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May 17, 2019

Sustainable Fashion/ Technology & Innovation

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

Collaborating with luxury fashion label, Stella McCartney, Google will build a cloud-based tool to improve data collection and analysis for the fashion industry, enabling key end-users to implement more sustainable management practices across the supply chain. At the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the world’s leading business event on sustainability in fashion, Google announced that it is building a Google Cloud data analytics and machine learning service that will “give brands a more comprehensive view into their supply chain,” particularly at the level of raw production. The technology will be used to help brands estimate the environmental impact of items of clothing at the sourcing and design stages, enabling companies to focus their sustainability targets. The launch is in response to growing awareness around the environmental impact of the fashion industry that accounts for around 20 percent of wastewater and 10 percent of carbon emissions globally. (Edie; Independent)

Climate Change

CDP Identifies Top Global Cities in New Climate Change List

Early this week, environmental reporting non-profit, CDP, published scores for 596 cities worldwide as part of its 2018 disclosure programme. This marks the first time CDP has released a list of the cities awarded an “A score”. Scores are based on how effectively cities are managing, measuring, and tackling greenhouse gas emissions, and adapting to climate-related risks including water security. Of the cities scored, 43 — which represent 7 percent— scored an A for climate leadership and action. Cities in the CDP A-List include Barcelona, London, Paris, Cape Town, Hong Kong, and San Francisco. Of the top scoring cities, thirteen set goals of becoming climate or carbon neutral by 2050. The Hague, Boston, and Sydney are among them. Kyra Appleby, global director for cities, states and regions at CDP, said: “Cities house more than half of the world’s population and are responsible for over 70 percent of the world’s energy-related carbon emissions, so they could make or break efforts to tackle climate change.” CDP says it named top ranking cities in a bid to drive up ambition in the face of growing urgency around climate change. (Environmental Leader)

Cement giant Heidelberg pledges carbon neutral concrete by 2050

In a first for the sector, the world’s fourth largest cement-maker, HeidelbergCement, has pledged to cut its emissions in line with Paris climate goals. Heidelberg, which operates in 60 countries, committed to reduce direct emissions by 15 percent per tonne of its products by 2030 from 2016 levels. The company also committed to cut indirect emissions by 65 percent a tonne within the same time-frame. The commitment is part of the company’s wider vision to realise carbon neutral concrete by 2050. Jennifer Gerholdt, corporate engagement director at We Mean Business, a coalition of companies promoting climate action, said Heidelberg’s commitment “is a powerful signal that the built environment is transitioning towards a zero-carbon future.” According to the International Energy Agency, the cement sector accounts for around seven percent of global carbon dioxide emissions and is one of the hardest man-made substances to decarbonise. (Business Green)

Digital Ethics

Huawei hits back over Trump’s national emergency on telecoms ‘threat’

Chinese telecommunications firm, Huawei, has hit back at Trump’s administration after it declared a national emergency to ban technology from “foreign adversaries” and subjected the company to strict export controls. The executive order was issued by the US president on Wednesday that empowers the government to ban the technology and services deemed to pose “unacceptable risks” to national security. In response, Huawei told the state-run Global Times that: “if the US restricts Huawei, it will not make the US safer… it will only force the US to use inferior and expensive alternative equipment, lagging behind other countries.” Critics argue that ban will have unintended consequences, spurring Chinese tech companies to accelerate their own capacity. This appears to be the case with Huawei. In an internal note to employees, He Tingbo, chief executive of HiSilicon, Huawei’s wholly owned semiconductor subsidiary, explained the company had turned its “Plan Bs into Plan As overnight.” Rather than relying on US chipmaker, Qualcomm, Huawei is now enhancing efforts to increase its own self-reliance, dropping ties with US suppliers. (The Guardian; Financial Times*)

Consumers

Sainsbury’s ‘Future of Food’ report shows a continuing shift to plant-based diets

A report commissioned by the UK’s second largest supermarket, Sainsbury’s, has estimated that a quarter of Brits could be vegetarian and half ‘flexitarian’ by 2025. Sainsbury’s ‘Future of Food’ report, foresees a continuing shift towards plant-based diets in the UK – vegetarianism increasing from 12.5 percent to 25 percent of the population – due to rising environmental, health, and animal welfare concerns. The report predicts alternative proteins such as banana blossom could be regularly seen on menus as a replacement for fish, while algae milk could become a popular plant-based drink alternative to nut-based versions of today. Additionally, the report suggests people will soon start feeling more comfortable eating insects, through products such as cricket flour and grasshopper pasta, which will help diversify human diets beyond the dominance of wheat, maize, rice, and soybean. The report also suggests that by 2050, cultured or lab-grown meat could move from expensive oddity to an everyday item for many consumers. (Business Green)

Internal Event

Climate Change Breakfast: Practical Action through scenario analysis

11th June | London, UK

On Tuesday 11th June, join Corporate Citizenship for a breakfast event based on practical action that will help your business identify the risks and opportunities of climate change by bringing them to life through scenario analysis.

Starting with an overview on TCFD uptake, hear from Dave Golding, Group Corporate Services Director, on how Go-Ahead has secured internal engagement to develop an effective and meaningful business response. You will then have the chance to be part of an interactive scenario analysis workshop for a 2°C and 4°C pathway, to explore potential impacts on your organisation and its supply chain.

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