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Google’s clean energy for cities and ‘greener’ litigation: The sustainability success stories of the week




Google Clean Energy for Cities and Litigation

Published weekly, this series shows how companies and sustainability professionals are striving to achieve their “Mission Possible” through the campaign’s five key pillars: energy, resources, infrastructure, mobility and leadership.

Across the UK and around the world, leading businesses, cities, states and regions are turning their environmental ambitions into action. Here we round up five positive sustainability stories from this week.

ENERGY: Google pledges $1 million for 24/7 clean energy projects in capitals

Given concerns about the credibility of renewable energy generation certificates and how unreliable certificates could slow the pace of the clean energy transition, Google is working on a tool for energy players to track in real time the production and consumption of renewable energies.

The tech giant this week announced a partnership with C40 cities to launch a carbon-free energy program for cities, starting in London, Paris and Copenhagen. The program will develop and implement strategies, practices and tools to achieve 24/7 clean energy production and ensure credibility in energy accounting.

Copenhagen Mayor Sophie Haestorp Andersen said: “This new partnership between C40 and Google will allow us to advance our energy supply and use clean energy at peak times. Ultimately, this will keep our municipal operations running on clean energy sources 24/7, paving the way for others to follow.

RESOURCES: Dulux recycles one million cans of paint

Most local councils in the UK do not collect empty paint cans for recycling at homes. Traders have also reported difficulties with the recycling of cans. To help prevent cans from ending up in landfill, Dulux has worked with Veolia to launch a take-back program.

The device allows craftsmen to bring empty cans to the store or to organize their collection on the construction sites on which they intervene. They are then recycled by Veolia and customers receive an annual recycling monitoring certificate. Partially empty cans are put back into circulation as part of the Community Repaint initiative so that all of the product can be used before recycling.

Dulux and Veolia announced this week that the initiative had surpassed the one million can mark.

“By recycling high-density polyethylene (HDPE) paint cans, up to 88% of carbon emissions are saved compared to using virgin materials, and the use of recycled steel and tin allows for ‘save around 60% of emissions compared to extracting new resources,’ said Veolia UK. Chief Operating Officer Donald Macphail. “This is just the start of the journey and I encourage everyone in the industry to use this service because together we can make a huge difference.”

MOBILITY: BMW partners with National Parks UK to recharge infrastructure drive

The rate of electric vehicle (EV) charger installations in the UK – as in many other markets – is outpaced by the growth rate of the national EV fleet. It has been repeatedly said that range anxiety in Britain is now less about vehicle range and more about access to charging.

With this in mind, and with nine out of ten visitors to the UK’s 15 National Parks traveling by car, BMW UK has partnered with National Parks UK to improve charging infrastructure. The two organizations announced the partnership on Thursday, October 27, also selecting Pod Point as the charging station provider.

For three years, BMW UK will support National Parks UK to add charging infrastructure to all its parks. The Lake District is the first to enjoy it, as it is the most visited. Charging stations will be installed in Snowdonia, Dartmoor and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs in 2023.

“In the Lake District, we are aiming to be a net zero national park by 2037 and one of the best ways to achieve this is to reduce carbon emissions from visitor travel,” said the chief executive of the Lake District National Park, Richard Leafe. “Our partnership with BMW is an important step in this direction, giving visitors and communities a wider choice of sustainable travel options, which means we can all play a part in continuing to protect and improve this special place. .”

THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT: WorldGBC launches climate resilience guide

We often use this success stories section to highlight a particularly innovative building or development – ​​but, this week, we’re highlighting the latest industry guidance report from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC). Released Wednesday, October 26, the report offers practical steps city planners and developers can take to integrate climate adaptation into their plans.

The guide highlights the number of urban areas around the world that will face rising temperatures and extreme weather events over the coming decades, as well as the impacts of coastal and river erosion and flash floods. Buro Happold, Multiplex, Saint-Gobain and Shaw Contract supported the Council in developing the guide.

“This principle-based resource will support the much-needed shift towards people-centric infrastructure solutions taking into account different urban scales,” said WorldGBC Chief Executive Cristina Gamboa.

“It’s time to scale low-carbon, highly resilient and equitable built environment solutions for everyone, everywhere. And it’s time for local and regional leaders to deliver impactful policy responses to enable this necessary transformation.

CORPORATE MANAGEMENT: Launch of Greener Litigation Pledge in Italy

Did you know that of all the podcast episodes edie has released so far this year, our most popular has been this special edition on the relationship between the legal system and the net-zero transition?

And, with this shameless take, we smoothly enter the news that Greener Litigation launched in Italy, with Pavia e Ansaldo as its first signatory.

Greener Litigation was first launched in 2020, with its co-founders seeing the carbon benefits of moving to remote hearings resulting from Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. The goal is to help the justice system align with the 1.5°C temperature trajectory of the Paris Agreement by accelerating decarbonization.

After securing more than 75 signatories in the UK, the organization launched its Pledge in Italy this month. Signatories are required to limit their emissions by taking measures such as avoiding paper documents and reducing business travel, especially international travel.

Olivia Wybraniec, Steering Committee Member of Greener Litigation, said: “Climate change is a problem without borders, so we are understandably delighted that Pavia & Ansaldo has chosen to make this important commitment and become our first Greener Litigation Pledge signatory. for Italy, paving the way for the commitment of the Italian legal profession to reduce the carbon impact of dispute resolution.

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