Understanding the policy principles for a ‘just transition’

February 4, 2019 by  
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‘Just transition’ was the hot topic at last year’s COP24 climate conference in Poland, but how can governments and businesses deliver on their promises?

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Thailand bans the import of e-waste

August 17, 2018 by  
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Over the next six months, Thailand will ban the import of 432 types of scrap electronics, or e-waste . E-waste includes any device with an electric cord or battery, and recyclers often mine these trash deposits for valuable metals. But the devices can also contain hazardous and polluting chemicals, such as lead, mercury and cadmium. Thailand has been struggling to deal with overflowing waste deposits following China’s imported trash ban last year. Since then, Southeast Asian nations such as Hong Kong, Thailand and Vietnam have become dumping grounds for the world’s garbage. While Hong Kong has been expanding landfills and building recycling plants, Vietnam has stopped issuing new licenses for the import of waste and cracked down on illegal shipments of paper, plastic and metal. Since May, a series of raids on factories that have been illegally importing and processing foreign e-waste has prompted the Thai government to finally take a stand. Related: Hong Kong faces ‘growing mountain of waste’ in wake of China’s trash ban In a comment to Reuters on Thursday, an anonymous senior environment ministry official said, “The meeting yesterday passed a resolution to stop importing 432 kinds of electronic waste and to ensure … that this is enforced within six months.” The meeting was chaired by Thailand’s Environment Minister, Surasak Kanchanarat. The minister spoke with Thai media on Wednesday, stating that some imports would still be allowed into the country as long as the second-hand devices had a chance at repair and reuse. Related: China bans ‘foreign waste,’ causing recycling chaos in America While scrap metals are still allowed, aluminum, copper and steel must be separated and cleaned in their countries of origin before they are shipped to Thailand for industrial use. Plastics, on the other hand, are not so welcomed. The country is planning to ban the import of plastic waste within the next two years, and there could also be a tax on plastic bags and plastic bans in tourist destinations, government agencies and businesses. While no official decisions have been made, Thailand has a target to recycle up to 60 percent of plastics by 2021. Via Reuters

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Photovoltaic glass clads a sustainably minded residential tower in Melbourne

August 17, 2018 by  
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Melbourne-based architecture firm C. Kairouz Architects recently completed The General, an eight-story building that’s said to be Australia’s first-ever large-scale residential structure to use photovoltaic glass on its facade. Located in the inner-suburb of Northcote in Melbourne , the building comprises 87 apartments as well as mixed-use commercial space on the first two floors. Thanks to photovoltaic glazing as well as a slew of other energy-efficient systems and resource-saving measures, The General has achieved a 7-star energy rating. Set on a prominent corner lot on Northcote’s bustling High Street, The General takes it name from the nickname of Kairouz’s father, who had formerly owned a butcher business on the project site. The General also references Kairouz’s father in the patterned glass that makes up the curved secondary facade, which features a subtle image of a Victorian general on a horse. This facade is juxtaposed with the continuous bands of Onyx Solar photovoltaic glass that run along the northern facade as well as the horizontal balustrades and glazing on the east facade. All windows are double-glazed and let an abundance of natural light into the apartments. “Technically speaking, it displays a solar factor of 10%, making it an ideal candidate to achieve control over the interior temperature,” says C. Kairouz Architects in its project statement. “The product has been proven to yield low-emissivity properties, provide a UV and IR filter, promote natural light , and generate power. Statistically translated, this allows The General to generate 2,075 kWh per year and prevents the release of 1.95 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. This energy may be used for light, power and mechanical equipment in common areas.” Related: Steven Holl unveils office clad in colorful photovoltaic glass for Doctors Without Borders In addition to the building’s solar solutions, the architects also emphasized green-centric transit options. The General is located a short walk from a major tram station and from the Northcote shopping complex; 137 bicycle parking spaces were installed in the building’s basement parking garage. The basement also includes a 25,000-liter rainwater tank that collects rainwater runoff , which is then recycled to flush 50 toilets within the building. + C. Kairouz Architects Images by Peter Clarke

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Calling into question ethical-sourcing certifications

May 7, 2018 by  
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Consumers and businesses often abide by sourcing certifications, but the impact behind them might be uncertain.

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Inside the Rockefeller Foundation’s climate finance strategy

July 14, 2016 by  
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With governments and businesses scrambling to hit climate targets, what’s the role of philanthropy in financing clean energy infrastructure?

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The pitfalls of putting a price on nature: What’s next for natural capital?

July 14, 2016 by  
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How do you quantify environmental attributes, and how should those numbers figure into public policy?

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Is there a carbon tax on top talent?

March 23, 2016 by  
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The next generation of business leaders are impatient for change, and businesses that act first will get the best talent, says a Yale study.

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Physical Risks from Climate Change: A guide for companies and investors on disclosure and management of climate impacts

June 10, 2012 by  
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Makes the case that climate change has already started to cause a wide range of physical effects—with serious implications for investors and businesses.

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Taking a Look at Demand Response’s Bright Future

October 13, 2011 by  
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Tim Healy, the CEO of EnerNOC, talks about how demand response can be an insurance policy for the grid, and how his company has succeeded at getting individuals and businesses alike to cut their energy use.

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IF11: Robert Shelton Cracks the Code for Innovation

October 12, 2011 by  
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It’s said that most big companies aren’t capable of breakthrough innovation. Not so, Rob Shelton told attendees at the GreenBiz Innovation Forum.

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