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Bamboo Systems Models How to Reduce Data Center Carbon Footprint with Arm Servers

Bamboo’s new whitepaper crunches the numbers on x86 powered data centers vs those utilizing Arm servers CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND AND SAN JOSE, CA – July 13, 2021 – Bamboo Systems, a provider of revolutionary Arm-based, enterprise-classed servers architected to meet the needs of today’s software design and data center demands, today released a whitepaper “Reducing Your Data Center Carbon Footprint with Bamboo Arm Servers” which analyzes the energy used by different types of data centers. Bamboo… Source: RealWire

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Emission Trading

A UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) replaced the UK’s participation in the EU ETS on 1 January 2021. The 4 governments of the UK have established the scheme to increase the climate ambition of the UK’s carbon pricing policy, whilst also protecting the competitiveness of UK businesses. This guidance explains who the UK ETS applies to and what is required of businesses that are covered.

BEIS 12th July 2021 read more »

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Scottish Wind

Nearly a third of Scotland’s biggest wind farms have owners with links to offshore tax havens in the Cayman Islands, Luxembourg, Guernsey and Jersey. An investigation by The Ferret has also revealed that 39 of the largest 50 wind farms are ultimately owned outwith Scotland in England, Spain, France, Germany, Norway, China and elsewhere. Campaigners allege that the wind industry’s tax havens have deprived public services of “many millions” of pounds, while boosting private profits. Scotland’s renewable energy wealth is being “looted” by international tax avoiders, and profits “siphoned overseas”, they say.

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RJ MacLeod has won a contract for the extension of a South Lanarkshire wind farm that will become home to the UK’s first 200-metre-tall onshore turbines.

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Wind & Fossil Fuels

In one sense it is a renewable energy scheme that ticks all the wrong boxes. The idea is to help the North Sea oil industry survive longer by saving oil rigs money. In another way the development is a great leap forward. Altogether 200 turbines are planned in three offshore wind farms that, without any public subsidy, will produce as much power as three large nuclear power stations. The three floating farms will be able to provide the forest of oil platforms in the North Sea with all the electricity they need, and also to produce surplus energy to supply large amounts of green hydrogen for sale. The developer, Cerulean Winds, believes the key to the scheme’s success lies in the oil industry’s current need to use expensive gas piped to its platforms to generate the electricity needed to light and power its operations and pump the oil ashore. By selling the industry cheaper wind energy, it judges that it can make a profit without government subsidy, thereby avoiding months of negotiation and red tape.

Climate News Network 12th July 2021 read more »

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Lidl commits to carbon neutrality by 2022

Lidl GB has announced plans to become a carbon-neutral business by 2022 alongside wider commitments to reduce operational emissions and encouraging key suppliers to set their own climate commitments.

Scope 3 emissions account for 98% of the company's emissions

Scope 3 emissions account for 98% of the company’s emissions

Lidl GB announced that it would become carbon neutral by 2022 as part of wider commitments made by parent organisation the Schwarz Group. Lidl will aim to reduce operational and power-related emissions in line with the 1.5C pathway in order to achieve carbon neutrality.

By 2030, Lidl will reduce its operational emissions by 80% compared to 2019 levels across all countries that it operates in.

The retailer will focus on cutting carbon emissions from stores and distribution centres by focusing on onsite solar installations at new stores and investments into low-carbon refrigeration and lighting technologies.

Additionally, Lidl will continue to build towards a commitment to operating 250 electric vehicle (EV) charging points by 2022. The company introduced its 100th charging point at its stores earlier this year.

Lidl will also aim to tackle Scope 3 emissions, which represent more than 98% of the company’s overall emissions. The retailer will oblige suppliers that make up 75% of product-related scope 3 emissions to set their own climate targets in line with the recommendations of the Science Based Targets initiative. Suppliers have until 2026 to introduce these targets.

Lidl GB’s chief executive Christian Härtnagel said: “With the UK hosting COP26 in November, this is a crucial year in the fight against climate change and we recognise our responsibility to reduce our emissions to help tackle this important issue.

“As part of the Schwarz Group, Lidl has a presence in 32 countries around the world and more than 310,000 employees globally. We’re therefore one of Europe’s largest retail businesses and through these ambitious targets we hope to make a significant contribution by not only rapidly decarbonising our own operations but also supporting our suppliers to do the same.

“As a discounter, it is ingrained in us to be constantly looking to maximise efficiency and reduce waste. Whether it’s how we heat and light our stores, or how we transport food from our suppliers to our warehouses, we are continuing to find ways to cut emissions across our business.”

Earlier this year, Lidl announced that it would sell carbon-neutral cheddar cheese.

The cheddar will come from supplier brand Wyke Farms, with the certification initially set to cover Lidl Deluxe Cheddar products before being rolled out to other lines.

Lidl has said it will work with Wyke Farms and its network of farmers to support them to adopt more sustainable practices on farms, enabling them to make energy, water and resource use more efficient while supporting carbon sequestration. Key focus areas will be feed management, soil and land management, manure management, herd management and energy management. These measures should reduce annual emissions by 22.5 million kilograms of CO2e.

The remaining emissions will be addressed with the purchase of “gold standard” carbon credits. Lidl GB is working with The Carbon Trust to verify both the carbon credits and the on-farm reductions.

Lidl GB’s head of responsible sourcing and ethical trade Amali Bunter – also a member of edie’s 30 under 30 – said the partnership will help to “future-proof British farming”.

Lidl has also committed to banning peat from its compost range from 2022 – two years ahead of a Government target.

Matt Mace

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Political Lobbying – Scotland

Questions have been raised over the power and influence of energy companies following analysis by The Ferret revealing how key sectors dominate Scottish lobbying. The Ferret categorised 711 organisations that lobbied Scottish Government ministers and advisors since the register was introduced in 2018 to increase transparency. Only regulated lobbying – which means face-to-face and zoom calls – has to be registered. While entries on the lobbying register dropped dramatically in 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions, the energy sector was second only to industry in the number of times it lobbied ministers last year. With world leaders meeting at UN climate conference COP26 in Glasgow later this year, and the Scottish Government committed to a “just transition” away from fossil fuels, environmental campaign organisations like Greenpeace said the figures showed oil and gas companies were leaning on the government and “betraying people and planet” in the process. A wide range of companies, including oil and gas and renewable companies, carried out regulated lobbying 42 times last year, compared with 59 for industry. Both sectors had other regular phone meetings with ministers, which are not reflected in the register.

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Who Runs Scotland? The Herald launches week-long investigation with The Ferret.

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Hundreds of meetings between Scottish ministers and multinationals, wealthy individuals and other influential organisations were left off the lobbying register in 2020 due to loopholes in legislation, The Ferret can reveal. Analysis of Scottish Government ministers’ engagements in 2020 shows that meetings, potentially of key public interest, were not in the register, including those between ministers and companies awarded multi-million pound UK and Scottish contracts to supply the NHS in the run-up to Covid-19.

Herald 12th July 2021 read more »

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Cooling

Homeowners face paying thousands of pounds for retrofits to make their homes habitable as the climate warms, experts have warned. More than half a million homes have been built since 2017 that will need to be retrofitted to ensure they stay cool, despite the Government acknowledging at the time that “urgent action” was needed to address overheating. By 2050, heatwaves like that seen in 2019, when the UK recorded a new all-time high temperature of 38.7C, are expected to happen every other year, according to assessments from the Met Office. The Climate Change Committee, the Government’s statutory advisers, has estimated the costs of retrofitting cooling features into a property to be £9,200, compared to £2,300 when done at the building stage.

Telegraph 10th July 2021 read more »

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The Net-Zero Business podcast: Exploring Staffordshire University’s One Planet Pledge

In response to the accelerated pace at which businesses are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie has launched a new spin-off of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next, we speak to Staffordshire University’s chief financial officer and deputy chief executive officer Sally McGill and lecturer Dr Eleanor Atkins.

All edie podcast episodes can be listened to via iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud

All edie podcast episodes can be listened to via iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud

Following on from the UK Government’s world-leading net-zero carbon commitment, edie’s new spinoff podcast series, Net-Zero Business, hears from the trendsetters and trailblazers of responsible businesses.

Since the UK Government set it’s 2050 net-zero target into law, more and more businesses are attempting to get ahead of the political curve by strengthening carbon and energy strategies and pledging to become net-zero businesses well before the 2050 deadline.

The Net-Zero Business podcast is a monthly digest of shorter episodes, each featuring an in-depth interview with a sustainability lead at a business that has set a net-zero target recently. 

In the latest episode, edie’s senior reporter Sarah George dials Stoke-on-Trent for a discussion with Staffordshire University’s chief financial officer and deputy chief executive officer Sally McGill and lecturer Dr Eleanor Atkins, who works in the biological and biomedical sciences department.

The University, which plays host to more than 15,000 students, recently set a 2030 net-zero target for its Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (power-related) emissions, with a longer-term, 2050 target for Scope 3 (indirect) emissions. 

This podcast explores how stakeholders across the University community helped to develop these targets and how the University plans to accelerate decarbonisation in its operations this decade. 

It also outlines plans to improve green skills and education, research in areas that could accelerate the low-carbon transition and help restore and conserve nature, and encourage behaviour change among its hundreds of staff and thousands of students. 

In this episode, Sarah makes reference to edie’s new Net-Zero Business Barometer report. Hosted in association with Inspired Energy, this report is free to download and can be accessed here. The report summarises the findings of a recent survey of 161 in-house sustainability, energy and carbon professionals at UK organisations of all sizes and sectors, providing a snapshot of net-zero progress to date and plans for the coming months. Download your copy here. 

The edie podcast is available to listen to on Spotify. You can also subscribe to this podcast on iTunes and bookmark this page to see the full list of podcast episodes as they appear. 

Have a question about this podcast or a suggestion for future episodes? Email us at podcast@fav-house.com. Please bear in mind that episodes are now fully booked through to the end of July. 

edie Staff

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BlackRock secures $250m for climate projects in developing countries

The world’s largest investor BlackRock has secured more than $250m from global investors and governments to support clean energy uptake and climate infrastructure across countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa.

The CFP is aiming to generate at least $500m

The CFP is aiming to generate at least $500m

BlackRock has secured more than $250m for the Climate Finance Partnership (CFP), which was introduced at the One Planet Summit in September 2018 under the leadership of French President Emmanuel Macron.

The CFP is designed to invest in climate solutions in emerging markets that will help communities that are most vulnerable to the impacts of the climate crisis. Investments are being prioritised across Asia, Latin America and Africa.

The Governments of France, through the French Development Agency (AFD); Germany, through KfW Development Bank (KfW); and Japan, through Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) have all committed to the CFP, alongside the Grantham Environmental Trust and the Quadrivium Foundation. These entities have issued a combined $112.5m to the CFP.

Commitments have also been secured from European pension funds, including Dai-ichi Life Insurance and banks such as Standard Chartered and the MUFG Bank.

BlackRock’s head of alternative investors Edwin Conway said: “We are honored to collaborate with this group of like-minded organizations from the public and private sectors to raise initial capital that will be used to help unlock the energy transition in emerging markets through the CFP.”

The CFP is aiming to generate at least $500m and is now halfway to that target.

According to Bloomberg NEF (BNEF) analysis, around $9trn is required to enable emerging markets to derive two-thirds of their energy demand from renewables by 2050.

BNEF also found that Covid-19 had slowed renewable energy investment globally in 2020 – but developed nations are likely to see similar levels of investment to 2019, which was a record year, while developing nations will take a bigger hit.

Some $150bn was invested in clean energy in developing economies last year, according to new International Energy Agency (IEA) analysis. But the Agency believes this figure must hit $1trn by 2030 to deliver a net-zero world.

Commenting on BlackRock’s announcement, the French Development Agency’s chief executive Rémy Rioux said: “This ambitious partnership, forged with Germany, Japan and leading global foundations, will help redirect financial flows toward sustainable development investments across the emerging world, with a priority to Africa as a key continent to France and Europe and one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change despite contributing the least to global warming.

“Our partnership illustrates the power of the Finance in Common (FiCS) movement, regrouping all Public Development Banks (PDBs) to co-invest with private financiers.”


Join the conversation at edie’s Sustainable Investment conference 

edie’s Sustainable Investment Conference is returning in a virtual format for the second consecutive year on 13-14 July, with hundreds of professionals already registered to attend. 

The conference will unite sustainability professionals from businesses and financial experts from investors to discuss the array of challenges and opportunities that embracing the green recovery can bring. Experts from the likes of BlackRock, UKSIF, UBS Asset Management, CDP and WWF feature on the event’s high-level speaker list. 

Click here for a full agenda and to register for tickets. 

Matt Mace

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45% of UK businesses yet to set net-zero targets, survey reveals

The state of net-zero target-setting across the UK’s private and public sectors is mixed, with 52% of organisations having set such a goal and 45% yet to do so, a new edie survey has revealed.

The report detailing the survey findings is free to download

The report detailing the survey findings is free to download

The results of edie’s first Net-Zero Business Barometer were published this week, providing a temperature check and progress update regarding the decarbonisation of organisations across the UK. Hosted in association with Inspired Energy, the Barometer survey attracted 161 responses from in-house sustainability, energy and carbon professionals at UK organisations of all sizes and sectors*.

This first edition of the Barometer was open to respondents during Julne 2021. Respondents were asked to answer 20 questions relating to their organisation’s low-carbon transition to date and plans for accelerating progress towards net-zero over the coming 12 months, with the impacts of Covid-19 in mind.

Towards the beginning of the survey, professionals were asked whether their employer had publicly announced a net-zero target yet. 52%, or 83 individuals, said this was the case, compared to 45% claiming that their organisation had not yet done so. The remaining 3% were unsure.

Of the professionals working for organisations that already have a public net-zero target, deadlines are varied. Three respondents claimed that their organisation will reach net-zero in operational terms by the end of 2021 or sooner, while two are leaving the deadline to 31 December 2050 and including Scope 3 (indirect) emissions.

On average, 2030 is the most common deadline – equating to 36% of the organisations that have set a net-zero target. In fact, just over half (55%) of respondents working within organisations with a net-zero target said that target was set for 2030 or sooner. Targets for this decade typically exclude Scope 3 emissions while targets for 2040 and 2050 typically include them.

Policy barriers

The UK’s net-zero target will, ultimately, require every organisation to achieve no net carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest. However, there is not yet a legal requirement for businesses to set and publicly announce their own targets. Moreover, in the absence of the Net-Zero Strategy – the policy package, due ahead of COP26, that will outline decarbonisation pathways for all high-emitting sectors –  may well be choosing to await further guidance.

The green policy segment of our Barometer survey began with a simple but crucial question: Will the UK ultimately meet its own 2050 net-zero target? Opinion was split but slightly weighted towards the optimists – 57% of respondents have faith that the UK will meet net-zero by mid-century, while 43% do not.

Respondents who said they do not believe the UK’s 2050 net-zero goal will be met were then asked where they currently see the biggest policy gaps. The lack of a clear Net-Zero Strategy was seen as the biggest challenge by many, with anonymous respondents speaking of “a lack of bold, overarching policy” and a belief that “the Government is not taking the issue seriously”.

Of those that mentioned specific sectors for this question, buildings and heating were the most common areas believed to be suffering from ‘policy gaps’.

With the publication of the Heat and Buildings strategy now more than six months behind schedule, time will tell whether the sustainability profession will receive the clarity and support it so clearly desires ahead of COP26 in November.

What’s next for the Net-Zero Business Barometer?

edie’s Net-Zero Business Barometer will be repeated bi-annually, allowing for year-on-year comparisons and the identification of key net-zero business trends, covering topics including target-setting, technology pathways, green skills and policy support. 

This Barometer has been sponsored by Inspired Energy and developed in association with edie’s Net-Zero Leaders Club – a purpose-driven community which connects, informs and inspires energy and carbon professionals to accelerate the net-zero transition through an annual programme of informative industry events, exclusive policy and technology insights, and unrivalled collaborative opportunities. Find out more about the Club and its membership offering here.


* Survey methodology & respondent base

This report is based on a survey conducted online, via edie.net, in June 2021. The survey, comprising 20 questions, received 161 responses – of which, 55% were in-house sustainability/CSR managers, 17% were in-house energy/carbon managers and 28% were other in-house professionals who held some level of responsibility for managing and/or delivering their own organisation’s decarbonisation strategy.

Of the 161 respondents, 87% were UK-based, with those based in Europe making up most of the remainder. Respondents represented a diverse range of sectors, with construction, manufacturing, the public sector and suppliers of environmental products and services among the biggest cohorts. When it comes to the size of the organisations represented, 27% were large (5,000+ employees); 24% had between 1,000 and 4,900 employees; 14% had between 250 and 999 employees; 14% had between 50 and 249 employees; and the remaining 21% was an even split between small (10-49 employees) and micro (1-9 employees) organisations.


edie Staff 

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