°Alternatives – Reducing the emissions of your home (NL)

Carbon+Alt+Delete co-founder Kenneth Van den Bergh was invited to write a contribution (in Dutch) for bouwenergie, a knowledge-sharing platform for the construction and energy sectors. In it, he discusses the importance of our built environment for meeting our climate goals, the different drivers of the emissions of our building stock, as well as what you can do to reduce the emissions of your home.

bouw-energie: “CO2-uitstoot van je woning verminderen: wat kan jij doen?”

°Alternatives – Climate change food calculator: What’s your diet’s carbon footprint?

Carbon+Alt+Delete’s carbon calculator is a good way to get a high-level idea of your carbon emissions. If you want to know more about the carbon emissions of your diet, we highly recommend this great tool of the BBC. They show that how and where your food is produced, is as important as what you eat.

BBC: What’s your diet’s carbon footprint?

°Tracker – Evaluating the COP24 in Katowice

The 197 countries that signed the Paris Agreement gathered the last 2 weeks at the 24th UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice (Poland). The good news: progress has been made on the technical implementation of the Paris Agreement (e.g. how do we measure and report greenhouse gas emissions?). The bad news: no concrete (political) promises were made to reduce emissions in order to achieve the 1.5°C target (current targets will lead to 3°C increase).

Euractiv: “Nations agree on Paris Agreement rulebook, fail on climate ambition
The Guardian: “What was agreed at COP24 in Poland and why did it take so long?

°Alternatives – KU Leuven introduces a voluntary “carbon tax”

KU Leuven introduces a voluntary “carbon tax” on flights of its employees. The tax is voluntary and employees can choose the destination of the tax: (1) a donation to Carbon+Alt+Delete, (2) reforestation in Africa, (3) video-conferencing infrastructure or (4) or research projects on CO2 mitigation.

Veto: “KU Leuven voert vrijwillige klimaatbijdrage voor vluchten in”

°ACT – Claim the Climate!

Our main goal at Carbon+Alt+Delete is to help you act on climate change. In addition to keeping you informed, that means sharing specific ways in which you can make a difference. And for that, we want to call on you! Let us know about the things you have come across that have inspired you and helped you make a difference: everyday changes, platforms, initiatives, and whatever else you can think of. At the end of every month, we will share them with the C+A+D community.

We kick this series off with the Claim the Climate march, a fantastic way to make a difference. In a piece on his blog, C+A+D’s Arne van Stiphout explains how the Paris Agreement is actually structured in a way that relies on citizens to push their governments to do more through public initiatives, like this march, but also, for example, the Belgian Klimaatzaak. So if you can, go express your support for an ambitious climate change policy this weekend!

Arne van Stiphout: “Succes in Katowice?”

°Tracker – Courts can play a pivotal role in combating climate change

Trying to make progress in the fight against climate change is not limited to the political arena. An increasingly important avenue to pursue that fight is through the courts. Last month, the victory of the civilian-led climate case Urgenda against the government of the Netherlands in the appeal court of The Hague set a historical precedent in that regard. The judge upheld the 2015 court decision that forces the Dutch government to reduce The Netherlands’ greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 25% on 1990 levels by the year 2020. This victory will provide a great boost to the many organizations around the world that were inspired by the original case to bring a case of their own to the courts, like the Belgian non-profit Klimaatzaak. This week’s article discusses the implications of the Urgenda appeal verdict for those cases. “Never before has the role of the courts been so significant in influencing the path of global policy. In the face of inadequately ambitious action by policy-makers, civil society movements and the courts are the agents of change securing climate action.”

The Conversation: “Courts can play a pivotal role in combatting climate change”