David Symons, Future Ready Innovation leader at WSP, gives his views on the negotiations at COP26 and what this means for the future of sustainable business.
While work is underway to clear the massive Glasgow site that has held the world of highs, lows and hard-fought negotiations for two weeks, debate will continue over whether COP26 is a success.
However, the reality is that regardless of the parameters of the Glasgow Climate Pact, the most important thing is what we all do next.
Nearly 200 countries struck a deal late Saturday night, agreeing to the rules for implementing the 2015 Paris climate accord. Last-minute blockades by India and China over the pledge to end coal use and subsidies for watering down fossil fuels was a notable loss, though rules had nevertheless been agreed for a global carbon market and financial commitments to help countries adapt to climate change.
Huge deals were also struck on deforestation and methane emissions, and many of the world’s biggest emitters set targets to reach net zero by mid-century.
But what does all this mean for us? The outcome of COP26 was undoubtedly far from perfect, but nonetheless it represents a substantial step forward in the climate action journey. Undoubtedly, the button has moved on, driven equally by the loud voices of corporate leaders and other non-government actors in attendance at this COP, underscoring their determination to a net zero and resilient future.
But none of these commitments mean anything without implementation. Keeping 1.5 degree alive only works if every aspect of these commitments is minimally adhered to. And, of course, we know we need much more than this – when countries re-report on their Nationally Determined Commitments (NDCs) next year, the expectation for action will undoubtedly have taken on a whole new level of urgency.
What we need now from governments, industry, businesses and communities is a focus on delivery, including the green economy; energy transition; Transport & Infrastructure Decarbonisation; and Nature & Biodiversity.
Here in the UK, the government has published a number of key strategies and plans in the run-up to COP26, including the Transport Decarbonization Plan, the Heat and Buildings Strategy and now the highly anticipated Net Zero Strategy. The conference also passed the Environmental Act, making the UK, among other things, the first country to set a legally binding target to halt the decline of wildlife by 2030.
The clock is ticking fast and implementing the Net Zero strategy must have clear metrics and funding paths, along with appropriate incentives for industry, business and the public to make the changes required of them.
Transformational changes are needed within industry and business to reach the UK’s net-zero target for 2050. There must be a resolute focus on removing the embodied and operational carbon footprint of projects, so also confidence in integrating sustainable solutions into the supply chain as the default modus operandi. As a country, we need to change our demands from industry and business and in turn they need to reposition themselves to respond innovatively to these changes.
Investing in people and skills is now also crucial. Cultural change in the infrastructure sector is no longer optional; education and technical further training on net zero and broader sustainable trajectories is a must. This will enable smart net-zero decision making and ensure we have the expertise needed to implement resilient, future-proof solutions. Working together, we can combine strategic policy with the very best technical and environmental expertise the UK has to offer to address the most pressing challenge of our time.
It is also time for a meaningful conversation with the public about net zero delivery. It must be recognized at the community and individual level that climate change affects us all and that taking action is therefore everyone’s responsibility. In the coming years, domestic customers will have to implement changes in the transition to clean energy, for example by installing heat pumps. Also in reducing our daily carbon footprint in areas such as: recycling and sustainable waste processing; shifts in our nutritional needs (diet typically represents 10-30% of a household’s carbon footprint) and the transition to electric vehicles.
By working together for climate action and changing our way of life, we not only keep 1.5 degrees alive, but we also maintain the hope of preserving our way of life for future generations. It is now time for action. COP26 is a launch pad, not a focal point – we must now focus on delivering meaningful change.
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Amazon has slashed prices to 45 percent on Oral-B electric toothbrushes — but only for Cyber Monday
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Keeping your teeth sparkling clean isn’t a one-time thing – it requires routine maintenance and regular careful brushing. And while you can use a regular, old manual toothbrush, many people find it easier to do a thorough cleaning with an electric brush.
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The little gadget is so smart it’s an insult to call it a toothbrush. The Oral-B 8000 Electronic Electric Toothbrush with Rechargeable Battery is more like having a robot dentist living on your counter, except it’s not as scary as it sounds.
The device takes it upon itself to target the most important areas of your mouth, while tracking and correcting your brushing habits (for example, letting you know when you’re brushing too hard). It also sends real-time feedback to an app.
The replaceable brush heads oscillate, rotate and pulse in one of six personalized settings to remove up to 500 percent more plaque than a regular toothbrush – it even has pressure sensors that automatically slow down brushing speed and visually warn you to protect gums from over-brushing. Choose from four different colors: white, black, orchid, and rose gold. They are so beautiful that you can even use them as a Christmas present for your SO
“After years of using a Sonicare, I am more than thrilled to have switched to the Oral B 8000 with round brush heads,” a satisfied customer said. “This electric toothbrush system is so superior I can see and feel a significant difference. The round brush reaches all areas, so much easier to clean the back teeth and behind my lower lower teeth. I don’t feel any plaque anymore and teeth are definitely whiter The oscillation system is a significant improvement over sonic. My teeth feel like I’ve left the dental hygienist every day and this brush system and Crest 3D white make them look whiter.”
Do you really want to splash on an electric toothbrush? The Oral-B iO Seriess 8 lis basically the Cadillac of electric toothbrushes, and does everything except brushing for you. This brush offers specialized pressure sensing that signals red when you’re brushing too hard and green when things are just right. It features a screen to motivate you while you brush and customize your brushing experience. A dentist-inspired round brush with twisted bristles reaches all parts of your mouth, while live coaching helps you clean just right. Choose a black, Violet or white theme — they’re all discounted!
“I can’t describe how [much] daily brushing improves this brush. Always clean and easy to operate. Worth the money,” a satisfied customer said.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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Early this week, weather conditions will ease with milder temperatures forecast
After a frigid, heady weekend, weather conditions across the country appear to ease from Monday.
Far from the storms and sleet that have swept the country in recent days, Met Éireann said temperatures should drop between 8 and 11 degrees, in line with the seasonal norm.
While there will be a somewhat cloudy morning interspersed with light rain, the start of the week will also give way to dry conditions and even some sunshine in parts, particularly in the south. The rain will later be limited to the west and northwest of the country.
“Tonight will be a milder night than recent times with cloudy or foggy conditions,” forecasters said of a welcome break in recent patterns.
Rain and drizzle will once again haunt Atlantic coastal areas Monday evening, but temperatures remain non-threatening, hovering between seven and nine degrees.
Relative calm will last until Tuesday, framed by mostly dry weather under cloudy, dull skies. With Éireann, however, some heavy rain is forecast in the west and northwest by midday, which will spread to the southeast in the afternoon.
Wednesday will probably be a bit more wintery. Showers coming from the north may turn into sleet, although winds will remain moderate. A cold night, frost will begin to form during long, clear spells and temperatures may drop below freezing again, although not as cold along the west coast.
But for anyone who thinks the country will get better conditions next weekend, there is no hope. On Friday there will be scattered showers, alternating with sunny periods.
It looks like it will turn chilly Friday afternoon and, according to forecasters, current indications show the weekend will “continue restlessly in a rainy north-westerly airflow, feeling quite chilly or chilly”.
Edmonton business group calls for help for struggling Whyte Avenue retailers, restaurants
At The Wish List Gifts store in Edmonton’s historic Old Strathcona neighborhood, Gayle Martin is surrounded by new mugs, kitschy art, and other odd trinkets. But one thing is missing: customers.
Ms Martin’s business has always relied heavily on foot traffic, but the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many customers to stay at home for most of the past 20 months and prevented them from visiting the area.
“We lost our Christmas because they closed the restaurants and we rely a lot on restaurant traffic here in the evenings,” said Ms Martin.
Her company has received a rent reduction from the federal government and tax refunds from the City of Edmonton, allowing her to keep its doors open. But even with most of the public health restrictions now lifted in Alberta, things remain sluggish.
Ms Martin’s struggle is not unique as the pandemic kept people at home and shifted more of their groceries and food to online stores and delivery services, drying up foot traffic along the normally busy Whyte Avenue in Old Strathcona. This left many local businesses unprepared for the sudden change, forcing 39 of them to either close their doors or relocate in 2020, according to the Old Strathcona Business Association, or OSBA.
It’s a problem the business association and municipal government are trying to solve as retailers and hospitality businesses recover, in part by enticing more local businesses to fill empty storefronts and improve critical infrastructure in Old Strathcona.
“Now more than ever, we need to focus on shopping locally and keeping the money in the local economy,” said Michael Janz, the city councilor whose ward includes Old Strathcona.
The OSBA recently launched a marketing campaign to attract new local and independent businesses to the area. In its recruiting package, it cites research data showing that 57 percent of city residents identified the area as their most favorite shopping area.
“We haven’t done this before, so this is a whole new kind of space for us on our initiative side,” said Cherie Klassen, OSBA executive director.
Ms Klassen said the association’s surveys showed that local respondents wanted more local and independent businesses in the area. The OSBA explains that focusing on those types of businesses, rather than chains, will keep more money in the local community.
The campaign is part of the association’s drive to look beyond the pandemic and toward a longer-term recovery. The group launched an economic recovery task force last year to help its members overcome the pandemic with help from municipal grants. It conducted surveys to assess the economic impact of the pandemic on the area and to develop a recovery strategy. It was transformed into a corporate recruiting committee in 2021 to drive the new strategy forward.
Last year, the OSBA and the city teamed up to offer business fee waivers, free patio permits, consultations, and online support and grants.
While the OSBA recorded 39 closed businesses in 2020, it also counted the same number of new businesses opened, leaving vacancy levels flat. During 2020 to October 2021, the OSBA recorded a total of 73 new businesses opening in the area while 62 were either closed or relocated, resulting in a positive profit of 11 new businesses.
Mr Janz, the councilor, said he is working on a series of proposals to improve the area and address remaining challenges. One of the biggest concerns he’s heard about is the lack of walkable spaces in the area. One of his proposals is to extend the sidewalk of the avenue and create more walkways that are both safe and accessible to all.
“If you go there during the certain peak times, they go [be] packed,” he said. “It would be nice if we could spread that.”
Jeff Nachtigall, co-owner of Sugared and Spiced Baked Goods Inc., said that while his store is still making money, it is struggling to pay off debt — which has been made more difficult by the pandemic.
“We can still go ahead, but we are unable to pay off the debt we took on to build the store,” he said.
He also wants the recently elected city council to be open to new and creative ideas that will enhance the city’s new Back Street project, which aims to repurpose alleyways for businesses and create vibrant spaces for people to gather. Mr Nachtigall said the alleyways program will create more walkable spaces for pedestrians.
“With our new council, I’m pretty optimistic because we’ve picked some good councilors who I think see things a certain way, finally,” he said.
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