Our Top Stories
Global leaders in climate action: Edie reports on the latest “Global Leaders” list, created by InfluenceMap, that recognises 27 companies across the globe who have implemented leading climate policy engagement practices. Ikea and Unilever are two of the companies leading the pack, and 16 of the 27 businesses are headquartered in Europe. Unilever in particular has demonstrated an increased focus on advocacy over the years. This is where most companies have fallen down the rankings, due to hesitation to get involved in conversation within their wider industry network. [Edie]
Green nudges: According to New Food Magazine, a new study from the Hong Kong University Business School has found that ‘green nudges’ have successfully encouraged consumers in China to not ask for single-use cutlery with their food delivery orders. These nudges included changing the default selection to “no cutlery”, and adding green points as rewards for not using the cutlery. Results found that there was a huge 648% increase in consumers opting out of ordering cutlery alongside their order. If applied across all of China, more than 21.75 billion sets of single-use cutlery would be saved annually, reducing plastic waste by a staggering 3.26 million tonnes, showing the immense power of instigating green behavioural change. [New Food Magazine]
State-wide climate transparency: This week, California has become the first US state to write climate transparency into law. Ceres sheds light on one of the approved bills, which will require companies that do business in California - and earn at least $1 billion annually - to report on their climate pollution across their supply and value chains. According to a recent survey by JustCapital, 87% of Americans support mandatory climate disclosure, with investor networks across the world also calling for governments to strengthen climate reporting standards. This consumer and investor pressure has led to significant support for the new bill, which now demands greater transparency from more than 5,300 companies. [Ceres]
Business Spotlight - Just Eat
Building on their trial in Brighton earlier this year, Just Eat has once again rolled out carbon labels - this time within the ‘Just Eat for Business’ division. This new study focuses on restaurants in London, and hopes to provide greater transparency to businesses as they look for more sustainable options when they organise food for office events. Employee engagement within the climate conversation is vital if we are to drive real change, so Just Eat’s move to assist businesses should help to shift the needle, as the food delivery company looks to reduce emissions at every step of the food value chain. [Edie]
Rivers lacking quality: A review of almost 1000 studies - led by Michelle van Vliet and her team - has found an overall negative effect on water quality in rivers globally thanks to the effects of climate change and extreme weather events. Increased water temperatures and algae levels were found in the majority of the studies, which are both partly responsible for a general decrease in dissolved oxygen concentrations in river water. The review also found droughts and heatwaves have led to increased salinity and higher concentrations of many severe pollutants, including pharmaceuticals. Governments should now be putting contingency plans to halt the decline as climate change worsens. [Nature]
“The UK has pledged £1.6bn to combat the climate crisis. The UK’s new pledge is its single largest contribution to the fund, and represents a 12.7% increase on the previous commitment, which itself was more than double the UK’s first funding back in 2014.”Source: Edie
The Big Picture
The food and agriculture industry is at the heart of the climate crisis, generating around a third of man-made greenhouse emissions. And while the challenge of reducing its impact may seem beyond our grasp, it is one that we all have the power to tackle.
We believe that the solution lies in climate transparency. That’s why we’re equipping businesses with the means to evaluate and communicate the emissions of their products. This, in turn, means consumers are armed with credible, independent information, which can be used to make more sustainable choices.
We know that many people want to take climate action but lack the necessary tools and information to do so. We're confident that, armed with the right knowledge, everyone can and will do their bit to build a greener, more sustainable food system.