Microsoft will be carbon negative by 2030 (announcement from Microsoft, January 2020)

Microsoft: Carbon negative by 2030

While the world will need to reach net zero, those of us who can afford to move faster and go further should do so. That’s why today we are announcing an ambitious goal and a new plan to reduce and ultimately remove Microsoft’s carbon footprint.

By 2030 Microsoft will be carbon negative, and by 2050 Microsoft will remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975.

We recognize that progress requires not just a bold goal but a detailed plan. As described below, we are launching today an aggressive program to cut our carbon emissions by more than half by 2030, both for our direct emissions and for our entire supply and value chain. We will fund this in part by expanding our internal carbon fee, in place since 2012 and increased last year, to start charging not only our direct emissions, but those from our supply and value chains.More

2020 Global Trends in Reputation: 5 of 10 are CSR-related! (report from Reputation Institute, January 2020)

The trends reputation leaders cited as being the 10 most important for 2020 are:
1. Higher purpose – Companies need to deliver on a corporate brand purpose and embrace cultural values, at an emotional level that transcends the products and services they sell.
2. Data protection – Cyber and data breaches are an everyday reality and a growing threat for all major companies.
3. Responsible investing – Considering ethical and environmental concerns before making financial decisions.More

Starbucks Commits to a Resource-Positive Future, Giving More than It Takes from the Planet (article by Sustainable Brands, January 2020)

Extract from the SB article, January 2020:

“In a public letter to all company stakeholders, CEO Kevin Johnson sets 2030 science-based targets for carbon, water and waste as part of a multi-decade aspiration.

Hot on the heels of a similarly groundbreaking, industry-leading announcement last week from Microsoft, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson outlined today, in a public letter, a multi-decade commitment to become a resource-positive company — aspiring to give more than it takes from the planet. The announcement included science-based preliminary targets for the reduction of carbon emissions, water use and waste by 2030; and outlined five strategies the company has identified to move toward them.

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Today, the global economy is only 8.6% circular — just two years ago it was 9.1%! (report from Circle Economy, January 2020)

Executive summary from the report “THE CIRCULARITY GAP REPORT”:

“Today, the global economy is only 8.6% circular — just two years ago it was 9.1%. The global circularity gap is widening. There are reasons for this negative trend, but the result remains the same: the news is not just bad, it is worse. The negative trend overall can be explained by three related, underlying trends: high rates of extraction; ongoing stock build-up; plus, low levels of end-of-use processing and cycling. These trends are embedded deep within the ‘take-make-waste’ tradition of the linear economy — the problems are hardwired. As such, the outlook to close the circularity gap looks bleak under the dead hand of business as usual. We desperately need transformative and correctional solutions; change is a must.More

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