Netherlands’ largest pension fund to boost sustainable investment, divest coal by 2030

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The Netherlands’ biggest pension fund, ABP, said on Monday it aims to reduce the carbon footprint of its asset portfolio by 40% from 2015 levels by 2025.ABP, which already set a target to cut the carbon footprint of its assets by 25% from 2015 levels by this year, follows moves by other leading funds – notably Norway’s $1.1 trillion sovereign wealth fund – to divest heavy polluting energy companies from its portfolio.ABP manages 465 billion euros ($515 billion) in assets for civil servants. Under its new target, it said it aims to invest $5 billion in “sustainable and affordable energy” companies over the next five years, adding to $10 billion already invested in such companies.It plans to exit coal and tar sands investments, with some exceptions, by 2030, it said.Peter Branner, chief investment officer at APG, the fund’s pension manager, puts companies into three ethical categories: those that it excludes completely from its portfolio – such as nuclear weapons makers and tobacco companies; those that make a positive contribution to society, which it seeks to own more of; and a third category he termed “laggards” that have room to improve and which include the Netherlands’ biggest company Royal Dutch Shell.He said Shell’s recent profit performance had been disappointing compared to that of Denmark’s Ørsted, which has become the world’s largest offshore wind energy producer over the past decade.[Anthony Deutsch and Toby Sterling]More: Netherlands’ $515 billion pension fund to accelerate cuts to fossil fuel investments Netherlands’ largest pension fund to boost sustainable investment, divest coal by 2030last_img read more

The Coolest Hike in Virginia

first_imgThe long-anticipated opening of the Claudius Crozet Tunnel has moved the spotlight to beautiful, peaceful Nelson County and exciting, artistic Waynesboro, Virginia. The juxtaposition of these two places create a unique opportunity for visitors to visit both sides of the much-visited Blue Ridge Mountains. The tunnel bridges the gap between cityscape and countryside, and makes a fun destination that works for everyone- artists, gardeners, history buffs, railroad aficionados, environmentalists, hikers, campers, craft beverage enthusiasts, and lovers of the unusual. Visitors can jog, walk, or bike while admiring the raw, exposed rock and bricked walls and ceiling. Of course, this isn’t the only jarring thing about the tunnel. There’s another surprising twist to this attraction- those who enter must bring flashlights and headlamps! That’s right- the tunnel isn’t lit! Be very brave. Don’t forget to make a visit to Silverback Distillery, the only mother-daughter distilling duo in the nation crafting high quality, award-winning spirits.   What’s more- there are plenty of activities in Nelson County and in Waynesboro, so you and yours can pack in days’ worth of experiences. Once your eyes adjust to the light again, enjoy a few of Waynesboro’s attractions, then wind down in Nelson County. Create your own mix-and-match day or weekend excursion with a jump over the Blue Ridge. The Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel is a part of a greenway system connecting three counties. It runs through Afton Mountain under Rockfish Gap. The Appalachian Trail is located above it as well. The Eastern portal is in Nelson and the Western entrance is in Augusta County near Waynesboro. This trail is for hikers and cyclists of every level, wildlife watchers, history enthusiasts, railroad buffs, heritage tourists, school children on field trips, and nearby residents. Continue along Nelson County’s Route 151. The artist in you will find interest in the Waynesboro Murals. They cover entire buildings and can be seen in various places throughout the city. StreetArt360 named the murals #1 in Top 100 Urban Art in 2019. There’s even a Waynesboro Street Arts Trail, an annual Virginia Street Arts Festival and a free scavenger hunt. There are also other self-guided walking excursions available: the Tree Street Historic District Tour, the downtown historical tour, and a tour of the murals of Waynesboro. The visitor center is located at 301 West Main Street. Want to do a little picking yourself? Travel to Nelson County to Critzer Family Farm next. This 5th-generation farm provides county residents and visitors alike with fresh produce. They offer seasonal fruits and vegetables, plants, and hand-churned ice cream. Travel on Nelson County’s picturesque Route 151 and stop at Dickie Brothers 151 Farm Market. Grab fresh apple cider, tomatoes, jellies, apple butter, pumpkins, tomatoes, and check out their selection of fresh apples straight from the orchard in Massies Mill. Visitors to Waynesboro can enjoy a walkable downtown area, restaurants, shops, museums, and art installations. The tunnel pierces through history; those with an interest in history should look out for the interpretive signs along the 2.25 mile trail that relay more information as one travels the trail. The tunnel itself was designed by French engineer Claudius Crozet and was built between 1850 and 1858, years before the invention of dynamite. When it was completed, the Blue Ridge Tunnel was the longest tunnel in the United States. For a more relaxed pace, Nelson County is the destination. No place can better compliment the action in Waynesboro. It’s the birthplace of the hit TV show, The Waltons. Visitors flock to the tranquil locale to pay homage to the show, hit the ski slopes at Wintergreen and be treated to some of the most inventive and varied craft beverages in the world. Don’t forget picking some of the most crisp, sweet apples that you’ve ever tasted. Nelson County has many craft breweries to visit as well. Brewing Tree Beer Company offers craft brews and the Scratch Kitchen food truck, and Devils Backbone Brewery treats patrons to a dynamic dining experience and outdoor spaces. Devils Backbone Camp has campsites as well, with both RV hookup sites and primitive sites available.center_img If you are thinking of adding a hands-on experience to add your child’s online learning, or you’re just a history buff yourself, visit Augusta County’s former manufacturing boomtown, Basic City. Named after the process of basic oxygen steelmaking, For a more in-depth visit, see Basic City Beer Company, which is set up in the former Virginia Metalcrafters complex. If you want to bring Fido, it’s no problem- dogs are allowed! It’s affectionately called “Virginia’s Long Weekend Address,” and this famed craft beverage trail includes breweries, cideries, distilleries, wineries, and a meadery. Most 151 craft beverage producers host special events on selected weekends and usually include music and food along with tastings. Nelson 151 is located along a beautiful stretch of scenic byway, complete with Blue Ridge Mountain views. Flying Fox Vineyard in Afton is reminiscent of The Waynesboro Murals, so keep them in mind as you approach. Those who visit Flying Fox Vineyard relish the stunning décor. Industrial furniture and huge murals furnish and adorn the building, and art is everywhere you look. A huge black-and-white outdoor mural adorns the building. Further south is Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery, where you can enjoy the indoor beehive. Watch bees enter and exit the building and get a little buzz of your own on Hill Top’s wine and meads. Cardinal Point Winery is near the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline drive and creates high-quality, creative wines. Another wonderful winery is 12 Ridges Vineyard, which offers 360-degree views and sparkling, cool-climate wines. To enjoy a little bit of the unusual side of history, visit the downtown Russell Museum. The museum also focuses on the former residents of Swannanoa Palace (head over to Nelson County and see Swannanoa for yourself, too). The museum is no lightweight; sixty tons of artwork created by Walter Bowman Russell, an Impressionist American artist and author, is held in the building, which encompasses 32,000 square feet. Also featured are photos and documents from Swannanoa Palace. The trip through the tunnel is about a mile long, and it’s a stirring experience for a variety of visitors. With the wonder of nature’s and human art still in your heart, visit Afton Mountain Vineyards. This beautiful vineyard is one of Virginia’s first farm wineries, and some of their first vines are still producing today. Nearby Veritas Vineyard and Winery, with a verandah that has some of the best mountain views around. If hard cider is your passion, Nelson County boasts three cideries: Bryant’s Small Batch Hard Cider, Blue Toad Hard Cider, and Bold Rock Hard Cider. Waynesboro’s Heritage Museum features both permanent and rotating exhibit galleries. A quilt hand-sewn by Waynesboro residents is available at the front entryway as a symbol of community pride. For more information about the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel and suggestions for how to create your own Tunnel-based getaway, call the Nelson County Visitors Center at 434-263-7015. Visit the city’s parks next. Stroll over to Waynesboro’s Ridgeview Park and/or the South River Greenway. Ridgeview Park 85-acre park offers views of the South River. If you’re a gardener, you’ll like viewing one of Ridgeview Park’s many gardens. The South River Greenway, aptly named, runs for over a mile along the South River. If you’re visiting Nelson during the fall, you’re not alone- Nelson is wildly popular when the Blue Ridge changes out of her green dress and dons her fiery gown. Start with a wildlife experience. View majestic birds at the Rockfish Hawk Watch. The Watch is one of over 200 in North America and collects data during the birds’ fall migration. It’s possible to drive to the location, park, and watch the hawks. Enjoy the 180-degree views of Rockfish Gap, the Piedmont, and the Shenandoah Valley. All photos by Jack Looney If you are needing a little WanderLove, take a drive on the Nelson Scenic Loop. The Loop is a 50-mile auto and bike tour that includes four Virginia-designated scenic byways. The drive winds around the Rockfish Valley, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Tye River Valley in beautiful Nelson County. There isn’t much that can prepare you for all Nelson County has to offer, but before heading to the Central Virginia hidden gem, you may want to visit a store on your way out our town to prepare for hiking and more naturalist adventures. Check out Rockfish Gap Outfitters before you leave Waynesboro. The huge store is over 7,000 square feet of backpacking, bicycling, camping, and hiking gear. The store itself is named for the wind gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains between Charlottesville and Waynesboro, where the Blue Ridge Tunnel is located.last_img read more

Cops: Drunken Driver Seriously Injures Woman, 43, in Brentwood Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged drunken driver crashed head-on into another vehicle in Brentwood early Saturday morning, seriously injuring the passenger of the car, Suffolk County police said. Ronald Cherry, 44, of Bay Shore, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. He will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip. Police said Cherry was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu eastbound on Spur Drive North just before 2 a.m. when he was involved in a head-on collision with a 2008 Toyota Avalon driving westbound. The driver of the car, 43-year-old Bernadette Joachim-Baker of Miami, was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore for minor injuries. Her passenger, 21-year-old Melissa Joseph of Brentwood, was transported to Southside with serious injuries, police said. Police earlier in the day incorrectly reported that another passenger had suffered serious injuries. Cherry was treated at the same hospital for minor injuries. Police said the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Third Squad detectives at 631-854-8352 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

Motorist killed while driving through flood in Central Jakarta

first_imgRead also: Widespread flooding in Greater Jakarta causes chaos for commutersRahmat’s body has been taken to Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM) in Central Jakarta, said Lilik.Mild to severe flooding occurred across Greater Jakarta on Tuesday following heavy rain throughout the previous night. Flooding paralyzed traffic on several major streets and brought several public transportation services to a halt.The capital and its surrounding areas have been experiencing constant rainfall since the rainy season started late last year. Massive flooding occurred on New Year’s Eve, claiming at least nine lives and displacing thousands of others. (syk)Topics : A motorcyclist identified as Rahmat Hidayat was found dead after attempting to ride through a flood on Jl. Gajah Mada in Central Jakarta on Tuesday morning.Central Jakarta Police traffic unit head Adj. Sr. Comr. Lilik Sumardi confirmed the accident to, saying that Rahmat’s motorcycle had hit a pothole that was covered by water.The motorist lost control and was thrown from his vehicle before hitting his head on the sidewalk, which was also inundated by the floodwater. He died instantly.last_img read more