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19 December 2018

Brands sign Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action at COP24

Author: Maria Cristina Pavarini, Sportswear International

"How the fashion industry signed the first charter for climate change", 19 December 2018

The fashion industry has signed the first pact for concrete commitment supporting climate change–the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action–during the Climate Change Conference (COP24)...

The charter is a significant achievement considering that the textile industry is a huge polluter and is currently responsible for 8% of the world’s CO2 emission...

... 40 companies including leading fashion brands, retailers, supplier organizations and a shipping company have agreed to collectively address the climate impact of the fashion sector across its entire value chain.

These include, among others, Adidas, Arcteryx, Burberry, Esprit, Guess, Gap Inc. Hugo Boss, H&M Group, Inditex, Kering Group, Levi Strauss & Co., Puma, Schoeller Textiles, Otto Group, Pidigi Spa, Peak Performance, Stella McCartney, Sympatex Technology and Target; leading membership organizations, including Business for Social Responsibility, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, China National Textile and Apparel Council, Outdoor Industry Association, Textile Exchange and ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals); global logistics company Maersk; and global NGO WWF International.

Together they have committed to implementing or supporting the 16 principles and targets that underpin the Fashion Climate Charter and agreed to a sector-wide plan of action that targets net-zero emissions by 2050 and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030...

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18 December 2018

Indigenous communities on the frontlines of climate-forced displacement call upon world leaders to address climate crisis

Author: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

"In the last 10 years, millions of people have been displaced due to the impacts of climate change. Rising seas, melting permafrost, erosion, and flooding are causing entire communities to relocate.

Representatives of some impacted communities in Bangladesh, the Pacific Islands, the United States, including some Alaska Native communities, will convene in Girdwood, Alaska, for a three-day gathering to discuss the impacts of climate change on their communities and to share strategies about how to address the devastating effects of climate-forced displacement..."

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14 December 2018

China will not require a gas bridge between coal and renewables, finds China Renewable Energy Outlook report

Author: Becky Beetz, PV Magazine

" 'The single most important step now is to reduce coal consumption in China,' state the authors of the 2018 CREO, which has been published today on the sidelines of COP 24 in Katowice, Poland. Its key recommendations are simple: rapidly phase out coal while equally rapidly ramping up renewables; and introduce an efficient CO2 pricing system.

The goal of CREO is to set out in detail the development guidelines in the Chinese Government’s 13th five year plan. While previous plans have placed coal and oil at the forefront of the country’s energy strategy with renewables a mere “add-on”, this time it is different...

...While this is heartening, advocacy and research group, Coalswarm, which claims to have information on 13,000 existing and proposed coal plants worldwide via its Global Coal Plant Tracker, said in September that satellite imagery shows China is on track to add 259 GW of new coal-fired capacity to its grid. When fully commissioned, they will reportedly represent the equivalent of the total coal-fired capacity in the United States..."

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10 December 2018

CEOs of 50 companies sign open letter appealing to world leaders to urgently address climate change

Author: Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders

"...In 2015, our coalition the Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders – an informal group, facilitated by the World Economic Forum, of major global businesses from a range of sectors – called on governments to reach an ambitious climate deal, aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

When the Paris Agreement was reached, we confirmed our commitment to work together with the public sector and civil society to help deliver on its goals.

Since then, we have collectively reduced our own emissions by 9%* and are committed to reducing these further. We have introduced innovations and solutions, as shown in our recent Two Degrees of Transformation report.

But global greenhouse gas emissions remain at historic highs. The aim of limiting global warming to well below two degrees is clearly not on track. We need to do morefaster, and together..."

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10 December 2018

Global Coal Exit List identifies 282 companies planning to build new coal-fired power stations, calls for impact divesting

Author: Urgewald

"...The GCEL provides key statistics on companies’ annual coal production and coal share of revenue, their installed coal-fired capacity and coal share of power production. These statistics were drawn from original company sources such as annual reports, investor presentations and company websites. All in all, the companies listed in the GCEL represent over 88% of world coal production and 86% of the world’s coal-fired capacity...

...A unique feature of the GCEL is the fact that it also provides information on companies’ plans to expand coal mining or develop new coal-fired power stations. It is thus the first “forward-looking” coal divestment tool. The GCEL identifies 225 companies that are planning to expand coal mining and 282 companies that are planning new coal-fired power stations.[2] 'We’ve discovered that a significant portion of these companies are not traditional coal industry players,' says Schuecking..."


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10 December 2018

International Labour Organization (ILO) maps how green jobs benefit workers and economies, mitigate climate change, prevent health & safety risks and increase productivity

Author: International Labour Organization

"...Some 23 countries have decoupled economic growth from GHG emissions as a result of the increased use of renewable energy, carbon pricing, green product subsidies and green jobs, among other policies. Environmental sustainability can be achieved alongside the advancement of decent work.

Some 1.2 billion jobs, or 40 per cent of total world employment, most of which are in Africa and Asia and the Pacific, depend directly on ecosystem services, and jobs everywhere are dependent on a stable environment. Every year, on average, natural disasters caused or exacerbated by humanity result in the loss of 23 million working-life years, or the equivalent of 0.8 per cent of a year’s work. Even in a scenario of effective climate change mitigation, temperature increases resulting from climate change will lead to the loss of the equivalent of 72 million full-time jobs by 2030 due to heat stress. Developing countries and the most vulnerable population groups are most exposed to these impacts..."

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10 December 2018

London School of Economics & Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment launch investor guide

Author: London School of Economics & Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

"A ‘just transition’ for workers and communities as the world’s economy responds to climate change was included as part of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. This guide sets out how investors can address the social dimension of climate change and pursue the goal of a just transition as part of their core operating practices..."

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10 December 2018

Poland's restrictions on protest keep representatives from civil society groups barred from participating in COP24

Author: Katharina Rall, Human Rights Watch

"...Human Rights Watch is aware of at least 13 people whom Polish authorities, over the past week, barred from entering Poland and making their voices heard at the climate change gathering in the city of Katowice.

The ground invoked to deny them entry at the Polish border, at least in some cases, was that the person was considered to pose a threat to public order, internal security, public health, or international relations to one or more members states of the European Union. However, all the NGO representatives had valid visas and UN accreditation. Two of the activists are nationals of European Union countries and entitled to free movement in the EU. Moreover, at least five of the environmental activists who were denied entry were held and questioned at the border for several hours...


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5 December 2018

Call to end the Clean Development Mechanism in order to meet goals of the Paris Agreement

Author: Carbon Market Watch

"...If we are to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, the CDM must not be allowed to undermine future efforts for the following three reasons:

  1. The CDM undermines domestic climate action

The CDM is, at best, a zero-sum game: one entity is able to emit while another will reduce its emissions by the same amount...

  1. The CDM has increased greenhouse gas emissions

...In the EU alone, emissions increased by about 580 million tonnes of CO2 as a result of the use of CDM credits in the EU Emissions Trading System. This is because an overwhelming majority of CDM projects essentially issue ‘junk’ credits that do not lead to real-world emission reductions...

  1. CDM projects have violated human rights

Several CDM projects have violated human rights, in particular indigenous peoples’ rights, and led to disastrous impacts, such as the exploitation of land resulting in the displacement of local communities, as was the case in the Barro Blanco hydrodam project..."


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5 December 2018

CARE keeps focus on women and girls in developing countries in its key demands for COP24

Author: CARE: Climate Change and Resilience Information Center

"The UN climate change summit, COP24, comes at a critical time, only weeks after the most recent Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) made it clear that much greater and quicker action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is needed to keep climate disruption within the 1.5°C limit, a threshold which could avoid many large-scale disastrous impacts on this planet. The report has also shown that such action can come with multiple benefits for tackling poverty and making progress on key Sustainable Development Goals. In CARE’s view, addressing the concerns and challenges faced by poor and vulnerable women and girls in developing countries, as well as their potential as agents of change, must be at the heart of tackling the climate crisis and promoting climate justice.

At COP24, governments must give a strong response to the climate disruption that people all over this planet experience and from which the poorest and most marginalised suffer most:

  1. by promising to accelerate climate protection efforts in line with the 1.5°C limit;
  2. by increasing protection for those most affected by climate damage; and
  3. by setting in place the necessary rules for the Paris Agreement to deliver concrete results in a manner that builds resilience, protects human rights, reduces gender inequality, promotes food security and enhances sustainable development...."

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