PSI sustainability news round-up

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The Circular Economy Is at the Heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Huffington Post, 19 January 2016
The ambitious aims agreed in Paris do not require a trade off with growth. That’s because circular business models drive growth. And they unlock the revenues we are otherwise throwing away by pursuing the traditional ‘take, make, waste’ model of doing business.

The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics
Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 19 January 2016
Applying circular economy principles to global plastic packaging flows could transform the plastics economy and drastically reduce negative externalities such as leakage into oceans, according to this new report.

Circular Economy offers climate change mitigation opportunities
Resource, 15 January 2016
A new report, The Potential of the Waste Sector to a Low Carbon Economy, recommends EU member states rethink their funding of waste management systems.


Investors Eye Oil Majors’ Lobbying on Climate Policy
Bloomberg BNA, 12 January 2016
While European energy majors have expressed support for the Paris climate agreement, US firms have been silent on the subject. But shareholder pressure may be changing things - if slowly.


Climate change disaster is biggest threat to global economy in 2016, say experts
Guardian, 14 January 2016
Global warming heads top economists’ concerns for first time but large-scale forced migration seen as most likely risk to materialise.

Climate change fails to top list of threats for business leaders at Davos
Guardian, 20 January 2016
Geopolitical uncertainty, over-regulation and cyber attacks among biggest threats to business, survey of CEOs finds.

Scottish Government plans to cut spending on climate change mitigation
Holyrood, 18 January 2016
Officials figures show spending on climate change mitigation will be cut from £502m in 2015/16, to £456.2m in the 2016/17 draft budget.


China’s coal-burning in significant decline, figures show
Guardian, 19 January 2016
Official data shows coal use fell in 2015 across a wide range of measures as world’s largest polluter continues its transition to clean energy.

DECC kicks off energy innovation consultation
BusinessGreen, 19 January 2016
Government invites energy industry players to come forward with ideas for stimulating innovation across the sector.

Renewable energy is a ‘bubble’, says financier
Wall Street Journal, 12 January 2016
In order to succeed in the long term, renewables need to become commercially viable quickly - and there needs to be serious investment in infrastructure.