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Nissan’s Gigafactory and REN’s plastic-free samples: The sustainability success stories of the week

…carmakers are accelerating their transition to electric portfolios. Aside from Nissan, new commitments have been made by the likes of Volvo, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and General Motors. You can…

Investors call on banking giants to step up on climate and biodiversity commitments

Convened through the ShareAction coalition, 115 investors have written to 63 leading banks, including JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Bank and Standard Chartered, calling on them to beef up environmental commitments ahead…

Unilever eyes optimised enzymes in bid for fossil-fuel-free laundry products

…contribute to the delivery of this commitment. “This partnership is an exciting step forward as we work to transform our cleaning and laundry business to be superior, sustainable and affordable…

Hitachi targets carbon-neutral value chain by 2050

…existing commitment of making all its offices and factories carbon neutral globally by 2030. The new goals strengthen a previous commitment to deliver an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050,…

Unilever outlines plans to halve supplier emissions by 2030

Included in the firm’s Climate Transition Action Plan, which received the backing of more than 99% of shareholders at a vote this May, was a commitment to help suppliers set…

Fashion and textile giants pass carbon and water reduction goals, but fail to tackle waste

…the report, SCAP signatories have reduced their collective absolute carbon emissions by 21.6% since 2020, exceeding a commitment to a 15% reduction. Similarly, a commitment to reduce the firms’ collective…

Net-zero guidance launched for financial institutions and pension providers

…financial institutions can set “credible, transparent and comparable” targets and commitments aligned with the 1.5C pathway of the Paris Agreement. With climate commitments and plans from national governments currently aligned…

Make or Break: 5 key talking points that will determine the success of COP26

…new climate commitments are required The UN estimates that global emissions as a result of national and government commitments are on course to reach 2.7C, putting the world massively off…

COP26 week 1 analysis: Is the world any closer to 1.5C?

…the Paris Agreement. The IEA’s estimates are optimistic. According to the UN’s latest annual Emissions Gap report, also published in October, climate commitments and plans from national governments are currently…

COP26 draft plan: Countries urged to submit and strengthen climate plans

…action. The decision spans three documents, but just 14 pages, and reiterates or “welcomes” many of the major announcements at COP26 to date – including funding commitments on adaptation and…

SC Johnson hits recycled plastic packaging target four years ahead of schedule

…annual progress report for its New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. The Commitment was launched in 2018 and now has 63 corporate signatories including Danone, Unilever, Mars, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company…

‘A sobering picture’: 99% of businesses neglecting social sustainability commitments

…living wages and working hours. The WBA found that while most companies in the SDG2000 had commitments to health and safety, just 4% were able to disclose aspects such as…

SSE sets 1.5C emissions targets on road to net-zero, but ups profit forecasts due to gas

…of fair work and commitment to paying fair tax and sharing economic value”. There are not, at this point, new time-bound numerical targets in this field. The UK Government is…

Climate Change Committee promises increased focus on business and finance for 2022

…new briefing on workers and skills. The UK Government is targeting two million jobs by 2030 but current commitments would deliver less than half of this level. The UK also…

Hisense pledges to mitigate and remove more than twice the emissions it generates

…wording of the commitment from Hisense is striking, it is worth noting that several businesses have a commitment to help customers and clients mitigate more greenhouse gases than are generated…

Germany’s green energy goal and factories on stilts: The sustainability success stories of the week

…all of its electricity needs with renewable generation by 2035 – accelerating its previous “well before 2040” deadline. This commitment will be enshrined in law by an amendment to the…

How sustainable is Wimbledon 2021?

…for Wimbledon back in February 2020, alongside other 2030 commitments to zero-waste status and biodiversity net-gain. At the time, the Club said in a statement that the 2030 targets were…

Global Environment Facility secures record $5.25bn commitments from nations

…the new commitments represent an increase of almost 30%. The 2018-2022 operating cycle did see commitments fall from the 2014-2018 cycle, from $4.43bn to $4.1bn. This trend can be partly…

Barclays and Standard Chartered shareholders reject climate plans

…the latter. The pledge came with a commitment to reduce absolute financed emissions in the thermal coal sector by 85% by 2030 and pledges to reduce carbon intensity by 63%…

Powering Net-Zero Pact: Energy giants sign collective commitments on social and environmental sustainability

…called the initiative a “coalition of the willing”. Members of the pact are required to meet commitments around reducing emissions, protecting nature, adding value to local communities, guaranteeing fair work…