On 7. and 8. November the European Business and Nature Summit will take place in Madrid/Spain. The event is co-organized by the European B@B Platform.
Audi has transformed 17 hectares of land on the Audi production site in Münchsmünster into a near-natural habitat for animals and plants. So far, 112 plant species have developed there and around 90 species of wild bees have settled there.
The IPBES Global Assessment attracted much attention. It underlines that nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history. Now the Summary for Policymakers was published.
Production of palm oil keeps expanding due to increases in food demand worldwide. A wide range of environmental and social problems including logging of tropical rain forests for plantation expansion keeps happening daily. SARAYA was the first Japanese company that joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2005. It now contributes its experiences as a board member of the Japan Sustainable Palm Oil Network (JaSPON).
Positive Impact Finance involves comprehensive analysis and evaluation of the environmental, social, and economic impacts (positive and negative) of corporate activities, and the provision of loans to support these activities on an ongoing basis. It is implemented based on the Principles and procedures in accordance with the Principles for Positive Impact Finance established by the United Nations Environmental Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).
On 7 March a workshop on practices and perspectives for sustainable mineral extraction oranized by the The German Building Materials Association (bbs) took place.
Some of the first and successful entrepreneurial pioneers in biodiversity-friendly production and marketing are already active – in the production of spices in India, for example, and in the cultivation, harvesting and processing of agaves in Mexico.
Since 2011, HeidelbergCement has been in Partnership with BirdLife International, one of the largest nature conservation organisations worldwide. Both partners strive to promote and raise awareness about the essential role that quarries can play to support biodiversity via the temporary or permanent nature of the different habitats they comprise. Through the Partnership, HeidelbergCement has offered to sponsor the 2019 campaign of the Spring Alive programme.
This spring, UPM will begin a transplantation project of rare and threatened wood-inhabiting fungi in co-operation with Natural Resources Institute Finland and the University of Helsinki.
After its revision last year, GIZ’s Environment Programme 2016–2020 now focuses on climate neutrality and sustainable procurement.