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This week’s ten biggest climate innovation stories — 9 June

European average household carbon footprint

How is a Swiss company removing CO2 from the air? Why is climate risk disclosure increasing pace? And which of Europe’s urban areas are producing the most greenhouse gases?

This, and more, in the week’s ten biggest climate innovation stories


EU seeks climate allies among US cities and states

The EU is looking to US cities and states to help salvage the Paris Agreement after Donald Trump withdrew from the accord last week, according to EU Vice-President Maros Sefcovic. Sefcovic was traveling to Beijing for a meeting of ministers to discuss innovation in clean energy and will meet with California Governor Jerry Brown. Brussels is to host a meeting of mayors from around the world, chaired by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, by the end of the year to discuss climate change.

Read more on Reuters


Sequestering carbon in carpet

Sustainable carpet tile manufacturer Interface has produced a prototype negative carbon footprint tile made from plants and designed to store carbon for at least a generation. The “Proof Positive” tile clocks in at an impressive minus two kilograms of carbon per square meter. At the end of its useful life, the carpet tile can be recycled into new carpet, closing the loop.
Read more on Triple Pundit


Swiss machine sucks CO2 out of the air

ETH spin-off company Climeworks is on the way to commercialising a patent-pending, highly efficient technology for CO2 capture from ambient air. Climeworks will capture the gas from a waste incineration facility near Zurich, to sell it or store underground.

Read more on Fast Company


European carbon footprint maps show places contributing most and least to climate change

The study found that large urban centres – such as the London conurbation, northern Italy, Paris and the surrounding area, and Baden-Wurttemberg in Germany – produced vast amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. The average household in France, Spain, Sweden and Poland also had lower carbon footprints that the average British family.

Read more on The Independent


M&S targets zero waste and 90 per cent CO2 cut in new ‘Plan A 2025’

UK clothing and food retailer Marks & Spencer has unveiled a set of ambitious zero waste and CO2 reduction targets for its business and supply chains with an update of its Plan A 2025 sustainability programme.

Read more on Business Green


World first circular economy standard launches

The first-ever professional standard for circular economy principles — BS 8001 — has launched, with the aim of assisting companies in their transition towards a circular future.

Read more on Business Green


Every building net-zero by 2050, says World Green Building Council

The construction sector needs a “dramatic” shift towards a zero-carbon built environment to meet the Paris Agreement, according to new research from the World Green Building Council.

Read more on Edie.net


Exxon shareholders call for climate risk disclosure on company assets

Over 60 per cent of Exxon Mobil shareholders backed a resolution calling for disclosure on how action on climate change could affect its assets. Significantly, major investors reported to have supported the proposal include BlackRock, State Street Corp and Vanguard Group — the three biggest asset managers that hadn’t regularly backed shareholder resolutions on climate disclosure until now.

Read more on Bloomberg


Telefonica joins RE100 to accelerate clean energy commitment

Spanish broadband and telecommunications provider Telefonica has committed to decarbonise its operations, by joining the RE100 initiative to accelerate its plan to source 100 per cent renewable energy.

Read more on Edie


Norway’s €856 billion fund wants banks to disclose carbon footprint of loans

Norway’s €856 billion sovereign wealth fund will ask banks in which it has invested to disclose how their lending contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, its chief executive said last Friday.

Read more on Reuters