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O tempo está passando

Ficamos orgulhosos de estar em Paris em dezembro de 2015, quando os líderes mundiais se uniram para fazer algo realmente importante: adotaram uma estrutura global para combater juntes as mudanças climáticas e se comprometeram a manter o aumento da temperatura global média abaixo de 2º C. Este foi um momento histórico. No entanto, Paris não foi o fim, foi apenas o começo.

With the release of the mais recente relatório do IPCC, o consenso da comunidade científica global não poderia ser mais claro: nosso mundo já está vendo os efeitos devastadores da mudança climática e o tempo está correndo, precisamos agir logo para evitar consequências ainda mais catastróficas.

 

Mudança climática tem a ver com justiça

De secas e incêndios devastadores na região oeste dos Estados Unidos até a aceleração das taxas de aumento do nível do mar e de furacões mais poderosos, as verdadeiras vítimas de um planeta em aquecimento não são apenas os ursos polares e as calotas polares, mas as pessoas.

De qualquer maneira, os efeitos da mudança climática não são sentidos igualmente. A cruel ironia da mudança climática é que quem vive em países em desenvolvimento - onde há pessoas que menos podem se adaptar - pagará o maior preço pelos 200 anos de industrialização e poluição do mundo desenvolvido. Esta é verdadeiramente uma questão de justiça climática.

 

 

Calma, temos boas notícias

Ainda que  saibamos que o tempo é curto para agir, a incrível boa notícia é que também sabemos o que precisamos fazer e temos a tecnologia para isso. Com fontes de energia renováveis, como eólica e solar, avanços em eficiência energética em casas e escritórios, veículos elétricos e infra-estrutura de recarga e agricultura regenerativa capaz de captar a poluição dos gases do efeito estufa, temos todas as ferramentas necessárias para trabalhar.

O recente relatório do IPCC disse que evitar os piores impactos da mudança climática e manter o aquecimento abaixo de 1,5º Celsius “exigiria mudanças rápidas, de longo alcance e sem precedentes em todos os aspectos da sociedade”. Embora isso possa parecer assustador, é também uma oportunidade de transformar nossa economia e formas de trabalho para a economia de energia limpa do futuro.

 

Falando especificamente, precisamos:

  • Precificar o carbono
  • Reduzir as emissões de carbono em 45% até 2030
  • Converter 85% de nossas fontes de energia para renováveis até 2050
  • Parar de usar carvão
  • Substituir totalmente a indústria de combustíveis fósseis
  • Apoiar a adaptação dos países em desenvolvimento

 

O que isso significa para Ben & Jerry’s?

Entendemos que produzir sorvete  tem um impacto significativo na emissão de gases de efeito estufa. Cada litro de sorvete que produzmos produz cerca de 2 libras de gases de efeito estufa. Trabalhamos arduamente ao longo dos anos para reduzir nossas emissões em todos os níveis de nossa cadeia de fornecimento. Instalamos um painel solar em nossa fábrica de Waterbury - Vermont Estados Unidos, que gera um terço da eletricidade da usina. Instalamos um biodigestor em nossa fábrica Hellendoorn, na Holanda, que transforma os resíduos de sorvete dos processos de fabricação em energia limpa que ajuda a alimentar a usina, e temos ajudado com tecnologia pioneira para freezers que sejam "amigos do meio ambiente", ou seja, sem HFC. Mas sabemos que ainda não é suficiente e há muito mais trabalho a ser feito.

A Ben & Jerry's acaba de adotar uma nova meta climática em toda a nossa cadeia de valor. O objetivo é parte de um movimento crescente chamado Iniciativa de Metas Baseadas na Ciência, uma colaboração entre o CDP, o Pacto Global das Nações Unidas (UNGC), o World Resources Institute (WRI), o Fundo Mundial para a Natureza (WWF) e um dos compromissos da coalizão empresaria  We Mean. O SBTI ajuda as empresas a estabelecer metas de acordo com a mais recente ciência climática, para que nós, como comunidade empresarial, possamos fazer nossa parte para manter o aquecimento abaixo dos 2ºC.

 

 

Junte-se ao Movimento Global Climático

Se derreter, melou! Vale para sorvete e também para o planeta.

Será preciso mais do que apenas ações de empresas individuais e pessoas para combater a mudança climática. Precisamos juntes chamar nossos governantes para apoiar uma transição rápida para a economia de energia limpa do futuro. Temos todas as ferramentas que precisamos, só precisamos começar a agir!

Para Lideres Nacionais, Locais e Internacionais:
Os cientistas avisam que a mudança climática está fora do nosso controlo, ameaçando a nossa sobrevivência e tudo o que amamos. Pedimos que mantenham o aumento da temperatura abaixo de um nível inaceitavelmente perigoso de 1,5 graus centígrados. De maneira a que este objetivo seja alcançado, devem entregar urgentemente planos claros, que eliminem a poluição de carbono até zero antes de 2050 e mudem rapidamente as nossas sociedades e economias para uma energia 100% sustentável.

 

 

Junta te a nós para um Planeta 100% Limpo.

 

 

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  • It’s real. It’s happening now. For us, its not just about polar bears and ice sheets, it’s about people and it’s an issue of economic and social justice.

    We’ve always had a commitment to minimizing the negative impact our business has on the environment. We’ve made investments in energy efficiency and waste reduction at our manufacturing facilities, installed bio-digesters that turn waste to clean energy at our European manufacturing facility, and source only Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) paperboard for our packaging.

  • As a food company, many of the our partners in our value chain, including our Fairtrade suppliers in the global south, are at real risk from a warming planet. And because climate change is a risk to people in our supply chain, it’s also a risk to our business.

  • For us, the issue of climate change is not just an environmental issue. It’s a serious threat the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet. This problem has largely been caused by wealthy, developed nations of the global north, while the least developed nations of the global south are most at risk, and have the least resources to adapt to a rapidly warming world. It’s a matter of human rights and social justice.

  • We’ve been at this for a while. We ran our first global warming advocacy campaign in 2007, in partnership with the Dave Matthews band. We have a long history of focusing on reducing the environmental impact of our business. We’ve invested early and often in efficiencies at our manufacturing facilities to increase energy efficiency and reduce waste. We’ve recently christened a bio-digester at our ice cream plant in the Netherlands that turns waste from manufacturing process into cool clean energy. Here is a full list of what we’ve done:

    • 2002 - Began Carbon offsets with NativeEnergy for our Vermont manufacturing facilities
    • 2004 - Life Cycle Analysis completed for European Union (EU) production
    • 2007 - EU began carbon offsets/insetting
    • 2007 - One Sweet Whirled Advocacy Campaign
    • 2008 - Carbon inventory completed in the US
    • 2008 - Partnered with Greenpeace to win EPA approval of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) free refrigeration cabinets
    • 2014 - Life Cycle Analysis complete for US
    • 2014 - Installed a bio-digester at our Netherlands manufacturing facility
    • 2015 - Life Cycle Analysis to be completed for EU

  • We know that voluntary corporate action won’t deliver the large-scale systems change that is required to keep warming below 2º Celsius. We need leaders around the world to support policies that phase out fossil fuels and drive a rapid increase in renewables. Only a broad based social movement will build the sustained pressure on world leaders that can deliver this decarbonized future. That’s why we’re committed to helping build the growing international climate movement. Together, we can show world leaders that the time to act is now.

  • We are encouraging our fans, consumers and citizens to become a part of the global climate movement. If we’re to avoid catastrophic climate change, it will require a broad and diverse movement of citizens who are willing to take direct action to protect our planet. We’ll be encouraging our fans to join Avaaz, one of many groups that make up the global movement.

    Avaaz will continue to engage our fans and encourage them to take action at moments when they can be most impactful. We want to provide an easy way for our fans to take action on an issue we know they care about.

  • 2015 is a big year.  World leaders have set a deadline to finalize an international agreement that would require all nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to keep warming below 2º Celsius.  To put it bluntly, 2015 will either put the world on a path towards a stable long-term climate, or we’ll lock ourselves into a future with runaway climate change.  We think the former sounds a lot better.

  • Yes, we do. Our carbon footprint per pint is about 1kg or approximately 136,000 metric tons of green house gasses annually. View our Life Cycle Analysis here.

  • Yes, Ben & Jerry’s is committed to reducing its absolute GHG footprint. We believe corporations should set ambitious goals that are rooted in science. Ben & Jerry’s is committed to de-linking the growth of our business with the growth of our GHG emissions. We’ve committed to an 80% reduction in our absolute emissions by 2050, despite an ambitious plan to grow our business. Between now and 2020, we’ve committed to reduce the emissions intensity per unit of production by 15%.

  • More than half of our company’s carbon emissions come from the production of our ingredients, most notably, milk. On farm emission are 42% of the overall life cycle emissions of our company, so in order to make real progress to reduce our footprint, we’ve got to partner with our family dairy farmers to improve manure management, reduce enteric emissions from the herd, and move towards better cropping methods that promote soil health and sequester carbon. In addition, we’ll continue to drive efficiencies throughout our manufacturing plants, our logistics network and our frozen supply chain.

  • Outbound transportation accounts for about 15% of our businesses footprint, so logistics is a sizable part of our footprint. However, ice cream that we ship internationally is moved by sea, which is the most efficient way to move goods. The World Shipping Council says that a ton of goods can be shipped from the Port of Melbourne in Australia to the Port of Long Beach in California, a distance of 12,770 kilometers (7,935 miles), while generating fewer CO2 emissions than generated when transporting the same cargo in the U.S. by truck from Dallas to Long Beach, a distance of 2,307 kilometers (1,442 miles). You can look into that further here.

    In order for us to make meaningful reductions in the roughly 15% of our footprint associated with outbound shipping, we’ll need to drive increased efficiency in the over the road refrigerated truck fleets that move our products domestically.

  • Yes, we’re a dairy company and we’re proud of our relationship with the family farmers that supply all of our milk and cream. However, with agriculture responsible for 15-20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, we’ve got a lot a work to do to reduce on farm emissions. That’s why we’re reviewing our Caring Dairy program to explore possibilities like the development of a greenhouse gas model for our farms that will allow us to measure real reductions in the footprint of our farms. We’ve also begun to invest in important technologies like manure separators and biodigesters on dairy farms in our supply chain to reduce our GHG footprint and benefit farmers at the same time.

  • We’re big fans of our planet, and always monitor the impact we’re having on the environment. When it comes to packaging, all the paperboard in our packaging is made from Forest Stewardship Council certified paperboard. Due to hygiene issues, we are required to coat our FSC paperboard; therefore the packaging is not currently widely recyclable. This is something we are looking to improve, and hope in the next year we can make progress on this issue.

  • In order to keep global average temperature below 2º C, Ben & Jerry’s supports the following policies.

    • Ensure that 2/3 of all present commercially viable fossil fuel reserves remain in the ground
    • Completely phase out all fossil fuel emissions as soon as possible, but no later than 2050
    • Make no new investments in fossil fuel infrastructure
    • Engage all countries in phasing out fossil fuel emissions, with actions varying depending on countries’ common, but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities
    • Transition the global economy to 100% renewable energy while ensuring sustainable energy access for all by 2050
    • Put a science-based price on carbon pollution that limits warming to 2º Celsius.
    • Create a global framework in which developed economies help fund the shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient sustainable development in developing countries and the global south

     

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