La ONU participa en la Semana del Clima de Nueva York del 24 al 30 de septiembre

La Semana del Clima de Nueva York, que tendrá lugar del 24 al 30 de septiembre en la ciudad estadounidense del mismo nombre, será otro de los momentos clave de este 2018 para mostrar la acción climática de todo el mundo, y recabar así apoyo político para obtener un resultado sólido en la próxima conferencia de la ONU sobre cambio climático (COP24), que tendrá lugar el próximo mes de diciembre en Katowice, Polonia.

La Semana del Clima llega poco después de la Cumbre Global de Acción Climática de San Francisco, donde estados, regiones, ciudades, sociedad civil e inversores cerraron cientos de nuevos compromisos. Representantes de la ONU saludaron los resultados de la Cumbre Global de Acción Climática, que culminó en un histórico Llamado a la Acción presentado a la Enviada Especial de la ONU para la Juventud, Jayathma Wickramanayake, y aceptado por la responsable de ONU Cambio Climático, Patricia Espinosa, en la ceremonia de clausura.

La Secretaria Ejecutiva también asistirá a la Semana del Clima de Nueva york, que tendrá lugar junto con la Asamblea General de la ONU, y participará en actividades, eventos y reuniones de alto nivel por toda la ciudad.

Si desea más información acerca del evento, haga clic en la página web de la Semana del Clima de Nueva York (en inglés):

http://www.climateweeknyc.org/

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A circular economy waste management approach for urban areas in Kenya

By Alexandra Soezer, UNDP Responsible Business

A circular economy waste management approach for urban areas in Kenya

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Kenya and UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme have issued the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) on Circular Economy Solid Waste Management Approach for Urban Areas in Kenya.


The NAMA promotes an alternative to the existing waste value chain. Instead of waste being collected for disposal only, the NAMA facilitates the diversion of 90 per cent of collected waste away from disposal sites and towards various recycling practices. The NAMA creates multiple links currently missing in the value chain: recycling points, where waste will be sorted for subsequent recycling; and composting facilities, for the organic waste treatment. The NAMA will also research and operationalize new recycling technologies as well as strengthen existing recycling industries. Successful pilot models have already been tested by small and medium sized companies in Nairobi. Finally, the NAMA aims to achieve additional sustainable development benefits, such as improved health and safety for people.

You can see the full document here:

http://shape2030.responsiblebusiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/NAMA-on-Circular-Economy-Solid-Waste-Management-Approach-for-Urban-Areas-in-Kenya.pdf

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UBS Investor Watch: Return on Values

For our latest UBS Investor Watch, we surveyed more than 5,300 investors in 10 markets on sustainable investing. We found that, while some investors understand the basic concept, confusion about sustainable investing terms, its various approaches and even its impact, is widespread. For example, investors make little distinction among the three major sustainable investment approaches: exclusion, integration and impact investing  (to make this easier, we included a glossary here).
 
Better education often leads to higher adoption. Sustainable investors, for example, were influenced by multiple sources, including professional Advisors, family, friends and media. Nine in 10 cite an Advisor’s impact on their decision to invest sustainably.
 
Adoption of sustainable investing varies dramatically across markets. For example, the emerging markets of China and Brazil indicate they have the highest rates of adoption, while only 12% of US investors have any sustainable investments.*


Few investors expect to sacrifice returns when investing sustainably. In fact, 82% believe the returns of sustainable investments will match or surpass those of traditional investments. Investors view sustainable companies as responsible, well-managed and forward-thinking—thus, good investments.
 
Should investors prove to be right, more companies will likely adopt sustainable practices. Perhaps then, the world will be a better place indeed.


The full report is available here:

https://www.ubs.com/content/dam/ubs/microsites/ubs-investor-watch/IW-09-2018/return-on-value-global-report-final.pdf

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UBS Study: Wealthy US Investors Lag Behind on Sustainability

Photo Credit: Mathieu Turle

By Alyssa Danigelis, Environmental Leader

Wealthy US investors had the slowest rate of adoption in the sustainable investing landscape compared to the rest of the world, according to UBS. The multinational investment bank and financial services company released the latest edition of its Investor Watch report this week.

Called “Return on Values,” the UBS report was conducted between June and August 2018 and surveyed more than 5,300 millionaires with at least $1 million in investable assets, excluding property. UBS explained that the global sample was split across 10 markets: Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

For sustainable investing, the US respondents had the lowest rate of adoption — 12% compared to a 39% adoption rate among respondents worldwide. China, Brazil, and the UAE were all at the top with 60%, 53%, and 53% of respondents saying that they have sustainable investment holdings, UBS found.

Globally, 71% of respondents said they focus on pollution and waste for sustainable investing. Climate change, water, and products and services were also high on the focus list. Ethics, people, and governance rounded out the top seven areas.

Define Your Terms
“We found that while some investors understand the basic concept, confusion about sustainable investing terms, its various approaches, and even its impact, is widespread,” the report says. “For example, investors make little distinction among the three major sustainable investment approaches: exclusion, integration, and impact investing.”

UBS defines sustainable investing as integrating societal concerns, personal values or an institutional mission into investment decisions. The three main approaches are:

Excluding companies or industries from portfolios where they are not aligned with an investor’s values;

Integrating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors into traditional investment processes, seeking to improve portfolio risk and return;

Investing with the intention to generate measurable environmental and social “impact” alongside a financial return;

The wealthy Americans investing sustainably are committed, though. UBS found that this subset of respondents dedicated 49% of their portfolios to sustainable investments compared to the 36% that their global counterparts dedicated. These US investors stateside tend to be young — nearly three quarters are 18 to 34 years old — and quite wealthy, with 40% indicating assets over $50 million.

Despite low overall sustainable investing adoption in the United States, UBS says that momentum is building and adoption is expected to increase by 58% in the next five years. At the same time, sustainability investing methodologies are emerging to help encourage better and more standardized ESG disclosures.

“Across all ages, wealth levels and regions, many believe sustainable investing will become a more mainstream approach over time,” said Paula Polito, global client strategy officer for UBS Global Wealth Management. “Many of the investors surveyed believe that sustainable investments are wise investments and see no need to compromise their personal values for financial returns.”

The full report is available here:

https://www.ubs.com/content/dam/ubs/microsites/ubs-investor-watch/IW-09-2018/return-on-value-global-report-final.pdf


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La especialista en biogás presenta conceptos para instalaciones energéticas y tratamiento de purines

En la EnergyDecentral en el marco de la Eurotier del 13 al 16 de noviembre de 2018 en Hannover (Alemania), Weltec Biopower presenta sus tecnologías innovadoras y eficaces de biogás y otros servicios. En el pabellón 25, estand D 12, el fabricante de instalaciones presentará a los visitantes de la feria su sistema Kumac de tratamiento de purines y restos de fermentación, así como sus conceptos individuales para instalaciones de biogás. La cartera de la feria del especialista en biogás se completa con su sistema de cogeneración, de biología y de repowering.

Weltec Biopower presentará sus conceptos de instalación para aprovechamiento energético centrada en los residuos orgánicos y agropecuarios. Para una fermentación anaeróbica consecuente de los residuos es especialmente importante la combinación de planificación individual y componentes de probada eficacia. Para tratar los más variados residuos, las tecnologías de Weltec son ideales: desde el acero inoxidable como material base pasando por la trituración de substratos y soluciones de higienización, hasta técnicas compatibles de control.Con más de 300 instalaciones montadas en todo el mundo en 25 países y 5 continentes, Weltec dispone del know-how técnico para el diseño y la aplicación óptimos de estos proyectos. En la actualidad, Weltec está montando otras instalaciones en Uruguay, Francia, Irlanda del Norte y Grecia.

En el estand de la feria, el tratamiento de purines y restos de fermentación Kumac será un tema principal. Con sistemas que marcan pautas, Weltec ofrece un procedimiento técnicamente maduro y respetuoso con el medio ambiente para la reducción efectiva del volumen de purines y restos de fermentación. Varias instalaciones Kumac distintas llevan más de once años funcionando en Holanda y Bélgica.

A finales de verano de 2019 se pondrá en marcha en Sajonia la primera instalación en Alemania. En esta instalación se procesan anualmente unas 70.000 toneladas de purines de res, aprovechadas en primer lugar en una instalación de biogás y luego tratadas para convertirlas en agua, abono líquido y residuos sólidos. Con la obtención de agua pura, el volumen restante de fermentación se reduce en más de un 50 por ciento. Esta concentración de nutrientes reduce la cantidad de transportes de purines y la distribución del abono en los campos es más precisa.

Para los inversores, lo más importante es que las instalaciones sean de bajo mantenimiento y sin generar calor. Así se puede mantener el concepto de conservación de calor conocido hasta ahora en la instalación de biogás.

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Veja a programação do Encontro de Pesquisadores em Jornalismo Ambiental

O IV Encontro Nacional de Pesquisadores em Jornalismo Ambiental (ENPJA) recebe convidados nacionais e internacionais para debater a função social do jornalismo diante das problemáticas ambientais mais prevalentes da atualidade, com destaque para as mudanças climáticas.

via Divulgada a programação do Encontro de Pesquisadores em Jornalismo Ambiental — Jornalismo Ambiental no Brasil e no Mundo

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Biogas Specialist Presents Concepts for Energy Plants and Slurry Processing

Weltec Biopower will present its innovative and proven biogas technologies and services at the EnergyDecentral in Hanover, Germany, from 13 to 16 November 2018 in the context of the EuroTier. At booth D 12 in hall 25, the plant constructer will explain their Kumac processing system for slurry and digestate and its custom-tailored biogas plant concepts to the trade show visitors. The biogas specialists’ exhibition portfolio will also feature their CHP, biology and repowering services.

Weltec Biopower will mainly present its plant concepts for the energetic utilisation of organic waste and agricultural leftovers. The consistent anaerobic digestion of leftovers requires a combination of individual planning and reliable components. Weltec’s technologies are highly suitable for processing various types of waste; the range of technologies comprises the use of stainless steel as a construction material, substrate shredding units, hygienisation solutions and compatible control technology.With more than 300 plants built in 25 countries on five continents, Weltec has the expertise needed for the optimum design and rollout of these projects.

Weltec is currently building a number of new plants in Uruguay, Italy, France, Greece and Northern Ireland. The booth will also showcase the liquid manure and digestate processing system Kumac. With this trend-setting system, Weltec offers a technically mature procedure for the efficient reduction of the slurry and digestate volume. Several Kumac systems have been operating in Belgium and the Netherlands for already 11 years. In late summer 2019, the first system of this type in Germany will go live in Saxony.

The operation yields 70,000t of cattle slurry a year, which will first be utilised energetically in a biogas plant and then refined to water, liquid fertiliser and solid matter. The extraction of water will reduce the digestate volume by more than 50 percent. This concentration of the nutrients will reduce the amount of slurry transports and facilitate the spreading of the fertiliser on the fields. The investors wanted to have a low-maintenance plant that does not need any heat. Therefore, the biogas plant’s previous heat utilisation concept can be kept.

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