At the start of this UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the Sudbury model for industrial restoration is an important recipe to apply to climate change

Sudbury, Ontario was an environmental disaster with its nickel and copper mines and smelters. INCO (now Vale) in Sudbury was the world’s largest nickel producer at one time and was the subject of my master’s thesis. Nadia Mykytczuk, Interim CEO/President of MIRARCO at Laurentian University writes on The Conversation website about the transformation of the … Continue reading At the start of this UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the Sudbury model for industrial restoration is an important recipe to apply to climate change

Industry and Europe’s “Fit for 55” package

In July the European Commission adopted a package of proposals – called the Fit for 55 package – to make the EU’s climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net GHG emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. As the Commission states, achieving these emission reductions in … Continue reading Industry and Europe’s “Fit for 55” package

The challenges for Australia’s industry to reach net zero by 2050

Alison Reeve, Deputy Program Director, Energy and Climate Change at the Grattan Institute explains in an article on The Conversation website the challenges that Australia’s industries face to help the country achieve net-zero emissions. Around 30% of Australia’s emissions come from the industrial sector — from facilities such as coal mines, liquefied natural gas platforms, … Continue reading The challenges for Australia’s industry to reach net zero by 2050

Tourist visits to Australia’s vineyards comprise more than one-third of the industry’s total carbon footprint

The Australian wine industry has already been forced to adapt to the effects of climate change. If it fails to curb emissions associated with wine tourism, the industry is contributing to its own demise. Ya-Yen Sun, Senior Lecturer, The University of Queensland and Donald L. Drakeman, Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Notre Dame … Continue reading Tourist visits to Australia’s vineyards comprise more than one-third of the industry’s total carbon footprint

More than 100 companies removed from global gold standard corporate sustainability scheme for failing to set climate goals in time

The Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) recruits companies to set “science-based” carbon reduction goals in line with the demands of the Paris climate agreement. After signing up businesses are required to submit climate targets to an expert panel for assessment within two years.  Firms including Honda Motor Company and National Express among those removed from the … Continue reading More than 100 companies removed from global gold standard corporate sustainability scheme for failing to set climate goals in time

Are we fit for 55?

We have all been figuring out how to meet our Paris climate commitments. The European Union has been ramping up its level of ambition as well as the means to achieving those targets. This week the European Commission adopted a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies … Continue reading Are we fit for 55?

French firms launch of the Ambition 4 Climate platform in lead up to COP26 in November

The French Association of Private Companies (AFEP) updated on Wednesday (7 July) the Ambition 4 Climate platform, which brings together the projects of 64 large companies with the aim of reaching carbon neutrality. Clara Bauer-Babef discusses the initiative in an article on the EURACTIV website.   Top French firms commit to climate change fight French … Continue reading French firms launch of the Ambition 4 Climate platform in lead up to COP26 in November

More than 1,500 legal actions have already been brought against fossil fuel companies

More legal actions are likely to be successful, as new science was making it possible to attribute the damages of climate breakdown more directly to companies’ activities. Fiona Harvey discusses this new research in an article on The Guardian website.   New climate science could cause wave of litigation against businesses – study Businesses could … Continue reading More than 1,500 legal actions have already been brought against fossil fuel companies

New rush of European players to build electric car batteries

Obviously, expecting the electric vehicle market to expand dramatically, there are several efforts underway in Europe to build high-volume plants for electric batteries. Maddy Savage discusses latest efforts in an article on the BBC website.   Gigafactories: Europe tools up against US and Asia as a car battery force Surrounded by a forest of tall … Continue reading New rush of European players to build electric car batteries

What’s clear is the current system of shipping heavy, throwaway wine bottles around the globe is unsustainable

Glass bottles are the largest source of the wine industry’s carbon footprint. Several companies are experimenting with new shipping methods. Eric Asimov writes on the New York Times website about recent developments.   The Message in a Reusable Wine Bottle: Combat Climate Change Last month, a 24,000-liter hermetically sealed plastic container, or flexitank, carrying organically … Continue reading What’s clear is the current system of shipping heavy, throwaway wine bottles around the globe is unsustainable