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UK hails best ever quarter for electric car sales as demand revs up

Business Green - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:05pm

Government figure show 5,000 cars were registered under the plug-in grant scheme from July to September, doubling sales compared to the previous quarter


Categories: Climate Change News

Insurers tell Osborne £500m extra needed for flood defences

Business Green - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:05pm

Companies and NGOs write to Chancellor George Osborne warning millions of homes could be left at risk without greater investment


Categories: Climate Change News

Greens knock Lib Dems into fifth place with fresh poll surge

Business Green - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:05pm

Lord Ashcroft poll puts Greens on eight per cent as party's support base continues to expand


Categories: Climate Change News

Solar panels powering classrooms for 2.7 million US students

Business Green - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:05pm

New research reveals solar installations at US schools have expanded more than 1,000-fold over the past decade, slashing carbon emissions and energy costs in the process


Categories: Climate Change News

PE INTERNATIONAL Helps Companies Make Sustainability a Priority from Field to Fork With New Food and Feed Database

CSRwire - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:15pm

(Marketwired) Close to one quarter of all the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions are generated by food production. To lower these numbers and empower companies to improve their sustainability and support their business, PE INTERNATIONAL announced its Food and Feed life cycle inventory database today at the LCA Food Conference in San Francisco. The expansive database provides companies with information from 'field to fork' on crops, animals, food manufacturing products and by-products and major commodities raised, harvested and productized across the globe.

The analytics garnered from the Food and Feed database help manufacturers and retailers drive improvements throughout the supply chain. It helps companies reduce their carbon footprint and lower energy demand and production costs. Organizations can use the frequently updated data to target lower  EHG emissions from food production on a national level and in the EU, the database can be used for PEF (Product Environmental Footprint) pilot projects.

"Increasingly, customers and consumers want to know the impact of food," said Pete Girard, PE INTERNATIONAL's product manager for GaBi software. "The answers lie in good data and the quality and reliability of GaBi data provides a powerful tool to the food and agriculture industry to help cut costs,  mitigate risks in the supply chain and increase brand value."

About GaBi

GaBi is the market leading tool for the environmental sustainability analysis of any manufactured product. It offers the most comprehensive set of information 'out of the box' for companies looking to evaluate the environmental impact of their products. It combines detailed modelling with portfolio-level automation and easy-to-use web based platforms. The solution addresses the complex requirements of sustainability managers to assess raw materials and manufacturing processes and helps focus improvements such as water and energy usage and reduction of carbon emissions in product manufacturing.

About PE INTERNATIONAL

PE INTERNATIONAL is the leading global provider of integrated solutions for enterprise sustainability with proven software, sustainability databases and unparalleled consulting expertise. With more than 20 years of experience and 20 offices around the globe, PE INTERNATIONAL works with 2,500 clients including companies such as Bayer, Hewlett-Packard, Interface, Kraft Foods, Siemens, Unilever and Volkswagen. For more information: www.pe-international.com

Bolivia leads climate change fight

REDD Monitor - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:13pm
By Richard Fidler, Green Left Weekly, 20 October 2014 | Bolivian President Evo Morales was re-elected for his third term on October 12 with more than 60% of the vote. The “process of change” that the Morales government leads ― its “democratic and cultural revolution” as Vice-President Alvaro Garcia Linera terms it ― is still in its early stages. But it has already attracted considerable interest ― and some controversy ― internationally, not least because of its role as a leading critic of global climate change, which it attributes to the effects and the logic inherent to the capitalist mode of production. Below, Richard Fidler looks at some ways Bolivia seems to go “beyond capitalism”. It is abridged from a longer presentation, the full version of which can be read at Fidler's blog Life on The Left.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Walking the walk: zoo kicks off campaign for orangutans and sustainable palm oil

Mongabay Rainforest News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:08am
If you see people wearing orange this October, it might not be for Halloween, but for orangutans. Chester Zoo’s conservation campaign, Go Orange for Orangutans, kicks off this month for its second year. The campaign aims to raise money, and awareness, for orangutans in Borneo, which have become hugely impacted by deforestation often linked to palm oil plantations.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

EU climate talks enter end game with everything still to play for

Business Green - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:53am

Final frantic round of negotiations and lobbying aims to deliver ambitious yet workable energy and climate change package


Categories: Climate Change News

CA Technologies Kicks Off Ninth Annual Worldwide Employee Volunteer Month

CSRwire - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:15am

CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) recently launched the kickoff of CA Together in Action, the company’s worldwide employee volunteer month. This year marks the ninth anniversary of the initiative, which takes place in communities around the globe where CA Technologies has a presence.

CA Together in Action gives employees the opportunity to take time out of the work day to participate in a variety of volunteer activities. Projects include park and beach clean-ups, mentoring children, promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, building affordable housing and assisting food banks with feeding the hungry.

"Participation levels have continued to grow year after year, demonstrating the commitment CA Technologies employees have to sharing their time and talents in the communities where they live and work," said Erica Christensen, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, CA Technologies. “We are excited to once again be working with so many great organizations around the globe.”

Since its inaugural year in 2005, CA Together in Action has provided support to more than 1,200 volunteer projects with approximately 45,000 hours of community service. While CA Technologies has annual initiatives, like CA Together in Action throughout the month of October, and a Green Week of environmental programs in April to celebrate Earth Day, volunteer opportunities are available year round and employees are able to use up to three work days each year to give back.

Partner organizations from communities in the U.S. and abroad continue to express their excitement in partnering with CA Technologies during CA Together in Action.

“The Atlanta Community Food Bank is very appreciative of CA Technologies and its employee volunteers who will be participating in our sorting and repacking sessions for the eighth consecutive year,” said Vilma Wallace, volunteer manager. “Year after year, we look forward to this dedicated group of volunteers who assist us in the fight to end hunger in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia areas.”

“Through technology courses for students, equipment donations and environmental improvements, CA Technologies and its employees have supported the Czech Republic’s School for the Deaf Holečkova for several years,” said Mgr. Václav Chmelíř, school director. “We are excited to have CA employees back again to participate in activities for CA Together in Action and look forward to continuing this great partnership in support of children who are hearing impaired.”

Nonprofit organizations CA Together in Action will support this year include:

United States:
Arizona: Operation Fix-it
California: Loaves & Fishes, Save Mt Diablo
Colorado: High Plains Environmental Center
Florida: Metropolitan Ministries 
Georgia: Atlanta Community Food Bank
Illinois: Northern Illinois Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity DuPage County
Massachusetts: Drumlin Farm Nature Center 
Michigan: Gleaners Community Food Bank 
Minnesota: Feed My Starving Children 
North Carolina: Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC
New Hampshire: Blue Ocean Society 
New Jersey: NJ Farmer’s Against Hunger 
New York: Clinton Foundation, Cohen's Children's Medical Center, The Smithtown 5K Running of the Bull in Honor of Courtney Sipes, Island Harvest, Girls Inc., Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club of America, March of Dimes, Robert Moses State Park, NPower, Hospital for Special Surgery, Year Up and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
North Carolina: Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC
Pennsylvania: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Texas: Feast of Sharing, Capital Area Food Bank, North Texas Food Bank
Virginia: Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary 
Washington: Treehouse

International:
Australia: Starlight Children’s Foundation, FirstVoice, MS Australia, Daystar Foundation
China: China Population Welfare Foundations
Colombia: Niños por un Nuevo Planeta
Czech Republic: Vyšší Hrádek, Children´s home Pysely, eStudanky, School for the Deaf Holečkova
France: Passerelles Numériques
Germany: Technische Universität Darmstadt
India: CA-HOPE School, Helping Hearts Foundation, Goonj, Nirman Vidya Helpline and Youth for Seva
Italy: Nocetum Onlun and SOS Villaggi dei Bambini (SOS Children's Villages)
Japan: Tokyo Project Office 
Mexico: Instituto Pedagógico para Problemas del Lenguaje IAP
Peru: Asociación Kantaya
Thailand: Plan International Thailand/Pang Dang Village
UK: Animal Sanctuary at Dorney, Herschel Park, Langley Academy

 

About CA Technologies
CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate – across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at www.ca.com.

About CA Together
CA Technologies is a global corporation with a local commitment. The company works to improve the quality of life in communities where its employees live and work worldwide and is fully committed to advancing social, environmental and economic sustainability. CA Together, the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, is driven by the core philanthropic focus of improving the lives of underserved children and communities around the world. CA Technologies does this by supporting organizations, programs and initiatives that enrich the lives and well-being of others with a primary focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. CA Together activities encompass employee volunteerism and matching gifts; in-kind donations of CA Technologies products and services; and wide-ranging partnerships and philanthropic support to community organizations worldwide. It also includes the company’s sustainability area and focus on advancing CA Technologies strategy and initiatives toward the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. For more information visit: www.ca.com/us/csr.

 

 

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BusinessGreen Zero Deforestation Debate

Business Green - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 8:54am

Join BusinessGreen, in association with Asia Pulp and Paper, for an interactive day exploring the challenges businesses face as they seek to tackle global deforestation


Categories: Climate Change News

RenewableUK Annual Conference and Exhibition

Business Green - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 8:39am

Register for The UK's Premier Renewable Energy Event, covering onshore and offshore wind, wave & tidal energy and small & medium wind systems


Categories: Climate Change News

UK wind industry sets new generation record as it nears 25 per cent power share

Business Green - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 8:12am

As nuclear and gas power plants remain off line, wind industry celebrates its role in helping to address supply fears


Categories: Climate Change News

HSBC, Barclays and RBS come under pressure to ditch fossil fuel investments

Business Green - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:04am

Lloyds and Santander also targeted in new campaign aiming to highlight 'carbon bubble' risks


Categories: Climate Change News

EU clean tech sector losing ground to China and Japan

Business Green - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:00am

Falling levels of investment and policy instability allowing countries to overtake European pioneers, EY warns


Categories: Climate Change News

Defra delivers fresh blow to solar industry through farmer subsidy crackdown

Business Green - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:19am

Environment Secretary Liz Truss brands solar farms as 'ugly' and warns they are undermining UK's ability to grow crops


Categories: Climate Change News

Prudential announced as cornerstone investor for Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

Business Green - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:10am

Ambitious tidal energy project takes a major step forward as insurance giant prepares to invest up to £100m


Categories: Climate Change News

Davey downplays supply fears after Didcot B Power Station blaze

Business Green - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 4:34am

Demand management initiatives likely to continue, as fire fuels energy supply fears


Categories: Climate Change News

This is the Fortune 500 of companies taking the lead to fight climate change

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:14am
Source: Quartz - CDP, a British environmental nonprofit, receives data from almost 2,000 companies around the world showing what they do to fight climate change. From that, the group has compiled a list of the 187 best companies—firms such as Apple, Samsung, and BMW—into a kind of elite (and much smaller) Fortune 500 for environmentally-conscious companies, dubbed the Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI), and it says those companies are outperforming the rest of the market.
Categories: Climate Change News

UN climate talks set to test New York summit gains

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:14am
Source: RTCC - The impact of Ban Ki-moon’s New York summit on UN efforts to curb climate change faces its first test on Monday in Bonn, where envoys from over 190 countries meet for a week of negotiations. - See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2014/10/19/ban-summit-success-tested-as-un-envoys-meet-for-climate-talks/#sthash.1FaW4gIz.dpuf
Categories: Climate Change News

Global shipping emissions set to rise unchecked

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:14am
Source: RTCC - Shipping is responsible for a billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year, a little more than Germany. Its share of global emissions fell from 3.2% in 2007 to 2.5% in 2012, according to the latest figures approved by the UN’s International Maritime Organization. But with no strategy to curb emissions, they are set to rise 50-250% by 2050, depending on the rate of economic growth.
Categories: Climate Change News
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