The Dodo Newsletter #7

Our biggest product launch to date, the latest IPCC report and re-wilding the landscape.

Dodo is a platform that allows companies to become carbon neutral in just a few minutes. Each month, we round up all the latest news on climate change and the innovative solutions helping to solve the problem. If you want to receive the newsletter in your inbox each month, you can subscribe through the button below.

💥 Our biggest product launch to date

Our most significant product launch to date - our accounting integration platform is now live! This allows companies to automatically measure their entire supply chain in a few minutes by connecting to Xero (more coming soon). You can watch a demo of how it all works here and sign up to start your 7 day free trial here.

🌊 IPCC: Code red for humanity

The IPCC’s latest report doesn't make for easy reading. Human activity is changing the earth in unprecedented ways: surface temperatures have risen faster than in any other 50-year period over the past 2,000 years and CO2 levels are higher than any point in the last 800,000 years. This is putting us in uncharted territory with sea levels set to rise by 2m by 2100. You can read more here.

🙏 Reasons for hope

Given the above, here is a collection of articles that highlight reasons for hope! The solutions to solve climate change exist - it’s how quickly that they can be rolled out which is the critical point.

🥫 The future of food

With the advance of climate change, the worlds supply chain will be severely disrupted. Lab-grown food could be the solution to the problem, one that is local, less carbon intensive and potentially more nutritious. In this event food expert Johannes le Coutre and journalist Joanna Savill will explore the future of food. You can sign up here.

🚗 Mercedes plans to go all electric by 2030

Joining other car manufactures in their electric vehicle plans, Mercedes announced that it plans to move its entire product portfolio to electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, alongside a £34b investment and plans to run eight giga factories for battery production. This isn’t surprising as sales of the competing electric Porsche are outselling its flagship car! You can read more here.

🐄 Wilding : The Return of Nature to a British Farm

This book follows the journey of the Knepp estate, a struggling farm that turned to re-wilding to boost its fortunes. The 3,5000 farm worked to turn parts of the farm over to the wild and introduce native cows, pigs and horses to the landscape. The results are astounding with the estate now a hotspot for several endangered species across the UK! You can purchase the book here..

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The Dodo Newsletter #6

New temperature records, carbon neutral laundry and our latest case study with the Shearwater Group.

Dodo is a platform that allows companies to become carbon neutral in just a few minutes. Each month, we round up all the latest news on climate change and the innovative solutions helping to solve the problem. If you want to receive the newsletter in your inbox each month, you can subscribe through the button below.

🥵 Canada smashes temperature records

Some towns in Canada are closer to the North Pole than to the equator, however a high of 49.6C was reached which broke records for the third straight day. Previously the temperature hasn’t broken 45C, almost 5 degrees lower than what was reached this week. You can read more here.

🧺 Oxwash raises round for carbon neutral laundry

UK based Oxwash has raised a further £2m to expand its energy and water saving laundry service. It’s estimated that laundry services globally release 14,000 tonnes of microfibres into the oceans every year while also using up lots of water and energy in the process. The company aims to sterilise fabrics using biodegradable chemicals and collects the laundry through electric bikes. You can read more here.

🔥 Amazon destroys millions of items each year

Amazon emits over 44 millions tonnes of CO2 each year with Jeff Bezos pledging over $10 billion to fight climate change. Despite this pledge, a recent report showed that the company is destroying millions of returned or defective items each year from just 24 fulfilment centres in the UK alone. In some weeks over 200,000 items are sent to landfill or are recycled. You can read more here.

🪄 Emma Watson invests in biodegradable plastics

It’s estimated that since 1950, more than 8 billion tonnes of plastic (1 tonne for every person on the planet) has been produced. Much of this goes direct to landfill, is burned up, or is recycled. A new company called FabricNano has created plastic products that are biodegradable. These are more expensive for now but over time the process is hoping to scale to make the final price in line with existing solutions. You can read more here.

☄️ The Sixth Extinction

This book makes the case that we are on the path to a sixth extinction event, except this time it’s human made. Like the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs, our current rate of greenhouse gas emissions, the overfishing of our oceans, and the loss of habitats is leading to an extinction event for humanity. You can read more here.

🌲 The Shearwater Group Case Study

We've been working with the Shearwater Group to measure and capture over 700 tonnes of CO2. In our first ever case study, we spoke to the group to understand the challenges of becoming carbon neutral and how Dodo has helped them. To learn more about the company and their experience working with Dodo, click on the link here.

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The Dodo Newsletter #5

Why bitcoin is bad for the environment, measuring working from home emissions, and turning cow burps into carbon credits.

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₿ Why bitcoin is bad for the environment

Elon musk made headlines by announcing that Tesla will accept bitcoin as payment, to then swiftly retract this proposal due to environmental concerns. The environmental impact of mining bitcoin is huge (the same size as the annual domestic electricity consumption of Sweden) due to the energy used in its production. Moreover, a single bitcoin transaction uses the same amount of power as the average American household uses in a month. You can read more about the impact here.

🐮 Turning cow burps into carbon credits

While much of the climate agenda has focused on CO2, Methane has over 80 times the warming power making it a potent greenhouse gas. This startup has created a plant based supplement that reduces methane from cow burps by 30%. With one cow emitting as much greenhouse gases as six Volkswagen Golfs, this looks like a simple way to make an impact. You can read more here.

💰 The average UK pension finances 23 tonnes of CO2 per person

With the rise of ESG investing, more consumers are wanting to ensure their savings aren’t contributing to their environmental impact. Over 44% of people would switch to a green pension if they could and this article outlines some of the options available. You can read more here.

🇩🇪 German court orders government to do more on climate change

In a unique case, several climate activists argued that the German government had failed in their duties by providing insufficient targets to reduce its emissions. With Germany’s supreme court ruling in their favour, this could open more cases in other countries that are falling behind in their climate goals. You can read more here.

🛢️ End new oil, gas and coal funding to reach net zero

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has said that investors need to end all fossil fuel funding in order to reach net zero by 2050. The IEA underpins most governments and company policies so it’s a significant statement by the agency. To achieve net zero, they have advised that investment in fossil fuels supply should fall by $400b in 2050. You can read more here.

🏠 WFH can increase emissions

Surprisingly, recent research has shown that if a person was to work from home year-round it would increase emissions by up to 80% to over 2.5 tonnes per year. However this is dependent on some important factors which we break down in our latest article. This month, we were also featured in Business Live where we talked through the challenges that SMEs face on their sustainability journey.

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The Dodo Newsletter #4

New emissions targets from the UK & US, Netflix emits 1m tonnes of CO2, and how SMEs can become climate leaders.

Dodo is a platform that allows companies to become carbon neutral in just a few minutes. Each month, we round up all the latest news on climate change and the innovative solutions helping to solve the problem. If you want to receive the newsletter in your inbox each month, you can subscribe through the button below.

Google Earth shows the effects of climate change in a few seconds

Google Earth has partnered with NASA to launch a new update that allows you to see the effects of climate change in a given area. The tool combines over 50 years of satellite data to give a time lapse of areas like deforestation in the Amazon, the melting of the ice caps, or your local region. You can check it out for yourself here.

Netflix emits 1m tonnes of CO2

Netflix has released its figures on their carbon footprint, with the company emitting 1.1m tonnes of CO2. 50% of its footprint is due to movie production, 45% due to internal operations and just 5% due to cloud platform providers. However, this doesn’t include the emissions from users streaming its shows, which could account for a lot more (36g of CO2 are released based on streaming 30 mins). You can read more here.

Banksy vandalises painting to highlight climate change

Banksy’s new painting ‘Subject to Availability’ shows an updated version of the 1890 oil painting by Albert Bierstadt depicting Mount Rainier National Park. The painting is expected to be sold for £3+ million, with the artist having added an asterisk with the note “Subject to availability for a limited period only:” You can read more here.

Latest emissions targets from the US & UK

Joe Biden has committed the US to a 50% reduction in their emissions by 2030, nearly doubling the previous target that was set. In his address, Biden called this the ‘decisive decade’ and urged several nations to join together to solve the problem. On the back of this, the UK also revised its commitment to reduce over 78% of its emissions by 2035, a huge undertaking. You can read more on Biden’s announcement here.

New Zealand become first in the world for climate reporting

In a sign of things to come, New Zealand become the first country in the world to introduce a law that would require the financial sector to disclose the impact of climate change on their business and their investments. The goal is to highlight the possible risks of fossil fuel heavy investments and urge companies to switch to greener opportunities. If passed, the first disclosures will be required by 2023. You can read more here.

New articles from Dodo

We’ve launched three articles this month where we discuss the impact that carbon offsets can have, how companies can reduce their office emissions (only 1% of office emissions are due to paper), and how SMEs can be the the advocate for change (they account for 99% of companies in the UK and just over 50% of emissions!)

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The Dodo Newsletter #3

How to convince the board on sustainability, turning CO2 into stone, and our new tool and website our now live.

Dodo is a platform that allows companies to become carbon neutral in just a few minutes. Each month, we round up all the latest news on climate change and the innovative solutions helping to solve the problem. If you want to receive the newsletter in your inbox each month, you can subscribe through the button below.

Our new tool is now live

This month, we’ve launched a new tool that allows companies to accurately measure and reduce their emissions in just a few minutes. You can get an estimate of your company’s emissions based on your industry and you can also adjust each category for more accurate results. You can read on our launch here.

p.s we’ve also given our website a new look!

More sustainable animal feed

A UK startup has raised €8m to turn CO2 into animal feed. The process combines carbon and hydrogen to microorganisms in a fermentation process that creates a high protein pellet. This process has double the impact: 1) they use captured carbon from industrial sources, saving this from entering into the atmosphere 2) it avoids the need for soy, cutting down on deforestation. You can read more about it here.

The O2 arena to install mini turbines

The arena will install 10 mini wind turbines made from recycled plastic. These turbines can spin even with a gentle breeze and can power up to 23 homes. Although this isn’t enough to cover the arena’s entire energy bill, they plan to install more turbines to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. You can read more here.

Turning CO2 into stone

Bill Gates has backed (another) startup that is turning carbon dioxide into stone. The company captures and then dissolves CO2 in water, before injecting this into the ground where it turns to stone in less than two years. You can read more here.

Convincing boardrooms on the power of sustainability

A really interesting read on how to convince boardrooms on the benefits of sustainability. There are several perceived blockers that board-members face such as a lack of awareness, struggling to understand how to get started, and the expected financial cost. This article shows how to combat these fears, especially given that B Corps have had an average year-on-year growth rate of over 14%! You can read more here.

Sustainability explored

We spoke to Sustainability Explored about helping companies to measure, analyse and reduce their carbon emissions. We covered how companies can start understanding their emissions and what they can do to take action. You can have a listen here.

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