Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Swedish Government is Commmitted to100 Percent Renewables and Negative Emissions

Sweden is on track to be the first nation in the world to achieve net zero emissions and they are well on their way to getting all of their power from renewable sources. The home of iconic activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg is not settling for carbon neutrality they want to be carbon negative.

Sweden has passed legally binding legislation that mandates carbon neutrality by 2045. The vote passed in the Swedish parliament by an overwhelming margin of 213 votes (254 for and 41 against).
Sweden's Climate Act is part of Sweden’s climate policy framework and includes long-term goals that are overseen by a climate policy council. Sweden's ultimate emissions goal is to be a net carbon sink.

Despite spirited opposition from Swedish conservatives, 58 percent Swiss citizens voted in support of renewable energy in a 2017 national referendum. The same plebiscite saw Swiss voters call for an end to nuclear power.  The country's renewable energy capacity target is 4,400 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of renewable energy (excluding hydropower) by 2020, and 11,400 GWh by 2035. The plan also intends to increase hydropower capacity generation to 37,400 GWh by 2035.

Swedes also voted in support of energy efficiency. As part of the Swedish Energy Strategy 2050 the country is working towards reducing Switzerland's per capita energy consumption by 16 percent by 2020, and by 43 percent by 2035. Per capita electricity consumption will be reduced 3 percent by 2020 and 13 percent in 2035.

The Nordic nation is setting their sites on being 50 percent more energy efficient by 2030, and deriving 100 percent  of their energy from renewable sources by 2040.

Swedes are currently getting 54 percent of the energy they used from renewable sources. This is in part attributable to the government's energy policies including things like green certification for electricity retailers. To qualify these retailers have to get at least a standard minimum proportion of their electricity from wind, solar, geothermal,wave power, biofuels or small-scale hydroelectric plants.

About 11 percent of the nation's electricity is derived from wind power.  According to a governmnet website, between 2000 and 2017, Swedish wind production increased from 0.5 to 17.5 TWh and comprises about 3,600 wind turbines.

Solar power has also started to grow thanks to Swedish Energy Agency investments in research and support for private, public and commercial actors.

Swedish buildings are mandated by law to show how much energy they consume. Sweden is also building passive houses and high-rises that are heated only by the body heat of the occupants and electrical appliances.

The country has even developed a system to harvest the body heat from commuters in Stockholm's central station.

Nordic Countries are the Most (and Least) Sustainable: Spotlight on Sweden and Denmark
Sweden is a Model of Sustainable Waste Management

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Polls Suggest the GOP's Climate and Environment Disinformation Efforts are Beginning to Falter

Support for climate action and environmental protections is gaining ground despite the early success of the GOP's disinformation efforts. These polls reveal an ever expanding gulf between the views of Americans and the ruling Republican administration. While polls show that a growing number of Americans, including Republicans, increasingly acknowledge the veracity of climate change, President Donald Trump and members of his administration deny the facts.

Monday, June 17, 2019

UK Businesses Support the Government's Net Zero Emissions Plan

UK businesses support the ruling government's ambitious climate leadership. Theresa May has announced that her Conservative government is amending the Climate Change Act and ratcheting up ambitions with a net zero energy emissions objective by 2050.

"This country led the world in innovation during the Industrial Revolution, and now we must lead the world to a cleaner, greener form of growth," May said in a statement announcing the plan.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Events - Environmental Sciences Conferences

A total of 24 Environmental Sciences conferences will take place from June to December 2019.  Environmental Sciences events, conferences, symposiums and workshops address a wide range of subjects including medical, pharma, engineering, science, technology and business.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

People Want Climate Action and Dirty Energy

We need to see transformative change if we are to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. Polls show that people want climate action but electoral outcomes suggests they also want dirty energy.  We have seen evidence of this in recent elections. In Australia a government was reelected that is committed to exploiting and exporting coal, one of the dirtiest forms of energy on Earth. The Canadian province of Alberta recently elected a government that is eliminating climate action and increasing fossil fuel development. This follows similar electoral outcomes in other Canadian provinces including Ontario.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Trump Administration's Ongoing Energy Insanity

The Trump administration's irrational energy agenda is now infamous. This is an administration that in both word and deed has undermined clean energy and supported fossil fuels. Trump's contempt for renewables is bad for the nation and a threat to life on the planet. This is an administration that has eliminated vehicular emissions restrictions and made it easier for companies to spew methane into the atmosphere.

This energy agenda can only be described as insane and a new report makes it clear that there is every reason to believe it is getting even crazier.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Groundbreaking UK Climate Leadership and Milestones in the Last Three Years

The UK government has announced the industrialized world's most ambitious climate action targets to date which Greenpeace’s chief scientist Doug Parr called a "big moment for everyone in the climate movement". Here are some of the nation's climate milestones over the last three years culminating in this visionary target.

In June 2016 the UK announced that it will cut carbon emissions by 57 percent by 2032, from 1990 levels and 80 percent by 2050. In January 2017 the UK launched a £8.6 million national research program to explore approaches to removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Protesting Trump is Essential to the Survival of Life on the Planet

The climate crisis and the rapid degradation of the Earth's biodiversity represent existential threats. The ruling US administration is exacerbating these interrelated catastrophes. American President Donald Trump's recent visit to the UK was met by hundreds of thousands of protestors. In total the visit spawned more than two dozen anti-Trump protests across the UK. During his stay Trump added more lies to the over 10,000 he has told since becoming president.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Event - Going Beyond Green: Canadian Cleaning Industry Sustainability Conference

This event will take place May 14th & 15th, at the Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Rd, Etobicoke. This conference is subtitled Beyond Clean: Creating a Greater Vision and it supports UN Sustainable Development Goals in Health, Sanitation and Innovation.

It includes 100 exhibitors and more than 1000 networking opportunities. This event will be attended by professionals in healthcare, government, facilities management, sustainability, environmental, business and industry.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Discerning Truth From Falsehood

Our world is awash with misinformation and disinformation. People are commonly confused about key issues including climate change and fossil fuels.
Self knowledge is the first step towards understanding. As the famous writer Leo Tolstoy (1828- 1910) said: "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself".
Coming to grips with the reality of our world starts with trying to ensure that we are perceiving the world accurately.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Reports Foretell the End of Civilization

We have been confronted by several reports that paint an apocalyptic vision of our future. A recent report bluntly states that we are destroying the Earth's biodiversity at a perilous rate. Another even more recent report predicts the end of civilization in the coming decades.

According to an analysis written by an independent Melbourne, Australia think-tank called Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration (BNCCR), continuing with business as usual represents a "near to mid-term existential threat to human civilization".

Co-written by former fossil fuel executive Ian Dunlop, this research warns that we rapidly approaching the point of no return. Inaction will augur "extremely serious" security threats by 2050. The report says that as vast swaths of the Earth becomes uninhabitable, nations will breakdown along with the international order.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

WED Guides for Businesses, Cities, Governments, Schools & Universities and Individuals

June 5th is World Environment Day and the theme this year is air pollution. This day is a call to action to combat one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time.

To help people respond to this call the UN has put together an assortment of guides focusing on solutions to the problem of air pollution.

The five guides are: Businesses, Cities, Governments, Schools and Universities and Individuals.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

World Environment Day 2019 is About Combating Air Pollution

  SocialCards_Square_7May_8.pngWorld Environment Day is on June 5th and this year the focus in on the theme of  "air pollution".  This day is a call to action to combat one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. World Environment Day invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our daily lives to reduce air pollution and benefit people's health. This includes reducing climate change causing greenhouse gas emissions. This year's host is China, a country that has demonstrated tremendous leadership in tackling air pollution domestically and its commitment to improving air quality can serve as an inspiration to countries around the world. Together we can #BeatAirPollution

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Solar and Wind Investment Overview

For the fifth year in a row global investments in clean energy exceeded $300 billion in 2018. According to BNEF, last year saw an 8 percent reduction in clean energy investment compared to 2017, the first time we have seen a year over year decline in a long time.

Although last year set a record for new photovoltaic capacity surpassing 100GW for the first time, the sector also fell 24 percent to $130.8 billion in 2018 due at least in part to declining capital costs. The Chinese decision to restrict access to the feed in tariff contributed to a 53 percent reduction in Chinese solar ($40.4 billion).

Infographic - World Environment Day (June 5, 2019)

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Event - The One National Conference 2019: Innovation for Sustainability

This CPA Canada conference will take place on September 23-24 at the Palais des congrès, in Montréal, Québec. This is Canada's must-attend CPA event of the year. The ONE is an unforgettable experience with cutting-edge content. Earn CPD and customize your learning in five streams, featuring innovative sessions, inspiring speakers, hands-on workshops and great networking opportunities.

The ONE National Conference first launched in 2014, following the merger of Canada’s three legacy accounting designations. It was created to connect and inspire accountants as members of one unified profession. Now in its sixth year, The ONE continues to grow and evolve, offering innovative content in five distinct learning streams. It attracts 1,000+ CPAs from coast to coast.