PENGUIN PERSPECTIVES BLOG

Penguin Perspectives Blog

This is where we cherry pick the latest news and views on climate change and how its effects are already making waves in our economies, societies and daily lives. Tune into the fresh perspectives and opinions from both our own experts and other great movers and shakers on the climate scene and read uplifting stories from our climate protection projects across the world. Have an idea or topic you'd like to learn more about? Get in touch - our experts will have it covered!

Financing Climate Action

Financing Climate Action

Charles Henderson
E-commerce Sales are Skyrocketing. Its Carbon Emissions are too.

E-commerce Sales are Skyrocketing. Its Carbon Emissions are too.

Climate Neutral Checkout allows customers opt-in for climate neutral shopping - including shipping - How Online Retailers Can Empower Their Customers to Tackle the Problem in One Click.

How can offsets help the global transition to net-zero in 2050?

How can offsets help the global transition to net-zero in 2050?

The Paris Agreement brings about two fundamental changes that affect the case for carbon offsets in the transition to a low-carbon economy – high ambition and universal scope. The agreement introduces ambitious long-term targets and demands climate action and engagement from all parties to the Agreement to ultimately reach net zero targets by 2050. So how can offsets be effectively integrated into compliance schemes in a way that upholds the principles of environmental integrity and raises climate ambition post-2020?

Do offsets discourage stronger climate action?

Do offsets discourage stronger climate action?

The coming year will see countries seek robust mechanisms to effectively increase the climate ambition of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Climate Agreement. Given the concerns on the economic costs of stronger climate action, certain compliance schemes are incorporating offsets as a way of containing costs.

Decarbonising maritime shipping: lanes for direct action

Decarbonising maritime shipping: lanes for direct action

The maritime shipping sector faces a decarbonisation deadlock. While pressure to downsize its GHG footprint increases rapidly, the sector remains responsible for over 1 billion tons of CO2e or 2.89% of global emissions, with an increase of 9.6% in 2018 compared to 2012 levels. Looking specifically at methane emissions, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) found an increase of 150%.

Sydney Australia

Australian construction: Surviving, thriving and building back better

Last January, at the turn of the decade, a cross-sector push for corporate climate action was well underway. Calls for a better built environment were growing also in the construction industry. In Australia, hundreds of architecture firms signed onto ‘Architects Declare’ — an alliance that recognises the looming climate and biodiversity emergencies and today has close to 1000 signatories.

Jeff Swartz

Guest Blog - Debate.Energy Interview with Jeff Swartz

If you put a price on something, you’ll get less of it. That’s the theory behind carbon pricing. To learn more about carbon markets and their climate-protection potential, Debate.Energy talked to Jeff Swartz, a senior manager at Zurich-based South Pole, a leading carbon solutions firm.

Can offsets pave the way for ambitious compliance carbon schemes?

Can offsets pave the way for ambitious compliance carbon schemes?

As the urgency to implement more stringent national climate targets grows, can offsets play a role in introducing and raising the ambition of carbon pricing schemes? To answer this question, South Pole and Wuppertal Institute analysed five national and regional carbon pricing schemes to draw insights on offset design. This analysis is part of the ongoing research project “Analysis of Advantages and Disadvantages of Offset Approaches in Selected Sectors”, facilitated and funded by the German Environment Agency.if the

Carbon pricing, carbon credits and coronavirus in APAC

Carbon pricing, carbon credits and coronavirus in APAC

At the start of 2020, climate action was unstoppable. Then the pandemic hit. To explore what happened next, South Pole teamed up with the legal experts at Reed Smith Singapore for a Climate Chatter webinar on carbon market, pricing and policy trends in APAC and the impact of the coronavirus on climate action in the region.

South Pole project development

Canada Environmental Trailblazer: Ties bailouts to TCFD reporting

Covid-19 has brought irreversible changes to our society and economic systems. As we turn our attention towards rebuilding resilient economies, government policy on recovery is now top of mind. Bailout conditions in particular are capturing people’s attention. Leading the way, Canada has connected state aid with climate action.

Jetting to Climate Neutrality: Opportunities for Business Aviation

Jetting to Climate Neutrality: Opportunities for Business Aviation

Private aviation may be an extravagance to many, but it remains a robust and important economic sector. Not only in normal times, but also in crisis situations. In the context of COVID-19, business aviation has stepped in to facilitate repatriation efforts, distribute medical supplies and transport health workers to remote areas.

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