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  • Posted 27 April 2016 - Oliver Crouch

    The co-benefits of carbon-finance projects have been discussed for many years, but the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals has inspired plans to monitor and verify the sustainable development outcomes beyond carbon emissions. Oliver Crouch evaluates the progress.

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    • Posted 21 April 2016 - Katie Kouchakji, freelance journalist

      As groups all over the world mark Earth Day, US Secretary of State John Kerry and representatives of approximately 130 other countries are expected to attend the signing ceremony for the Paris Climate Agreement in New York. The agreement, which was finalised in Paris in December, has been hailed as a significant step forward for climate change. But what’s it really going to take to turn the agreement into action and ensure we keep below 2 degrees? With the focus on carbon neutral ramping up in the pre and post Paris conversations, representatives of government, business and civic society debated why ‘getting to zero’ was important and how they thought we might get there.

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      • Posted 11 April 2016 - Jonathan Shopley

        Our Managing Director Jonathan Shopley was recently invited by JustShare UK and the St Paul’s Institute to debate the question “Should the private sector lead on climate change?” at the Mary le Bow Church in the heart of the City of London. He spoke for the motion against UK Labour Peer and Executive Director of the Environmental Defense Fund in Europe, Baroness Bryony Worthington. These were his opening arguments...

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        • Posted 21 March 2016 - Jonathan Shopley

          In the run up to November’s presidential elections, all pretence that US climate policy is a non-partisan issue has gone out the window. However, Jonathan Shopley finds that U.S. cities, states and leading corporates are focusing their attention on opportunities to innovate and capture new markets, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is egging them on.

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          • Posted 11 March 2016 - Jonathan Shopley

            The Globe Leadership Summit for Sustainable Business in Vancouver gave Jonathan Shopley an opportunity to tap into Canada’s conundrum -- reconciling the Alberta tar sands with a new commitment to pricing carbon. Read more...

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            • Posted 26 November 2015 - Jonathan Shopley

              Jonathan Shopley examines the evolution of the voluntary carbon market – and anticipates a critical role in a post-Paris world. Read more...

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              • Posted 19 November 2015 - Rebecca Fay

                Reflecting on a tech-fueled week at the VERGE Conference in San Jose, Rebecca Fay reviews one particular session with a slightly different approach - exploring how technology can transform livelihoods for those at the bottom of the pyramid. Read more...

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                • Posted 28 October 2015 - Jonathan Shopley

                  Jonathan Shopley reviews preparations for the big Climate hoedown in Paris in December and anticipates some new moves that are good news for business. Read more ….

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                  • Posted 23 October 2015

                    At a recent event, we brought together Peter Bakker, President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Lord Deben, Chairman of the UK Committee on Climate Change, to lay out a clear and inspiring vision for the action required by business to deliver a coherent response to climate change.

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                    • Posted 07 October 2015 - Jonathan Shopley

                      Jonathan Shopley spends an eventful week in New York City. The Pope comes to town; the 7th Climate Week convenes, Premier Xi Jinping commits China to a nation-wide cap & trade scheme; and, the United Nations adopts a new set of Sustainable Development goals. He asks “are we making progress towards a sustainable world – does all this change anything?”

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                      • Posted 26 August 2015 - By Barbara Grady

                        Jonathan Shopley, Managing Director of The CarbonNeutral Company, speaks to GreenBiz about the value of carbon finance beyond emissions reductions in enabling technologies and services to reach communities at the base of the pyramid in developing countries.

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                        • Posted 29 June 2015 - Vivian Frost

                          Following a visit to apparel factories in Sri Lanka, Vivian Frost notices some of the innovation and commitment to sustainability going on there and wonders whether the action is recognised appropriately by buyers in Western countries.

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                          • Posted 02 June 2015 - Jonathan Shopley

                            With six months to the Climate Summit in Paris and the long-awaited successor to the Kyoto Protocol, the probability of a coherent global agreement on climate remains difficult to call: Jonathan Shopley reports on two recent events where sentiment veered towards the optimistic.

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                            • Posted 05 March 2015 - Jonathan Shopley

                              The Climate Leadership Conference, a unique annual gathering of business, policy makers, regulators and NGOs, offers an opportunity to put a finger on the pulse of climate action in the US. Jonathan Shopley finds a steady and strengthening heart-beat.

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                              • Posted 30 January 2015 - TJ DiCaprio

                                TJ DiCaprio, Director of Environmental Sustainability at Microsoft, talks about how forest protection and reforestation projects in their offset portfolio work with local communities to deliver impact.

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                                • Posted 15 December 2014 - Jonathan Shopley

                                  The Climate Conference in Lima ended with a little more clarity of the “what” rather than the “how”. So, what happened to all that talk about “a price on carbon” as a solution to climate change? Jonathan Shopley looks for the elusive pricing signals coming from Lima.

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                                  • Posted 05 December 2014 - Jonathan Shopley

                                    Half way through the first week of climate talks in Lima, Jonathan Shopley joins Christiana Figueres and government representatives on a panel to discuss how voluntary offsetting can be used to fill the gaps in countries' emission reduction ambitions. Will this be the new normal?

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                                    • Posted 01 December 2014 - Jonathan Shopley

                                      Representatives from the 196 nation signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meet in Lima over the next two weeks. They are there to agree the shape of a deal to stabilise the climate which is to be fleshed out and finalised this time next year in Paris. Before he heads south to participate, Jonathan Shopley assesses whether COP20 will amount to more than ‘a hill of beans’.

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                                      • Posted 26 November 2014 - Jonathan Shopley

                                        Understanding the climate impact from air travel can be complicated. However, our new blog analyses the most up-to-date science surrounding aviation impact on climate change and highlights the key information affecting Aviation Impact Factors.

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                                        • Posted 03 November 2014

                                          The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issues its most comprehensive assessment of climate change yet. And it isn’t hiding behind the science anymore -- with it’s unequivocal advice to governments: “Act now”.

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                                          • Posted 13 October 2014 - Jonathan Shopley

                                            Following 2014's Climate Summit in New York, Jonathan considers the discussions held and how the summit conclusions can help businesses address "what are you doing to fix the climate?".

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                                            • Posted 23 September 2014 - Jonathan Shopley

                                              Following a visit to Stockholm, Jonathan considers the role of Sweden in understanding and applying the concepts of Natural Capital, both by research institutions and by corporates taking action.

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                                              • Posted 11 September 2014 - Oliver Crouch

                                                WWF reports that demand for water is likely to rise by 25% by 2025, but is already beyond sustainable use levels in many areas of the world. To help tackle the problem, the Gold Standard has launched a Water Benefits Standard that will help bring investment and long term resource management to critically important water projects.

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                                                • Posted 12 August 2014 - Toni Robinson

                                                  Communications    

                                                  Toni Robinson, From Grundon Waste Management and Vivian Frost, Client Relationship Manager at The CarbonNeutral Company, are currently visiting the Uganda Community Reforestation Project. Toni's live account of the two-day trip reflects the individuals they meet and her first-hand experience of the project's significant impact on the community.

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                                                  • Posted 31 July 2014 - Rebecca Fay

                                                    Marc Bolland, CEO of M&S, recently stated his commitment to the role of carbon finance in communities vulnerable to climate change. But what will it take for other leaders to follow? M&S, The CarbonNeutral Company and UNICEF hosted a round table discussion with 20 leading UK companies to debate the issues.

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                                                    • Posted 04 June 2014 - By TJ DiCaprio

                                                      Microsoft talks about how its carbon offset strategy is delivering health benefits through efficient cookstoves and water filtration.

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                                                      • Posted 21 March 2014 - Oliver Crouch

                                                        The World Economic Forum Global Risks study highlighted water supply as one of the top three risks affecting future economic growth.

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                                                        • Posted 19 March 2014 - Jonathan Shopley

                                                          Something shifts after a close encounter with animals in the wild. That transcendental spell last triggered for me when I was sitting quietly in a tangled clearing in the high altitude forests of Rwanda.

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                                                          • Posted 11 March 2014 - Jonathan Shopley

                                                            I am in Ushuaia, Argentina -- southern most city in the world -- gearing up for the 2041 International Antarctic Expedition.

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                                                            • Posted 03 March 2014 - Jonathan Shopley

                                                              Jonathan Shopley prepares for his expedition to one of the last untouched wildernesses and considers two people who are delivering a long-term compelling vision of creating a stable climate and sustainable future.

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                                                              • Posted 21 February 2014 - Stephen Prior

                                                                The benefits of tree planting in the UK are significant, but what can be done to make it a viable and attractive investment for businesses?

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                                                                • Posted 13 February 2014 - By Josh Henretig

                                                                  Microsoft digs deeper into two of the projects in its carbon portfolio to show the local impact on ecosystem conservation and community development.

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                                                                  • Posted 28 November 2013 - Jonathan Shopley

                                                                    Policy    

                                                                    The last UN Climate Conference in Warsaw was dubbed ‘a working summit’ – did it get much work done, and should business be content with the outcomes?

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                                                                    • Posted 27 September 2013 - Jonathan Shopley

                                                                      Policy    

                                                                      Scientific evidence on climate change means business needs to take action. Jonathan Shopley gives some background and talks about how business needs to respond.

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                                                                      • Posted 17 July 2013 - Rebecca Fay

                                                                        Communications    

                                                                        Social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are used more and more frequently by businesses to develop and maintain relationships, promote activities and deliver up-to-date news. Read out tips on how to use social media marketing to promote the environmental action your business is taking.

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                                                                        • Posted 10 July 2013 - Oliver Crouch

                                                                          Communications    Policy    

                                                                          With global climate negotiations stalled, and regional and national action sporadic, businesses in many sectors and countries have taken the lead in delivering a response to climate change now. Increasing investor pressure, employee and customer demand, and the need to manage climate change risks, presents opportunities to those businesses that take action to manage and reduce their impact.

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                                                                          • Posted 24 June 2013 - Jonathan Shopley

                                                                            Jonathan Shopley talks to James Hepburne Scott, director at Forest Carbon, about the work going on in the Tweed Valley to improve land use practice in order to provide a range of benefits to businesses and communities downstream.

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                                                                            • Posted 12 June 2013 - Jonathan Shopley

                                                                              Carbon projects    

                                                                              The challenges businesses face in managing the carbon from their building portfolio and operations exist on an even larger scale for city administrations. Jonathan Shopley of The CarbonNeutral Company talks to Mark Kenber, CEO of The Climate Group, about how carbon finance can provide part of the solution, and how city scale thinking can help in reducing emissions.

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                                                                              • Posted 18 April 2013 - Jonathan Shopley

                                                                                Carbon projects    

                                                                                The International Small Group Tree Planting Programme (TIST) works with The CarbonNeutral Company to use carbon finance to support sustainable development initiatives. Jonathan Shopley of The CarbonNeutral Company speaks to TIST founder Ben Henneke about the challenges and rewards of the innovative programme.

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                                                                                • Posted 14 March 2013 - Rebecca Fay

                                                                                  It's easy to see the economic growth of China as evidence that it should be responsible for fixing its own emissions. However, that growth is fuelled by exports to Western nations so don't they have a part to play in reducing their scope 3 carbon emissions?

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