How These Companies are Showing Leadership for Climate and Environment #SDG13

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The Global Challenge
Greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are driving climate change, which affects every country in the world by threatening global development and undermining the foundation of the global economy. Already, crop yields have declined, the sea level has risen, and people are experiencing more extreme weather events. The poorest and most vulnerable people are affected the most, but “emissions anywhere affect people everywhere.”
Your Business Opportunity
Temperature increase can still be limited to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, but it requires changes in behavior and technological measures to enable “leapfrogging” to cleaner, more resilient economies. Companies can show leadership by setting emission reduction targets, reporting on performance, increasing investment in renewable energy and low-carbon technology, promoting carbon pricing, and supporting political action to address climate change.

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Make a Difference with Action on SDG 13
SDG 13 calls to “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.” Its targets address:
  • resilience to climate-related hazards and natural disasters
  • making climate change and low-carbon development part of national strategies
  • education and awareness raising, and
  • mobilizing US $100 billion annually by 2020 to address the mitigation needs of developing countries
Identify Climate-related Challenges in your Supply Chain
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American Public Health Association
One of climate change’s most tangible impacts is on public health, through harming the water supply, increasing vector-borne disease, and increasing extreme weather events. Learn more about climate and health.
Align your Company with Best Practices in Climate Policy
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The Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy has identified several ways to assess responsible engagement of a company on climate change. Based on its rapid diagnostic tool, here are five actions to ensure your company is climate-responsible:
  1. Map how the impacts of climate change—and the policy responses—will transform your markets in the years ahead.
  2. Issue a public statement on climate policy. Ensure it aligns with what the science says.
  3. Ensure your lobbyists—and your trade group’s lobbyists—are advocating for policies that advance your company’s public climate goals.
  4. Find out if any individuals or groups (inside or outside the company) are misrepresenting your company’s policy positions.
  5. Track and disclose (e.g., to CDP) your objectives and influences in climate policy debates.
Learn from Leaders Reducing Carbon Emissions
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Fetzer Vineyards
As part of its shift to carbon-neutral wine-growing practices, Fetzer has implemented a wastewater treatment system that will reduce the power needed to clean wastewater by 85%, saving 1 million kwh/year. The winery has been accredited as a “Certified B Corporation.” It is the largest winery in the world to receive this certification.
The company participated in the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015, highlighting that the wine industry is especially vulnerable to a warming climate, which could affect the grape varieties that can be grown. Concha y Toro, Moet Chandon, Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, and Chateau Maris also participated in the Paris event. Learn more.
Barclays reduced its carbon emissions by 21.7% in 2015, exceeding its target of a 10% reduction. One way that it reduced emissions was by offsetting, through purchasing credits certified to the Voluntary Carbon Standard. VCS affirms that projects help reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and are both auditable and traceable. The credits purchased through offsetting fund projects that improve energy efficiency or generate renewable energy. Learn more.
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Fairview Cheesery
Fairview is the first carbon neutral cheesery in Africa. The Cheesery first assessed its annual carbon footprint, and then created an emissions reduction project, through both emission avoidance (solar panels, energy-efficient light bulbs, steam heat) and emission sequestration (tree planting), with guidance from the carbon management consultancy Earth Patrol. Learn more.
Air Canada
Air Canada has joined Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI), which aims to improve the operational framework for integrating sustainable aviation biofuel, known as “biojet,” into the airport fuel system. Air Canada said biojet can help achieve the long-term industry goals of carbon neutral growth from 2020 and a 50% reduction in emissions by 2050, relative to 2005 levels. Learn more.
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Sales Force
The IT company Sales Force describes its cloud computing mode as a “sustainable alternative to on-premises systems,” noting that it is 98% more carbon efficient than on-premises software. The company aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and measures and analyzes its global environmental performance to inform reduction programs and disclose carbon emissions annually to CDP. Learn more.
Sales Force’s Founder, Chair and CEO Marc Benioff is one of the leaders of the B Team, which stresses that when natural resources disappear, “so do businesses, livelihoods and economies.’ The B Team aims to ensure that member companies “significantly reduce their environmental impacts and invest in new business models that help regenerate the environment.” It urges business leaders to strive towards net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050, by actions such as reallocating capital within their businesses to drive the required innovation. Learn more.
Partner with the UN to Scale Up Action on Climate
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BNP Paribas-CDM
BNP Paribas is working with the United Nations to create a “green bond” to finance projects certified by the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said using CDM rules provides assurances on the bond’s “greenness,” and will make the certified projects a “very attractive investment” in terms of emission reductions. Learn more. BNP Paribas is also involved in a campaign to ask Exxon Mobil to assess how it would fare financially under tighter carbon restrictions. Learn more about BNP Paribas’ environmental responsibility practices.
Caring for Climate
Caring for Climate is the UN’s initiative for business leadership on climate change. It was launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2007, and is jointly convened by the UN Global Compact, the UNFCCC and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). It aims to mobilize a “critical mass of business leaders” to take climate action through policies and solutions. CEOs who sign on set goals, develop and expand strategies and practices, and publicly disclose emissions. Learn more.
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Mail and logistics company Deutsche Post DHL Group has partnered with the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to prepare airports and personnel for disasters. Airports are the main access points for receiving aid when a disaster occurs, and can also become a bottleneck, due to damages and lack of capacity. The Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) partnership works with cargo operators, emergency services, security, customs and management to identify potential obstacles to relief and make recommendations for contingency planning. GARD has been implemented at airports in Armenia, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Nepal, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Turkey and Sri Lanka. In 2016 GARD workshops will continue in Honduras, Mauritius and Nepal. GARD is part of DHL’s “Living Responsibly” Corporate Responsibility program. Learn more.
Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs
and Other Companies
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Science Based Targets Initiative
The Science Based Targets initiative is a partnership between CDP, UN Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and WWF to help companies determine the amount of emissions reductions needed to keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels. The initiative aims to ensure corporations play a major role in closing the emissions gap left by country commitments. Coca Cola Enterprises, Dell, Enel and PostNord are among the companies that have developed science-based targets approved by the Initiative. Learn more.
The Climate Group
The international non-profit works in China, Europe, India and the US to catalyze low-carbon leadership. The Climate Group works with businesses to develop smart climate strategies to “give them the edge in the world’s growing low carbon market.” Partners include Bloomberg, IKEA, and Landsea. Learn more.
Carbon Tracker
Carbon Tracker is an independent think tank focused on financial, energy and legal analysis to enable a “climate secure global energy market.” It analyzes the impact of climate change on capital markets and investment in fossil fuels, and maps the route to a low-carbon future. Learn more.
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Asset Owners Disclosure Project
The Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP), an independent non-profit, aims to protect asset owners from the risks posed by climate change, by working with pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, and others to improve disclosure, rebalance investments between high- and low-carbon assets, and realign the investment chain to adopt long-term investment practices. A recent AODP report found that almost half of the world’s top investors are doing “nothing at all” to mitigate climate risk, and thus they are “gambling with the savings and financial security of hundreds of millions of people.” Learn more.
Sustainable Shipping Initiative
With 90% of the world’s international trade traveling by sea, shipping accounts for 3-4% of global CO2 emissions. The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is a coalition of shipping leaders seeking to address the sector’s opportunities and challenges, and working for a shipping industry “in which sustainability equals success.” Bunge and Cargill are two of SSI members. Learn more.
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