ClimateHero in new partnership with We Don’t Have Time on climate reporting

Source: We Don't Have Time

Stockholm, March 01, 2024 – ClimateHero is an innovative provider of tools to reduce carbon emissions. To date, more than one million households have used ClimateHero's carbon calculator to measure and reduce a total of 2.2 million tonnes of CO2 per year. This equals to permanently removing 1.5 million diesel cars from our roads.

Since 2020, the carbon calculator has also been an integrated part of We Don't Have Time, the world's largest media platform for climate action. This has resulted in 22 000 tonnes of carbon reduced by the We Don't Have Time community.

ClimateHero and We Don't Have Time are now expanding their partnership by launching a carbon accounting and reporting service for companies.

50,000 companies to report climate impact

The new EU directive for sustainability reporting, Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), makes it mandatory for large companies to disclose their climate impact. But this is just the start. In just a few years time, 50,000 companies that have a presence in the EU  will have to annually disclose their climate impact.

Small- and medium sized companies, SMEs, are not yet required to report under CSRD, but many will feel obliged to do so anyway. SMEs are usually part of a larger supply chain, and will need to calculate their emissions to be able to continue doing business with larger corporations  and compete for new contracts. Carbon accounting will also become a hygiene factor for SMEs to keep customers happy, to recruit new talent, and for public procurement deals.

Giving clients ownership of sustainability data

This is why ClimateHero and We Don't Have Time are now introducing a one stop-shop for carbon accounting and reporting.

ClimateHero offers companies a high-quality carbon accounting service, in which the accounting is conducted with educational support of professional climate consultants, in a calculation model adapted for the specific business logic of the client.  The model gives companies ownership of their climate calculations, and provides them with the opportunity to do the next year's follow-up in-house.

Included in this offer is a two-year partnership with We Don't Have Time. This means companies will be able to communicate their sustainability work on the world's largest media platform for climate solutions, be part of a unique ranking system, and get widespread visibility for their climate action.

A model for increased  accuracy

Ingmar Rentzhog is the founder and CEO of We Don't Have Time. He says:

“We have tried out various ways of measuring our company's carbon footprint, but none have been satisfactory. Automated cloud services can be cheap and fast, but they are often not detailed enough, and their use of standardized estimates can lead to your company getting a worse climate score on paper than in reality. ClimateHero's way of calculating a company's emissions not only results in more accurate numbers, but it also provides an explanation and understanding of the whole entity. This, in turn, will give  companies valuable insights on how to further reduce its emissions in the most cost-effective way,  while at the same time  facilitating next year's accounting and reporting.”

Robert Sabelström, CEO and founder of ClimateHero, adds:

“We are proud to be able to offer companies an effective and sustainable solution for their climate accounting. Our unique model gives companies ownership of their climate calculations, as  well as the opportunity to operate more sustainably, to the benefit of both the climate and the company brand. But in order to drive real change and inspire others to follow, companies also need to communicate their climate progress. Our extended partnership with We Don't Have Time provides our customers with the perfect solution for this kind of communication.”
 

  • Pricing – Carbon accounting and communication
  • Fixed price – based on the size of the company
  • -Micro ( 10 employees): 4 500 EUR excl. VAT
  • and max 2 MEUR turnover
  • -Small  (10-49 employees): 6 000 EUR excl. VAT
  • and max 15 MEUR turnover
  • -Medium (50-249 employees): 9 000 EUR excl. VAT
  • and max 35  MEUR turnover
  • -Large (250-500 employees): 13 500 EUR excl. VAT
  • and max 75 MEUR turnover.

For even larger organizations or enterprises with complex value chains or corporate structure, a customized offer is made.

The emissions calculation and carbon report become your assets to keep working with (no license fees)

About ClimateHero
ClimateHero is a fast-growing impact start-up with the mission to help companies and individuals to calculate and reduce their environmental impact.  Through an educational fixed-price climate accounting service, we give companies the opportunity to run a more responsible business and reduce their carbon footprint.

About We Don't Have Time

We Don't Have Time is the world's largest media platform for climate action, with a mission to democratize knowledge about climate solutions and inspire and mobilize global action towards a prosperous, fossil-free future.

With a community of 100,000 climate professionals and influencers in 180 countries, and partnerships with nearly 400 companies, governmental and civil society organizations,

We Don't Have Time reaches 200 million people each month on social media, and  up to 10 million daily viewers during its flagship broadcasts.

Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, We Don't Have Time also operates offices in Washington, D.C., and Nairobi, Kenya.

Taking on the Asian Market: 3 Emerging Global Thought Leaders To Watch Out For

Source: Acumen

March 1st, 2024 – LONDON – For the first time in Acumen’s history, the company is launching its Global Thought Leaders campaign on the Asian platform, China Daily. After a long time coming, the cutting-edge stories of innovative businesses traverse into the Global South to reach an Asian market on China’s leading newspaper.

The campaign’s expansion to the East has long been anticipated and reflects the featured companies’ global reach. The augmenting influence of China’s enterprise, economy and efficient work culture match the direction of the thought leaders featured in this series. The global thought leaders launching on China Daily are; Avanci, AXAand Scan Global Logistics.

Acumen explores how these corporations are innovating the tech, insurance and transportation industries by sitting down with key decision-makers and documenting their latest innovations. These pioneering films demonstrate how these businesses are establishing themselves as thought leaders to watch out for in their respective fields.

These revolutionary businesses parallel China’s accelerated growth. Having established itself as a superpower and the world’s second largest economy following the so-called ‘century of humiliation’ in an unprecedented timeframe, if any country is to showcase a company's rapid development and innovative methods, it should be China.

The Global Thought Leaders series is proud to document businesses' aims and visions that champion progress while advocating for sustainability and equity. Whilst AXA commits to offering inclusive protection solutions to mitigate risks and protect as many people as possible, Avanci describes how companies can share their innovations and access those of others more simply and efficiently. Meanwhile, Scan Global Logistics promotes greener transportation methods and solutions, catalysing a more environmentally friendly vision for the future.

Igniting a culture of globalisation, rapid growth and new ideas, Global Thought Leaders hopes to inspire young entrepreneurs and the everyday person sitting on the sofa, pondering their next steps in life. Words are powerful, so Acumen Media visually and auditorily captures these words of wisdom from upcoming thought leaders. All we ask is that you watch two things: the films and watch out for these pioneering businesses taking on Asia.

About Acumen Media:

Acumen Media is an international media and film production company, revolutionising the way stories are told in the digital epoch. Originally established in 2014, Acumen have utilised the power of visual storytelling to craft meaningful short films and documentaries with a focus on themes of innovation, world change and sustainability. Harnessing their talented workforce, Acumen have created award-winning B2B films that resonate with audiences worldwide. Ultimately, Acumen combines creativity and efficiency to generate unique narratives that connect people, amplify voices and inspire action.

Arts Funds – Do you have a completed draft of your manuscript that’s ready to take to the next level? NZSA

Source: NZSA

NZSA 2024 CompleteMS Programme – Do you have a completed draft of your manuscript that's ready to take to the next level?

CompleteMS is for writers who have completed a manuscript through a number of drafts and now require the objective view of an experienced assessor to provide a constructive critique.

Poetry, fiction, short fiction, non-fiction…

Apply now for the NZSA Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa CompleteMS Manuscript Assessment Programme: https://authors.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=905a5275ec5c023659502ec21&id=d965a3c55b&e=466373ae7c

The NZSA CompleteMS assessment programme is open for applications
 until 28 May 2024.

The thirteen successful applications will receive essential critical written feedback (followed by a Q+A session) from an NZSA Assessor on an advanced work, moving it closer to publication.

To apply for this professional development you need to be a current member of the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc. Membership of NZSA is $140 per annum, with a reduced rate for students – more about membership here:
https://authors.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=905a5275ec5c023659502ec21&id=31aa8bf8d3&e=466373ae7c

New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa seeks to reflect and expand the depth and breadth of our sector and welcome applications from diverse writers working across a range of genres and writing disciplines. We tag three assessments for diverse writers and for Māori.

Further information and application forms:

https://authors.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=905a5275ec5c023659502ec21&id=745017432c&e=466373ae7c

Some comments on the assessment experience:

From writer's who received assessments through CompleteMS last year:

'The comments were insightful, applicable, and specific. I feel as though I left this assessment with concrete next steps not only for my manuscript but also for my ongoing practice.'
'The Q&A session was really useful as I was able to brainstorm plot tweaks and improvements on the spot and get instant feedback about whether I was on the right track now. '

From one of our NZSA Assessors:

As an CompleteMS programme assessor, author, editor and creative writing lecturer Siobhan Harvey says: This is an absolutely indispensable service offered by the NZSA to a key author market.

The CompleteMS Programme is made possible with support from Creative New Zealand.

Security – Spate of scam activity hitting Pasifika communities in New Zealand and in the Islands

Source: ASB

ASB is warning of a scam currently circulating on Facebook and Instagram, which takes advantage of the upcoming ASB Polyfest event to target Pasifika communities both in New Zealand and in the Pacific Islands.

Scammers have created fake social media profiles, with Polyfest logos and branding, which they are using to “sell” tickets and live streaming links for fans, fri

Global Bodies – IPU Assembly to focus on pathways to peace through parliamentary diplomacy

Source: Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)

Geneva, Switzerland, Friday 1 March 2024 – The 148th IPU Assembly will be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 23-27 March 2024. This is the first time in almost six years that the IPU's biannual Assembly will be held in Geneva. Hundreds of parliamentarians from around the world are expected to attend the Assembly to address the theme Parliamentary diplomacy: Building bridges for peace and understanding.

With 56 countries experiencing armed conflict in 2023 – according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute – the IPU Assembly will provide a much-needed space for parliamentary dialogue and diplomacy at the global, regional and bilateral levels, as a complement to the United Nations and other multilateral forums.

The IPU's various parliamentary bodies focused on conflict situations will meet in person in Geneva, including:

The IPU Task Force for the peaceful resolution of the war in Ukraine, which will hear from parliamentarians from both the Russian Federation and Ukraine separately. Made up of eight prominent parliamentarians from around the world, the Task Force's objective is to explore parliamentary contributions to efforts to end the war. It also acts as a shuttle for information exchange between the two parliaments.

The IPU Committee on Middle East Questions, which will meet to consider what parliamentary action to take in view of the protracted conflict in Gaza, with its disastrous humanitarian consequences. The Committee is made up of 12 members of parliament with special expertise in the Middle East. Israel and Palestine are ex-officio members of the Committee.

The IPU Group of Facilitators on Cyprus, which will meet to take stock of and consider measures to resolve the situation on the island.

Meetings are also foreseen with high-level delegations led by the Speakers of Parliament from Armenia and Azerbaijan, following IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong's recent visit to the region.

The Assembly is expected to adopt resolutions on Addressing the social and humanitarian impact of autonomous weapon systems and artificial intelligence and Partnerships for climate action: Promoting access to affordable green energy, and ensuring innovation, responsibility and equity.

All the other IPU parliamentary bodies will meet, including its four thematic Standing Committees, the Forum of Women Parliamentarians, the Forum of Young Parliamentarians and the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians.

At the Assembly, the IPU will also start accepting nominations for the 2024 edition of the Cremer-Passy Prize, named after 19th century parliamentarians William Randall Cremer and Frédéric Passy, who founded the IPU in 1889 as part of the peace movement.

Linked to the theme of the Assembly, the winning parliamentarian(s) should have an exceptional record when it comes to peace and security. The winner of the 2024 Prize will be announced at the second IPU Assembly of the year in October.

The IPU is the global organization of national parliaments. It was founded in 1889 as the first multilateral political organization in the world, encouraging cooperation and dialogue between all nations. Today, the IPU comprises 180 national Member Parliaments and 15 regional parliamentary bodies. It promotes democracy and helps parliaments become stronger, younger, gender-balanced and more representative. It also def

Energy Sector – ATIDI, Kenya Sign MOU to Advance Renewable Energy Projects

Source: African Trade & Investment Development Insurance

·       The Government of Kenya and ATIDI have signed the Regional Liquidity Support Facility Memorandum of Understanding (the “RLSF MoU”).

·       This is a major milestone as it outlines a collaborative effort to identify, develop, and implement renewable energy and eligible transmission projects across Kenya.

·       RLSF is a joint initiative of ATIDI, the KfW Development Bank and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).

Nairobi, 01 March, 2024 – The Government of Kenya and ATIDI, the African Trade Insurance Agency, have signed the Regional Liquidity Support Facility Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in identifying, developing, and implementing renewable energy projects across Kenya.

RLSF, a joint initiative of ATIDI, the KfW Development Bank and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), is a credit enhancement instrument provided by ATIDI to renewable energy Independent Power Producers (IPPs) that sell the electricity generated by their projects to state-owned power utilities. The instrument's scope has recently been extended to provide support for eligible transmission projects; allowing for possible private sector participation in this key sub-sector.

ATIDI will issue liquidity instruments, or “RLSF policies”, backed by cash collateral from KfW and Norad, to IPPs or private transmission companies for a maximum tenor of up to 15 years; each RLSF policy will cover up to a maximum of twelve (12) months' worth of revenue for the project. The RLSF cover is available to renewable energy projects of up to 100 MW (larger projects can be considered on a case by case basis), and private financed transmission projects. With the RLSF MoU now in place, ATIDI will engage with IPPs in Kenya with the expectation that advanced hydro, geothermal, solar, and wind projects may benefit from this instrument in the near future.

The projects will not only focus on leveraging the country's abundant natural resources to generate clean and sustainable energy, but will also reinforce its power generation and transmission capacity.

Statistics show that over 80% of Kenya's electricity is generated from renewable energy sources. This, places the country of over 50 million people well on its way to meeting its goal of transitioning to 100 percent clean energy by 2030; signing of the RLSF MoU will provide an additional incentive for private sector participation in achieving this goal as recipients of this liquidity instrument will benefit from ATIDI's positive credit rating of A and A3 from S&P and Moody's, respectively.

Parties to the MoU include the National Treasury; the Ministry of Energy & Petroleum; Geothermal Development Company (GDC); Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO); and Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC). The RLSF MoU supplements the membership agreements already in place between ATIDI and the Government of Kenya.

Kenya becomes the tenth ATIDI member state to sign the RLSF MoU after Benin, Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi, Togo, Uganda and Zambia, with the expectation that more of ATIDI's member states will sign up. To date, RLSF policies have been issued in support of six (6) renewable energy projects in Burundi, Malawi and Uganda; enabling total financing of USD 207.5m and a total installed electricity generation capacity of 136.3 MW.

Quote from Manuel Moses, CEO, ATIDI: “We are pleased to be crossing this key milestone with the Government of Kenya. Not only does this send out a positive message to project developers, lenders, and other prospective stakeholders looking to invest in Kenya's energy sector, it also reinforces the various ways in which multilateral financial institutions, such as ATIDI, are constantly looking for innovative ways to increase financial flows into African countries. Our support for new projects in Kenya via RLSF will build on our historical involvement in the country's energy sector, having supported projects such as the Lake Turkana and Kipeto wind projects in the past”

Quote from Prof. Njuguna Ndung'u, Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury: “On behalf of the Government of Kenya, the National Treasury is constantly looking for various ways to encourage private sector participation in the financing of key infrastructure, such as the development of renewable energy power plants and key transmission infrastructure. With this MoU with ATIDI, a multilateral institution that we are proud to not only be a founding member of but to host with its headquarters in Nairobi, the provision of RLSF policies will hopefully enable more projects to advance whilst reducing the need for government-backed credit enhancement tools”

Quote from Davis Chirchir, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Energy & Petroleum: “The planned collaboration between ATIDI and the Government of Kenya particularly through our power utilities, GDC, KETRACO, and KPLC should make a positive contribution towards the attainment of the country's long term development agenda – the Vision 2030 – which aims to ensure Kenya becomes a 'newly-industrializing, middle-income economy, providing a high quality of life to all its citizens in a clean and secure environment' – increased energy access and greater reliability, courtesy of instruments such as RLSF and similar alternatives, is a key enabler of this vision.”

Notes:

About ATIDI

ATIDI was founded in 2001 by African States to cover trade and investment risks of companies doing business in Africa. ATIDI predominantly provides Political Risk, Credit Insurance and, Surety Insurance. Since inception, ATIDI has supported USD85 billion worth of investments and trade into Africa. For over a decade, ATIDI has maintained an 'A/Stable' rating for Financial Strength and Counterparty Credit by Standard & Poor's (S&P), and in 2019, ATIDI obtained an A3/Stable rating from Moody's, which has now been revised to A3/Positive.
www.atidi.africa

About the Regional Liquidity Support Facility (RLSF)

ATIDI and the German Development Bank, KfW Development Bank, with financing from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), launched the RLSF in 2017. The Facility was created to help tackle climate change and attract investments by supporting renewable energy projects in ATI's member countries. In 2022, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) committed additional funding towards the continued implementation of RLSF. RLSF has a capacity of USD 153.7 million and supports small and mid-scale renewable energy projects with an installed capacity of up to 100 MW (larger projects can be considered on a case-by-case basis) by protecting the projects against the risk of delayed payments by public offtakers; in turn improving project bankability and ensuring that more projects reach financial close.

www.atidi.africa/our-solutions/energy-solutions/regional-liquidity-support-facility-rlsf/

Energy Sector – Equinor resumes helicopter flights on the Norwegian continental shelf

Source: Equinor

Equinor, in consultation with the Civil Aviation Authority, has decided to resume flights with the Sikorsky S-92 helicopters to the installations on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).

After the tragic helicopter accident on Wednesday evening, the major operators on the NCS chose to suspend all flights to and from installations offshore in order to ensure complete understanding of the situation.

Equinor has used the time to take care of relatives, review the situation, and make the necessary clarifications with the authorities and flight safety specialists to ensure that the flights can be resumed safely. The search and rescue service (SAR) has been operational throughout the period.

“This serious incident affects us all. Flight safety and the safety of everyone travelling by helicopter is fundamental to our operations. Based on dialogue with the Civil Aviation Authority, there are no indications that helicopter safety on the NCS is reduced,” says Kjetil Hove, executive vice president for Exploration & Production Norway.

A decision to resume flights requires coordination between the aviation authorities, helicopter operators, trade unions, and NCS operating companies. Based on this work, all the companies, coordinated through Offshore Norge, have decided to resume their flights.

“The unions and safety delegates are satisfied with the information we have received during the process. We thought it was right that flights were paused after the accident. When the authorities and other professional communities say that it is safe to start ordinary transport services, we must have great confidence in them and the decisions that have been made,” says Baste Daltveit, coordinating head safety delegate for Equinor on the Norwegian continental shelf on behalf of unions and the safety delegates.

The Norwegian Safety Investigation Authority arrived in Bergen on Thursday morning and investigations have begun.

Global News – KOF Economic Barometer: Still above average despite decline – Swiss Economy

Source: KOF Economic Institute

In February, the KOF Economic Barometer decreases slightly after having risen three times in a row. On the back of these previous increases, the Barometer remains above average. Despite the slight cooling, the rather positive economic signals in Switzerland remain intact.

The KOF Economic Barometer falls by 0.9 points to 101.6 in February (from a revised 102.5 in January). The outlook for manufacturing and the construction sectors brightened. On the other hand, the outlook for financial and insurance services, hospitality, other services and foreign demand in general worsened. The outlook for private consumption in Switzerland is stable.

In the producing sector (manufacturing and construction), indicators such as stocks of finished products, order books and the number of persons employed developed positively. The only indicators developing negatively were those for intermediate goods and, to a lesser extent, for profits.

Within the manufacturing, the wood, glass, stone and earth industry, the metal industry and, to a lesser extent, machinery and equipment manufacturing stood out positively in February. On the other hand, the paper and printing industry, food and beverages producers and also the electrical industry are likely to develop weaker.

Gaza – Israel – MSF horrified by news of 100 people killed after Israeli forces reportedly opened fire on Palestinians waiting for aid trucks

Source: MSF

1st March: “We are horrified by the latest news from Gaza City, where over 100 people were killed and about 750 wounded today, according to local health authorities, after Israeli forces reportedly opened fire as Palestinians were waiting to receive food from aid trucks. MSF staff were not present on the site, and due to bad telecommunications, we are currently unable to reach our medical staff still working in some hospitals in the north.  

However, what we do know is that the situation in Gaza, and particularly in the north, is catastrophic. A few days ago, when we spoke to our staff there, they said they did not have enough food to eat, and that some were resorting to pet food to survive. They also reported the lack of water and its overall poor quality, leading to diseases.

This situation is the direct result of the string of unconscionable decisions taken by Israeli authorities while waging this war: a relentless bombing and shelling campaign, a complete siege imposed on the enclave, the bureaucratic hurdles and lack of security mechanisms to ensure safe food distribution from southern to northern Gaza, the systematic destruction of livelihood capacities such as farming, herding and fishing.  

The north has been largely cut off from assistance for months, leaving people trapped and with no choice but to attempt to survive on miniscule amounts of food, water and medical supplies. Entire neighborhoods have been bombed and destroyed.

We consider Israel responsible for the situation of extreme deprivation and despair which prevails in Gaza, particularly in the north, which led to today's tragic events.

MSF reiterates its call for an immediate and sustained ceasefire. We call on Israeli authorities to allow unimpeded and streamlined humanitarian and essential aid, such as food, to be delivered into and throughout the Gaza Strip, and for attacks on civilians to stop immediately.”

Dr. Isabelle Defourny, MSF President

MSF Australia was established in 1995 and is one of 24 international MSF sections committed to delivering medical humanitarian assistance to people in crisis. In 2022, more than 120 project staff from Australia and New Zealand worked with MSF on assignment overseas. MSF delivers medical care based on need alone and operates independently of government, religion or economic influence and irrespective of race, religion or gender. For more information visit msf.org.au