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edie's mini-series of COP26 podcasts features round-ups, special guests, listener quizzes and more

COP26 Covered podcast episode 7: Youth climate marches and the role of sustainability leaders

To mark Youth and Public Empowerment Day of COP26, Sarah speaks with two leading youth activists and campaigners, while Matt joins a climate march through Glasgow to discuss how businesses can move from 'blah, blah, blah' to 'action, action action'.

COP26 Covered is a brand-new spin-off from edie’s long-running Sustainable Business Covered podcast show, which is taking a brief hiatus for the duration of the climate talks

COP26 Covered Podcast episode 1: COP26 preview, Glasgow preparations and Bonnie the Seal

In the first episode of edie's brand-new COP26 Covered podcast, the team discuss the potential successes (and failures) of the climate talks, along with the key events, sessions and people to look out for over the next two weeks - with a special mention to the official COP26 mascot, Bonnie the Seal/Rat.

Giant sticky notes have been plastered across well-known locations to raise awareness, including the Southbank Centre in London (pictured)

Business giants launch new SDG campaign to raise awareness on 'World's To-Do List'

The "Business Avengers" of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the likes of Google, Unilever and Mars, have launched a new awareness campaign outlining how businesses can deliver tangible actions to build towards the "World's To-Do List".

Renewable energy and green offices have accounted for 72% of the bond proceed spending to date

Google owner outlines how it is spending proceeds from world's largest corporate sustainability bond

August 2020 saw Google's parent company Alphabet Inc issuing what it claimed was the largest corporate sustainability bond in history. It has now revealed how it has spent 61% of the $5.75bn (£4.4bn) proceeds.

As well as destroying fragile marine habitats, deep-sea mining also impacts the oceans' ability to absorb and sequester carbon

Automakers urged to move away from 'destructive' deep-sea mining

Carmakers looking to increase the rollout of electric vehicles (EVs) across the globe have been urged to pre-divest from deep-sea mining companies, with a coalition of NGOs warning that failing to do so will cause irreversible damage that will contribute to the climate crisis.

The two businesses join forces with the hundreds of other companies signed up to each initiative 

Polestar and Google to halve emissions and join Race to Zero campaign

Swedish electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Polestar and technology giant Google are the latest firms that have agreed to halve emissions by 2030 as part of a wider effort to deliver net-zero value chains, by joining the UN's Race to Zero campaign and the Exponential Roadmap Initiative.

Verified methodologies will be developed to ensure investment supports social and environmental improvements

Unilever, Google and Amazon among new Business Alliance to Scale Climate Solutions

Major businesses including Salesforce, Amazon, Netflix, Unilever and Microsoft have formed a new alliance aimed at mobilising funding for scalable climate solutions.

EnergyTag states that there is currently no recognised system to verify hourly clean energy consumption

Google and Microsoft among businesses backing 24/7 clean energy tracking

More than 100 global companies, including PwC, Microsoft and Google, are taking part in a new worldwide initiative aimed at verifying clean energy sourcing on an hourly basis.

Pictured: Work on one of SnowChange's nature restoration projects. Image: Google/SnowChange Cooperative 

Regenerative agriculture and AI for solar: Google funnels €10m into projects tackling climate change

Google's charitable arm Google.org has outlined how it will allocate a €10m Impact Challenge on Climate funding, naming winners in fields including solar farm optimisation and regenerative farming.

InfluenceMap's research builds on previous analyses of lobbying by the fossil fuel sector

World's biggest tech firms 'dedicate just 4% of lobbying efforts to climate change'

Analysis of the lobbying activities of Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Google's parent firm Alphabet has revealed that they allocated just 4% of their annual lobbying resources to efforts to combat climate change.

The company will also aim to tackle emissions from the supply chain, which accounts for more than 70% of Mastercard’s total carbon footprint

Mastercard commits to net-zero carbon by 2050

Mastercard has pledged to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, aiming to expand the use of onsite solar technology while also decarbonising its supply chain.

The Google Nest Thermostats (pictured) now contain 75% recycled plastics.

Google launches phones and thermostats with recycled plastics

Google has achieved one of its plastics targets ahead of schedule, revealing that all new Pixel phones and Nest thermostats include recycled content.

Google's parent firm Alphabet recently launched a multi-billion-dollar round of sustainability bonds

Google offsets lifetime carbon emissions

Google has "eliminated" its entire carbon legacy, offsetting all operational emissions generated before it achieved carbon neutrality in 2007.

Google is one of the world's largest corporate renewable energy purchasers, but employees and green groups have been calling for more ambitious social and environmental plans 

Google owner issues largest corporate sustainability bond in history

Google's parent company Alphabet Inc. has issued $5.75bn (£4.4bn) in sustainability bonds, in what it claims is the largest sustainability or green bond issued by a corporation to date.

The tool's purpose is to give brands and retailers deeper insight into environmental impacts at all tiers of their supply chains

Google partners with WWF on digital data platform for sustainable fashion sourcing

Google has joined forces with WWF to develop an environmental data platform for sourcing professionals in the fashion industry, providing them information on the pollution and emissions impact of their business decisions.





Each of these success stories exemplifies how businesses are ramping up ambitions and actions in all areas of sustainable development 

Google's green software and New York's innovation drive: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

Collaboration can transform how businesses look at sustainability

Businesses are increasingly aware of the role they need to play in sustainability, but often find it daunting. This article looks at key learnings for how businesses can effectively collaborate together to be more sustainable.

The procurement in 2019 was almost triple the levels recorded two years prior 

Corporate clean energy contracts grew by 40% in 2019

Corporate purchasing of clean energy contracts reached almost 20 gigawatts (GW) in 2019, an increase of more than 40% on the previous year's record, according to new analysis from BloombergNEF (BNEF).

The EIE uses Google's data sources and technology. Image: Google 

UK towns and cities to benefit from Google's climate management tech

Google will enable more than 100 global areas across to access a digital tool which helps towns and cities to measure and reduce their carbon footprint, including major UK cities.

The move comes after Google pledged to increase the proportion of recycled plastics in its products. Image: Alphabet Inc 

Google partners with Ellen MacArthur Foundation to tackle plastic pollution using tech

Google will increase its efforts to develop and scale up new technologies that tackle plastics waste and pollution, after joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy initiative.

To gain a place in the programme, startups will have to show Google their potential to help create a low-carbon, resource-efficient, more socially equal world. Image: Google

Google launches incubator for SDG-aligned startups

Google has this week launched a new "accelerator" programme for startups, aimed at supporting new firms striving to drive progress against one or more of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Image: Ben Nuttall/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/101462707@N03/25454106673/

Google workers call on company to adopt aggressive climate plan

More than 1,000 Google workers have signed a public letter calling on their employer to commit to an aggressive "company-wide climate plan" including the cancellation of contracts with fossil fuel firms and the halting of donations to climate change deniers.

Weihl outlines how businesses can act as net-zero activists 

Facebook's former sustainability chief: Business needs to get vocal to reach net-zero

EXCLUSIVE: Facebook's former sustainability director and Google's former clean energy czar Bill Weihl has called on businesses to "go beyond their own four walls" and lobby for policies that create net-zero national economies in a "just" manner.

The move from Google builds on its initial sustainability commitments on hardware, which were made earlier this year. Image: Alphabet

Google unveils $150m investment to power manufacturing with renewables

Google has committed to invest $150m (£118m) in helping its key manufacturers to source renewable power, and to help the regions in which they operate decarbonise their electricity grids.

Dublin is one of the first European cities to use the EIE platform

Google's city emissions tool expands into Europe

Google's online emissions dataset tool to help city planners build policies to lower emissions has launched across Europe today, with Dublin, Krakow, Birmingham, and the greater metropolitan area of Manchester set to use it to assist with planning developments.

Research suggests that the SDGs may not be achieved until 2073

Business Avengers: Corporate giants assemble to deliver SDGs

A new "Business Avengers" coalition of 17 global corporates - including Unilever, Nike and Google - worth more than $500bn in revenue has been launched to make 2020 a year of activism to highlight how businesses can amplify actions to help hit the targets of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Google's new deals span across Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Chile, Finland, Sweden, Belgium and Denmark. Image: Google

Google, Ikea, make major new renewable energy investments

Ingka Group - the largest retailer within Ikea's franchise system - has confirmed that it is on track to exceed its renewable energy targets after a string of recent investments, in the same week that Google has made its biggest renewable energy purchase to date.

The new feature will be rolled out across 30 countries in the coming weeks. Image: Google

Google unveils 'green' Maps feature to encourage low-carbon travel

Tech Google has added a new feature to its Maps service, enabling users to add last-mile ridesharing and biking options to journey plans.

The commitment covers all shipments to and from customers, for whole devices as well as replacement parts and accessories. Image: Alphabet Inc. 

Google targets carbon-neutral hardware deliveries

Tech giant Google has unveiled a new string of sustainability pledges for its hardware, including a commitment to make all customer shipments carbon-neutral by 2020.

A key focus of the strategy is that of the built environment. Image: Google

Google's new circular economy strategy to 'maximise reuse' across its operations

Tech giant Google has launched a new circular economy initiative aimed at addressing an "inherently unsustainable" demand for resources and products by leveraging the transformational potential of technology.

Scrolling towards a better future or coding for chaos? What the ‘Onlife’ means for sustainability

Half the world's population does something unimaginable every day. We each connect into a species-wide hive mind that reaches into our pockets, our screens and controls what we see, think and believe.

<p>The first phase will focus on cotton and viscose </p>

Google and Stella McCartney to launch cloud-based analytics tool for fashion supply chains

Google has partnered with fashion brand Stella McCartney on the first phase of a new machine learning data analytics tool to improve the transparency of the supply chains for the fashion industry.

Participants of REBA account for 95% of all large-scale corporate renewable energy deals in the US to date

Corporate giants target 60GW of US renewable energy

Google, Facebook and Walmart are amongst the businesses to commit to bringing more than 60GW of renewable energy online in the US through the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA).

The AI technology enables Google to predict the output of its central US wind farms more than a day in advance

DeepMind: Google uses AI technology to boost wind energy efficiency

Google has boosted the value of the wind energy it produces by 20% after installing its own artificial intelligence (AI) software across its largest renewable energy facilities in the US.

AB Sugar launched its first-ever group-wide sustainability report in 2018

How AB Sugar made sustainability its competitive edge

Faced with extreme climate-related challenges and increased calls for healthier diets, one of the world's leading sugar businesses has raised its sustainability ambitions to keep its competitive edge in a challenging economic environment.

Google’s parent company Alphabet has been ranked first in the new index

Clean200: Low-carbon corporate investments outperforming those in fossil fuels

By investing in low-carbon products and renewable energy procurement, 200 of the world's largest corporates have continued to deliver strong returns against stock market averages, despite global political, social and economic tensions.

According to Uber, more than half the miles on UberX journeys – which seat up to four passengers - in London are already in hybrids or EVs. Image: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Uber set to launch 15p eco-charge for London journeys

Ride-hailing firm Uber is launching its 15p per-mile "eco-charge" for all journeys taken within London, in the same week that Sadiq Khan has unveiled the world's largest air quality network in the capital.


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