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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.
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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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Winning the Game of Making Waterless Dyeing Mainstream

With the prediction that the global apparel business is to generate double digit growth between 2014 and 2020, substantial societal pressures are mounting on the way clothing retailers manufacture their garments. At current, the global textile industry is responsible for 10 percent of global CO2 emissions, and 25 percent of the world's pesticides is used for growing cotton.
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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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New Friends in Fashion: Nike + DyeCoo = ColorDry

Early December 2013, Nike celebrated the opening of a waterfree dyeing facility featuring high-tech equipment to eliminate the use of water and process chemicals from fabric dyeing at its Taiwanese contract manufacturer Far Eastern New Century Corp. Nike has named this sustainable innovation “ColorDry” to highlight the environmental benefits and unprecedented coloring achieved with the technology.
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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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Food Waste: a Double-Edged Sword or Saviour in Disguise?

One third of all food produced globally for human consumption is lost. Even more baffling: Africa produces enough food to feed the continent, it's just that 50% gets wasted. Food waste is a multifaceted challenge that concerns the entire value chain, from farm to fork. Food spills and waste occur in different phases in the food value chain as a result of various root causes. In a series of articles on food waste Finch & Beak wants to peel the onion on the different challenges of food waste, and provide best practices and solutions of how to overcome the hurdles. In this first part of the series, we explore the issue of food waste and its main causes.
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SDG Consulting: Brewing the SDGs into Your Business Strategy

With an estimated value of €51 billion and an annual production volume of 380 million hectoliters in Europe alone, creating value for business and simultaneously creating a more sustainable path to economic growth, prosperity, and people’s well-being is key in the global beer industry. Today, the industry faces challenges as population growth, changing consumer preferences, climate change, and demographic shifts. Therefore, the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals into companies’ core business is fundamental for future success.
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