Climate and Energy

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The 2016 RobecoSAM Forum

This year’s RobecoSAM Forum takes place on 22 and 23 September in Horgen near Zürich, gathering together some of the world’s top investors and ESG subjects experts to debate current and rising sustainability investing topics and discuss solutions regarding the future of ESG investing.

Electric toys for boys are changing the market

There was a time that the A6, 5-series and E-class were shining on the reserved parking spot for the CEO. Is this still the case or not? In spite of some exceptions, many CEO’s find it hard to get rid of their expensive, fuel inefficient cars. However, corporate managers are more and more experiencing the benefits of electric transportation.
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Eindhoven Airport offers passengers the possibility of CO2 compensation

The flight industry shows a growing awareness of its responsibilities concerning climate change. Producers of airplanes are working, although not exclusively for this reason, hard to reduce fuel consumption of their aircraft and airlines are also starting to take action. But in the foreseeable future the emission of greenhouse gases such as CO2, NOx, methane and ozone through air traffic will play an inevitable and growing role in global warming. Viable technologies which avoid emissions are not widely available yet. It is however possible to neutralise the climatic effects of flying.
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Global 500 in Oil, Automotive, and Coal to Rethink Their Carbon Strategy

This latest report “Carbon Pricing on the Horizon” from Finch & Beak partner BSD Consulting and Thomson Reuters illustrates that the emissions of greenhouse gases from Global 500 continue to grow. For these companies to reduce emissions in the long term, monetary incentives are required. Three examples from the oil, automotive, and coal industries complete the report and show how a Carbon Price may affect the business models and the environment.
The Impact of Climate Change Action on Business

33rd Sustainability Executive Roundtable at INSEAD

The 33rd Sustainability Executive Roundtable will take place on the INSEAD Europe Campus in Fontainebleau, France, on Friday February 5th, 2016 with a dinner reception on Thursday February 4th. Senior executives and academics are invited to discuss and further scrutinize the central theme: the impact of climate change action on business.
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Climate Goals: How Postal Companies are Beating COP21

Early December, Paris will be flooded by global leaders from governments, businesses, NGO's and civil society organizations to join COP21. Sustainability practitioners from all over the world will bend their heads over how to achieve the climate change goals on a global scale. Although the negative messages about governments not reaching climate objectives for 2020 kept us busy lately, there are still evidential cases for reducing the carbon footprint in time. One of those success stories is coming from the postal industry, where the International Post Corporation (IPC) announced that the sector's participants have reached the 2020 ambition of reducing 20% CO2 emissions already in 2014.

Why the Dutch Don't Need a Car Industry

The recent Volkswagen emissions scandal, and the new Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations, the topic of climate change is more prominent on the political agenda than ever. Rapid transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy is one of the most effective ways to abate greenhouse gas emissions and to address climate change.

Climate Change: Making More out of Methane

Revision of the earlier set targets and ambitions in the 1990’s for reducing methane emissions in the United States, is demanded. Although the US methane emissions have decreased by 11 percent since 1990, the forecasts predict that they will increase through 2030 if additional action is not taken. “Fight climate change”, so says President Obama in his Climate Action Plan, which is directed to the Administration. Their goal is to develop a comprehensive, overarching strategy to cut methane emissions in the future. In addition the Administration also explores opportunities to put methane into use, because it can support local economies with a source of clean energy that generates revenue, encourages investment, improves safety and leads to cleaner air.

The Netherlands behind in Clean Tech

In a recent report by the World Wildlife Fund the performance of countries based on the sales of their clean technology were compared with each other in an international ranking. The performance of the Netherlands in this field is disappointing. Below is a short overview of the most important results of the report:
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50% of consumers consider own energy supplier to be unsustainable

Half of the Dutch consumers does not refer to its own energy supplier as most sustainable supplier. This outcome is opposite from the fact that, when it comes to sustainability, the same consumer indicates that it is important that energy suppliers specifically focus on using natural energy sources, reducing air pollution, and decreasing the amount of energy used. This shows from research performed by Finch & Beak in collaboration with market research institute GfK Panel Services Benelux.
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