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EU corporate due diligence: new rules, or businesses rule?

EU corporate due diligence: new rules, or businesses rule?

Van: op 9 januari 2021

Despite overwhelming support for new corporate due diligence rules in the EU Parliament voting will be close.

 
US forces Norwegian firm to abandon Nord Stream 2

US forces Norwegian firm to abandon Nord Stream 2

Van: op 5 januari 2021

A Norwegian firm for technical and safety certificates for Russia’s gas pipeline to Germany has abandoned the project due to US sanctions.

 
COVID-19 pandemic accelerates financialisation and power of Big Tech companies

COVID-19 pandemic accelerates financialisation and power of Big Tech companies

Van: op 29 december 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic will be yet another powerful catalyst to increase the financialisation and the power of Big Tech companies. Research on the business models of Alphabet (Google), Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Alibaba and Tencent shows how the 2008 financial crisis already accelerated the trend towards market consolidation. The present crisis is likely to do […]

 
Amnesty exposes Amazon staff conditions on ‘Black Friday’

Amnesty exposes Amazon staff conditions on ‘Black Friday’

Van: op 22 december 2020

Massive consumer demand must not cost Amazon staff their health and safety, Amnesty International warned in a new report.

 
Voluntary carbon markets need 15-fold growth

Voluntary carbon markets need 15-fold growth

Van: op 19 december 2020

Carbon markets are poised to expand dramatically in 2021 and beyond, driven by a rapid acceleration of corporate climate commitments.

 
EU Parliament: Strasbourg, or the climate?

EU Parliament: Strasbourg, or the climate?

Van: op 5 december 2020

The EU Parliament is headquartered in the French city of Strasbourg, but it has also offices in Luxembourg as well as Brussels

 
German presidency’s broken promises on ‘fair tax’

German presidency’s broken promises on ‘fair tax’

Van: op 29 november 2020

At the start of the German presidency of the EU Council it committed itself to a “fair taxation” agenda. But time is running out.

 
Making Business Work for Nature

Making Business Work for Nature

Van: op 15 november 2020

To avoid destruction, businesses must help the world chart a new course toward an equitable, net-zero-emissions, nature-positive economy.

 
Biden’s ‘democracy summit’ would be good for US – and EU

Biden’s ‘democracy summit’ would be good for US – and EU

Van: op 6 november 2020

Europe will breathe a sigh of relief if Donald Trump vacates the White House. But what would Joe Biden bring as president of the USA?

 
Chemical detox plan for Europe

Chemical detox plan for Europe

Van: op 17 oktober 2020

NGOs gave the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability a warm welcome having warned for years that action is needed against a serious and growing threat.

 
The European gas trap

The European gas trap

Van: op 17 oktober 2020

According to a report by Global Energy Monitor, the EU already has twice the gas import capacity it needs. It is still investing in more.

 
Industry covertly takes charge of EU’s hydrogen alliance

Industry covertly takes charge of EU’s hydrogen alliance

Van: op 29 september 2020

A fossil fuel-backed lobby group has covertly taken charge of an EU flagship proposal to reduce carbon emissions. 

 
General Electric to Pursue Exit from New Coal

General Electric to Pursue Exit from New Coal

Van: op 22 september 2020

General Electric announced an intent to exit the new build coal power market and focus on developments in wind turbines and other renewable technologies.

 
EU’s brave vision still to be matched with bold action

EU’s brave vision still to be matched with bold action

Van: op 19 september 2020

Ursula von der Leyen’s first State of the Union address delivered a courageous and hopeful vision for a sustainable future of welfare and wellbeing. 

 
Governments copycat, not analyse, corona measures

Governments copycat, not analyse, corona measures

Van: op 13 september 2020

Swedish scientists found that governments followed the lead of other countries in Covid-19 response rather than act on actual analysis of required measures.

 
Database reveals worst polluters in Europe

Database reveals worst polluters in Europe

Van: op 12 september 2020

A new NGO database shows which facilities are playing by the rules. Italy emerges as the most transparent country, with Germany coming bottom of the league.

 
Microplastics to be EU environmental policy disaster

Microplastics to be EU environmental policy disaster

Van: op 3 september 2020

Powerful industrial polluters have secured loopholes in EU policy, including an exclusion for nano, the most dangerous form of microplastic.

 
Your pension is safe without fossil investments

Your pension is safe without fossil investments

Van: op 1 september 2020

Investments in fossil fuels are not needed for the financial performance of pension funds. Divestment has no negative impact on yields.

 
Fruit peel can turn old batteries into new

Fruit peel can turn old batteries into new

Van: op 30 augustus 2020

Singapore scientists extracted and reused precious metals from spent lithium-ion batteries. Using fruit peel waste they were able to create new batteries.

 
How the Pandemic Can Revolutionize Climate Policy

How the Pandemic Can Revolutionize Climate Policy

Van: op 29 augustus 2020

As with the ongoing global fight against the coronavirus pandemic, our best hope for tackling the climate crisis may instead lie with systems science.

 
Revolutionary airplane uses 80% less fuel

Revolutionary airplane uses 80% less fuel

Van: op 28 augustus 2020

The Celera 500L is the most fuel-efficient passenger aircraft in the world. It flies at 20% of the fuel consumption of comparable aircraft. 

 
Norwegian economy is only 2.4% circular

Norwegian economy is only 2.4% circular

Van: op 27 augustus 2020

The report finds that that the Norwegian economy is only 2.4% circular. 97.6% of materials consumed each year never make it back into the Norwegian economy.

 
Greening Sovereign-Debt Restructuring

Greening Sovereign-Debt Restructuring

Van: op 23 augustus 2020

The World Bank estimates that as many as 100 million people could fall into extreme poverty as a direct result of the corona crisis.

 
Are AeroNabs a major breakthrough in fighting Covid-19?

Are AeroNabs a major breakthrough in fighting Covid-19?

Van: op 22 augustus 2020

UC San Francisco scientists have devised a novel approach to halting the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease: AeroNabs.

 
The sun is setting on unsustainable long-haul, short-stay tourism 

The sun is setting on unsustainable long-haul, short-stay tourism 

Van: op 20 augustus 2020

The tourism rebuild must negotiate a delicate balance between immediate recovery and long term sustainability.

 
Hydrogen supercar goes 1000 miles on a single tank.

Hydrogen supercar goes 1000 miles on a single tank.

Van: op 13 augustus 2020

The Hyperion XP- utilizes an advanced hydrogen-fueled propulsion system with a range of 1000 miles on 1 tank of compressed hydrogen.

 
Understanding why trees are dying may be key to locking up carbon

Understanding why trees are dying may be key to locking up carbon

Van: op 9 augustus 2020

Higher mortality rates of trees may begin to outweigh the capacity of remaining and new trees to maintain the carbon uptake at the same level.