UNEP’s Emissions Gap Report 2019: “Time is running out!” (November 2019)

The report presents the latest data on the expected gap in 2030 for the 1.5°C and 2°C temperature targets of the Paris Agreement.

As the world strives to cut greenhouse gas emissions and limit climate change, it is crucial to track progress towards globally agreed climate goals. For a decade, UNEP’s Emissions Gap Report has compared where greenhouse gas emissions are heading against where they need to be, and highlighted the best ways to close the gap.More

Rige kendisser flyver 10.000 gange mere end gennemsnittet! (artikel i Aktuell Hållbarhet, oktober 2019)

Uddrag af artikel i Aktuell Hållbarhet, 21/10 2019:

Bill Gates, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Lopez och andra rika kändisar i USA har fått sina flygresor kartlagda av en grupp forskare i Lund. Resultaten publiceras i en vetenskaplig artikel som visar att en rik elit är på väg att äta upp det globala utsläppsutrymmet.

I artikeln som publiceras i novembernumret av den vetenskapliga tidskriften Annals of Tourism Research har forskargruppen ledd av Stefan Gössling, professor i turism vid Lunds universitet, kartlagt tio internationella offentliga personers flygvanor under ett år. Siffrorna visar sig att personerna inte bara är superkändisar utan också ”superutsläppare”.

Av de tio amerikanska kändisarna var det Bill Gates, ordförande i Microsoft, som släppte ut mest – hela 1 600 ton koldioxid under det undersökta året 2017.More

Buying less is better than buying green for the planet and your happiness! (Study from University of Arizona, October 2019)

A new study found that people who consume less are happier than those who engage in other pro-environmental consumer behaviors, like buying environmentally friendly products.

Humans’ overconsumption of resources — from the food and clothes we buy to the methods of transportation we choose — is a leading contributor to global climate change, says University of Arizona researcher Sabrina Helm. Therefore, it’s increasingly important to understand the choices consumers make and how those decisions affect the health of a planet with limited resources.More

UN Global Compact: Where is your company on the journey to 2030? (UNGC Annual Report 2019, October 2019)

Extracts from UNGC’s introduction of the Annual Report 2019:

“Each year, the United Nations Global Compact takes an in-depth look at the progress of participating companies to advance the sustainability efforts of the 2030 Agenda.

The UN Global Compact Progress Report 2019 provides essential insights into how companies are implementing the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and taking action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Most importantly, it lays bare the transformations needed to get the business community on track as we approach 2020 and the final decade of delivery. More

Dansif: 74% af respondenterne bruger SDG’erne aktivt til udvælgelse af investeringer (Dansif-rapport, september 2019)

From the Executive Summary of the report:

The 2019 Dansif survey has a 62% response rate and the respondents together represent 90% of total Assets under Management (AuM) for the 50 largest institutional investors in Denmark.

All of the 31 survey respondents have a responsible investment (RI) policy which covers the majority or all of their total AuM 89% of the respondents make their RI policy publicly available .More

Enel launches the world’s first “general purpose SDG linked bond”, succesfully placing a 1.5 billion U.S. dollar bond (September 2019)

The issue was almost three times oversubscribed, with orders of about 4 billion US dollars. The strong demand from investors for the “General Purpose SDG Linked Bond” once again confirms the appreciation and confidence of the financial markets in the soundness of the Enel Group’s sustainable strategy and the consequent impact on the economic and financial results.

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Why none of the large oil companies are “Paris-aligned”, and what they need to do to get there (Carbon Tracker, September 2019)

In September 2019 Carbon Tracker’s latest report “Breaking the Habit” was released.

“The most common climate-related question facing investors – “how can we tell if a company is aligned with Paris”?

In this report, we lay out our approach and apply it to the largest listed oil and gas producers. For the first time, we look at alignment in terms of short term actions – which individual projects are non-Paris compliant and wouldn’t go ahead in an economically rational Paris-aligned world, yet nonetheless either a) were sanctioned last year; or b) are targeting sanction this year.More

Her er klimaeffekten af at handle second hand – produkt for produkt (Avfall Sverige, August 2019)

Ny rapport fra Avfall Sverige:

“Att återanvända kläder sparar tio gånger mer koldioxid än att återvinna materialet för att skapa nya textilier.

Varje mobil som återanvänds istället för att skrotas sparar cirka 60 kg koldioxidekvivalenter.

De högsta koldioxidbesparingarna genereras enligt Avfall Sverige genom förebyggande av textil samt av elektriskt och elektroniskt avfall.More

UN Global Compact guide: Setting Site Water Targets – A Guide For Companies (published 2019)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY from the guide:
“The world’s water resources are under growing pressure from rising water consumption, greater pollution, weak governance, and climate change—exposing companies to increased water-related risks.

In response, many companies are engaging in water stewardship and setting water targets to help address their waterrelated externalities and secure water for the growing needs of all users.

Site water targets informed by catchment context have an important role to play in addressing water challenges and driving informed actions at the local level. Yet a minority of companies are setting them.More