🔗GTG Links 31 – EA disclosures, new EU rules, and EU citizen attitudes on climate change

🔗GTG Links 31 – EA disclosures, new EU rules, and EU citizen attitudes on climate change
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Have you dug into the net zero snapshot yet? People* are calling it "a singular achievement", "a tour de force of sustainability" and "the most exciting bit of games' news this whole year!"

🥅👌 The 2023 net zero snapshot is live – tell your friends
The culmination of months of work collecting, scrutinising, and entering data from ESG reports from across the entire games industry is now complete. The AfterClimate 2023 Net Zero snapshot is now live on the website. I’ll keep this bit brief, because I want you to go read the actual snapshot

* those people are me

Electonic Arts releases its impact report

Just in time to mess up the snapshot our industry averages. This one's so fresh I have barely even had a chance to read it yet – let alone integrate it into the Snapshot.

How do they stack up against my projections though? The reality: they were a fair bit lower than the industry average might have suggested, at least for Scope 1 and 2. Almost half what my numbers thought they might be. Scope 3 was also well under, but again that's without Scope 3 Cat 11 in there, just upstream emissions. Are downstream/upstream emissions 3:1? That's what they'd need to be to reach the ~500k I expected.

Direct link to the PDF here.

EU carbon neutral rules

Hot on the heels of California's huge new mandatory disclosure rules mentioned last time – and almost as exciting as the findings of the snapshot – is that the EU is banning carbon neutral claims based on the use of offsets. I read the FT's coverage of it initially, but that often disappears behind the paywall, so here's another:

“The EU is sending a powerful signal to the voluntary carbon market: the era of offsetting is over,” said Gilles Dufrasne, policy lead at Carbon Market Watch.
EU reaches deal banning ‘climate-neutral’ product claims
In the wake of longstanding complaints of greenwashing by consumer advocates, EU institutions finalised a new law on Tuesday (19 September) enacting a sweeping ban to combat the misleading of its citizens through erroneous claims of sustainability.

If you're planning on using offsets either from forestry, or "avoided" emissions from other projects, you're gonna be out of luck if you want to hang your claim of "carbon neutrality" off it. Carbon removals on the other hand – verified drawdown of CO2 – however, will still count. Thought there's a lot less of those credits around, and they're often way more expensive.

Speaking of CO2 removals

The IEA has released an updated roadmap to keeping 1.5ºC in reach in which:

In a Delayed Action Case the report examines, a failure to expand clean energy quickly enough by 2030 means nearly 5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide would have to be removed from the atmosphere every year during the second half of this century. If carbon removal technologies fail to reach this target, returning the temperature to 1.5  ̊C would not be possible.

Solar handheld stuff

Alex Custodio and Michael Iantorno held a 'Solar Gameboy Jam':

a dozen participants from the Milieux community collaborated to develop solar experiments and prototypes. Some decided to create games centered on solar themes while others built proof-of-concept games that contemplated using the sun as an input. Rather than trying to end up with finished products, the focus of the event was to create provocations that could be built upon and completed later on.

And from last year, Custodio's tutorial on how to replace your Gameboy cartridge batteries.

Volatile Memory: How to Replace Your Game Boy Cartridge Batteries
This post is about maintenance, obsolescence, waste, and changing the batteries on your old Game Boy cartridges. Our goal to interrogate the black boxing of technology and to empower consumers to t…

Climate changes means insurance premiums 📈

Another piece summarising the new report from First Street’s climate risk model - newly available details down to the property level, and who is being priced out of insurance. Like I said the other week, if your house burns, that's your problem, but if a million houses burn, that's everybody's problem.

Climate risks place 39 million U.S. homes at risk of losing their insurance
Homeowners nationwide are finding that insurance companies don’t want to cover their properties due to climate risks. The problem will only get worse.

PACT / Scope 3 data sharing with Fujitsu

Fujitsu pioneering supply chain CO2 visualization
Fujitsu pioneering supply chain CO2 visualization

Accounting for carbon in data centre hardware

Accounting for Carbon in Data Center Equipment – iMasons Climate Accord
This case study provides an overview of Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for equipment, including the benefits and limitations from the perspective of the iMason’s Climate Accord Equipment Working Group.

Electronics <> Ecologies event looked awesome

Guide to Australia’s proposed mandatory climate reporting framework

A director’s guide to mandatory climate reporting - AICD
The director’s guide to mandatory climate reporting provides practical guidance to empower Australian directors to effectively oversee the transition to mandatory climate reporting.

Berkley law climate regulation dashboard

Super cool! And so many different moving pieces.

California Climate Policy Dashboard

GDP & emissions growth


European Attitudes to Climate Change (circa 2018)

Direct PDF link to some really good social research on climate attitudes across European countries. Really detailed, but a bit out of date. Hugely high levels of belief in climate change (great!) but lower levels of belief the impacts will be... bad? Eh? Interesting though, I wonder if it's changed since?

The survey found high levels of support across Europe were reported for renewable subsidies, and even regulations:

In all ESS countries, a majority think that a large or a very large amount of electricity should be generated from solar and wind, which is much higher than for any of the other energy sources, in particular compared to fossil energy sources and nuclear power.

Also lol at this note which takes on a new dimension after the winter that Europe had last year:

Whilst these attitudes sound like a good thing for the prospects of climate change mitigation, we should sound a note of caution. People might be less supportive of policies if they come to be seen as costly. After all, Europeans are more worried on average about energy costs than they are about climate change; and one of the more effective policies to reduce carbon emissions, increased taxes on fossil fuels, is viewed far less favourably than the other policies...

I would put real money on the average European has come to see fossil fuels as "even more costly" and are now more in favour of cheap renewables. Last year's gas crisis was a real eye-opener. Wonder if this year's is shaping up any better...