6 of the 9 worst risks to the world are sustainability-linked risks! (World Economic Forum, January 2020)

WEF ‘s The Global Risks Report 2020 15th Edition, January 2020:

Climate threats and accelerated biodiversity loss!

Climate change is striking harder and more rapidly than many expected. The last five years are on track to be the warmest on record, natural disasters are becoming more intense and more frequent, and last year witnessed unprecedented extreme weather throughout the world. Alarmingly, global temperatures are on track to increase by at least 3°C towards the end of the century—twice what climate experts have warned is the limit to avoid the most severe economic, social and environmental consequences.More

Denmark leads within the EU on implementing the SDGs! (report from Institute for European Environmental Policy, January 2020)

Northern European countries – Denmark, Sweden and Finland – top the EU SDG Index. Yet even these countries face major challenges in achieving several SDGs and are not on track for achieving all of the SDGs. Countries in Southern and Eastern Europe perform more poorly.

Europe is far in the lead globally in achieving the SDGs.More

Vindenergi slår rekord i DK i 2019: 47% af el-forbruget kom fra vind! (WindDenmark, januar 2020)

Pressemeddelse fra WindDenmark:

De danske vindmøller starter det nye årti med en rekord, da vindenergi i 2019 dækkede hvad der svarer til 46,9 pct. af det danske elforbrug. Det viser en opgørelse fra Wind Denmark, der også viser, at afregningsprisen for vindener-gien i 2019 faldt 12,7 pct. sammenholdt med året før.

Vindens andel har aldrig været højere i Danmark eller i noget andet land i verden, og dermed slår 2019 både Danmarks- og verdensrekord.More

Nordea Invest om investering i klima og miljø: Her er udsigterne for 2020 (artikel, december 2019)

“Investering i klima og miljø er blevet mere og mere populært i de senere år, og investorerne er blevet mere opmærksomme på de mange faktorer, der understøtter denne langsigtede megatrend.

Nogle investorer mener dog stadig, at klima- og miljøvenlige løsninger i bund og grund kun handler om vedvarende energikilder.

Men denne snævre fortolkning undervurderer i høj grad, hvor mange muligheder der er…….”More

World Economic Forum: Here’s how a circular economy could change the world by 2030 (Article October 2019)

Article from World Economic Forum, 29 Oct 2019 by Leanne Kemp, Chief Executive Officer, Everledger:

“Let me share my vision of 2030

By then, we are living in a global circular economy that has become ‘intentionally transparent’. This open mindset has released a surge in trust throughout the world’s supply chains that encourages higher visibility and greater control over responsible sourcing. We now have ethical and sustainable circular supply chains in which the rewards are shared equitably, right from local communities through to the primary consumer and beyond.More

CEO Guide to the Circular Bioeconomy (report by WBCSD and BCG, November 2019)

WBCSD released the CEO Guide to the Circular Bioeconomy, a call for the shift towards a sustainable, low-carbon, circular bioeconomy.

It presents a USD $7.7 trillion opportunity for business by 2030, establishing the circular bioeconomy as a nature-based solution that addresses five of our greatest environmental priorities.

While the global population has doubled over the last 50 years, resource extraction has tripled.More

Sustainable finance: EU reaches political agreement on a unified EU classification system (December 18th, 2019)

Press announcement from EU, December 18th, 2019:

“The EU will soon have in place a common classification system to encourage private investment in sustainable growth and contribute to a climate neutral economy.

EU ambassadors today endorsed a political agreement reached between Finland’s presidency of the Council and the European Parliament on a EU-wide classification system, or “taxonomy”, which will provide businesses and investors with a common language to identify what economic activities can be considered environmentally sustainable.

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Goldman Sachs becomes 1st major US bank to pledge no funding for new Arctic drilling (Article in ABC News, December 2019)

Article in ABC News by

Goldman Sachs has become the first major U.S. bank to ban financing for new oil drilling or exploration in the Arctic region.

While environmental groups lauded the move as a step in the right direction, one advocacy group pointed out Monday that this is only a “fraction of Goldman Sachs’ multibillion-dollar fossil fuel portfolio.”

The announcement came in the investment bank’s updated Environmental Policy Framework on Sunday.

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The dark side of the Nordic model: Carbon emissions! (article by Jason Hickel in Al Jazeera, December 2019)

Article by Jason Hickel, 6 December 2019:

Scandinavian countries may top every ranking on human development, but they are a disaster for the environment!

Scandinavians have it all. Universal public healthcare and education that is the envy of the world. Reasonable working hours with plenty of paid vacation. They have some of the highest levels of happiness on the planet, and top virtually every ranking of human development. 

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What is life like in a green world? Here’s one version of a “CO-topia” (article by World Economic Forum, October 2019)

Article, October 31, 2019 by Ida Auken and World Economic Forum:

By 2030, your CO2 emissions will be greatly reduced. Meat on your dinner table will be a rare sight. Water and the air you breathe will be cleaner and nature will be in recovery. The money in your wallet will be spent on being with family and friends, not on buying goods. Saving the climate involves huge change, but it could make us much happier at the same time.

Right now, we are losing the fight against climate change – but what would winning look like?

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