Edition for 07 May 2020

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Shifting to sustainability: Barry Callebaut partners with Yuraku Confectionery as eco-conscious sentiment rises in Japan (FoodIngredients First)

  • "We are now working with several companies to develop sustainable products for Japan and we're looking forward to the announcement in the near future,” underscores Pascale Meulemeester, Managing Director for Barry Callebaut in Japan.
  • With the health and wellness trend underpinning the growing popularity of chocolate in Japan, the chocolate industry is also adapting rapidly with its expression of innovative products, such as eco-friendly snacking, sustainable ingredients, veganism and green packaging.
  • We also see more and more Japanese confectionery companies taking that step to publish their sustainability ambitions and reports.

Renewable power to boom on cheap money as coal loses out, Garnaut says (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • The Queensland government will underwrite private developer Neoen's $570 million in the Western Downs Green Power Hub with a commitment to buy 320 megawatts of power through the state-owned energy company CleanCo.
  • Chief executive of employer representative Australian Industry Group Innes Willox said there is "immense scope" for public investment to support a transition to net-zero emissions and "getting started during the crisis will contribute to faster recovery".
  • Mr Willox said priority areas to help transition to low-emissions technologies and generate economic stimulus at the same time are heavy industry, transport, agriculture and the built environment.

SoCalGas union leader threatened protest 'potentially adding to this pandemic' (LA Times)

  • Climate activists and many energy experts see transitioning to all-electric buildings as the best way to slash emissions from homes and businesses.
  • Gas is a fossil fuel that contributes to climate change, whereas California’s electricity is increasingly supplied by climate-friendly sources such as solar and wind farms.
  • SoCalGas has responded by convincing nearly 120 cities and counties to approve similarly worded resolutions, originally drafted by the gas company, calling for “balanced energy solutions.” The company’s climate solution of choice is renewable natural gas — a fuel that could replace some of the fossil gas that contributes to climate change, but which experts say has serious limitations.

Roundtable: Canada needs to ramp up EV strategy – and make transit free (Corporate Knights)

  • In an online roundtable Wednesday, a chorus of policy experts urged the federal government to undertake a 10-year, multibillion-dollar effort to electrify the transport sector as part of its effort to achieve net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases.
  • Transportation – including passenger vehicles, commercial trucks, planes and trains – accounts for 25% of Canada’s emissions.
  • Emissions from the sector have grown by 53% since 1990.

Carbon emissions fall by more than a third in lockdown (Sky News)

  • But the committee that is advising the government on how the UK can become carbon neutral by 2050 has warned that the reductions are short term and the country's economic recovery should be green.
  • Analysis of energy usage by Sia Partners says the UK's daily CO2 emissions have gone down by 36% since those restrictions started.
  • In 2018, road transport was the biggest source of carbon emissions in the UK but the use of passenger vehicles has gone down by 60% during the lockdown.

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