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Infosys Takes The Climate Pledge (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Climate Pledge
Date: 2020-06-17
Amazon is reporting Bengaluru, India-headquartered business consultancy Infosys Ltd has signed on to The Climate Pledge.

The Climate Pledge calls on new signatories to be net zero carbon across their businesses by 2040 -- a decade ahead of the Paris Climate Accord's goal of 2050. It also calls for signatories to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis; implement decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris Agreement through real business changes and innovations, including efficiency improvements, renewable energy, materials reductions and other carbon emission elimination strategies; and neutralize any remaining emissions with additional, quantifiable, real, permanent, and socially-beneficial offsets to achieve net zero annual carbon emissions by 2040.

Infosys, which is one of the first companies to place an internal price on carbon, has an energy efficiency program that helped reduce its per-capita electricity consumption by 55 pct , and has invested in community-based emission reduction projects to help meet its net zero carbon goal. (Source: Amazon, PR, Business Wire, 16 June, 2020) Contact: Infosys, Salil Parekh, CEO, www.infosys.com; The Climate Pledge, www.theclimatepledge.com

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Climate Change and COVID-19 Pandemic -- Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2020-05-20
"The extent to which world leaders consider climate change when planning their economic responses post COVID-19 will influence the global CO2 emissions paths for decades to come.

"Opportunities exist to make real, durable, changes and be more resilient to future crises, by implementing economic stimulus packages that also help meet climate targets, especially for mobility, which accounts for half the decrease in emissions during confinement." -- Prof. Corinne Le Quere , University of East Anglia, May, 2020) Contact: Prof. Corinne Le Quere, www.uea.ac.uk/environmental-sciences

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When Will Climate Change Overwhelm the Ecosystem? (Ind. Report)
Climate Action Alliance of the Valley
Date: 2020-04-13
In the Old Dominion State, the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley has noted a new CarbonBrief (8 April, 2020) study that addresses the question of "when the effects of climate change will begin to overwhelm ecosystems." The results suggest that unmitigated greenhouse gas emissions would expose tropical ocean ecosystems to potentially catastrophic temperature rise by 2030 and tropical forests by 2050.

In a seperate study the Microbial Ecology Journal found that the ability of the North Atlantic to take up and sequester CO2 "appears to be smaller than has been assumed in climate modeling." (Source: Climate Action Alliance of the Valley, 11 April, 2020) Contact: Climate Action Alliance of the Valley, www.climateactionallianceofthevalley.org

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Climate Change Notable Quote from Former ExxonMobil CEO
ExxonMobil
Date: 2020-02-05
"Whether or not anything we do will ultimately influence it (climate change) remains to be seen. One day we'll know the answer to that, but our ability to predict the answer to that is quite complicated." -- Rex Tillerson, Former ExxonMobil CEO, former Trump administration U.S. Sec. of State

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Energy Efficiency Can Get U.S. Halfway To Climate Goals, says ACEEE Report (Ind. Report)
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Date: 2019-09-20
Halfway There: Energy Efficiency Can Cut Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half by 2050, a new report by the Washington-based not-for-profit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) shows that energy efficiency can slash U.S. energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct by 2050 and get the nation halfway toward its climate goals.

The report offers a road map for dramatically reducing energy waste and identifies ambitious but cost-effective and technically possible measures that would avert emissions of nearly 2,500 million metric tons of CO2 -- equivalent to all emissions from cars, trucks, homes, and commercial buildings in 2050.

The ACEEE report identifies 11 opportunities and related policies to achieve the necessary savings. Transportation, which will see a transition to electric vehicles, would deliver nearly half (46 pct) of the emissions reductions while buildings would deliver a third and industry a fifth. For energy savings, buildings would deliver 40 pct of the total, followed by transportation at 32 pct and industry 27 pct. The report also notes that government policies and programs alone would deliver about $700 billion a year in energy savings by 2050.

The report calls for scaling up energy efficiency measures, including:

  • Rapid upgrades to vehicle standards, building energy codes, equipment efficiency standards, ENERGY STAR specifications, and state energy-savings targets.

  • Substantial improvements to existing factories, homes, commercial buildings, and the electric grid and better management of energy use in all of them, spurred by government investment and requirements.

  • More travel options and better management of freight and aviation energy use, including through user fees.

  • A switch to electric vehicles, equipment, and industrial processes (along with a more efficient and cleaner power sector).

  • Greater investment in research and development for new efficiency options in every sector, especially improved industrial processes.

    The Halfway There: Energy Efficiency Can Cut Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half by 2050 report is available HERE. (Source: ACEEE, Facility Exec., Sept., 2019) Contact: ACEEE, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., (202) 507-4000, (202) 429-2248 - fax, www.aceee.org

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