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28 Major Corporations Set New Level of Climate Ambition (Int'l. Report)
UN Global Compact,Science Based Targets initiative
Date: 2019-07-24
In a joint press release from the United Nations Global Compact, the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and the We Mean Business have committed themselves to more ambitious climate targets aligned with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degree C above pre-industrial levels and reaching net-zero emissions by no later than 2050. The joint commitment from the coalition 28 companies with a total market capitalization of $1.3 trillion heeds the most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which warned of catastrophic consequences should global warming exceed 1.5 degree C.

Participating companies include: Acciona, AstraZeneca, Banka BioLoo, BT, Dalmia Cement Ltd., Eco-Steel Africa Ltd., Enel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Iberdrola, KLP, Levi Strauss & Co., Mahindra Group, Natura &Co, Novozymes, Royal DSM, SAP, Signify, Singtel, Telefonica, Telia, Unilever, Vodafone Group PLC and Zurich Insurance, amongst others, collectively representing over one million employees from 17 sectors and more than 16 countries. (Source: UN Global Compact, PR, COMTEX, 23 July, 2019) Contact: UN Global Compact, (212) 907-1301, www.unglobalcompact.org; Science Based Targets Initiative, +44 (0) 20 3818 3916, Sarah.Savage@cdp.net, www.sciencebasedtargets.org; We Mean Business Coalition, Kristen King, (904) 608- 1745 kristen@wemeanbusinesscoalition.org www.wemeanbusinesscoaltion.org

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Burberry Targets 95 pct Emissions Reduction by 2022 (Int'l)
Science Based Targets initiative
Date: 2019-06-26
UK-headquartered luxury fashion giant Burberry reports it is targeting a 95 pct reduction in its scope 1 and 2 emissions against a 2016 baseline by 2022, as well as a targeted 30 pct absolute reduction in scope 3 emissions by 2030 against the same baseline. The new commitments expand on an existing goal to become a carbon-neutral operation by 2022.

According to the Burberry release, goals have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and are consistent to the reductions required to limit global warming to 1.5C.

Burberry has already achieved carbon neutral status across the Americas region, EMEIA retail stores and its UK operations and has reduced its market-based emissions compared to the 2016/17 year, having recorded a 43 pct over a two-year period. (Source: Burberry, edie, 25 June 2019)Contact: Burberry, www.burberryplc.com/en/contacts.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Science Based Targets initiative,  


Schneider Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2030 (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2018-12-05
In London, energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric reports it is accelerating its contribution to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals and plans to become carbon neutral by 2030.To that end, the company is strengthening its commitments to fighting climate change, based on the following complementary initiatives:
  • Before 2020: meet the 21 new commitments of the 2018-2020 Schneider Sustainability Impact barometer, outline a specific trajectory based on the assumption that Earth will breach the 2 degree C warming limit by 2050 and validate it through the Science Based Targets initiative, signed by the Group in 2016.

  • Achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 at its plants and sites, in a cohesive industry ecosystem encompassing both suppliers and clients. To that aim, the Group will; quantify carbon emissions saved by its customers thanks to its EcoStruxure offers; switch to 100 pct renewable electricity, use 100 pct recyclable or reusable packaging, and recover 100 pct of its industrial waste, and; double its energy productivity against a 2005 baseline.

  • Beginning immediately and by 2050 cut its scope 1 and scope 2 carbon emissions by more than 50 pct vs. 2015, in line with the guiding principles of the Science Based Targets initiative. (Source: Schneider Electric, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric Ltd UK, Gilles Vermot Desroches, Sustainability Senior VP , www.schneider-electric.com/uk

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  • Siemens Gamesa Joins Science Based Targets Initiative (Int'l)
    Science Based Targets Initiative
    Date: 2018-09-21
    At last week's Global Climate Action Summit held in San Francisco, Spanish wind energy giant Siemens Games Renewable Energy announced its commitment to develop a "measurable, science-based emissions reduction target" that will be independently approved and verified by the Science Based Target Initiative.

    The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a joint collaboration between the Carbon Disclosure Project, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute, the World Wide Fund for Nature, and the We Mean Business coalition, intended to encourage and support companies to commit to making measurable reductions in their carbon emission levels at a scale that actively contributes to meeting the 2 degree C warming target set in the Paris Climate Accord. Nearly 500 companies worldwide have committed to SBTI. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, SBTI, CleanTechnica, 18 Sept., 2018)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke, www.siemensgamesa.com; Science Based Targets initiative, info@sciencebasedtargets.org, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Targets Initiative,  Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  Climate Change,  


    Fujitsu Commits to 100 pct Renewables, Joins RE100 (Int'l Report)
    Fujitsu,Science Based Targets
    Date: 2018-07-27
    In Tokyo, Japanese IT giant Fujitsu reports it has committed to sourcing 100 pct of its needed electricity for all locations and facilities from renewable energy sources by 2050, and that it is the 140th company worldwide to join the RE100 initiative.

    The global RE100 initiative aims to support and bring together companies making 100 pct renewable energy commitments formed by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP -- fka Carbon Disclosure Project.

    Fujitsu's renewable move is in keeping with the company's medium- to long-term environmental effort to lower its CO2 emissions to zero by 2050. The company's carbon emissions target was approved by the Science Based Targets initiative last August. (Source: Fujitsu, CleanTechnica, 24 July, 2018) Contact: Fujitsu Ltd., Public Relations, +81 3 3215 5259, www.fujitsu.com; Science Based Targets initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Targets,  Fujitsu,  Renewable Energy,  


    Brewer Touts Science-Based Efficiency, Climate Targets (Ind. Report)
    Molson Coors,Science Based Targets Initiative
    Date: 2018-07-16
    Denver-headquartered beer conglomerate Molson Coors Brewing Company is touting its just released Beer Print Report 2018, detailing the company's progress toward its 2017 sustainability targets and its commitment to setting science-based targets.

    Science-based targets provide a path forward for companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to a level that will meaningfully help keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees C, compared to pre-industrial temperatures.

    Molson Coors plans to cut its absolute carbon emissions by 50 pct within its own operations and by 20 pct across its value chain by 2025, and has submitted its plan for official review by the Science Based Targets Initiative. (Source: Molson Coors, PR, BevNet, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Molson Coors, www.millercoors.com; Science Based Targets initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Targets Initiative,  Climate Change,  


    McDonald's Touts Science-Based CO2 Reduction Targets (Ind. Report)
    MacDonalds
    Date: 2018-03-21
    The fast food juggernaut McDonald's reports the launch of various global "climate science-based" greenhouse gas emissions cutting targets and pledged to reduce emissions from its restaurants and offices around the world by 36 pct by 2030, using 2015 as a baseline year -- a goal approved by the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative. The burger maker also committed to a 31 pct cut in emissions intensity across its entire global supply chain over the same period. Altogether, it said its SBT pledges will save 150 million metric tonnes of CO2 by 2030.

    Under the SBT initiative, companies publicly commit to a detailed emissions reduction goal which is then independently verified as being in line with the trajectory suggested by scientists to give the world a reasonable chance of keeping temperature increases below 2 degree C above pre-industrial levels. (Source: MacDonalds, businessgreen, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: Science Based Targets initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  SBT,  Science Based Targets,  


    UPS Increasing Alternative Fuels Fleet (Ind. Report)
    UPS
    Date: 2017-07-05
    In Atlanta, UPS reports it is adding more alternative fuel vehicles and advanced technology vehicles to its fleet while increasing its reliance on renewable energy sources as part of the company's commitment to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from global ground operations 12 pct by 2025. The company's initiative was developed using a methodology approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. By 2020, UPS plans that one in four new vehicles purchased annually will be an alternative fuel or advanced technology vehicle, up from 16 pct in 2016. By 2025, 40 pct of all ground fuel will be from sources other than conventional gasoline and diesel, an increase from 19.6 pct in 2016.

    UPS presently operates more than 8,300 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles worldwide including electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, CNG, LNG, propane , lower-carbon footprint renewable diesel and renewable natural gas (RNG) . (Source: UPS, PR, 27 June, 2017) Contact: UPS, Kristen Petrella, (404) 828-4182, kpetrella@ups.com, www.ups.com

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    DONG Sets Science Based Emissions Reduction Target (Int'l)
    DONG Energy, Science Based Target Initiative
    Date: 2017-06-19
    Copenhagen-headquartered offshore wind energy giant DONG Energy has confirmed that its target to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 96 pct by 2023 has been approved by the Science Based Target Initiative.

    The Initiative is a collaboration between CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), and is a member of the We Mean Business Coalition. The Initiative is designed to provide companies "with a clearly defined pathway to future-proof growth by specifying how much and how quickly they need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions." The Initiative helps companies ensure and develop emissions reductions that are in line with the level of de-carbonization necessary to keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees C compared to pre-industrial levels. (Source: DONG Energy, CleanTechnica, Others, 16 June , 2017] Contact: Science Based Targets initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org; DONG Energy, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Target Initiative,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  DONG Energy,  ,  


    KPN Joins SBTi Project to Cut CO2 Emissions (Int'l Report)
    KPN
    Date: 2017-04-10
    Netherlands-headquartered telecom provider KPN International reports it has joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), an initiative to help international companies develop science-based methods to contribute to the reduction in CO2 emissions.

    KPN operates as a 'climate-neutral' company using renewable energy sources and offsetting its use of fossil fuels. It also works on ways to reduce energy in its operations, encourage employees to use public transport, and recycle or sell old network equipment and buildings. In addition, the Dutch operator works on reducing emissions from use of its products and services by customers; these are targeted to fall by 20 percent by 2025 and 50 percent by 2040, compared to 2014 levels.

    The SBTi initiative counts over 40 members, including companies such as Eneco, Walmart, Sony and Nestle, and more than 180 have said they will work on setting SBTi targets. (Source: KPN, elecompaper, 6 April, 2017) Contact: Science Based Targets initiative , info@sciencebasedtargets.org, sciencebasedtargets.org' KPN, +31 10 428 9571, www.kpn.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Tetra Pak Plans 40 pct Emissions Reduction by 2030 (Int'l Report)
    Science Based Targets Initiative,Carbon Emissions,Tetra Pak
    Date: 2017-02-06
    Sweden packaging industry giant Tetra Pak reports it will decrease greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by 40 pct based on 2015 levels, by the year 2030 increasing to 58 pct by 2040. It is the first food packaging firm to receive approval from the Science Based Targets (SBT) Initiative which helps companies set emission reduction targets based on climate science principles. The SBT initiative is a partnership between CDP, UN Global Compact, WRI and the WWF.

    To meet its goals, Tetra Pak will improve energy efficiency at its facilities and cut its energy consumption by 12 pct. It will also purchase electricity from renewable energy sources, invest in green energy products and renewable electricity certificate programmes.

    The company also plans to lower greenhouse gas emissions throughout the value chain by 16 pct per unit of revenue by 2020, working from a 2010 baseline. (Source: Tetra Pak, European Supermarket Mag., 4 Feb., 2017) Contact: Tetra Pak, Mario Abreu, VP Environment, www.tetrapak.com; Science Based Targets Initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

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