reduction targets were approved to be scientifically consistent with the level achieving to the “Paris Agreement” set binding 2℃ goal for rise of global temperature and obtained certification from an international initiative, Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi), the company said in its press release. (Port News, 14 February 2017)

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Walmart Introduces Science-Based Targets and Other Sustainable Initiatives

Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon recently outlined a roadmap that will guide the company’s role in society on critical issues over the next several years, pointing to a “new era of trust and transparency.” The roadmap adds new detail to Walmart’s sustainability agenda and contains new commitments that reflect a wider recognition of the company’s impact on communities and the planet. (Corporate Responsibility Magazine, 14 February 2017)

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Walmart’s ‘Very Strong Business Case’ for Cutting Emissions

As the nation’s largest retailer and owner/operator of one of the biggest trucking fleets in the US, Walmart knows that smart environmental management saves money. The company saves $1 billion a year on its improved fleet efficiency alone: Walmart met its goal to double fleet efficiency in 2015, compared to a 2005 baseline. And two years prior, Walmart met its goal to reduce emissions by 20 percent, according to 2005 baseline, which also saves the company money on electricity bills. “There’s a very strong business case for that,” Fred Bedore, senior director of sustainability for Walmart, said in an interview. (Environmental Leader, 13 February 2017)

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Forest and garden firm gets green

A forest and garden tools company has had its emissions targets officially approved. Husqvarna Group, a manufacturer of equipment such as chainsaws, lawnmowers and trimmers, is the first company of its kind to have its reduction goals certified by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI). The initiative is a collaboration between the WWF, UN Global Compact, CDP and the World Resources Institute (WRI). It aims to help companies set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets in line with the Paris Agreement’s goal to limit global warming to well under 2°C. (Energy Live News, 9 February 2017)

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Ambitious Greenhouse Gas Emissions ‘Commitment Approved by Science Based Targets Initiative

Husqvarna Group is the first Swedish listed company and the world’s first forest and garden company, to have its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative(Broadway World, 9 February 2017)

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Tetra Pak announces science based targets for climate impact reduction

Tetra Pak pledged that by 2030, the greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations will be at least 40 per cent lower than in 2015.Working with the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative, the company also set a goal that by 2040, emissions will be down 58 per cent compared with a year ago. In doing so, Tetra Pak becomes the first company in the food packaging industry to have its climate impact reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative. (Eco-Business, 9 February 2017)

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This Indian company is embellishing garments for Gucci and Margiela

“I think what brought all of us here is wanting to keep the arts alive,” says Karishma as she showed me treasured historic pieces with real gold thread from the era of Moguls and Maharajahs; and then displayed Chanakya’s resolutely modern handwork. That included embroidery worked into three-dimensional pieces from re-cycled tins, foam mattresses, and even DVDs cut in to fine strips. The rubber, silicone, and industrial materials re-appear as high fashion in the collections of Maison Margiela or Gucci’s “Go Green” collections (which are part of its parent company Kering’s Science Based Targets Initiative to reduce its greenhouse emissions). (Vogue India, 8 February 2017)

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Spotlight on Energy Manager Today Award Winners: AMD

In 2014, AMD announced an ambitious initiative to improve the energy efficiency of its Advanced Processing Units (APUs) 25-fold by 2020. Following the announcement of that goal, the first major APU product introduced in 2015 – the AMD 6th Generation APU -achieved energy efficiency gains equal to 28 percent towards the goal. In 2016, the 7th generation APU achieved another 14 percent gain. The improvements so far have put the company solidly above the trend line needed for achieving the 25×20 goal. (Energy Manager Today, 8 February 2017)

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The irreversible rise of the clean economy in 2017

The path to a low-carbon economy faces strong headwinds in the year ahead, due in part to the uncertain political backdrop in countries such as the United States. But despite these challenges, 2017 looks set to be the year when a global momentum to reducing emissions reaches a critical turning point. (Green Biz, 7 February 2017)

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The Dawn of a Carbon Negative Future is Appearing on the Horizon

We have a very short window to reverse the trajectory of global GHG emissions in order to stay within a “2 degree scenario” – within which we have a reasonable chance of averting catastrophic climate change.(Triple Pundit, 7 February 2017)

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WWF Climate Savers Program: Business Can Lead on Climate Action

WWF launched the Climate Savers Program in 1999 as a platform for corporate leadership in climate action. Now collaborating with more than 30 companies worldwide across a broad spectrum of industrial and corporate sectors, this unique partnership promotes business-smart best practices that others can follow. This process has evolved since its inception. Through active participation from all stakeholders, Climate Savers, the Carbon Disclosure Project, and global businesses now have a framework to meet the challenge of capping global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius, what scientists say is a crucial red line. (The Energy Collective, 6 February 2017)

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ADVA Optical Networking Joins Science-Based Targets Initiative to Tackle Climate Change

ADVA Optical Networking announced today that it has joined the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi). As part of the SBTi, the telecommunications technology supplier has committed to set goals for reducing its carbon emissions based on climate science. These science-based targets will align with internationally agreed efforts to keep global warming below the dangerous 2c threshold. (Yahoo Finance, 6 February 2017)

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ADVA Optical Networking Joins Science-Based Targets Initiative to Tackle Climate Change

ADVA Optical Networking announced today that it has joined the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi). As part of the SBTi, the telecommunications technology supplier has committed to set goals for reducing its carbon emissions based on climate science. These science-based targets will align with internationally agreed efforts to keep global warming below the dangerous 2c threshold. (IT Business Net, 6 February 2017)

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‘Climate Saving’ Companies Build a Framework for Progress

WWF launched the Climate Savers Program in 1999 as a platform for corporate leadership in climate action. Partnering with leading companies within their sectors, Climate Savers guides and supports these leaders as they develop effective climate action plans. Now collaborating with more than 30 companies worldwide across a broad spectrum of industrial and corporate sectors, this unique partnership promotes business-smart best practices that others can follow.(Triple Pundit, 2 February 2017)

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Tetra Pak joins science-based targets climate initiative

Tetra Pak has become the first food packaging company to have its climate targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. The packaging giant, which produces 184 billion cartons a year, pledges to cut the greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by at least 40% by 2030. (Ethical Corporation, 2 February 2017)

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Tetra Pak Announces Science Based Targets for Climate Impact Reduction

Working with the Science Based Targets initiative, the company also set a goal that by 2040, emissions will be down 58% compared with a year ago. In doing so, Tetra Pak becomes the first company in the food packaging industry to have its climate impact reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative. (Packing Europe, 2 February 2017)

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Tetra Pak unpacks new science-based emissions targets

Tetra Pak has become the latest multinational brand to secure independent approval for its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets from the Science-Based Targets (SBT) initiative. (Business Green, 2 February 2017)

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Crucial Heroes in America’s Quest for Climate Action

Major U.S. companies have been supporting climate action and investing in renewable energy for decades. IBM set a greenhouse gas emission reduction goal in 1998. Johnson & Johnson set one in 2000 and invested in its first solar project a year later. But a lot has changed since those early days.  What began as a vocal minority is now a loud and steady chorus. (Triple Pundit, 25 January 2017)

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Why Paris And China Trump Trump On Climate

Chinese President Xi Jinping made headlines around the world when he moved to fill the leadership gap on trade and commerce that opened in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday. But Xi also spoke on climate change, and he’s far from alone. (Ecosystem Marketplace, 18 January 2017)

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Organizations Identify Key Trends, Emerging Risks for 2017

The World Economic Forum (WEF), the World Resources Institute (WRI), the Council on Foreign Relations and the SDG Knowledge Hub all have highlighted key trends and emerging risks to watch in 2017. They consider the potential for continued momentum on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, particularly under changing political circumstances. (SDG Knowledge Hub, 17 January 2017)

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Kering receives Science Based Target certification

A global luxury group Kering has been verified and approved by Science Based Target (SBT) initiative as the first luxury firm to create science-based goals by reducing carbon footprint. SBT was formed by Carbon Disclosure Project, UN Global Compact, World Resources Institute and WWF to help firms establish greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets. (Fibre2Fashion, 18 January 2017)

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Unilever sets goal to ensure all its plastic packaging is recyclable by 2025

Unilever has vowed to ensure all of plastic packaging is fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, in a bid to bolster resource security and reduce the impact of plastic waste on marine habitats….. (Business Green, 13 January 2017)

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Responsible research is our corporate responsibility

In an age of 140-character tweets, in-your-face advertisements, and the 24-hour news cycle, it’s no wonder that even the best intentioned people are having the hardest time sifting through the noise to make well-informed, evidence-based conclusions. (Eco-Business, 28 December 2016 )

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2016: A year of transition from talk to action on climate change

When it comes to climate change and the battle to keep it in check, 2016 was a year of extremes.

The euphoria of the super-fast entry into force of the Paris Agreement to curb global warming crashed days later with the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president, fuelling fears he may pull the world’s second-largest emitting nation out of the pact. (Reuters, 21 December 2016 )

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Legrand North America in West Hartford Joins Science-Based Targets Program

Legrand North America has reaffirmed its commitment to fight climate change by announcing it has joined the Scientific Based Targets program, and that it supports the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity. (West Hartford Patch, 21 December 2016 )

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HPE Sets Science-Based Target to Reduce Operational Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Reducing our climate impact is not only the right thing to do for the planet, it’s quite simply good business. I witness this every day across HPE’s global operations, where initiatives like renewable energy purchasing, building optimization and data center consolidation, all help our business run smarter, at less cost, and attract the favor of customers, investors, and employees. (Sustainable Brands, 19 December 2016 )

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Panalpina takes a scientific approach to reducing emissions

Freight forwarder Panalpina has revealed new “science-based” emissions reduction targets running until 2025. The Switzerland-based freight forwarder has committed to reduce scope one and two emissions – those generated by offices, warehouses, company cars and trucks – by 20% by 2025 from 2013 levels. It will also try to reduce scope three emissions – from business travel and subcontracted transport – by 15% over the same time period. (Air Cargo News, 19 December 2016)

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Luxury giant Kering sews up science-based emissions targets

Owner of high-end fashion brands including Gucci, Saint Laurent and Stella McCartney has promised to cut emissions by 50 per cent by 2025. (Business Green, 15 December 2016 )

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Investors Urge 100 Companies to Make Good on Science-Based Targets Commitments

Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) announced today that they have sent letters to over 100 publicly held companies – including Adobe, Boeing, International Flavors & Fragrances, Keurig Green Mountain, Motorola, Tiffany & Co.and VF Corporation – encouraging them to make good on statements that they would adopt science-based GHG reduction goals within the next two years. (Sustainable Brands, 14 December 2016 )

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MUST READ: Kering announces plans for carbon reduction

The Science Based Targets initiative, a nonprofit that helps companies determine how to cut environmentally hazardous emissions announced today that it has verified and approved Kering’s plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2025, making the fashion group the first luxury (and French) company to take a significant step towards achieving a low-carbon future. (Fashionista, 14 December 2016 )

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Why Walmart is doubling down on its commitment to climate change

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Science-based targets top choice for sustainability leaders, edie survey reveals

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Science-based targets to boost powerful climate strategies in Australia

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General Mills, Starbucks, Walmart And Other Big Brands Want To Stay The Course On Climate. Here’s Why.

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HPE Sets Science-Based Target to Reduce Operational Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Capgemini in the UK embraces science-based target with pledge to cut emissions 40 per cent by 2030

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CEFC announces landmark agreement with Investa to push boundaries of energy efficiency

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Living beyond the moment: Why science-based targets and coalitions are the key to unlock climate action urgency

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Hitting the right target: Business carbon reporting gets tough

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16% jump in carbon emissions reporting among companies based in Ireland

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Government long-term climate strategy should be ‘business friendly’, says Corporate Leaders Group

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200 companies committed to reduce emission

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Science-Based Targets passes 200 company milestone

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Private sector leaders eager to end climate change

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Does your company have a presidential transition strategy?

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Young and Future Generations Day, Cities and Human Settlements Day Convene at COP 22

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Carbon emissions reduction: India Inc is already on the job

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Walmart buys into ‘game-changing’ science-based emissions targets with host of new green goals

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Wal-Mart sets environmental plan as people seek green items

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Inside Walmart’s 2025 sustainability goals

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General Mills, NRG and P&G shoot for 2 degrees

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Most corporate climate change pledges aren’t strict enough to stop climate change

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Why Science-Based targets are necessary for meeting Paris climate agreement goals

More than 190 countries have formally signed the Paris Climate Agreement since it was introduced in December 2015. Many have since unveiled plans regarding how they will reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. (Triple Pundit, 28 October 2016 )

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CDP: How corporate pioneers are driving climate action

The Paris Agreement could help trigger a new era of business engagement with climate-related risks and opportunities, but the vast majority of blue chip firms are still yet to deliver ambitious decarbonization strategies in line with the international treaty. (GreenBiz, 27 October 2016 ) Read more 


Companies need to do more on emissions reductions

Many corporate emission-reduction targets lack ambition, says report The Paris Agreement officially comes into force in less than two weeks, signaling the start of a process that will significantly affect business practices the world over. The tangible target to keep global temperature rises under 2°C sets companies on a clear path toward a low-carbon economy. (IR Magazine, 25 October 2016 )

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CDP: Corporate pioneers poised to drive post-Paris climate action

Major new report shows how leading multinationals are looking to seize the opportunities presented by decarbonisation, but a rump of corporate laggards risk missing out on low carbon transition. (Business Green, 25 October 2016 ) Read more 


Indian firms set target to reduce carbon footprint

Almost a fourth of India’s top 200 listed firms have set voluntary emission-reduction targets to transition to a low carbon economy, said a new report released on October 25. India on October 2 ratified the Paris Agreement that aims to restrict global warming within 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial times. (India Climate Dialogue, 25 October 2016 ) Read more


Big companies fail to meet carbon goals

More than 900 of the world’s largest companies have a plan to cut their carbon pollution but only a fraction are doing enough to meet the goals of the Paris climate change accord, according to data compiled for Norway’s $876bn oil fund and other big investors. (FT, 24 October 2016 ) Read more


‘Way behind the curve’: EU climate policy ‘obstructed’ by trade body BusinessEurope

Trade association BusinessEurope’s “strong opposition” to more ambitious European Union (EU) climate legislation represents a “clear detachment” from the position of the European business community, according to a new report from UK research group InfluenceMap. (edie.net , 05 October 2016 ) Read more


Is BusinessEurope at odds with its members on EU climate policy?

Report slams trade federation’s ‘obstructive’ climate policy positions, arguing it is being far less ambitions than many of its members.(businessgreen.com , 04 October 2016 ) Read more


Coca-Cola bottler extends 2020 sustainability targets

One of Coca-Cola’s leading bottlers, Coca-Cola HBC, has on Friday (30 September) unveiled seven new sustainability goals to build on the company’s initial 2020 targets made last year.(edie.net , 03 October 2016 ) Read more


What Does It Take to Meet a Science-Based GHG Target?

More than ever before, market-leading companies are setting ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).(environmentalleader.com , 03 October 2016 ) Read more


Climate Week 2016: Businesses Lead Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy

Climate Week 2016 kicks off today in New York City, with international business and government leaders meeting to discuss the transition to a low-carbon economy — what is means for countries and corporations, and how to achieve zero-emission value chains and communities.(environmentalleader.com , 19 September 2016) Read more


H&M’s $6.5M Effort to Advance Textile Recycling

Recycling blended textiles is a huge challenge because no commercially viable separation, sorting and recycling technologies are available for many of the most popular materials, such as cotton and polyester blends. (environmentalleader.com , 19 September 2016) Read more


Looking for a chain reaction

HOW TO EXTEND SCIENCE-BASED TARGETS ALONG THE SUPPLY CHAIN? Today, there are already 179 companies that have committed to science-based targets. These companies are setting themselves climate targets in line with the Paris Agreement of limiting global warming to well below 2°C. Each week, approximately two more companies join the call of the initiative (sciencebasedtargets.org) by CDP, UN Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and WWF. (ecofys.com) Read more


Winning over the head and the heart

Whilst basking in the glow of the ratification of the Paris Agreement by China and the US last week, the Edelman Cleantech team attended a thought provoking event on ‘science-based targets’, held by one of our clients, the Carbon Trust. (edelman.co.uk, 13 September 2016) Read more


The Road from Paris Leads to Science-based Targets

On April 22, 2016, 175 nations signed a landmark deal on climate change, ratifying the Paris COP21 agreement to limit global warming to 2°C with the ambition of achieving 1.5°C limit. The agreement requires net zero emissions of man-made greenhouse gases from 2050. Backing up the agreement are carbon reduction plans submitted by almost 190 countries including the US, China, India and European Union countries to cut emissions. (environmentalleader.com, 22 August 2016 ) Read more


Setting the Bar High Enough, Part 4: Making the Internal Business Case for Science-Based Targets

In this series of articles, the team at the Carbon Trust outlines the reasons for businesses to adopt science-based targets on climate change. This is the fourth in the series. (sustainablebrands.com, 17 August 2016) Read more


Why Setting Science Based Targets Matters

Corporate sustainability reporting and disclosure to climate organizations like CDP is a must-do for companies — 81 percent of S&P 500 companies published these reports in 2015, up from just 20 percent five years ago. (environmentalleader.com, 15 August 2016) Read more


The uncomfortable truth about leadership

Thirty-five years ago I recall a teacher explaining to me at school that jet airplane travel had, for the purposes of travel and trade, shrunk the world from the size of a huge beach ball to the size of a golf ball. Since then it has shrunk again and again.  (huffingtonpost.com, 26 July 2016) Read more


Climate Science Strengthens AMD Targets for Its Processors

How big of a threat is climate change? According to a survey of 750 experts conducted by the World Economic Forum: “Catastrophe caused by climate change is seen as the biggest potential threat to the global economy in 2016.”  (huffingtonpost.com, 21 July 2016) Read more


Cutting Your Corporate Carbon Footprint? Why You Should Use Science-Based Targets

When the Science-Based Targets initiative to cut corporate greenhouse gas emissions was formed in 2014, it started with an ambitious goal: have 100 companies commit to using the best climate science to inform their carbon reduction targets and shrink their carbon footprints by the end of 2015. ( forbes.com, 6 July 2016) Read more


Green business leaders bullish despite Brexit volatility

Days after the UK vote to leave the EU shocked global markets, business leaders, government officials and UN envoys gathered in London to discuss how this could impact efforts to tackle climate change. (climatechangenews.com, 1 July 2016) Read more


Two companies a week signing up to science-based targets

The Science Based Targets initiative, set up by CDP, UN Global Compact, WRI, and WWF, which aims to persuade companies to set emissions reductions targets in line with keeping global warming to well below two degrees, now has more than 168 signatories. The initiative has been growing at a rate of two companies a week since its launch in May last year. (ccbriefing.corporate-citizenship.com, 29 June 2016) Read more


Ikea chief: Business and governments must go all in for a carbon-free 21st century

Speaking at the Business and Climate Summit at London’s Guildhall on Tuesday (28 June), Ikea’s Steve Howard urged policymakers to craft “well-designed policies” that would allow the retailer and fellow businesses to build on the largely independent platform that has been established in transitioning to a “carbon free 21st century”. (edie.net, 29 June 2016) Read more


Two companies a week signing up to science-based targets climate push

The Science Based Targets initiative, which aims to persuade companies to set emissions reductions targets in line with keeping global warming to well below two degrees, now has more than 168 signatories. ( businessgreen.com, 29 June 2016) Read more


Brexit is not a vote against climate change says UN’s climate chief

Christiana Figueres says the UK can still be a leader on climate change and emphasises the need for the country to ‘stay calm and transform on’. ( theguardian.com, 28 June 2016) Read more


Giant commodity carbon footprints show more action is needed

Rice, soy, corn, wheat and palm oil are the “new frontier” of climate action, said Oxfam this week, as it published new data detailing the “massive”environmental impact of the world’s major commodities. (foodnavigator.com, 28 June 2016) Read more


How business could deliver 60 per cent of Paris-pledged emissions cuts by 2030

Businesses could provide 60 per cent of the 2030 global greenhouse gas emissions cuts targeted by the Paris Agreement through the delivery of several key existing private sector climate initiatives, according. (businessgreen.com, 28 June 2016) Read more


Paris Agreement Top Priority at Business and Climate Summit

Businesses and politicians from across the world are coming together today for the Business & Climate Summit. The second annual Summit is dedicated to tackling climate change. The event specifically focuses on how businesses should address the Paris Agreement, which was signed back in April 2016. (blueandgreentomorrow.com, 28 June 2016) Read more


The Business End Of Climate Change

We established CDP — then the Carbon Disclosure Project — over 15 years ago with a vision that one day businesses would be playing an active leadership role in combating climate change. Last December’s historic Paris Agreement set an unequivocal new direction for corporate climate action, and today our vision is becoming reality. (huffingtonpost.com, 28 June 2016) Read more


The Business End of Climate Change: How collective action could help us realise a 2C world

That’s the conclusion of a major new report launched today (28 June) at the Business & Climate Summit in London, which puts a figure for the first time on the level of emissions cuts that could be achieved by businesses worldwide through collective action. (edie.net, 28 June 2016) Read more


How General Mills and Kellogg are tackling greenhouse gas emissions

In the global effort to limit climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), the energy and transportation sectors are the most obvious targets, but perhaps not be the biggest. Consider the food business. (Harvard Business Review, 1 June 2016) Read more


Climate science is serious business: General Mills & Kellogg show how

Food and beverage companies – some of the largest climate change contributors – need to make greater efforts to use established science to set their mitigation targets. Luckily, a couple of their peers can help show the way. (Oxfam America, 25 May 2016) Read more


Ben & Jerry’s, Toyota join science-based targets club

155 major companies have committed to cut emissions in line with 2C global warming threshold.(Climate Home, 4 May 2016) Read more


Climate Action 2016 Summit: What Role Will Business Play?

In terms of reaching a global climate deal, COP21 was a success. More than 175 countries have since signed the Paris agreement, and hundreds of business have committed to purchasing renewable energy and reducing their carbon emissions. (Environmental Leader, 4 May 2016) Read more


Supercharging sustainability metrics with science

Starting with science is a good way to start setting meaningful corporate sustainability goals. (GreenBiz, 12 April 2016) Read more


Climate policy is coming. Is business prepared?

Businesses can expect stricter carbon pollution regulations coming soon — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, according to some. (Environmental Leader, 5 April 2016) Read more


Ikea, Sony commit with 112 others to science-based climate goals

Nine companies, including Walmart, Ikea, Coca-Cola, Dell, General Mills, Sony and Procter & Gamble, already have submitted and received approval for specific carbon goals. Their combined efforts are projected to prevent 573 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. (GreenBiz, 8 December 2015) Read more


Companies sign up en masse to “science-based” carbon targets

Kellogg and Enel among 114 companies whose carbon pledges have been approved by Science Based Targets initiative. (BusinessGreen.com, December 2015) Read more


Kellogg, Sony and others sign up to emissions goals

Kellogg, Sony, Coca-Cola Enterprises and a group of other companies have committed to targets certified by independent assessors to cut their carbon emissions (Reuters, 8 December 2015) Read more


U.S. Republicans Pushed by CEOs in Paris to Shift Climate Stance

As the leaders of 195 countries gather in Paris to hammer out a global climate deal, much of the attention is on the U.S. — where business leaders and scientists say they’re trying to persuade Republicans to accept emissions curbs. (Bloomberg, 8 December 2015) Read more


Coke, Sony among 114 firms to cut carbon in line with 2C

Businesses with emissions equal to South Africa and nearly $1trn in profits pledge to help cap global warming below agreed danger threshold. (ClimateChangenews.com, 8 December 2015) Read more


Where’s the science? Businesses aren’t setting the right climate targets to make a difference

Can the Science Based Targets initiative push companies to do better when it comes to meeting greenhouse gas emissions targets? (The Guardian, 8 December 2015) Read more


 Business Leaders Commit to Energy Goals at Climate Conference

Unilever. Total. Bank of America. Patagonia. Ikea. Some of the world’s largest companies — and brands — announced their commitment on Tuesday to cutting carbon emissions and participating in practices that would support sustainable energy.   (New York Times, 9 December 2015) Read more


 Kellogg, Sony and Others Sign Up to Emissions Goals

Kellogg, Sony, Coca-Cola Enterprises and a group of other companies have committed to targets certified by independent assessors to cut their carbon emissions. Read more


These Business Giants All Committed to Slashing Carbon Emissions

Kellogg, Sony, Coca-Cola Enterprises and a group of other companies have committed to targets certified by independent assessors to cut their carbon emissions. (Fortune, 8 December 2015) Read more


Business Leaders Commit to Energy Goals at Climate Conference

Over one hundred private companies, including Coca Cola Enterprises and Kellogg, are working with the scientific community to set emission-reduction goals through the Science Based Targets Initiative. (The Christian Science Monitor, 8 December 2015) Read more


Companies Urged to Set Emissions Targets Based on Cuts Recommended by Scientists

A group of nongovernmental organizations is looking to recruit 100 companies to set greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets that match up with the cuts scientists say are necessary to avert the worst impacts of climate change. (Bloomberg, 26 May 2015) Read more


Business leaders prepare for limited UN climate deal in Paris

Private sector could help close the expected shortfall in emissions reductions necessary to stop 2C of global warming warming, suggests Unilever CEO Paul Polman at climate and business summit in Paris. (The Guardian, 21 May 2015) Read more


Corporate CO2 targets need work in order to deliver on 2C target

CDP analysis shows just a few companies have greenhouse gas targets in line with scientific recommendations. (BusinessGreen, 20 May 2015) Read more


General Mills brings supply chain into emissions goal

Taking bolder responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions by its supply chain of farmers and mills and packagers than is typical, General Mills announced a goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions across its entire business — “from farm to fork to landfill” — by 28 percent within 10 years. (GreenBiz, 1 September 2015) Read more


Resilience in a hotter world

Extreme weather and rising demand for resources call for a fundamentally new strategy, explains Harvard Business Review. (Harvard Business Review, April 2014) Read more


Corporates unite to deliver post-Paris climate action plans

Business leaders underline support for climate action in run up to crucial Paris Summit, as more than 60 firms sign up to new carbon targets. (BusinessGreen.com, 25 September 2015) Read more


Leading companies elevate their climate goals in response to science

More and more companies are setting ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets that align with what the latest climate science says is necessary to limit warming to below 2°C and avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change. (Blue & Green tomorrow, 25 September 2015) Read more


Where’s the science? How companies can help bring it back to meet the 2°C challenge

For too long companies’ emissions targets have been based on expedience and public relations concerns – not science. If we’re going to meet the global climate challenge, this must change. (Oxfam America Guest Blog, 25 September 2015) Read more


Climate Week update: Businesses rush to make sustainability pledges

As hundreds of corporate executives and government diplomats and activists convened in New York for Climate Week, major companies and business groups keep making new commitments. (GreenBiz, 25 September 2015) Read more


How will Procter & Gamble slash emissions by a quarter in just five years?

P&G vice president of global sustainability Len Sauers talks to BusinessGreen about the company’s bold new emissions pledge and its drive to source renewable power. (BusinessGreen, 24 September 2015) Read more


Tips on setting science based greenhouse gas emission targets

In the lead up to Paris, a number of organisations are looking at the implications of the post 2020 targets on their operations and at setting themselves meaningful greenhouse gas emission targets to stay within a global temperature increase of 2°C from pre-industrial levels. (PointAdvisory, 1 October 2015) Read more