Sustainability Reads: January 20- January 26

In brief: The EU’s new 2030 climate and energy package
On Wednesday, the European Commission announced new climate and energy for the EU, which includes reducing emissions 40 per cent by 2030. But what does this mean? Is it enough? This short article provides useful facts you should know about the EU’s  new targets. By Mat Hope on the Carbon Brief.

6 steps for a more sustainable supply chain
Piece providing clear guidance for firms to engage their supply chain and reduce environmental impact. Helpful not only for businesses, but consumers to define our expectations. 6 steps:

  • Map supply chain
  • Communicate expectations
  • Baseline supplier performance
  • Develop training and capacity building programs
  • Drive performance improvements
  • Join industry collaboration

Great tips provided with each step and worth a click to explore further. By Jessica Wollmuth and Velislava Ivanova from CH2M HILL on Greenbiz.com.

Investing in the Clean Trillion: Closing The Clean Energy Investment Gap
To have an 80 percent chance of maintaining this 2 °C limit, the IEA estimates an additional $36 trillion in clean energy investment is needed through 2050—or an average of $1 trillion more per year compared to a “business as usual” scenario over the next 36 years. Ceres outlines 10 recommendations for investors, companies, and policymakers to make this four-fold increase. Recommendations are organized under 3 categories: Mobilize Investor Action to Scale Up Clean Energy Investments, Promote Green Banking and Debt Capital Markets, and Reform Climate, Energy, and Financial Policies. More detail and overall great information in this forward-looking plan. By Ceres.

5 Climate Policy Priorities That Should Top President Obama’s To-Do List
Lately President Obama has been getting criticizing for his “all above” energy policies. The contradiction between some of his policies is apparent and there are various things that he can focus on in order to realign his priorities in regard to climate change. EcoNews by EcoWatch has a great, concise outline of five steps Obama should take (with urgency) in order to adequately address climate change in the United States. Article by By Daniel J. Weiss, Jessica Goad and Shiva Polefka .

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