Environment

Shell wants 'to be at the leading edge, not the bleeding edge' with climate plan

Terry Slavin, (Sep 3, 2019)

Amid accusations that the Anglo-Dutch oil major is trying to extend an unsustainable business model with its embrace of nature-based climate solutions and increased investment in gas, Terry Slavin interviews Shell New Energies' Mark Gainsborough about Shell's Net Zero Carbon Footprint plan

How Shell's offsetting move could help unlock flood of finance for forests

Terry Slavin, (Sep 2, 2019)

With the launch later this month of a new platform to trade REDD+ forestry credits, there are hopes the oil major’s $300m investment will kickstart demand for nature-based solutions to climate change. Terry Slavin reports

Lessons from British Columbia’s carbon tax

Kathryn Harrison, (Sep 1, 2019)

BC’s pioneering revenue-neutral tax is lauded internationally for its buy-in from citizens and industry and success in cutting emissions. But it has not been an easy ride and challenges lie ahead, says Kathryn Harrison of the University of British Columbia

Knife-edge election puts Canada’s carbon pricing revolution in doubt

Diana Rojas, (Sep 1, 2019)

With Ontario abandoning cap and trade, and Québec’s market not on track to meet its goals, Diana Rojas looks at Canada’s mixed experience of carbon markets ahead of crucial elections

US business pushes for price on carbon amid growing climate awareness

Diana Rojas, (Sep 1, 2019)

With voter support building for a Green New Deal, even the climate-change denying US Chamber of Commerce is starting to see the value of carbon pricing as an alternative to regulation. Diana Rojas reports

Building the business case for investing in WASH

Ruth Romer, (Aug 28, 2019)

WaterAid's Ruth Romer says the charity is working with the likes of Unilever, Diageo, Twinings and Gap Inc to show that there are business benefits from providing clean water, decent toilets and hygiene facilities to all workers in supply chains

CSR Cheat Sheet part 2: Cooperation on protecting freshwater basins ‘urgently needed’

Oliver Balch, (Aug 28, 2019)

In part 2 of his monthly review of sustainability news, Oliver Balch looks at calls for governments to work together to tackle growing water stress, efforts by Levi Strauss and Primark to reduce water use in their supply chains, and heightened public awareness of climate change

For impact investors to kickstart a low-carbon future, they have to up their game

Harriet Lamb, (Aug 19, 2019)

Backing the same old solutions won’t solve the climate emergency, argues Ashden CEO Harriet Lamb. Systemic change will only happen if money flows to sustainable energy start-ups that are creating disruptive social and environmental change

The IPCC special report on land use: Seven things to know about forests and climate change

Frances Seymour, (Aug 8, 2019)

Frances Seymour of World Resources Institute explains how the UN report confirms the importance of protecting forests in global strategies to fight climate change

How investors can help prevent Brazil’s soy farmers from cutting down forests

Ivo Mulder, (Aug 8, 2019)

Ivo Mulder of UN Environment Programme explains why UNEP has partnered with fund management company Sustainable Investment Management on the Responsible Commodities Facility, which will launch a bond on the London Stock Exchange later this year that incentivises Brazilian farmers to grow soy on degraded lands

Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Summit West: Q&A with Mitch Jackson, FedEx

Ed Long, (Aug 5, 2019)

In this Q&A, Ethical Corporation’s Head of US Operations Ed Long talks with Mitch Jackson, VP of Environmental Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer at FedEx, on their global strategy ‘reduce, replace, revolutionize’ and the importance of RBS West

‘With three activists killed a week, companies must support land defenders or remain complicit’

Alice Harrison, (Jul 30, 2019)

Alice Harrison of Global Witness argues that companies, consumers, investors and governments must all take steps to ensure that our growing demand for food and resources does not cause human rights abuses and irrevocable environmental harm

Nature Keynote: Taking action to tackle climate change

Conference Recording, (Jul 14, 2019)

'Boosting carbon productivity 15-fold will require radical new thinking. Here's six ways to start'

Richard Roberts, (Jul 12, 2019)

Volans’ Richard Roberts says the world needs to dramatically increase GDP per ton of CO2 to avoid the worst of climate change. It's possible, but there's no time to waste

CSR Cheat Sheet: London paints town green for Climate Action Week

Oliver Balch, (Jul 9, 2019)

Oliver Balch pick outs the highlights from a week where the City focused on green finance. The week saw the launch of the UK’s Green Finance Strategy, a green bond to tackle soy deforestation, the Ashden Awards, and a slew of London companies sign up to the Climate Group's RE100, EV100 and EP100 initiatives

‘Poor sister’ of adaptation in spotlight at London Climate Action week

Terry Slavin, (Jul 9, 2019)

Terry Slavin reports on how the Global Commission on Adaptation is seeking to propel finance for resilience up the agenda for policymakers and investors

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