A forum to empower youth and women in mining communities has been held in Accra.
Themed “Maximizing socio-economic benefits from Extractive Areas for Women and Youth Entrepreneurs – Connect, Collaborate, Scale-up”, the 3-day forum seeks to tackle topical issues including participatory and inclusive local development in extractive areas.
The forum further seeks to facilitate discussions on women and young entrepreneurs in mining areas i.e., how they can access finance and the technical support to grow their businesses and local development mining funds and other mining revenues.
A forum to empower youth and women in mining communities has been held in Accra.
Steel production could be made with almost no carbon emissions through $278 billion of extra investment by 2050, according to a new report from research firm BloombergNEF (BNEF). Hydrogen and recycling are likely to play a central role in reducing emissions from steel production. Steel is responsible for around 7% of man-made greenhouse gas emissions every year and is one of the world’s most polluting industries.
Government and corporate net-zero commitments are pushing the steel industry to cancel out its emissions by 2050. Efforts to decarbonize steel production are central to the net-zero aspirations of China, Japan, Korea and the European Union.
Global automotive supplier Marelli has unveiled a new goal to become carbon neutral across its direct impacts and operations by 2030, with a focus on onsite renewable generation and energy efficiency upgrades to be introduced. The company will focus on an “energy efficiency Monozukuri” programme that has been introduced to reduce energy usage at plants. Italian automotive developer Marelli has committed to becoming carbon neutral within its operations (Scope 1 and Scope 2) by 2030, this will cover emissions from direct sources owned or controlled by the company and emissions from energy purchases. Marelli’s executive chairman Dinesh Paliwal said: “The automotive industry has a critical role to play in creating a cleaner, greener world. In addition to our role as a supplier of technologies which enable the responsible transition towards full electrification, this significant investment in achieving full operational carbon neutrality is a milestone in building a stronger, more sustainable Marelli.”
We don’t have time to think conceptually about sustainability operations anymore – we must act. Results on the ground are what we need to move the needle, but many leaders aren’t sure how to get started. With this toolkit, you can put theory into practice now. Eventually, all organisations looking to change to more sustainable operations will need to transition from strategic thinking to tactical implementation. In a career that’s observed international development in some of the world’s political hotspots, I have learned that results on the ground are often what matter most. This is especially true if you are working under pressure, as we all ought to be in relation to climate change today.
The Ki Culture Sustainability Training Programme is a new activity for 2021-24, and is part of ETC’s pledge to become a climate neutral network by 2030. Course runs from 18 January – 18 April 2022. Expected time committment: 3-4 hours per week (this can be shared between multiple members of staff) This intensive pilot programme is an opportunity for 10 – 15 ETC member theatres to join a global effort to use culture to drive sustainable change in their organisations and communities. Ki Culture has run a similar programme in the museum sector with major organisations including The Smithsonian (Washington), Museo Moderno (Buenos Aires), Deutsches Museum (Munich), and the National Museum Lagos (Lagos).
The Emission and Climate Impact of Alternative Fuels (ECLIF3) study, an effort involving Airbus, Rolls-Royce, German research centre DLR and Finnish SAF producer Neste, marks the first time 100 per cent SAF has been measured simultaneously on both engines of a commercial passenger aircraft – an Airbus A350 aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. According to Airbus, in-flight emissions tests and associated ground testing on the ECLIF3 programme began earlier this year and have recently resumed. The interdisciplinary team, including researchers from the National Research Council of Canada and Manchester University, will publish its results in academic journals towards the end of next year and 2023.
General Motors has joined the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA), adding another element to company programs that support the sustainability and human rights of the EV supply chain. IRMA advances responsible mining practice through a comprehensive set of standards covering the four principles of Business Integrity, Planning for Positive Legacies, Social Responsibility and Environmental Responsibility. As automotive battery demand expands globally, access to battery materials is of increasing importance. Given the critical role of EVs in reducing the carbon footprint of the transportation sector, GM says it is committed to the responsible sourcing of the mined materials needed for EV production.
Sport for purpose championship Extreme E has teamed up with Project Everyone, a not-for-profit creative communications agency, to raise awareness of The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), better known as the Global Goals. Co-founded by film writer and director Richard Curtis to drive adoption of the 17 Global Goals, Project Everyone creates advocacy campaigns, content, programmes and events – telling stories that help multiple sectors engage with the Goals and ensure greater involvement from civil society, corporations, educators, philanthropist, activists and politicians. As part of Extreme E’s commitment to raising awareness of the climate crisis, all nine teams will display the Global Goals logo on their cars in the Jurassic X Prix next month in Dorset, UK. The Global Goals logo is a wheel representing all 17 Goals, which are designed to eliminate extreme poverty, to reduce inequalities, and to combat the threat of climate change by 2030.
Climate change presents the single biggest threat to sustainable development in the marine and infrastructure industries and there is a need for action.
With increasing stakeholder expectations and regulations – such as the International
Maritime Organization (IMO) Greenhouse Gas Strategy 2050 – the maritime industry finds itself at a pivotal point in the debate around sustainability. As the conversation continues to grow in both volume and reach, so do initiatives, such as the World Ports Sustainability Program, the Environmental Ship Index, and the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Today, the Nevada Conservation League announced its partnership with the Nevada Green Business Network that is part of a statewide effort to identify sustainable businesses and provide resources for sustainable business practices. Through education, networking, and collaboration, the Nevada Green Business Network finds new ways for businesses to be more efficient, healthy, and attract new customers.
“The pursuit of a healthier climate future is an undertaking that requires all hands on deck, including, and especially, the help of businesses — and today, we are excited to join a network of leaders who share this same vision,” said Nevada Conservation League Deputy Director Verna Mandez. “As a partner, we look forward to expanding opportunities for Southern Nevada businesses to implement practices that help to protect the environment and employees and reduce costs, including energy efficiency, water conservation, waste diversion from landfills, and reducing hazardous materials.”
The City of Georgetown has partnered with Texas Disposal Systems to offer free holiday string-light recycling to all Georgetown residents. Residents can drop off their old or broken string lights through Jan. 31 at one of three collection stations:
City of Georgetown Collection and Transfer Station, 250 W.L. Walden Road
Georgetown Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave.
Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.
Sun City residents may also drop off old or broken string lights at the Cowan Creek Pavilion, 1433 Cool Spring Way, in Sun City. The program is limited to string lights. Lights must be taken to a collection station and cannot be placed in residential or commercial recycling bins because they will damage the sorting machines at the recycling center. Yard art, inflatables, and other holiday lighting will not be collected.
The 2050 Climate Group and Young Seafood Leaders Network (YSLN) are hosting this joint event for their members to explore sustainability in seafood.
This event is for members of the 2050 Climate Group and the Young Seafood Leaders Network who are keen to explore the controversial Seaspiracy documentary, marine conservation and the seafood sector’s journey for sustainable solutions.
It brings together Young Leaders from across sectors to share points of view, knowledge and ideas. Join us to focus on the future and share perspectives and stories as we work towards a sustainable future.
In an internal email to employees, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that development of the Raptor rocket engine that will power the Super Heavy/Starship launch system is in “crisis,” adding the company risks bankruptcy if the company can’t turn the situation around, according to media reports.
The problems pose a risk not only to SpaceX and its multi-billion dollar Starlink satellite broadband program, but to Musk’s plans to colonize Mars and NASA’s Artemis program to return astronauts to the moon. The U.S. space agency has awarded SpaceX a $2.9 billion contract to develop a lunar lander based on the Starship vehicle.
Now in its fifth year, the Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit has become an essential, not-to-be-missed event for thought leaders in the plastics industry. Produced by the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), Re|focus is a solutions-driven event that equips attendees with the resources and connections they need to meaningfully advance sustainability throughout their organization.
Our industry is turning a corner, moving from one that aspires to sustainability to one that puts our commitment to recycling and reusing into action. Re|focus will continue to challenge brand owners, processors, engineers, product developers, and the entire supply chain to refocus on product design, technology, and manufacturing with an eye toward recycled and sustainable content, designed for recycling and sustainability.
Hairstory, an American-based disruptor hair care brand, has landed a minority investment from equity investor Summit Partners. The brand’s core product, New Wash, was developed without the use of detergents in an effort to stop consumers from over-washing their hair. Founded by a team of hair care veterans in 2015, the company believes that cleansing the hair without shampoo is healthier for the hair and scalp, and better for the environment.
Vulnerable countries are stepping up and taking climate action, amid a slow response from some of the biggest emitters of carbon dioxide, said the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday. In a new analysis, released ahead of the COP26 climate negotiations, the agency said that 93 per cent of least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS) have submitted enhanced national climate plans (NDCs), or plan to do so. On the other hand, UNDP says, some countries in the G20 bloc of leading industrialized countries have been “dragging their feet on adhering to the core principles of the Paris Agreement to ‘ratchet up’ their climate ambition.” The G20, meeting in Rome this weekend, is responsible for more than three-quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Our recent report on chief sustainability officers (CSOs) in the U.S. revealed that women went from holding 28 percent in 2011 of the CSO positions to 54 percent in 2021. That’s a 94 percent increase. It’s a positive development to see the playing field level for women in sustainability, but what’s driving this trend? And what are the implications for women’s leadership in business more broadly? Before diving into those questions, it’s interesting to look at the trends in gender and leadership in sustainability and business.
Vermont Green Football Club announced its launch Oct. 12, bringing sustainability into sports and semi-professional soccer to Burlington. The club starts in May 2022 and will play its home matches at UVM’s Virtue Field. Vermont Green intends to use its platform to focus on environmental justice and sustainability by partnering with environmental justice organizations and selling sustainably-sourced merchandise, according to the club’s website. “We felt that [environmental justice] was the perfect lens, the perfect way to talk about the issues, to bring awareness to the issues, and to think strategically about how do we as a club put forward solutions to some of these things,” Chief Purpose Officer Keil Corey said.
If the Royal Mint’s plans are successful, it could soon turn Apples and Androids and Dells into sovereigns and Britannias and even circulating coinage. The Royal Mint on Oct. 20 announced that it signed a partnership with Excir, a Canadian-based technology startup, to recycle precious metals (and eventually base metals) from electronic waste. The pioneering technology allows the Royal Mint to recover gold and other precious metals from discarded electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops. The Royal Mint said the partnership would allow it to bring a “world first” technology to the United Kingdom.
It was the first time executives of the top oil majors – ExxonMobil, Shell Oil, BP America and Chevron – and the heads of the American Petroleum Institute (API) and Chamber of Commerce answered questions about climate change in Congress under oath. Democratic Representative Ro Khanna said at the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing that oil companies have started to improve their talking points around climate change.