Climate and Energy

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Vattenfall Climate Greenwash Winner 2009

Swedish energy giant Vattenfall has been revealed as the winner of the Climate Greenwash Award 2009 at a ceremony in Copenhagen on the eve of the World Business Summit on Climate Change. The Climate Greenwash Awards were organised by Corporate Europe Observatory, Attac Denmark, The Climate Movement, ClimaX and Friends of the Earth Denmark.
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Closing Coal Plants Important Signal for COP21 Summit

The Netherlands is the worst performing country in Europe in terms of energy and climate policy, according to recent research by the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen. When it comes to renewable energy, greenhouse gas emissions and primary energy consumption, the Netherlands scores bottom of the list in Europe. In order to start taking action on this, 64 professors wrote a letter to the Dutch government saying: shut down all coal plants.
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Turning Your Tesla into a Green Clean Money Machine

As early as 1505, Emperor Maximilian had the vision to establish a postal network in the European Empire, appointing Franz von Taxis to run it. After the collapse of the Empire in the beginning of the 19th Century, the Thurn and Taxis postal system continued as a seperate organization. In current times, with new technologies and postal volumes dropping between 3-9% annually such a network is no longer required. But what can we learn from history when smart charging is applied in the roll-out of the European electrical vehicles recharging network?
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Cheers to Sustainable Champagne!

With the upcoming Christmas holidays, the sparkling wine industry is looking forward to its financial peak in the last month of the year. The Christmas and New Year’s sales of Champagne alone account for 15% of total annual. However, the core activities of the global wine business are threatened by climate change, as the map of wine is migrating to cooler climates. Champagne no longer coming from the Champagne area in France, and Cava not originally produced in Spain are possible future scenario’s. So how does the glamorous sparkling wine industry deal with this alarming issue?
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What will sustainable commuting look like in the Netherlands?

In order to gain more information on consumer behavior in relation to sustainable mobility, Finch & Beak and GFK Panel Services Benelux started a continuous research on this subject. By monitoring this behavior every six months, more information is generated on the sustainable who, what, where and why of the people in the Netherlands. The research does not focus solely on the various types of fuel, but includes also subjects such as new working behavior. In the first research, which starts in October, the following companies will participate: Opel, VW, Toyota, DELTA Energy and Rijkswaterstaat.
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Energy saving as a catalyst for customer satisfaction

Data from Aedes shows that the social housing sector of the Netherlands has invested 222 million euro in energy saving measures in 2008. Within the sector the realization is growing that energy saving measures in itself, such as double glass and efficient central heating is insufficient. The tenants need to join! But how to achieve that?

Sailors for Sustainability: Darwin’s Beagle Voyage Inspiration Source

Sailors for Sustainability (SfS) is formed by Dutch sailors Ivar Smits and Floris van Hees who will chronicle their sailing trip around the world in search of sustainable solutions and examples of circular economy thinking. The goal is to inspire their followers with positive cases while raising awareness of the urgency of sustainable change. Using renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy, they will travel sustainably. Finch & Beak is involved as a partner of the project to share the insights gained by SfS to inspire sustainable business transformation.
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Global Warming as Next Challenge for Livestock

The livestock sector is under scrutiny. Food scandals and the current bird flu outbreak have drawn the public’s critical attention to the sector with concerns focusing on food safety, food integrity and animal welfare. Meanwhile, a much lesser known fact is that greenhouse gas emissions associated with livestock production are estimated to account for over 14.5 percent of the global total output, exceeding the amount of emissions produced from powering all the world’s road vehicles, trains, ships and aeroplanes combined. This emerging topic appears to have ducked the radar of consumers, which poses the question: what can the sector do to prevent the next reputational scandal from happening?
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Sustainable Protein Production in Dairy: Less Farting, More Fat

As projected by the World Resources Institute, the world will need to produce 70% more calories by 2050, to feed its global population of 9.6 billion people. A major part of these calories will consist of animal protein: meat, milk and eggs. While alternative solutions will also make contributions to filling the food gap (reducing food waste, shifting diets), it is clear that the production of animal protein will have to increase dramatically in order to meet growing demand.
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Maersk Line wins award for super slow steaming initiative

Maersk Line is named Sustainable Shipping Operator of The Year for challenging the shipping industry and bringing about significant reductions in energy consumption and emissions.
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