Top 10 warmest Years on Record

The global numbers are in, and 2019 was the 2nd warmest year on record—wrapping up the hottest decade ever recorded. The past five years have been the hottest five on record for the second year running.

The global numbers are in, and 2019 was the 2nd warmest year on record—wrapping up the hottest decade ever recorded. The past five years have been the hottest five on record for the second year running.

Graph: 10 years global temperature

The 2016 Paris Agreement set a commitment to keep the global average temperature well below 2°C (3.6 °F) above pre-industrial levels. In order to examine 2019 global temperatures in the context of this goal, we compare them to an earlier 1880-1910 baseline. While it’s important to note that a warming world will have year-to-year variations due to natural variability (so not every year will be warmer than the one before) 2019 was 1.22°C (2.19°F) above the pre-industrial baseline temperature.

2019 Global temperatures

Seemingly small increases in long-term average temperatures lead to a rise in the number of extremely hot days. Heat waves in June and July toppled many all-time high temperature records across Europe, with July 2019 being declared the hottest month ever recorded on earth. This kind of record-breaking heat poses substantial risks to human health—particularly to the most vulnerable members of society. A recent study found that summer heatwaves resulted in almost 900 extra deaths in England alone.

2019 Global temperature map

Warmer temperatures can have a range of other impacts, such as melting ice, extreme flooding and drought. Higher temperatures can also increase the risk of wildfires, which flared up across the globe from closer to home in Alaska and California, to Siberia and Indonesia. Australia experienced its hottest and driest year on record, contributing to the devastating wildfires. Estimates of the area burned vary from 15 million to acres.

2019 Global temperatures in decades

To keep warming below 2°C will necessitate a global effort to drastically reduce emissions. The IPCC report stated that to limit warming to 1.5°C would require roughly halving emissions by 2030. Leaving behind the warmest decade on record reminds us of the challenge ahead, but also of the opportunity in the years to come.

METHODOLOGY: Calculations of average annual global temperature are performed independently at NASA and NOAA. Small differences in their calculations arise as NASA’s calculations are extrapolated to account for polar locations with poor station coverage, while NOAA relies more heavily on the polar station data. Climate Central compares temperatures to an earlier 1880-1910 baseline to assess warming during the industrial era.

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CMB’s CO2 PLEDGE: NET ZERO AS FROM 2020 – ZERO IN 2050

CMB is pleased to announce its long-term CO2 reduction strategy:
1. All carbon emissions from CMB operations will be completely offset as from 2020
2. CMB will invest in new technologies to operate a zero carbon fleet by 2050

Net zero as from 2020 …
CMB has offset all its CO2 emissions in order to have net zero CO2 emissions as from 2020. CMB has done this by supporting certified climate projects in developing countries and acquiring high quality Voluntary Carbon Units (VCU’s) in Zambia (agro-forestry, SALM, REDD+), Guatemala (REDD+) and India (wind and solar parks).

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) COMACO Landscape Management Project in Eastern Province, Zambia – Picture taken on a CMB field trip 7th of January 2020

… zero in 2050 !
Furthermore, CMB is of the opinion that it can achieve zero carbon emissions from its shipping operations in 2050. Even though many low and zero carbon technologies are still in the early stages of their development – and today there are unfortunately no economically viable alternatives to diesel – CMB is convinced that the shipping industry will find solutions to provide zero carbon shipping by 2050.

CMB’s CO2 strategy
As long as CMB’s fleet is not powered by 100 % zero-carbon fuels, CMB will offset its remaining CO2 emissions.

Zero carbon ships and engines
CMB is already investing heavily in the development of low and zero carbon ships and engines, and fully supports the many different industry initiatives that want to join forces to develop the technologies needed to reduce shipping’s carbon footprint.

The HydroTug, the world’s first hydrogen-powered tugboat, is developed by
CMB.TECH and will be delivered in 2021 to the Port of Antwerp
.

As we will bring concrete zero-carbon projects to life in the coming months and years, we will continue to actively engage and cooperate with other shipping companies, our customers, our suppliers, our banks and national and international politicians to achieve zero carbon shipping.

125 years
This announcement marks the start of CMB’s 125th anniversary year and is a testimony to our long-lasting and continued belief in the power of global trade and human creativity. Sustainable shipping brings peace and prosperity to all corners of the world.

City Climate Challenge 303030: The change of climate era in Brussels begins on 16 October 2019

For the first time, the companies of the Brussels-Capital Region have undertaken to share their resources, expertise, advice and innovation to launch a dynamic process aimed at reducing CO2 emissions in the region by 30% in 10 years. This project will be officially launched at the Brussels Meets Brussels event on October 16th. 

30 collaborative projects to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030: The 303030 movement is an unprecedented open cooperation initiative to reduce emissions substantially, accelerate the societal and political transition, reduce costs and increase the impact of the actions.

Convinced that the urgency requires being carbon neutral by 2050, the partner companies of the City Climate Challenge 303030 undertake to work collectively to learn from each other and to facilitate emission reductions by sharing their expertise, as explained in their Charter 2030. This process should make it possible to develop concrete CO2 emission reduction projects, but also to invite other stakeholders in the region to join the movement and to work alongside the regional authorities to get the regulatory framework to facilitate energy transition initiatives.

The roadmap for 2019 has been drawn up. Eight collective work meetings are scheduled to identify all the CO2 emission reduction projects capable of contributing to achieving the common objective of 30%. The approach is intended to be inclusive, comprising all stakeholders concerned, and is geared to create a multiplier effect in the Region thanks to its innovative and collaborative character.

Beci and the partners alike want this project to have a real, concrete, measurable and objectively ascertainable impact. That is why CO2logic, which is recognized for its support of CO2 emission reduction projects has accepted to be a partner of the project and to guarantee the reliability thereof.

Antoine Geerinckx of CO2logic, where the watchword is “credible climate action”, underscores the scope of the initiative: “Our mission is to make sure that 303030 is a solid undertaking by measuring annually the concrete emissions authorized by the movement for 2019, compared with already undertaken and supplementary actions.”

Olivier Willocx, CEO of Beci, has this to say about the initiative: “We should all roll up our sleeves to respond to the climate emergency. Cooperation is the solution for transforming practices and accelerating the political movement. The private sector is taking the initiative here, but it is above all a matter of launching a movement that mobilizes all Brussels stakeholders in partnership with the political world, which has to adapt the legal framework to make the transition possible. The 303030 project is a strong, proactive approach with a Charter and verification capabilities. You can require us to report to you every year, as of the launch on 16 October 2019.”

Cécile Huylebroeck, leader of the 303030 project, adds: “The climate challenge requires the 303030 partners to work together beyond any competition rationale. A target of a 30% reduction of emissions in 10 years is highly significant and proactive.”

Our leading partners for the time being are: AG Real Estate, la Confédération Construction de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Edenred, EngieEuropcar Mobility Group, Febiac, INGInterparkingJeasyLeasePlanMicropolePasha-ParkingSibelgaSNCB/NMBS, Sodexo, SolvayTotalTractebelVeolia and Vinci Facilities.

The project is being carried out with the cooperation of CO2logicDreamocracyHack BelgiumSpacious agency & Whyte Corporate Affairs.

These are the top risks facing the world in 2020

This article is part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

  • For the first time the Global Risks Report is dominated by the environment.
  • Geoeconomic and political pressures top short-term concerns.
  • Climate-linked issues like extreme heat and ecosystems loss highlighted.

Following a year of floods and droughts, when fires ravaged Australia and the Amazon, and teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg was chosen as Time’s Person of the Year, it is perhaps little wonder that environmental issues dominate leaders’ concerns for the future.

But the latest edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report shows how loudly they are sounding the alarm. Established leaders and up-and-comers agree: climate change is the stand-out long-term risk the world faces.

The report, which identifies the top threats facing our world by likelihood and extent of impact, names failure to mitigate and adapt to climate change as the key concern for the Forum’s network of business leaders, NGOs, academics and others. The group places it as the number one risk by impact and number two by likelihood over the next 10 years.

Long-term risk outlook for multistakeholders

Perceptions of global risks over the next 10 years, according to multistakeholders. Image: World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2020

In fact, respondents to the Global Risks Perception Survey, which underpins the report, rank issues related to global warming – such as extreme weather and biodiversity loss – as the top five risks in terms of likelihood over the coming decade. This is the first time one category has occupied all of the top slots since the report was launched in 2006.

Long-term risk outlook for global shapers

Perceptions of global risks over the next 10 years, according to global shapers. Image: World Economic Forum Global Risks Perception Survey

Climate change is hitting harder and accelerating faster than many people predicted. And efforts to meet commitments to limit global warming are slipping, with countries veering off course. For the Global Shapers Community – the Forum’s younger constituents – environmental issues are even more pressing and top their list of concerns both in the short and long term.

Short term risks

Percentage of people who think a risk will increase over the next 10 years. Image: World Economic Forum Global Risks Perception Survey

Gathering economic clouds

Growing downward pressure on the global economy, driven by fragile macroeconomic structures and financial inequality, is deemed the biggest short-term threat by the ‘multi-stakeholders’ questioned.

And the risk of stagnation is exacerbated as leaders increasingly follow nationalist policies. Over three-quarters of respondents think this darkening economic outlook and domestic political polarization are set to become more likely in the short term.

Trade tensions and geopolitical turbulence are also adding to the economic uncertainty – in particular the potential fallout from the United States and China’s trade stand-off. The two countries account for more than 40% of global GDP. They are also the world’s top two emitters of greenhouse gases. So the world’s economic performance and ability to address climate change is inextricably linked with theirs.

Risks in a digital world

Geopolitical and economic uncertainties are also driving concerns about digital technology: unequal access, a lack of governance, and more frequent and more damaging cyberattacks.

We live in uncertain times

The report highlights how long-mounting interconnected risks are starting to be felt. The synchronized slowdown of the global economy, the warmest temperatures on record and an increasingly unstable geopolitical environment are creating significant challenges.

“It is sobering that in the face of this development, when the challenges before us demand immediate collective action, fractures within the global community appear to only be widening,” the report says.

Waiting for the fog of geopolitical and geoeconomic uncertainty to lift before taking action is not a viable option, and would mean missing crucial windows to address pressing issues, it continues.

The good news is that, despite global divisions, some businesses are committed to looking beyond their balance sheets towards tackling the urgent issues that are looming.

What’s the methodology?

The annual Global Risks Perception Survey asks the Forum’s network of business, government, civil society and thought leaders to gauge the risks facing our world.

The survey has four parts:

1. The World in 2020. Respondents were asked whether the risks associated with 40 issues would increase or decrease this year relative to last year.

2. Assessment of Global Risks. For 30 global risks, respondents were asked about their likelihood in the next 10 years and potential impact.

3. Global Risk Interconnections. Respondents were asked to select three to six of the most strongly interconnected global risks.

A total of 1,047 responses to the survey were received.

The Global Risks Report 2020 is released ahead of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos. The report urges governments and organizations to address the impact of specific threats and make preparations to contain potential fallout should they occur.

25th United Nations Climate Change conference (COP 25): ‘Africa’s future depends on solidarity’ Leaders and development partners rally around climate change goals

Speakers called for a united front to tackle the challenges of climate change in Africa

MADRID, Spain, December 12, 2019/ — There was standing room only as ministers, diplomats, activists and journalists gathered at the IFEMA conference centre in Madrid to mark Africa Day at the COP 25 climate meeting.

Speakers called for a united front to tackle the challenges of climate change in Africa.

In the opening statement for Africa Day on Tuesday, Yasmin Fouad, Egypt’s Minister of Environmental Affairs, on behalf of the African Union, said: “We have, and will continue to engage and to seek landing grounds on the outstanding issues. But we must flag our concern at the apparent reluctance by our interlocutors to engage on issues of priority to developing countries, as evidenced by the large number of such issues which have simply been pushed from session to session without any progress.”

Africa contributes the least to global warming emissions yet is the continent most vulnerable to climate change, as witnessed by devastating natural disasters recently. Africa Day has been held at the conference every year since COP 17 in 2011 to rally support for the continent’s cause.

“The climate disaster issues confronting the continent demand a predictable and unified response,” said UN ASG Mohamed Beavogui, Director General of African Risk Capacity, an agency of the African Union (www.AU.int) that helps governments respond to natural disasters.

“Africa needs to move towards market-based innovative financing models to achieve a strong, united, resilient and globally influential continent. The future of Africa depends on solidarity.”

Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), said the ECA would support African countries to revise their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to attract private sector investments in clean energy.

“The lack of concerted and meaningful global ambition and action to tackle climate change poses an existential threat to African populations,” Songwe said.

The Paris Agreement is the guiding force of current climate negotiations. It calls on nations to curb temperature increases at 2°C by the end of this century, while attempting to contain rises within 1.5°C. The next step is to implement NDCs, which set out national targets under the Paris Agreement.

While African countries outlined bold aspirations to build climate resilient and low-carbon economies in their NDCs, the continent’s position is that it should not be treated the same as developed nations as its carbon emissions constitute a fraction of the world’s big economies.

“The African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) remains committed to partnering with other institutions in providing the requisite support to AU member states in reviewing and updating their NDCs,” said Estherine Fotabong, Director of Programmes at AUDA-NEPAD.

Barbara Creecy, South Africa’s Environment Minister and current chair of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, said the Africa Day event should come up with new ideas to enhance the implementation of NDCs in Africa.

Africa is already responding positively to the challenge of climate change, said Anthony Nyong, Director for Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank, citing huge investment interest in renewables at the Bank’s Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg.

“Clearly, we are a continent that has what it takes to create the Africa that we want to see happen. I believe what has been the missing link is the ability to brand right and to act on the market signals,” Nyong said. “We continue to present Africa as a vulnerable case and not as a business case with opportunities. In fact, where we have attempted the latter, the results have been spot-on.”

Chief Fortune Charumbira, Vice President of the Pan-African Parliament, said robust climate legislation was key.

“The world’s response to the challenge has shown that legislation is imperative to cement efforts employed by various stakeholders; from the Paris Agreement to Nationally Determined Contributions,” he said.

Amb. Josefa Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union Commission, said climate change affected sectors key to Africa’s socio-economic development, such as agriculture, livestock and fisheries, energy, biodiversity and tourism. She called on African countries to take stock of the Paris Agreement, and its implementation around finance capacity building and technology.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of African Development Bank Group (AfDB)

Climate Change Will Disrupt Oceans, Causing Chaos Says U.N.

September 25, 2019—Today, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s leading body of climate scientists, released the summary for policymakers of its Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (the cryosphere refers to areas containing frozen water, such as glaciers and snowcapped mountains). More than 100 scientists from 30 countries examined thousands of peer-reviewed studies to assess the impacts of climate change on the world’s oceans, as well as its coastal, polar, and mountain regions. Their conclusions were grim.


Global warming of 1 degree Celsius has already taken place, and the impacts are already being felt: rising sea levels, disappearing glaciers, more extreme weather, marine heatwaves…” noted EESI Executive Director Carol Werner. “Already severe, these impacts will only get worse as we continue to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.”



Climate impacts will severely disrupt communities throughout the world. Rising sea levels will endanger coastal cities and small island nations, and likely force millions to migrate further inland. The IPCC expects sea levels to rise between 1.28 and 2.8 feet by 2100, and flood damages are projected to increase 100- or even 1,000-fold. Disappearing mountain glaciers in Asia and South America will leave hundreds of millions without reliable sources of water for drinking and farming during the dry season. Acidification, caused by the higher levels of atmospheric carbon seeping into oceans, is harming marine ecosystems, including zooplankton which form the basis of the food chain. Marine heatwaves are contributing to the creation of dead zones—vast oxygen-depleted areas devoid of fish. Melting permafrost in Arctic regions could unleash billions of tons of additional carbon, creating a vicious feedback loop.



Most nations have pledged to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions as part of the Paris Climate Agreement, which calls for global warming to remain significantly below 2 degrees Celsius. But even if all of their pledges are kept, global temperatures are expected to rise more than 3 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.



“A 3-degree rise in global temperatures would be absolutely devastating,” says Carol Werner. “World leaders meeting in New York for the U.N. Global Assembly must recognize their responsibilities as leaders at this critical point in time and commit to action that will really make a difference.”

source: www.EESI.org

Spadel receives “CO2 Neutral” label for all its sites

Spadel, a producer of natural mineral water, has received the “CO2 Neutral” label from CO2Logic and Vinçotte for all its sites in Europe. This is a wonderful way of acknowledging a Belgian company, market leader in the Benelux with a strong regional presence in France and in the UK, that remains committed to sustainability and that was named as one of the Top 10 Most Sustainable Companies in Europe by the European Business Awards in 2014.

Sustainability is one of the strategic pillars of Spadel’s business strategy. For this reason, the Belgian market leader for natural mineral water set itself ambitious sustainability goals in 2010: to achieve a 20% carbon footprint reduction by 2015 and to become entirely carbon neutral by 2020. The 1st 2015 goal -20% reduction was achieved, and Spadel can today say with pride that as of the end of 2015, it has become CO2 neutral  across the board, at all branches , production sites and offices across Europe. The CO2 Neutral label has been given today at a workshop organized at the Spadel offices on the implementation of the engagements of the members of the CSR network The Shift regarding the COP21.

The goal of reducing the CO2 footprint by 20% between 2010 and 2015 was achieved for the most part thanks to our own efforts (15%), while the remainder (5%) was gained by using compensation (offsetting). 

Marc du Bois, Spadel Managing Director: “Sustainability is in our DNA. Spadel wants to be a sustainable company in a sustainable world. Gaining the CO2 neutral label underscores the efforts we have been making for years to provide concrete answers for reducing our C02 footprint. This reinforces the choice of Spadel to develop regional quality brands with a low CO2 footprint”. 

The CO2  footprint fell by 15% as result from own achievements, from 211g CO2 per litre to 180g CO2 per litre. Over the five years, this represents a saving of 42,000 tonnes of CO2 , distributed as follows:

1)   22,000 tonnes of CO2 at the complete chain.

The savings are primarily the result of:

  • The weight reduction in PET bottles at all Group sites
  • The use of recycled PET for the Spa and Bru bottles, e.g. in the case of the Spa Reine bottles that have a unique ecological profile thanks to the 50% recycled PET
  • The purchase of Belgian PET, which has 20% less impact compared with the market average.

2)   13,000 tonnes of CO2 reduction refers to measures in the manufacturing sites: energy saving, offices, company cars and so on. This is the result of 

  • rationalised energy use 
  • the implementation of new product lines such as the glass filling line in 2010 with a reduction in energy use of 30%, and the Bru-Chevron heating system for dishwashers
  • the use of renewable energy: green energy in all manufacturing sites; the total renewable energy at a group level represents 37% of the total energy use;
  • the installation of 26,000m² of solar panels on the Spa Monopole roof (the largest in Wallonia) and 2,450m² at Bru-Chevron;

3)   Finally, a 7000-tonne CO2 reduction in the ‘Distribution’ point, specifically in transport and the entire logistics chain through the project ‘Lean & Green’. 

C02 compensation tool
Despite the many efforts in recent years, some residual emissions that Spadel is unable to reduce immediately have remained in the industrial sites. To prevent the residual CO2 emissions from having an impact on the climate, Spadel has made the decision to compensate its operational activities by using Gold Standard-certified climate projects. In doing so, Spadel will be assisted by CO2logic, an independent climate consultancy. The efforts made by Spadel in terms of the environment will also be verified by the independent agency, Vinçotte. The project selected is the “Saving Trees” climate project in Uganda (www.savingtrees.org).

Antoine Geerinckx, CO2Logic Managing Founder, said “Gaining the C02 neutral label is a clear signal, demonstrating Spadel’s commitment to continuing their pioneering role in terms of sustainability. Spadel is already taking all the steps that most companies will be obliged to take over the next few years in an effort to stay below a heat increase of 2°C”.

Spadel’s sustainability strategy
Sustainability is one of Spadel’s strategic pillars. To further strengthen our leading position in this field, we have set out ambitious sustainability goals across three pillars:

  • ‘Nature’s best close to you’ based on a proactive policy on protecting natural sources and on product innovation, aiming towards natural quality in all our products.
  •  ‘Our footprint’, working as hard as possible towards reducing both our carbon and our water footprint.
  • ‘People & Society’, playing an important social and societal role, both internally and externally.

Le Pain Quotidien UK Becomes Carbon Neutral

At Le Pain Quotidien, they believe that our environment is everything. Their mission to serve fresh, wholesome food means that they consider the impact they have on the environment in nearly every aspect of their business. In this vein, we are thrilled to announce that the UK restaurants of Le Pain Quotidien have been certified carbon neutral by the climate advisory organisation CO2logic – an exciting step for Le Pain Quotidien in their ongoing sustainability journey.

What does it mean to be carbon neutral? To become certified carbon neutral, Le Pain Quotidien calculated their carbon emissions, made efforts to bring them to as low a level as possible, and then offset those that are unavoidable by investing a carbon-reducing project elsewhere.

How did they achieve carbon neutrality? After calculating their own carbon emissions, one of the major actions they took to reduce them was retrofitting all lighting in their restaurants with LED lights, a simple step that allowed them to cut down on light-energy consumption by an astounding 80%. They have taken this retrofit initiative nationwide and are building all new restaurants with LED lighting. Le Pain Quotidien also made strides in using more efficient refrigeration, cooking and cooling operations to make their carbon footprint as small as possible.

Their rustic décor is made with recycled wood material which means more trees and less wastage. They also focusing on their suppliers as they are taking a big part of their journey: where they can they schedule night deliveries to reducing transport miles and congestion. They are proud to say that their selected glass/dishwasher supplier is the first in the UK to achieve Carbon Footprint certification.

The coffee cups and bags are made of compostable material and they are operating with a strict wastage recycling procedure in each restaurant.

Of course, restaurant operations still create some carbon emissions. That’s where the offset comes in – they are supporting our Gold Standard-certified project in Uganda that distributes efficient cooking stoves to reduce wood consumption. This helps to lower deforestation and reduce toxic fumes, while still enabling local families to have effective and functional cooking methods which, of course, at Le Pain Quotidien understand is a fundamental part of a happy life.

They are not stopping here – their goal is to go carbon neutral globally by 2020!

Le Pain Quotidien is incredibly proud to be part of this movement, a sentiment that was perhaps best captured by their global CEO, Vincent Herbert: “we want to be part of the growing community that addresses climate change by reducing our climate impact – and this is just the beginning.” It is just the beginning – from here, they hope to soon expand this carbon neutral program nationwide, and one day, globally.

Proximus reaches its goal to become climate neutral

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  • Having reduced its carbon footprint by more than 70% between 2007 and 2015, Proximus has reached its objective to become a climate neutral company in 2016.
  • The “CO2 Neutral” label recognizes the significant efforts made by Proximus to reduce CO2emissions directly linked to its activities (vehicle fleet, heating in buildings, data centers, fixed and mobile networks) but also to reduce indirect emissions, particularly the home-work commute, business travel, and the energy consumption of decoders and modems.
  • The results are impressive: in six years, Proximus managed to reduce its energy consumption by 22% (-3% in 2016) and its carbon emissions by 32% (-4% in 2016).
  • And it doesn’t stop there: Proximus aims to reduce its CO2 emissions by an additional 30% by 2025, and to reduce its indirect emissions by 50% by 2040, in particular by raising awareness among customers and suppliers.
  • At the same time, Proximus will continue to offset its remaining emissions by supporting international climate projects, especially in Africa.

Alignment with scientific objectives

On a global scale, 15 of the 16 hottest years on record were in the 21st century. Today, the effects of global warming are clearly being felt in countries throughout the world. As a socially responsible company, Proximus plays an active role in the fight against climate change and wants to set an example in this area by aligning its objectives with the objectives fixed by scientists at the Paris COP21 in 2015 to keep global temperature rise below 2°C. Thanks to Proximus’ efforts over the past decade to reduce its environmental impact, it has become one of the first BEL 20 companies to be recognized as climate neutral. Proximus is also the only Belgian company to receive the CDP Climate Leadership Award which recognizes initiatives taken by listed companies to reduce their CO2 emissions, thereby limiting their impact on climate change. Last October, Proximus received this award for the fourth consecutive year.

Very encouraging results

At Proximus, sustainability is not new. Since 2007, the company has reduced its CO2emissions for its Belgian activities by more than 70%. How? Notably, by using 100% green electricity; by improving the energy efficiency of its fixed and mobile networks; by reducing electricity consumption in its data centers; by renewing heating installations in its buildings; by switching to a greener vehicle fleet; and by encouraging the use of public transport and bikes for the employee commute.

These different measures, which are described in detail in the new Proximus CSR Report for 2016, have led to some impressive results:

  • Carbon emissions of the Proximus Group have fallen by 32% in six years.
  • Energy consumption of the Proximus Group has fallen by 22% in six years.
  • Fuel consumption per vehicle has fallen by 22% in 9 years.
  • 99.6% of company vehicles currently report CO2 emissions under 145 g CO2/km, compared to 56% in 2010.
  • 47% of employees who have a company car have chosen to replace it with public transport for the home-work commute.
  • 88% of Proximus waste was recycled in 2016 (compared with 85% in 2015).
  • Thanks to the new V5 and V5 Compact decoders, which consume more than 50% less energy than their predecessors, the average consumption of all TV decoders used by Proximus customers has fallen by 33% in the past three years.

Further reducing our environmental impact

Now that we have a good momentum going, there’s no stopping us. Proximus is determined to continue and even intensify its efforts to protect the environment in order to achieve an additional 30% reduction of its CO2 emissions by 2025.

In the longer term, Proximus also wants to exert more influence on the reduction of indirect emissions resulting from its activities, in order to reduce these emissions by 50% by 2040. In practice, this means that Proximus will have to continue its efforts to reduce waste reduction, purchase sustainable goods and services, and reduce the ecological footprint of Proximus devices supplied to customers.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step to become carbon neutral cycling team

Deceuninck – Quick-Step have announced the launch of their Sustainability Project, #itsstartswithus, which will see them become the world’s first carbon neutral cycling team, working in conjunction with CO2logic in order to offset their carbon footprint. This as well as embarking on an ambitious round of cultural and behavioural changes, aimed at limiting their environmental impact on the planet.

The Belgian team to also begins a program of cultural and behavioural changes, as part of it #itstartswithus sustainability campaign.
#itstartswithus #thewolfpack

#itstartswithus

The end of the 2010s saw a tidal change in way that we view our environment and the impact that our everyday lives have on it. A globalised world has opened new horizons, building opportunities to explore and collaborate in ways unimaginable until recent times. But in recent years it has become obvious that out habits, along with the building of a throwaway culture, has started to take a toll on the planet.

Sport has played a huge part in this, encouraging athletes and fans to travel vast distances to explore opportunities in new lands. In order to be aware of our contribution and climate impact Deceuninck – Quick-Step have calculated their carbon footprint to be 1288 tons of CO2, which is the equivalent of driving a car 179 times around the world, or 539 return flights between Brussels and New York. The amount of forestation required to capture this amount of CO2 is the equivalent of around 3099 football pitches.

The team has pledged to a “manifesto of changes” that is aimed to reduce its environmental impact, make positive changes that can help reduce its wastage and help to educate riders, staff, partners, and supporters on the subject, with the hope of evolving habits. The pledges are:

  • Reducing the usage of plastic in the next two years and increasing recycling
  • Creating consciousness and networking among the team’s partners / suppliers
  • Promoting selling of recycled products through the team’s digital platform
  • Encouraging fans and partner staff to travel more via bicycle
  • Reducing energy consumption at the headquarters
  • Dividing and recycling waste and using biodegradable products as much as possible
  • Promoting the culture of recycling and reduce littering
  • Educating riders and staff to respect the environment
  • Offset our remaining CO2 emissions by supporting certified climate projects

Deceuninck – Quick-Step are quick to recognise their part in the current situation:

“Recently there have been almost daily stories in the news speaking about our environment and how it is evolving. Compared to many other sports, cycling has a unique relationship with the environment in that it is our stadium and like any stadium it needs to be cared for and looked after. As a team we travel thousands of miles every year and expand a large amount of energy, so we have to take our share of the responsibility. We see this as a long-term process of educating and changing habits and it is not about just one thing. Like everything we do as a team, we want this to be about everybody getting involved; the riders, staff, sponsors, supporters and those around us at races and events. It will not happen overnight, but if we all do our little bit, but the benefits will be long lasting. We are also delighted that our partners supported since the first moment our initiative with ideas and comments that will become part of the project in the next future.”

Alessandro Tegner, Marketing & Communication Manager of Deceuninck – Quick-Step

A CO2 Neutral cycling team?

#itsstartswithus will see Deceuninck – Quick-Step tackle their environmental impact on several fronts, headlined by two large carbon offset schemes. The first is a project to provide and install a safe water supply to the Kaliro District in Uganda. As well as the humanitarian benefits to installing the supply, there are serval environmental benefits, especially when it comes to tackling and reversing deforestation in the area. A readily available supply of safe water through boreholes also negates the need to have water delivered, and thus vastly reducing the reliance on heavy goods vehicles or the burning of wood to boil the water, therefore avoiding deforestation and reducing CO2 emissions.

The second offset scheme, in cooperation with CO2logic, takes place in a location that is very close to the heart of cycling fans – the region around the iconic Mont Ventoux. The Deceuninck – Quick-Step #itstartswithus campaign will partner a project developed by Centre Régional de la Propriété Forestière, which is implementing a number of conservation and reforestation projects in the area. The area is progressively known to be a habitat for wolves, an animal synonymous with the team, with the increased forest area giving them a larger area in which to roam.

“We are very pleased with the Deceuninck-Quickstep climate engagement and collaboration. This will set an example for all sports. Cycling is a beautiful and originally low-carbon sport that brings people around the world together. Unfortunately, due to the travelling requirements CO2 is emitted into the atmosphere. Together we will keep calculating and reducing the team’s climate impact through daily actions and by supporting certified climate projects”

Antoine Geerinckx, Founder and Manager of CO2logic.