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News Article | April 17, 2017
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GENEVA, 17-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Symrise AG has joined nearly 200 forward-thinking companies as the newest member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Symrise is a global supplier of fragrances, flavorings, cosmetic base materials and substances as well as functional ingredients. WBCSD is proud to welcome global flavor and fragrance supplier Symrise as its newest member. Symrise is among the global leaders in the market for flavors and fragrances and is represented in over 40 countries worldwide. Company Symrise CEO, Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram stated: “In our journey to meet our sustainability targets and developing both our company and the world around them, this collaboration is an important step. We share a commitment to the principles for sustainable development and we are really looking forward to support and inspire the activities of the   WBCSD.” Peter Bakker, CEO and President of WBCSD said “The commitment of Symrise to sustainability in its business model, in tandem with WBCSD’s network of forward thinking businesses, gives this partnership the potential for real impact. I am particularly excited about working with Symrise on our Food Reform for Sustainability and Health (FReSH) program. By committing to sustainability in fragrances and flavorings, Symrise offers true value in our efforts to accelerate transformational change in global agricultural production systems.” About the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) WBCSD is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses and partners working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. We help make our member companies more successful and sustainable by focusing on the maximum positive impact for shareholders, the environment and societies. Our member companies come from all business sectors and all major economies, representing a combined revenue of more than $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees. Our global network of almost 70 national business councils gives our members unparalleled reach across the globe. WBCSD is uniquely positioned to work with member companies along and across value chains to deliver impactful business solutions to the most challenging sustainability issues. Together, we are the leading voice of business for sustainability: united by our vision of a world where more than 9 billion people are all living well and within the boundaries of our planet, by 2050. http://www.wbcsd.org Media Contact WBCSD: Felicity Glennie-Holmes WBCSD Communications glennie-holmes@wbcsd.org +41 22 839 3110 About Symrise Symrise is a global supplier of fragrances, flavorings, cosmetic active ingredients and raw materials, as well as functional ingredients. Its clients include manufacturers of perfumes, cosmetics, food and beverages, the pharmaceutical industry and producers of nutritional supplements and pet food. Its sales of more than € 2.9 billion in the 2016 fiscal year make Symrise a leading global provider in the flavors and fragrances market. Headquartered in Holzminden, Germany, the Group is represented in over 40 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the United States and Latin America. Symrise works with its clients to develop new ideas and market-ready concepts for products that form an indispensable part of everyday life. Economic success and corporate responsibility are inextricably linked as part of this process. Symrise – always inspiring more…Symrise, always inspiring more… www.symrise.com Media Contacts Symrise: Christina Witter Tel. +49 55 31 90-21 82 E-Mail: christina.witter(at)symrise.com Friedrich-Wilhelm Micus Phone: +49 55 31 90-1363 E-mail: friedrich-wilhelm.micus(at)symrise.com Social Media: twitter.com/symriseag linkedin.com/company/Symrise youtube.com/agsymrise xing.com/companies/symrise


The host country Finland is the first in the world to have published a comprehensive road map to a circular economy. The country's leading future-oriented think-and-do tank Sitra is now inviting the shapers of our future well-being to celebrate Finland's 100th year of independence at the forum. Come and experience Finland's own inspirational story as a global leader as we put the circular economy into practice and deliver concrete benefits across all sectors of business and society. "A circular economy is about using resources more efficiently and creating more value with what we have," says Dr Mari Pantsar, Director of Sitra's Carbon-neutral circular economy. "It can be the win-win approach everyone is looking for. For companies, circular products and business models help cut costs, manage risks and create new revenue. For societies, moving away from the current linear `consume-and-throw-away' economy offers large benefits for tackling the climate crisis, reducing waste and creating jobs." The forum features more than 130 recognised speakers from across the world, including top business and political leaders, representatives of NGOs and innovators. Among the speakers are Amra Balic, Managing Director at BlackRock; Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of Carlsberg; Isabel Fernandez-Niemann, Head of Wholesale Banking at ING; Janez Potocnik, Co-chair of the UN International Resource Panel; Ashok Khosla, Founder and President of Development Alternatives; and Achim Steiner, Director of Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. Former NASA Astronaut Dr Cady Coleman also brings her inspiring circular economy story about surviving in a closed system with limited resources during her six month expedition to the International Space Station. The programme highlights how the circular economy plays an important role in the realisation of the UN's global sustainable development goals (SDGs). Future well-being is built on co-operation between different sectors. The World Circular Economy Forum 2017 contains 17 plenary and parallel sessions showcasing circular economy solutions for business, finance and cities. The event offers three days of discussions, networking, side events and business excursions. Twenty-three exhibitors will be presenting their most interesting circular economy solutions at the venue. See the programme and full list of speakers on the event website www.wcef2017.com. Representatives of the media interested in being accredited to cover the World Circular Economy Forum are kindly asked to fill in the registration form by 26 May 2017. For further details, please contact Communications Specialist Sanna Autere, sanna.autere@sitra.fi, +358 (0)50 331 7510, or see the event website www.wcef2017.com. A live stream of the event will be available at live.wcef2017.com. Organisers of the WCEF2017 include the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Ministry of the Environment of Finland and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland, in co-operation with the following institutions: the European Commission, the European Environment Agency (EEA), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Koli Forum, the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources Forum (WRF). This information was brought to you by Cision http://news.cision.com http://news.cision.com/the-finnish-innovation-fund-sitra/r/world-s-best-circular-economy-solutions-to-be-presented-in-helsinki--5-7-june-2017,c2261214


News Article | May 10, 2017
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The world is in serious need of solutions to create sustainable growth and jobs. The World Circular Economy Forum 2017 is bringing 1,500 specialists from around the world to Finland to show how this can be done. The groundbreaking event will focus on the world's best circular economy solutions in which business and the environment go hand in hand. The host country Finland is the first in the world to have published a comprehensive road map to a circular economy. The country's leading future-oriented think-and-do tank Sitra is now inviting the shapers of our future well-being to celebrate Finland's 100th year of independence at the forum. Come and experience Finland's own inspirational story as a global leader as we put the circular economy into practice and deliver concrete benefits across all sectors of business and society. "A circular economy is about using resources more efficiently and creating more value with what we have," says Dr Mari Pantsar, Director of Sitra's Carbon-neutral circular economy. "It can be the win-win approach everyone is looking for. For companies, circular products and business models help cut costs, manage risks and create new revenue. For societies, moving away from the current linear `consume-and-throw-away' economy offers large benefits for tackling the climate crisis, reducing waste and creating jobs." The forum features more than 130 recognised speakers from across the world, including top business and political leaders, representatives of NGOs and innovators. Among the speakers are Amra Balic, Managing Director at BlackRock; Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of Carlsberg; Isabel Fernandez-Niemann, Head of Wholesale Banking at ING; Janez Potocnik, Co-chair of the UN International Resource Panel; Ashok Khosla, Founder and President of Development Alternatives; and Achim Steiner, Director of Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. Former NASA Astronaut Dr Cady Coleman also brings her inspiring circular economy story about surviving in a closed system with limited resources during her six month expedition to the International Space Station. The programme highlights how the circular economy plays an important role in the realisation of the UN's global sustainable development goals (SDGs). Future well-being is built on co-operation between different sectors. The World Circular Economy Forum 2017 contains 17 plenary and parallel sessions showcasing circular economy solutions for business, finance and cities. The event offers three days of discussions, networking, side events and business excursions. Twenty-three exhibitors will be presenting their most interesting circular economy solutions at the venue. See the programme and full list of speakers on the event website www.wcef2017.com. Representatives of the media interested in being accredited to cover the World Circular Economy Forum are kindly asked to fill in the registration form by 26 May 2017. For further details, please contact Communications Specialist Sanna Autere, sanna.autere@sitra.fi, +358 (0)50 331 7510, or see the event website www.wcef2017.com. A live stream of the event will be available at live.wcef2017.com. Organisersof the WCEF2017 include the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Ministry of the Environment of Finland and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland, in co-operation with the following institutions: the European Commission, the European Environment Agency (EEA), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Koli Forum, the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources Forum (WRF). This information was brought to you by Cision http://news.cision.com To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/worlds-best-circular-economy-solutions-to-be-presented-in-helsinki-5-7-june-2017-300455216.html


Below50 on yksi uusimmista kestävien polttoaineiden aloitteista ja se yhdistää edelläkävijäyrityksiä ja World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) ja Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) -järjestöt. Aloite julkistettiin kesäkuussa 2016. UPM uudistaa bio- ja metsäteollisuutta. Rakennamme kestävää tulevaisuutta kuudella liiketoiminta-alueella: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA ja UPM Plywood. Tuotteemme valmistetaan uusiutuvista raaka-aineista ja ne ovat kierrätettäviä. Palvelemme asiakkaitamme maailmanlaajuisesti. Yhtiössämme työskentelee noin 19 600 henkilöä ja vuosittainen liikevaihtomme on noin 10 miljardia euroa. UPM:n osakkeet on listattu Helsingin pörssissä. UPM - The Biofore Company - www.upm.fi Below50 on uudenlainen edistyneiden yritysten yhteenliittymä jonka taustalla ovat World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) ja Energy for All (SE4ALL) tavoitteenaan edistää luokkansa parhaita vähähiilisiä polttoaineita, niiden käyttöä ja kehitystä. Below50 perustettiin vähähiilisen teknologian hankkeen myötä (Low Carbon Technology Partnership initiative) ja sen tavoitteena on kasvattaa maailmanlaajuista yritysmarkkinaa markkinoiden parhaille vähähiilisille polttoaineille. Yritys, joka tuottaa, käyttää tai investoi polttoaineisiin jotka ovat vähintään 50% vähähiilisempiä kuin fossiiliset polttoaineet voi liittyä mukaan below50 hankkeeseen. Yritysten pitää julkisesti sitoutua kampanjaan, todentaa sitoumuksensa ja raportoida tavoitteen saavuttamisesta.  www.below50.org


Below50 on yksi uusimmista kestävien polttoaineiden aloitteista ja se yhdistää edelläkävijäyrityksiä ja World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) ja Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) -järjestöt. Aloite julkistettiin kesäkuussa 2016. UPM uudistaa bio- ja metsäteollisuutta. Rakennamme kestävää tulevaisuutta kuudella liiketoiminta-alueella: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA ja UPM Plywood. Tuotteemme valmistetaan uusiutuvista raaka-aineista ja ne ovat kierrätettäviä. Palvelemme asiakkaitamme maailmanlaajuisesti. Yhtiössämme työskentelee noin 19 600 henkilöä ja vuosittainen liikevaihtomme on noin 10 miljardia euroa. UPM:n osakkeet on listattu Helsingin pörssissä. UPM - The Biofore Company - www.upm.fi Below50 on uudenlainen edistyneiden yritysten yhteenliittymä jonka taustalla ovat World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) ja Energy for All (SE4ALL) tavoitteenaan edistää luokkansa parhaita vähähiilisiä polttoaineita, niiden käyttöä ja kehitystä. Below50 perustettiin vähähiilisen teknologian hankkeen myötä (Low Carbon Technology Partnership initiative) ja sen tavoitteena on kasvattaa maailmanlaajuista yritysmarkkinaa markkinoiden parhaille vähähiilisille polttoaineille. Yritys, joka tuottaa, käyttää tai investoi polttoaineisiin jotka ovat vähintään 50% vähähiilisempiä kuin fossiiliset polttoaineet voi liittyä mukaan below50 hankkeeseen. Yritysten pitää julkisesti sitoutua kampanjaan, todentaa sitoumuksensa ja raportoida tavoitteen saavuttamisesta.  www.below50.org


News Article | November 15, 2016
Site: www.marketwired.com

AutoGrid named winner in the award's "systems category" for flexibility management applications that leverage the Energy Internet to harness flexible capacity from distributed energy resources (DERs) MARRAKECH, MOROCCO and REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 15, 2016) - AutoGrid Systems, the Energy Internet leader, today announced that is has been was named a winner in the systems category of the Energy Productivity Innovation Challenge (EPIC). A global initiative devised and delivered by Energy Unlocked (a hub for innovation in global energy systems) and ClimateWorks, the winners were recognized at a ceremony hosted by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development on November 15 at the Low Emissions Solutions Conference, taking place during the COP22 UN climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco. Energy Unlocked's EPIC 2016 competition aims to discover and promote new market entrants who can help homes, industry and big business use less energy, at lower cost and with a lower carbon footprint. Advances in predictive analytics, real-time optimization, edge computing, fintech and battery storage are creating new demand-side flexibility and compelling opportunities to modernize the way the world produces, buys and consumes energy. Winners in the five EPIC categories -- homes, buildings, mobility, systems and finance -- were selected by an international jury assessing their impact on productivity, global transferability and innovation. Partners of the EPIC initiative include the Climate Group's EP100 initiative, the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity and the Alliance to Save Energy. Using Flexibility Management to Increase Energy Productivity AutoGrid was recognized for its suite of flexibility management applications, AutoGrid Flex™, which enable utilities and energy service providers to use the Energy Internet to predict, optimize and control any networked distributed energy resource (DER) -- including Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units, demand response (DR) programs, distributed solar, industrial lighting systems, battery storage systems and smart thermostats -- in real time and at scale. By enabling them to maximize the energy productivity of these DERs, utilities and energy service providers can better balance supply and demand on an increasingly complex, multi-directional and renewable energy powered grid. For example, with AutoGrid Flex, utilities and energy service providers can use DERs to account for the intermittency of renewable generation, allowing them to cost-effectively add more renewables into their energy system without impacting grid stability. In addition, AutoGrid Flex's advanced analytics and machine learning technologies deliver reliable, accurate, dispatch-grade demand response, making these programs more efficient while improving system reliability. "The distributed energy world will require us to not just generate more power from renewable resources, but also use the Energy Internet to maximize the productivity of every energy asset we have if we want energy to be clean, cheap and reliable," said Dr. Amit Narayan, CEO of AutoGrid. "This recognition further validates our conviction that flexibility management is essential if utilities and energy service providers are to be successful in building renewable-friendly, flexible energy networks that maximize the productivity of any type of DER." About EPIC EPIC -- the Energy Productivity Innovation Challenge -- is a global initiative devised and delivered by Energy Unlocked with funding from ClimateWorks. Entries were invited from global technology companies and innovators between June and September 2016. A jury of clean energy pioneers and experts including -- ClimateWorks Foundation, Rocky Mountain Institute, International Energy Agency, World Green Buildings Council, Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the B Team -- announced 21 regional finalists on October 13, 2016 at the IEA's Innovation in Energy Efficiency event. Partners of the EPIC initiative include the Climate Group's EP100 initiative, the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity, and the Alliance to Save Energy. Global media partners include: GreenBusiness Media and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Please visit EPIC.energyunlocked.org for more information. About AutoGrid Systems AutoGrid builds software applications that enable a smarter Energy Internet. The company's suite of Energy Internet applications allows utilities, electricity retailers, renewable energy project developers and energy service providers to deliver cheap, clean and reliable energy by managing networked distributed energy resources (DERs) in real time and at scale. AutoGrid applications are all built on the AutoGrid Energy Internet Platform (EIP), with patented Predictive Controls™ technology that leverages petabytes of smart meter, sensor and third-party data, along with powerful data science and high-performance computing algorithms, to monitor, predict, optimize and control the operations of millions of assets connected across global energy networks. The world's leading energy companies, including E.ON, Bonneville Power Administration, Florida Power & Light, Southern California Edison, Eneco, Portland General Electric, CPS Energy, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, NextEra Energy and CLEAResult, are using AutoGrid's software to improve their operations, integrate renewables and drive deeper engagement with their customers. AutoGrid has been recognized with several prestigious industry awards including Greentech Media's Grid Edge Award 2016, Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer 2016, World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2015, Red Herring Top 100 North America 2015, Cleantech Global 100 for 2015 and 2014, and Industrial Innovation Company of the Year 2014 by the Cleantech Group.


News Article | November 29, 2016
Site: www.theenergycollective.com

Cities and local governments were especially evident at the Low-Emissions Solutions Conference held during last week’s COP22 global climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, where a Handbook on creating dynamic local markets for Energy Efficient Buildings was launched. The handbook uses a business-led approach piloted in 10 cities over the last four years to develop and implement action plans on energy efficiency in buildings. A key example from the handbook is taken from Poland, a country not normally noted for its action on climate change. It describes how a multi-stakeholder partnership set up in 2014 has, by November 2016, already set up a residential buildings energy efficiency financing facility of €200 million (AU$287m), produced a benchmarking report on operation costs in commercial buildings, and created a platform for public-private dialogue and action. It is part of an initiative called EEB Amplify, launched on COP22’s Buildings and Cities Day with the aim of scaling up the Energy Efficiency in Buildings program from 10 cities to 50 by 2020. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is currently working with 1500 cities across the world. EEB Amplify is a partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Climate-KIC in Europe, the US Green Building Council and US Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the Indian Green Building Council. Its expansion will begin in 2017 and aims to include 50 cities by 2020. COP22 was all about implementation. There was a shared feeling that the Paris Agreement and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals have created an irreversible and irresistible pathway to a low-carbon world and now, despite what has happened in America, the task is just to get on with it. On display at the conference were materials, construction innovation, technologies for energy efficiency, adaptation and resilience, and sustainable mobility across electric and fuel cell vehicles. NGO and government leaders spoke at a press conference about how subnational governments and major cities around the world – including in the US and Canada – are adopting No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure policies and pledges. Cities across the Western US who have signed up to the No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure policy include Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, and uptake is accelerating. Many cities and governments signalled an intention to move cities and regions away from all fossil fuel export infrastructure and towards 100 per cent renewable energy. Many already are. US Secretary of State John Kerry announced the Obama Administration’s plan for deep decarbonisation, even though the Trump administration could well undo it. While acknowledging the uncertainty Trump’s win creates, he predicted that markets would continue to drive the transition to clean energy sources for economic reasons, and that the question was whether it would happen sufficiently fast to avoid catastrophic climate damage. “The US plan for deep decarbonisation Secretary Kerry unveiled today is a welcome recognition of the need for urgent action, however, it does not go nearly far enough,” observed Daphne Wysham, director of the climate and energy program at the Center for Sustainable Economy. So city representatives joined 47 governments forming the Climate Vulnerable Forum, business and civil society including from Morocco, Ethiopia and Costa Rica, the City of Oslo, the Australian Capital Territory Government, Sumba Islands and corporations like Mars and IKEA to talk about the movement towards 100 per cent renewable energy cities. COP22 President Salaheddine Mezouar said that “renewable energies do not only mitigate our impact on climate change but open the way to new models of sustainable development with new investments, new industries and new jobs”. The built environment is at the heart of all of of these work streams. Following the conference, Gino Van Begin, secretary general of ICLEI, called upon all stakeholders – business, the research community and all levels of government – to get together with local governments to “implement and take up new technologies that facilitate low emission, resilient development” and to “allow innovation to happen and to be effectively applied”. Only by working together will they, and by definition, the world, “build a strong architecture needed to support implementation of the Paris Agreement”, he said. Peter Bakker, president and CEO of the WBCSD echoed this, saying the conference showed “how business, government, academia, cities and other experts are already delivering the solutions that will define future competitiveness in the low-carbon economy”. Cities100 was another highlight of the cities day at COP22. It showcased leading solutions to urban climate challenges in 10 sectors, ranging from solid waste management to transportation, and, for the first time, solutions that address the nexus of climate change and social equity. Amongst the examples in Cities100 were: C40 chair and Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes gave a keynote address at the Sustainable Innovation Forum, which highlighted the importance of mayors and cities in tackling climate change, saying that cities are taking bold actions, but much more needs to be done, including a “coordinated collaboration between all levels of society”. He talked about how carbon intensive and traditional businesses needed to be reinvented because they “will not have a place in a world facing climate change”, calling this “a great economic opportunity”. “In the next 15 years, the world is expected to invest around USD $90 trillion in infrastructure. Much of that will happen in cities … Municipal governments cannot leverage those resources alone,” he said. According to C40’s research, urban policy decisions made in the next four years alone could lock-in almost a third of the remaining global safe carbon budget. This is why C40 supports its member cities in developing targets and climate action plans that are aligned with a 1.5 degree pathway. C40’s Climate Finance Facility, now in its pilot phase, will support cities in low and middle-income countries in preparing climate change projects to attract investments. The 200 countries attending the COP22 conference were united in the face of Donald Trump’s campaign threat to quit the Paris accord on climate change. “No one country, no one man, no one person can control the outcome of the destiny that we all see as part of the writing on the wall that climate change is real, we need to act and we are going to do everything we can so I definitely think that the speeches over the past several days had that impact and effect on us as a civil society and over other countries as well,” concluded Tina Johnson, policy director at the US Climate Network. The Marrakech Proclamation, issued at the conclusion of the conference, serves as a message of solidarity against Trump’s threat. The Proclamation contains a resolution to hammer out a rulebook by 2018, and this is its concluding sentence: “As we now turn towards implementation and action, we reiterate our resolve to inspire solidarity, hope and opportunity for current and future generations.” Note: This post was originally published on The Fifth Estate on 23 November 2016. David Thorpe is the author of:


Marrakech, 18-Nov-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Solvay, ArcelorMittal, Evonik and LafargeHolcim today announce the formation of a new Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative across the steel, cement and chemicals industries. This new partnership will look at the potential synergies that exist between the manufacturing processes of these three energy intensive sectors, and how these synergies could be harnessed to reducing CO2 emissions. As a first step, and following preliminary research, the innovative partnership will produce a study (**) with the technical support of Arthur D. Little to identify potential ways to valorise industrial off-gases and other by-products from their manufacturing processes to produce goods with a lower carbon footprint than through the fossil path. The preliminary research already allowed identifying significant potential in selected trans-sector pathways. The study is aimed at bringing a fact-based overview of carbon and energy sources from industrial off-gases (first at a European level), and evaluating the technical, environmental and economic feasibility of different Carbon Capture and Usage (CCU) pathways and their potential. Initial findings from the first step already underway suggest that: – Deploying cross-sector carbon capture and reuse opportunities on an industrial scale  – something that does not happen today – could reduce up to 3 GT/y or 7% of global anthropogenic CO emissions. – Existing conversion technologies that could be deployed across the three sectors could utilise by-products in the off-gases to create building materials, organic chemicals and fuel. As an example, up to 1-2% (0.4-0.7 Gt/y) of global anthropogenic CO could be reduced with the production of ethanol/methanolalone. – Increased availability and greater access to renewable energy sources, would significantly boost net carbon reduction efforts by those three sectors, within a supportive legislative framework. – Cross sector carbon capture and reuse should also result in job creation, to be further investigated. The study, carried out at European level, is building the ground for similar investigation extended at global level and paves the way for identifying and assessing industrial scale projects on CCU at the interface between the sectors. Speaking in Marrakech, Michel Bande, Corporate Sustainability Officer and Liaison Delegate WBCSD of Solvay, said “The potential to reduce carbon emissions through better collaboration between the chemicals, steel and cement industries looks promising.  European energy-intensive industries could, with new and innovative ways to work together, ultimately produce large volumes of final goods with a reduced carbon footprint. In this arena, the chemical industry is key thanks to its enabling technologies. Indeed, linking large sources of carbon with the expertise and processes of the chemical industry could become crucial to develop ground-breaking solutions helping to reach the 2°C goal.The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is instrumental in supporting the emergence of such partnerships that require long term cooperation and vision shared between industry and society”. Carl de Maré, Vice President Head of Technology Strategyof ArcelorMittal, said: “We are excited to build a partnership that demonstrates our commitment to developing a low-carbon, circular economy steel business and explores the numerous efficiency opportunities across other energy intensive industries. We believe that steel is a perfect material for the circular economy, but key to exploiting our potential is establishing innovative cross-sector partnerships such as this. This will help us to develop and industrialise carbon re-use technologies, ensuring that waste products created from the steelmaking process are effectively harnessed and re-used, reducing our direct carbon footprint, but also creating commercially valuable products that have a lower carbon footprint than currently available alternatives.” Stefan Haver, Senior Vice President Corporate Responsibility of Evonik, said: “Cross-sector initiatives like this offer great opportunities to steer our economies towards improved sustainability and more circularity. That’s why Evonik strongly supports joined actions in low carbon technologies.” Bernard Mathieu,Head Group SustainableDevelopmentof LafargeHolcim, said: “Concrete offers the highest level of life-cycle sustainability performance and we are continuously developing new products and solutions for a low carbon society. This new ambitious partnership will support our mission to cut our net emissions per ton of cement by 40% towards 2030 (versus 1990) and to develop and further deploy low carbon solutions for the construction sector.  But to make this a reality, we will need an enabling regulatory framework and support to innovation.” (*) LCTPi is a set of programs, gathering 150 global businesses and 70 partners under the auspices of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, to accelerate the development of low-carbon technology solutions to stay below the 2°C ceiling, (**) The study is carried out in the framework of a trans-sector LCTPi on CCU that takes places under the auspices of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and is supported by technical expertise of the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC). An international chemical and advanced materials company, Solvay assists its customers in innovating, developing and delivering high-value, sustainable products and solutions which consume less energy and reduce CO2 emissions, optimize the use of resources and improve the quality of life. Solvay serves diversified global end markets, including automotive and aerospace, consumer goods and healthcare, energy and environment, electricity and electronics, building and construction as well as industrial applications. Solvay is headquartered in Brussels with about 30,900 employees spread across 53 countries. It generated pro forma net sales of € 12.4 bn in 2015, with 90% made from activities where it ranks among the world’s top 3 players. Solvay SA (SOLB.BE) is listed on Euronext in Brussels and Paris (Bloomberg: SOLB:BB – Reuters: SOLB.BR). ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and an industrial footprint in 19 countries. Guided by a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel, we are the leading supplier of quality steel in the major global steel markets including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with world-class research and development and outstanding distribution networks. Through our core values of sustainability, quality and leadership, we operate responsibly with respect to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate. For us, steel is the fabric of life, as it is at the heart of the modern world from railways to cars and washing machines. We are actively researching and producing steel-based technologies and solutions that make many of the products and components people use in their everyday lives more energy efficient. We are one of the world’s five largest producers of iron ore and metallurgical coal and our mining business is an essential part of our growth strategy. With a geographically diversified portfolio of iron ore and coal assets, we are strategically positioned to serve our network of steel plants and the external global market. While our steel operations are important customers, our supply to the external market is increasing as we grow. In 2015, ArcelorMittal had revenues of US$63.6 billion and crude steel production of 92.5 million tonnes, while own iron ore production reached 62.8 million tonnes. ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS). For more information about ArcelorMittal please visit: http://corporate.arcelormittal.com/ Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. Profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company form the heart of Evonik’s corporate strategy. Its activities focus on the key megatrends health, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalization. Evonik benefits specifically from its innovative prowess and integrated technology platforms. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In fiscal 2015 more than 33,500 employees generated sales of around €13.5 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about €2.47 billion. With a well-balanced presence in 90 countries and a focus on cement, aggregates and concrete, LafargeHolcim (SIX Swiss Exchange, Euronext Paris: LHN) is the world leader in the building materials industry. The Group has 100,000 employees around the world and combined net sales of CHF 29.5 billion in 2015. LafargeHolcim is the industry benchmark in R&D and serves from the individual homebuilder to the largest and most complex project with the widest range of value-adding products, innovative services and comprehensive building solutions. With a commitment to drive sustainable solutions for better building and infrastructure and to contribute to a higher quality of life, the Group is best positioned to meet the challenges of increasing urbanization.


Marrakech, 17 November 2016 - ArcelorMittal, Evonik, LafargeHolcim and Solvay today announce the formation of a new Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative across the steel, cement and chemicals industries. This new partnership will look at the potential synergies that exist between the manufacturing processes of these three energy intensive sectors, and how these synergies could be harnessed to reducing CO emissions. As a first step, and following preliminary research, the innovative partnership will produce a study (**) with the technical support of Arthur D. Little to identify potential ways to valorise industrial off-gases and other by-products from their manufacturing processes to produce goods with a lower carbon footprint than through the fossil path. The preliminary research already allowed identifying significant potential in selected trans-sector pathways. The study is aimed at bringing a fact-based overview of carbon and energy sources  from industrial off-gases (first at a European level), and evaluating the technical, environmental and economic feasibility of different Carbon Capture and Usage (CCU) pathways and their potential. Initial findings from the first step already underway suggest that: The study, carried out at European level, is building the ground for similar investigation extended at global level and paves the way for identifying and assessing industrial scale projects on CCU at the interface between the sectors. Speaking in Marrakech, Michel Bande, Corporate Sustainability Officer and Liaison Delegate WBCSD of Solvay, said "The potential to reduce carbon emissions through better collaboration between the chemicals, steel and cement industries looks promising.  European energy-intensive industries could, with new and innovative ways to work together, ultimately produce large volumes of final goods with a reduced carbon footprint. In this arena, the chemical industry is key thanks to its enabling technologies. Indeed, linking large sources of carbon with the expertise and processes of the chemical industry could become crucial to develop ground-breaking solutions helping to reach the 2°C goal. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is instrumental in supporting the emergence of such partnerships that require long term cooperation and vision shared between industry and society". Carl de Maré, Vice President Head of Technology Strategy of ArcelorMittal, said: "We are excited to build a partnership that demonstrates our commitment to developing a low-carbon, circular economy steel business and explores the numerous efficiency opportunities across other energy intensive industries. We believe that steel is a perfect material for the circular economy, but key to exploiting our potential is establishing innovative cross-sector partnerships such as this. This will help us to develop and industrialise carbon re-use technologies, ensuring that waste products created from the steelmaking process are effectively harnessed and re-used, reducing our direct carbon footprint, but also creating commercially valuable products that have a lower carbon footprint than currently available alternatives." Stefan Haver, Senior Vice President Corporate Responsibility of Evonik, said: "Cross-sector initiatives like this offer great opportunities to steer our economies towards improved sustainability and more circularity. That's why Evonik strongly supports joined actions in low carbon technologies." Bernard Mathieu, Head Group Sustainable Development of LafargeHolcim, said: "Concrete offers the highest level of life-cycle sustainability performance and we are continuously developing new products and solutions for a low carbon society. This new ambitious partnership will support our mission to cut our net emissions per ton of cement by 40% towards 2030 (versus 1990) and to develop and further deploy low carbon solutions for the construction sector.  But to make this a reality, we will need an enabling regulatory framework and support to innovation." (*) LCTPi is a set of programs, gathering 150 global businesses and 70 partners under the auspices of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, to accelerate the development of low-carbon technology solutions to stay below the 2°C ceiling, (**) The study is carried out in the framework of a trans-sector LCTPi on CCU that takes places under the auspices of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and is supported by technical expertise of the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC). ArcelorMittal ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and an industrial footprint in 19 countries. Guided by a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel, we are the leading supplier of quality steel in the major global steel markets including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with world-class research and development and outstanding distribution networks. Through our core values of sustainability, quality and leadership, we operate responsibly with respect to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate. For us, steel is the fabric of life, as it is at the heart of the modern world from railways to cars and washing machines. We are actively researching and producing steel-based technologies and solutions that make many of the products and components people use in their everyday lives more energy efficient. We are one of the world's five largest producers of iron ore and metallurgical coal and our mining business is an essential part of our growth strategy. With a geographically diversified portfolio of iron ore and coal assets, we are strategically positioned to serve our network of steel plants and the external global market. While our steel operations are important customers, our supply to the external market is increasing as we grow. In 2015, ArcelorMittal had revenues of US$63.6 billion and crude steel production of 92.5 million tonnes, while own iron ore production reached 62.8 million tonnes. ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS). For more information about ArcelorMittal please visit: http://corporate.arcelormittal.com/ Evonik Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. Profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company form the heart of Evonik's corporate strategy. Its activities focus on the key megatrends health, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalization. Evonik benefits specifically from its innovative prowess and integrated technology platforms. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In fiscal 2015 more than 33,500 employees generated sales of around €13.5 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about €2.47 billion. LafargeHolcim With a well-balanced presence in 90 countries and a focus on cement, aggregates and concrete, LafargeHolcim (SIX Swiss Exchange, Euronext Paris: LHN) is the world leader in the building materials industry. The Group has 100,000 employees around the world and combined net sales of CHF 29.5 billion in 2015. LafargeHolcim is the industry benchmark in R&D and serves from the individual homebuilder to the largest and most complex project with the widest range of value-adding products, innovative services and comprehensive building solutions. With a commitment to drive sustainable solutions for better building and infrastructure and to contribute to a higher quality of life, the Group is best positioned to meet the challenges of increasing urbanization. Solvay An international chemical and advanced materials company, Solvay assists its customers in innovating, developing and delivering high-value, sustainable products and solutions which consume less energy and reduce CO2 emissions, optimize the use of resources and improve the quality of life. Solvay serves diversified global end markets, including automotive and aerospace, consumer goods and healthcare, energy and environment, electricity and electronics, building and construction as well as industrial applications. Solvay is headquartered in Brussels with about 30,900 employees spread across 53 countries. It generated pro forma net sales of €12.4 bn in 2015, with 90% made from activities where it ranks among the world's top 3 players.


(UPM, Helsinki, 15 November 2016 at 14:30 EET) - UPM Biofuels has joined the below50 coalition to promote the most sustainable fuels that can achieve significant carbon reductions - and scale up their development and use. Any company which produces, uses or invests in fuels that are at least 50% less carbon intensive than conventional fossil fuels can join below50. Companies must publicly commit to the campaign, show evidence that supports their claim, and disclose their progress towards achieving this goal. "Below50 sends out an important message on the need to scale up the global market for sustainable biofuels. Advanced biofuels provide a fast track to decarbonising transport. UPM has been producing its wood-based renewable drop-in diesel for almost two years now. Market reaction to our innovative UPM BioVerno - which provides up to 80% GHG reduction - has been very positive. We believe consumers will increasingly appreciate the environmental and social benefits of truly advanced biofuels," says Sari Mannonen, Vice President, UPM Biofuels. Below50 is one of the newest initiatives in sustainable fuels, and it brings together forward-thinking businesses with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL). The initiative was launched in June 2016. "Our industry needs global collaboration platforms and the message conveyed by below50 fits UPM Biofuel's strategy very well," concludes Sari Mannonen. For further information please contact: Sari Mannonen, Vice President, UPM Biofuels, tel. +358 45 265 1345 UPM Biofuels UPM plans to become a major player in high quality, advanced biofuels for transport. Biofuels are an essential part of the Biofore strategy. The innovative wood-based biofuels developed by the company and their production technologies are part of a sustainable future. UPM's biofuels are frontrunners in quality, usability and sustainability. They will significantly decrease greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels. www.upmbiofuels.com UPM Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve our customers worldwide. The group employs around 19,600 people and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - www.upm.com Below50 is a ground-breaking initiative that brings forward-thinking businesses together with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) to promote the best-of-breed of sustainable fuels that can achieve significant carbon reductions, and scale up their development and use. A key outcome of the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi), below50 is a game-changing collaboration designed to grow a global corporate market for the best-of-breed sustainable low-carbon transport fuels (LCTFs). Any company who produces, uses and/or invests in fuels that are at least 50% less carbon intensive than conventional fossil fuels can join below50. Companies must publicly commit to the campaign, show evidence that supports their claim, and disclose their progress towards achieving this goal. www.below50.org

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