Microsoft joins group seeking to kill off historic climate change lawsuits

The Guardian

Microsoft has joined a conservative-led group that demands fossil fuel companies be granted legal immunity from attempts to claw back damages from the climate change they helped cause. The stated goals of the Climate Leadership Council (CLC) include a $40-a-ton fee on carbon dioxide emissions in return for the gutting of current climate change regulations and "protecting companies from federal and state tort liability for historic emissions". Microsoft has become the first technology company to join the CLC, which includes oil giants BP, ExxonMobil, Shell, Total and ConocoPhillips among its founding members. Handing legal immunity to these oil companies would squash a cavalcade of recent climate lawsuits launched by cities and counties across the US, including one by King county, Washington, where Microsoft is based. "When Microsoft is underwater it should ask itself if this is a good deal," said Matthew Pawa, a lawyer representing King county, which includes Seattle, in its lawsuit against five major oil companies.


Amazon announces plans to make half of shipments carbon neutral by 2030

The Independent - Tech

Online retail giant Amazon has announced plans to make alf if its shipments carbon neutral by the year 2030. The company, which ships millions of packages a year to shoppers, said that it will achieve that goal by switching to renewable energy sources and by asking suppliers to reimagine their packaging. So, Amazon will be relying more on solar energy, and hopes to find way to cut packaging waste like other big companies including McDonald and Coca-Cola have announced. The company will also push for more deliveries to be made using electric vans. "It won't be easy to achieve this goal, but it's worth being focused and stubborn on this vision and we're committed to seeing it through," Dave Clark, Amazon senior vice president of worldwide operations, said.


Suppliers Are Being Asked To Cut Emissions - And Saving Billions As They Do So

Forbes - Tech

When companies look to reduce their environmental impacts, they very quickly realise that there is a limit to what they can achieve by focusing solely on their own operations. For many businesses, their main impacts on issues such as resource scarcity, water and energy use come either through how their products are used once they have been sold or in their supply chains. It used to be thought that there was nothing a customer could do about its suppliers' business practices and impact on the environment, but there is a growing realisation that purchasing organisations have the power to change the way their suppliers behave. Nowhere is this more evident than in the latest report on supply chains by CDP, the global environmental data platform. The Missing link: Harnessing the power of purchasing for a sustainable future report reveals that suppliers cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 434m tonnes in 2016, more than the annual emissions of France, saving themselves $12.4bn in the process, double the amount of savings revealed the year before.


Musk departs Trump biz council over Paris exit

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

President Donald Trump says the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement. File photo taken on Feb. 3, 2017 shows President Trump talking with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, center, and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon during a White House meeting with business leaders. SAN FRANCISCO -- Businesses and corporate leaders were quick to react to President Trump's decision Thursday to pull the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement. Tesla CEO Elon Musk made good on his threat to leave President Trump's CEO-stacked economic council if he turns his back on the consortium of nations pledged to fight climate change. Trump has argued that taxes and other measures imposed by such a group would hamper U.S. economic growth.


Apple aims to clean up its supply chain with new renewable energy goals

Mashable

Apple says it is fixing a big hole in its clean energy strategy by partnering with its far-flung manufacturers to reduce carbon emissions from factories. But the third-party suppliers of Apple's iPhone glass covers, antennae bands and other key parts continue to rely on electricity from the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal. SEE ALSO: How Apple is taking the tech world's love affair with renewables to a new level Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, announced a handful of initiatives on Monday that will see Apple's manufacturers invest in wind and solar projects and energy-efficiency upgrades. "We are firm believers that everybody has a responsibility to address climate change," Jackson said in an address at the launch event for the 2016 Climate Week in New York City. About 77 percent of Apple's total carbon dioxide emissions come from the company's global supply chain, including mainly companies and manufacturing sites that Apple neither owns nor directly operates, said Jackson, who was head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2009 to 2013.