Carbon-Expert attends CIBJO congress

Carbon-Expert  attends CIBJO congress 2015  – Brazil

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Sainsbury’s announces first corporate ‘green’ loan to support its environmental commitments

Sainsbury’s today announces it has agreed a £200 million corporate ‘green’ loan to invest in on-going carbon reduction and sustainability projects. Whilst Green Bonds are now increasingly issued by institutions to support environmental and sustainable initiatives, this is the first time that a commercial loan has been structured to do the same. To read full article please click here

Sustainable tourism industry needs third party certification

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As tourists are becoming increasingly conscious of their carbon footprint and the impact they have on the destinations they visit, the industry has been placing more emphasis on sustainability. However, knowing which claims are authentic and which are ‘green wash’ can be difficult.

Dr David Randle, director of sustainable tourism at the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability and managing director of the Waves of Change Blue Community initiative, and Dr Reese Halter, a conservation biologist, author and educator, argue that third party certification is needed to address this issue.

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China to scrap millions of cars to improve air quality

China plans to remove six million vehicles that do not meet exhaust emission standards by the end of the year as a way of improving air quality.

More than 300,000 vehicles will be decommissioned in the capital Beijing.

Recent findings from the state’s environmental agency showed that 31% of the air pollution in Beijing comes from vehicle exhaust fumes.

Next year, the government plans to scrap up to five million vehicles from other regions.

The action plan, aimed at strengthening control on vehicle emissions, “will be a major agenda item for the country’s energy savings, emissions reductions, and low-carbon development during the next two years”.

That is according to a statement on the government’s web portal.

Fighting pollution has emerged as a priority for China’s leaders as they try to reverse damage done by decades of manufacturing-driven growth, which has sacrificed the nation’s air, water and soil qualities.

The state council did not offer details on how the latest plan will be implemented.

But in Beijing, the municipal government has previously offered subsidies to car owners to voluntarily turn in their ageing vehicles to be scrapped.

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UK’s oil, coal and gas ‘gone in five years’

In just over five years Britain will have run out of oil, coal and gas, researchers have warned.

A report by the Global Sustainability Institute said shortages would increase dependency on Norway, Qatar and Russia.

There should be a “Europe-wide drive” towards wind, tidal, solar and other sources of renewable power, the institute’s Prof Victor Anderson said.

The government says complete energy independence is unnecessary, says BBC environment analyst Roger Harrabin.

The report says Russia has more than 50 years of oil, more than 100 years of gas and more than 500 years of coal left, on current consumption.

‘Decisive action’

By contrast, Britain has just 5.2 years of oil, 4.5 years of coal and three years of its own gas remaining.

France fares even worse, according to the report, with less than year to go before it runs out of all three fossil fuels.

Coal, oil and gas resources in Europe are running down and we need alternatives”

Prof Victor Anderson Global Sustainibility Institute

Dr Aled Jones, director of the institute, which is based at Anglia Ruskin University, said “heavily indebted” countries were becoming increasingly vulnerable to rising energy prices.

“The EU is becoming ever more reliant on our resource-rich neighbours such as Russia and Norway, and this trend will only continue unless decisive action is taken,” he added.

The report painted a varied picture across Europe, with Bulgaria having 34 years of coal left.

Germany, it was claimed, has 250 years of coal remaining but less than a year of oil.

Professor Anderson said: “Coal, oil and gas resources in Europe are running down and we need alternatives.

“The UK urgently needs to be part of a Europe-wide drive to expand renewable energy sources such as wave, wind, tidal, and solar power.”

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Mars bars carbon in sweet green energy move

Chocolate maker Mars isn’t barring excess calories – but it is trying to slim down its carbon emissions by getting all of its US sites powered by renewable energy.

The sweet green move will see the giant brand house – which alongside Twix, Mars and Snickers bars is behind Dolmio sauces and pet foods Whiskas and Sheba – link up with a new 118-turbine wind farm.

The wind turbines are set to generate 100% of the electricity needs of Mars’ US operations which includes 70 sites including 37 factories.

Called Mesquite Creek Wind, the 25,000 acre wind farm near Lamesa, Texas is a joint project by Sumitomo and BNB Renewable Energy.

The farm should allow Mars to snip its greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2015, using 2007 as its baseline year.

Mars has a goal to make its operations ‘Sustainable in a Generation’ by eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

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Eight renewable energy projects approved

Eight major renewable energy projects, expected to support 8,500 jobs, have been given government approval.

The contracts, which include offshore wind farms and conversions of coal-powered plants to run on biomass, are the first awarded under the government’s energy market reforms.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey said the projects would help power up to three million homes.

He also expects them to attract £12bn in private investment.

The eight projects will all receive one of the government’s Contracts for Difference (CfDs), which effectively guarantee prices for renewable energy suppliers.

These could cost up to £1bn each year in subsidies, but the government says they would encourage firms to invest much more than that in low-carbon electricity generation.

The approved schemes include offshore wind farms in Liverpool bay, and off the Moray, Norfolk and Yorkshire coasts.

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