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Sustainability and Sports: A Championship Combination
The sporting industry is not your average billion-dollar global business. Although like most large, globalised industries the sporting industry leaves a rather hefty environmental footprint, sports are unique in their ability to convene, to move, and to inspire – and it’s a powerful ability not to be overlooked. South Pole's Michael Malara recently spoke to The School For Humanity about how our global economies and societies truly thrive when sports and sustainability are intertwined. Want to hear more?
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GCAS 2018: A Systems Transformation Is On Its Way
All eyes were on San Francisco last week, as the pretty port city played host to the highly anticipated Global Climate Action Summit. Hosted by the State of California and the UN Foundation, GCAS 2018 truly lived up to its aim to "Take Climate Ambition to the Next Level". Not up to speed? Read on as South Pole communications aficionados, Nadia Kahkonen & Gabriella Warden bring you this wrap up of the achievements, commitments and celebrations that occurred last week in the Golden Gate City...
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From Almedalen to Paris: How Scandinavian businesses are aligning with the Paris climate goals
The 50th annual Almedalen gathering in Sweden hosted over 30,000 members of the public, politicians, corporates, NGOs and journalists in free and open sessions to discuss current political and social issues in the picturesque Hanseatic town of Visby, on Gotland’s Baltic coast. South Pole's Head of Corporate Climate Risks and Opportunities, Charles Henderson, recounts the stories and examples of Swedish corporate climate action shared at South Pole Sweden's July 4th Seminar during Almedalen 2018 that will confront, inspire and enlighten.
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De tierras degradadas a bosques tropicales: restauración en Cáceres y Cravo Norte
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Cómo las acciones de conservación locales pueden crear impactos globales
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Mecanismos financieros y de mercado para la reducción de GEI en Colombia
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Inaugural Sydney Climate and Energy Leaders Forum an instant success
The night of Wednesday, July 11th not only saw the second semifinal of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, with Croatia eliminating England from the running, or the third game of the 2018 State of Origin Series. It also saw the birth of a new and exciting format in the Australian sustainability landscape: South Pole Australia's Climate and Energy Leaders Forum.
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Building the Foundation for Regional Carbon Market Linkage in Northeast Asia
China, Korea, and Japan now have variations of a carbon market at the national or subnational level, but there are wide differences in policy design and implementation status. There are ample opportunities for increased dialogue between China, Korea, and Japan on carbon markets that could reduce industry concerns on competitiveness and offer opportunities for governments to raise emission reduction targets. For further insight, read this synopsis of South Pole Director of Climate Policy & Carbon Markets, Jeff Swartz's chapter in the Asia Society Policy Institute's report: 'Carbon Market Cooperation in Northeast Asia: Assessing Challenges and Overcoming Barriers'.
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Carbon Offsets for a Sustainable Future
Remember some years back as we first realised the impact of emissions and carbon consumption on all aspects of our lives? There was a move to create systems to offset personal use associated especially with airline travel. Whatever happened to that initiative? Well, now a new W2O carbon offset initiative in partnership with South Pole and UCapture supports progressive action toward a carbon-diminished future by reviving this initiative.
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Creative Communication for a Sustainable World
Creative communication: it’s powerful stuff – and it’s a driving force behind the growing momentum and success of the sustainability movement. But just how can one harness the power of creative communications, and transform complex information into a universally understood message for further successes in the sustainability sphere? Exploring this challenge was at the heart of South Pole’s recent breakfast seminar in Stockholm.
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Are we heading towards a climate change trade war?
While trade wars over steel and aluminium loom between the US and China, Europe, and other major economies, climate change has emerged as another possible flashpoint for a new kind of trade war. President Trump has announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, making the US the only country in the world not to participate. The idea of a border carbon tax, or a border cost adjustment, has been around for a long time, but the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement represents the first time a climate change trade war could really become a reality... Read on to hear South Pole's Director Climate Policy & Carbon Markets, Jeff Swartz share his thoughts on the possibility of a climate change trade war.
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Supporting the UK Hospitality Industry on the journey to being 'Plastic Responsible'
This week saw ethical bottled mineral water social enterprise, Belu collaborate with The Sustainable Restaurant Association on the launch of a plastics toolkit to help food service businesses navigate the plastics challenge. Read on to hear Karen Lynch, Chief Executive of Belu talk about her experience of ‘Unwrapping Plastics in Hospitality’.
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The SDGs take centre stage for businesses in Australia and beyond
On Friday, June 15 South Pole's Marketing & Communications Director, Tom Schröder spoke at the Banksia Foundation's 'Ignite' Forum during Sydney's Vivid Festival. The forum honed in on the increasing prominence of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and showcased the ‘fires of action’ that are reshaping our society towards sustainable growth. As of today, one thousand days have passed since more than 190 countries signed up to the SDGs. Read on to learn how leadership by business, government and the Australian community is creating change for the better and working towards the Global Goals.
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Brands for Purpose redefined in Vancouver
Sustainable Brands’ annual global flagship event for Purpose-Driven Brand Innovation this year was held in the Canadian West Coast city of Vancouver, British Columbia. Sustainable Brands boasts a great line up of inspiring speakers representing the world’s leading purpose-driven brands. It’s a great occasion to network, spend time with old friends – and meet new ones. Find out what you missed at SB18 Vancouver with our Marketing & Communications Director, Tom Schröder as he shares his key takeaways, impressions of Vancouver and more.
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Project Spotlight: Gunung Salak Geothermal Energy, Indonesia
You know the South Pole penguin, but what about the faces behind it? In March, South Pole’s marketing team visited our Gunung Salak Geothermal Energy project south of Jakarta, Indonesia. The geothermal facility site visit was followed by a ceremonial orchid planting and a knowledge-sharing workshop on climate change at a local school beneficiary of the project. Read on for a deeper insight into our Gunung Salak project, learn how geothermal power works, see the incredibly hospitable culture of Indonesia and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of one of our core teams at work.
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The critical carbon pricing frontier: Southeast Asia needs billions in green growth investment
Climate policy developments in Southeast Asia in the next few years will be pivotal in determining whether the world achieves the Paris Agreement's 2ºC goal – and in unlocking regional green growth opportunities worth an estimated $1 trillion. South Pole's Jeff Swartz takes a look at the prospects for Southeast Asian carbon markets in the latest edition of IETA Insights.
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All In, Still In: Corporate talk is turning to action with Science Based Targets
At this year’s Ceres Conference a strong contingent of US business leaders filled the political void, championing climate action on the global stage and committing to Science Based Targets (SBTs). The energy of the ‘We Are Still In [Paris]’ campaign has transcended sectoral divides, but this conference heard repeated demands for ‘collaboration’ amongst corporates to ‘go big’ and deliver sustainable action at scale. Read South Pole's Bethan Halls' recap of Ceres 2018 to find out how corporate power could potentially scale sustainable action across global supply chains.
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Shining a light on how Signify is using tailor-made carbon credits projects to align its business and sustainability strategies
‘Brighter Lives, Better World’; this is the title of global market leader Signify, formerly Philips Lighting, whose ambitious sustainability campaign, which includes the 2020 target of 100 percent carbon neutrality. South Pole spoke to Robbert Slooten, Global Sustainability Program Manager at Signify, who shone a light on how the company is using its sustainability policy to align its values and product offerings with the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and to connect with employees, customers and communities in the developing world.
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South Pole Measures Carbon Footprint for FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro Championships; Helps Members of Auto Racing’s FIA Offset Emissions
Mega-sports events like the Olympics, FIFA World Cup and Super Bowl have been greening in some way, shape or form for more than a decade. Waste reduction, LEED (or BREEAM or CASBEE) certification, measuring carbon footprint, and more. I got to thinking it would be interesting to talk to one of the companies that does the carbon footprint accounting — to understand how it works, what gets measured, what decisions, if any, are made to reduce emissions.
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How can companies lead the way on climate finance?
On 8 March, South Pole and WWF Sweden co-hosted a new seminar: "Agenda 2030: The Paris Agreement and the role of climate finance – how can non-state actors and companies show the way?" Here you can find a rundown of the event, including some of the highlights, key debates and thoughts emerging from the day.
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‘Renewing’ the source of America’s energy
After nearly 20 years of steady growth, US CO2 emissions from energy took a sharp and unexpected dive in 2007. Experts generally attribute this decrease to the onset of the GFC and to a huge surge in cheap natural gas. However, those same experts have overlooked another key factor: the rise in renewable energy production from sources like wind and solar, which expanded substantially over the same 2007–2013 timeframe. Marius Schneider, Gernot Wagner, Jonathon Camuzeaux and Adrian Muller use a method called decomposition analysis to find out just how much renewables contributed to this dive.
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Blue Carbon Ecosystems: Protection through Cooperation
In the words of the recent World Ocean Summit, the ocean is in trouble - despite the fact that it remains a vital resource with the potential to generate enormous economic growth. Ensuring sustainable economic activities and the long-term health of the ocean through collaboration was a key topic foregrounded at the carbon-neutral gathering in Mexico, and one that we explore further in this piece.
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Big Climate Conversations: Agnes Leina on how climate change impacts women in indigenous communities
Ahead of International Women’s Day, we're focussing on how climate and development actions impact women and girls in developing countries. Agnes Leina is the Executive Director of Illaramatak Community Concerns in Kenya, and a climate leader we had the pleasure to meet at the COP23 climate conference in Bonn.
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Three Opportunities to Protect Coastal Ecosystems Through Blue Carbon
Protecting vital ecosystems and creating sustainable livelihoods for coastal communities is clearly much more than a drop in the ocean of climate action. Failing to protect - and where necessary restore – these ecosystems would compromise our chances of avoiding severe social, environmental and economic consequences of climate change.
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How to be a climate-friendly festival organiser
It's been almost 50 years since Woodstock Festival re-defined what it means to come together to listen to music. Woodstock 69' may have mainstreamed hippy culture, but what we're seeing today is a music revolution of a new kind: welcome to the era of the green festival.
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Big Climate Conversations: Patrick Child on outcomes from COP23 and innovation in the climate space
Patrick Child is the Deputy Director General in DG RTD Research and Innovation at the European Commission and a climate leader we had the pleasure of meeting at the COP23 climate conference in Bonn. He shares insights on the policy, research and innovation needed to operationalise the Paris Agreement.
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Big Climate Conversations: Sharan Burrow on trade unions and the push for climate action
Previously President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), Sharan Burrow has led union negotiations on major economic reforms and in labour rights campaigns. In her words, "All companies must have transparent business plans for transition to net zero and negotiate with workers and their unions a pathway to secure good jobs and protect workers in the process." Read her reflections on what the last climate negotiations meant for trade unions and the commitments companies still must make in the face of climate change.
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Achieving the shared sustainable development goals: How the ICT sector can drive the renewable energy revolution
The true catalysts of the 21st century low-carbon revolution will be information and communications technologies: within the next decade, ICTs can help slash up to 20% of our global carbon emissions by helping companies and consumers to more intelligently use and save energy. A fluid and ever-changing ecosystem, ICT touches nearly every industry sector with innovative, personalised and efficient solutions.
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Big Climate Conversations: Luis Davila on moving forwards with implementing the Paris Agreement
Luis Davila is one of the climate movers and shakers we had the pleasure of meeting at the COP23 climate conference in Bonn. His thoughts are part series of high-level interviews aimed at raising public awareness about the COP23 and its priority topics. The goal of each interview is to focus on one relevant issue that is crucial for the transition to a zero-carbon, climate-resilient economy and society.
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Colombia’s opportunity to accelerate deforestation-free growth and development
Today, the government of Colombia, in collaboration with international and domestic partners from the public and private sector, launched the TFA 2020 Colombia Alliance. The first country-specific chapter of TFA 2020 in Latin America offers an important platform to identify projects and initiatives for the implementation of commitments for zero-deforestation supply chains, focusing on the palm oil, cattle, dairy and timber industry.
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Over 50% of companies' water risk management strategies already include a beyond-the-fence approach
Becoming a corporate water steward requires a shift in focus when addressing water risks - moving beyond improvements in direct operations to engaging in the watershed they operate in.
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Smart cities: A glance at the landscape of our urban climate issues
Our cities inhale the thoughts and dreams of 4.1 billion people, and exhale approximately 70% of our total global greenhouse gas. But while the task of making our cities sustainable is no easy feat, it is also by no means insurmountable. There are a number of initiatives that forward-thinking cities are fast adopting to reduce the impact of our global hubs. emissions.
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Taking flight: How one pioneering tour operator inspires action on sustainable air travel & tourism
The ever growing number of tourists embodies the pressing need for sustainable tourism. This is why the United Nations has proclaimed 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (IY2017). The goal of this year is to use tourism as a force for positive change with regards to environmental protection, social inclusion and economic equality. Recognising the adverse environmental impacts of air travel, the Dutch tour operator and social enterprise Better Places decided to take action.
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World Water Week: Karen Lynch, CEO, Belu Water on the contradictions faced by an ethical water brand
While Stockholm this month became the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues, at Belu Water we want to grow the business bigger than ever, to allow us to increase our part in helping to end water poverty through generating more profit, all of which goes to the amazing work of our partner, WaterAid.
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ClimateLaunchpad: From startup to success
The ClimateLaunchpad is an annual green technology competition run by Climate-KIC Europe across more than 30 countries to recognise the most promising early stage business solutions to climate mitigation and adaptation challenges. Climate-KIC Australia brought the competition to Australia this year as part of a delivery of programs for climate change innovation.
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Carbon offsetting keeps our 'climate flight' airborne
Carbon offsetting can be, on the one hand, seen as a parachute: it acts to slow the descent of our plane and give the world more time to prepare for impact. At the same time, carbon offsetting creates a range of opportunities and benefits beyond the environment, which means it can also double up as an extra jet engine for our airplane.
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Republican Rule: Not Just Doomsday for Climate Policy
The Republican Party has adopted a widespread consensus of climate change not being a serious problem and opposes any robust environmental regulation focused on reducing carbon emissions in the U.S. However, a Republican rein in the U.S might not as bad for climate policy and tackling climate change as we might think.
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Braving headwinds to redefine the Good Life: Personal impressions from Sustainable Brands Detroit
Against the backdrop of President Trump’s imminent withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the tone of the Detroit conference was defiant and optimistic. Many of the conversations I had with other participants confirmed that the spirit of embracing climate change and seizing it as a business opportunity is buoyant and very much alive in the American economy.
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Creating a corporate culture of sustainability
Any company operating in the 21st century is quickly realising that sustainability isn’t a buzzword, nor is it a crusade for climate scientists and environmentalists alone. Business-savvy companies are also seeing sustainability as a great economic opportunity: Apart from attracting the next generation of customers who prioritise ethical business practice, a sustainability-centric corporate culture also draws in and retains employees and top talent, many of whom today prefer working for a company that has a measurable positive impact.
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Let’s praise Donald J. Trump, our Climate Hero!
Donald Trump's speech on exiting the Paris Agreement on June 01, 2017 rocked the world. While it was certainly a big shock to all of us, South Pole Group CEO Renat Heuberger claims that Trump's erratic decision might actually bear the seeds of something good for the imminent global climate future.
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Why The Ocean Cleanup made their event 'The Next Phase' Carbon Neutral
The Ocean Cleanup wants to create a better, cleaner future for everyone by ridding the world’s oceans of plastic. Creating this future is not just about developing innovative technology, it’s also about nurturing a sustainable attitude, one that we strive to incorporate into every step of The Ocean Cleanup’s journey. We hope that by making this event carbon neutral we have not only expressed our dedication to reducing our carbon footprint, but also inspired others to do so as well.
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The Tipping Point: South Pole Group on RECs, the SDGs and the Future of Renewable Energy
Sustainable Brands has announced the renewal of their renewable energy partnership with South Pole Group to help minimize the footprint of their global events. They chatted with Melanie Wilneder, a Key Account Manager at South Pole Group, to learn more about the ever-growing renewable energy market worldwide, and which solutions make the most sense for business.
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La frontera siguiente: Involucrar a proveedores a lo largo de los tres pilares de la sostenibilidad de la cadena de suministro
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‘RECs’ to the rescue: How renewable energy certificates can pave the way to achieving bold business goals
Leading companies have signed long-term commitments to power their operations with renewable energy, lower their carbon footprint and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, these ambitions are often challenged by procurement constraints, legislative restrictions or a lack of transparency regarding the available products and solutions. Premium renewable energy certificates (RECs) can offer a welcome solution to these challenges.
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Navigating the Twists and Turns Towards a Low-Carbon Economy
The new Trump administration’s words and actions regarding climate change and energy policy portend a stark departure from the stance of the Obama Administration. For several years, the international community, led by the United States, has been heading towards a low-carbon economy. Many signs indicate that we are about to relinquish our role in the areas of climate change leadership and energy innovation. But will a change in direction significantly impact the energy transition and the way in which investors position themselves?
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Nachhaltigkeit in Lieferketten: Wie können Unternehmen ihre Zusammenarbeit mit Zulieferern verbssern?
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Can Mobile Data Help Combat Climate Change in Germany?
One of our favorite topics at LUCA is using Big Data for Social Good, to measure our progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Aside from goals 7, 11 and 13, on energy, cities, and climate, there is also number 17, which we believe is extremely important: create compelling partnerships in order to achieve the objectives of the SDGs. This is precisely why our team has been working together with partners to find a smarter data solution for reducing air pollution in cities.
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“Luxury Brands Must Continue to See the Value of Sustainability”: An Exclusive Interview With Diana Verde Nieto, CEO of Positive Luxury
Luxury brands have not been traditionally associated with robust action on environmental impacts or sustainability, despite these two trends becoming the new ‘business as usual’ in the mainstream consumer goods sector. However, according to a new report from Positive Luxury titled ‘Predictions for the Luxury Industry: Sustainability and Innovation’, the sustainability gap is finally starting to close. We had the pleasure of interviewing Diana Verde Nieto, one of the two trailblazing entrepreneurs behind this innovative company we now have the opportunity to partner with. Diana emphasises that sustainability is no longer nice-to-have for luxury brands - it is now a requirement.
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Why Well-Planned Sustainability Communications Matters
By choosing to embrace climate change as an opportunity, bold and progressive corporates around the globe are future-proofing their business models and establishing themselves as leaders. But much like in business, success in communicating corporate climate action does not happen by chance: only well-planned sustainability communications can unearth stories of shared value and inspire others to take action - and ultimately serve as the tipping point for business success.
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Taking On a New Leadership Position: Business in Climate Finance
While many valuable initiatives to catalyse climate action are already underway, the real question is more than just how business can complement government carbon mitigation commitments: it is about how the corporate sector can help to proactively address climate impacts and adaptation in such a rapidly changing world. So how are companies fulfilling their responsibilities and what is a ‘Corporate Climate Leader’?
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This Is How It’s Done: How The SDGs Will Ensure Long-Term Business Profitability
When a solution to a given problem doesn’t lie in front of our eyes, it is easy to assume that no solution exists. The same applies to turning the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into a value-driving component of business operations. As a social enterprise focused on developing sustainable solutions, especially on climate change, there is hardly a project or mandate that does not relate to one or several of the SDGs. Turning the SDGs into a catalyser for better, climate-friendlier business should have been straightforward for South Pole Group. Far from it. Going from this intuitively obvious framework of targets to a strategy and practical approach did not come without some sweat and tears.
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Post-COP, Post-US Elections: What 2016 Means for Climate Change
2016 was an extraordinary year for many of us. In June, the UK’s ‘Brexit’ vote sent shockwaves through the EU and rest of the Western world. In November, the UN climate conference that took place in Marrakech will most likely go down in history as the ‘Trump COP’. The former imperial city in Morocco had a ginger-coloured cloud hanging over it, which had nothing to do with the desert dust.
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The Next Frontier: Engaging Suppliers Along the Three Pillars of Supply Chain Sustainability
As corporate non-financial reporting becomes ever-more sophisticated, one blind spot remains: the supply chain. The majority of environmental impacts often lie further down in the supply chain, where robust data and reporting practices are often a challenge. On what topics can global brands engage with their suppliers to address this problem?
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Let’s Not Cut Corners: Why We Need to Adapt in a Climate-Smart Way
The world needs to adapt to the changing climate. But done the wrong way, adaptation measures can actually increase emission levels, ultimately aggravating climate change.
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The Paris Agreement’s Success Will Hinge on How Cities Finance Their Climate Change Ambitions
At the beginning of October, an environmental landmark passed with little fuss: The last of the world’s 55 biggest greenhouse gases emitters ratified the historic Paris Agreement. The news generated fewer headlines than the initial deal. It also generated fewer headlines than April’s joint ratification statement by the US and China. But it was arguably more significant than both. Because, as per the agreement’s small print, reaching the 55-country means that the ambitious pact can finally come into force. Now the hard work begins.
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Using The Currents To Our Advantage - How The Oceans Can Clean Themselves
Between Hawaii and San Francisco lies the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the largest accumulation zone of ocean plastic. Plastic usage is on the rise and therefore the influx of plastic in the oceans is expected to increase. It won’t go away by itself, and now it’s time to clean up the mess.
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Certificados de Energía Limpia: Un instrumento clave para desacoplar el crecimiento nacional de las emisiones de Gases de Efecto Invernadero
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Climate Change: Now’s the Time To Look Outside, To Take Action Within
Climate change is generally accepted as presenting the insurance industry with unprecedented levels of risk. As the probability of extreme events increases, it will become more difficult to insure against them – and at levels that may remain affordable for customers. This could not only undermine the viability of commercial insurance but also lead to a society less prepared for the future shocks of climate change. All parts of the insurance industry have a role to play in supporting the global transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy. However, only a response by the industry that reflects the global nature and impact of climate change and that promotes novel, innovative and collaborative solutions, can ensure that the markets of today remain insurable ones in the future.
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Understanding Green Bond Data to Help Cities in Developing Countries Tap the Market
In recent years, green bond markets have emerged as a new way for investors in the capital markets to access sustainable investments. Cities have taken note. European cities in France and Sweden have been issuing green bonds since 2012. Municipalities in the US have a long track record of raising low-cost debt in the municipal bond market but only recently have begun to label bonds as ‘green’ in order to meet this demand signal from investors.
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How Wetland Restoration Improves Livelihoods in Developing Cities
Much of our increasingly urban world takes access to clean water for granted, viewing it as an inexhaustible resource. Yet today, hundreds of millions of people will go without clean water and one out of three people will not have access to proper sanitation (WHO & UNICEF, 2015). In 2010, more urban dwellers were without access to water services than in 2000 (De Castro Zoratto & Ivins, 2015), and it is estimated that by 2050 the global demand for water will increase by 55% (WWAP, 2015). Meeting basic water needs will continue to be a challenge.
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Mitigating Climate Change With Indexes
Over the past year, a growing number of large asset owners globally have announced that they invest in low-carbon solutions to reduce their portfolios carbon footprint, or intend to do. Our team at STOXX recently talked to Susan Dreyer, Country Director DACH Region at CDP Europe, about the power of measurement and information disclosure, the investors’ role in addressing climate change and the effectiveness of new indexes to find out more.
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The Brew of Choice: Coffee, Water, and Insetting in Tanzania
A thirsty crop, the coffee beans in Kagera require a great deal of water but, ironically enough, the majority of the actual coffee farmers have a hard time ensuring safe water for themselves and their families. This is a story of corporate climate action, your cup of coffee, and how people’s lives have been changed with the wide availability of household water filters.
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Restauración en Cáceres: El poder de los Mercados Voluntarios de Carbono a favor de la sostenibilidad y las comunidades
Afortunadamente y gracias al movimiento que generan los Mercados de Carbono, hoy existen fuentes de financiamiento para apoyar proyectos que se interesan por la conservación de la biodiversidad y los ecosistemas; uno de ellos es el proyecto “Asorpar” en Cáceres.
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Commerce, Communities and Clean Electricity : Changing the Course of Energy Use in China
The growth potential and projected future growth trajectories of many developing countries have sparked debate over the apparent paradox of simultaneous economic growth and climate stabilisation. Nonetheless it has been demonstrated by various countries that economic growth can be “decoupled” from growth in CO2 emissions. This is where harnessing renewable energy sources have and will continue playing a key role.
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Why I Get Out Of Bed Every Morning
I know that all of our experts at South Pole Group work very hard, every day, to bring our products to our clients to help them attain their sustainability goals. And sometimes, the business feels like what it is - a business - focused on earning money to keep the business running. But it’s actually much more: our business has a purpose - and generates strong positive impacts. After my visit to our Kariba REDD+ project site in Northern Zimbabwe I wanted to share my message and thank everyone from our partners and clients to our supporters who are helping to make these projects happen.
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Chain Reaction: The Ever-Increasing Scope of Carbon Risk
Standardised measurement and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions is a pre-requisite to manage carbon risk efficiently.
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Why Is Investment in Watershed Services the Future of Conservation?
As the human demographic continues to expand, our increased use of resources enter into conflict with biodiversity. In this context of needing to ensure cohabitation between our society, our built capital and nature, Investment in Watershed Services (IWS) becomes particularly useful - not least for the corporate community.
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An Agreement Was Reached at COP21 in Paris - We Now Need the Financial Markets to Help Deliver It
Now that 195 nations have promised to signed up to the Paris climate agreement, the hard work begins. The signatories have all committed to ramping up their fight against climate change, but what happens next will prove crucial. The new five-year national plans to reduce global warming will provide the roadmap for action. It is now, at the beginning of these national plans that we should be strengthening the role of green bonds and allowing financial capital to flex its muscles.
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Meaningful (water) Measures - The Next Sustainability Step
There is no doubt that these companies have made huge strides on water (and sustainability more broadly) in recent years and should be lauded. They are fellow environmental advocates and keenly recognise the fundamental importance of environmental issues to business and society. Nonetheless the time has come to push the aforementioned leaders (and their peers) to thinking more deeply about sustainability target setting - notably on water.
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Aligning Investments in a Time of Climate Change: an Interview With ERI Scientific Beta on Low-Carbon Indexes
Being able to match investment strategy with the financial and ethical interests of tomorrow’s contingencies requires an overhaul of the tools used to navigate yesterday’s investment climate. New instruments need to both ensure proper alignment with the prevailing market and inform the investor on the positioning of the portfolio with market and policy roadmaps, in the context of the ongoing transition to a low-carbon economy.
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How Does a Country’s Ecological Balance Sheet Impact its Economy and Your Investments?
Now more than ever, investing in winning economies means investing in true ecological winners. This requires identifying all relevant environmental risks in your portfolio. Looking at the world through the prism of the Ecological Footprint can reveal trends on countries’ ecological wealth and associated risks, as well as the carbon-intensity and health of their economy.
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Women and Climate Change Mitigation – a Question of Time
This month of March began with an inspiring video and note from Melinda on what she sees as a key constraint to women’s empowerment: time. We could not agree more. We need to address the key constraint of time in order to empower women, and we need better mechanisms to measure impacts & channel funds to deserving projects.
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Interview with Sustainable Brands: Why Companies Should Care About Renewable Energy
Companies from Apple to REI already are recognizing the advantages of embracing renewable energy to their bottom lines. To get some additional insight into what renewable energy means to business in the near and long-term, Mike Hower from Sustainable Brands spoke with Stefan Rösch, Director of Key Accounts, at South Pole Group.
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Opportunity and Innovation: Why Investing in Natural Water Infrastructure Will Pay Off
Nature is attracting increasingly more attention from finance professionals - and particularly their clients who are both nervous about future risks in an increasingly resource-constrained world, and motivated to drive positive change. There is great value and, recalling the "water & jobs" theme of this year’s World Water Day, many employment opportunities to be created from investing in nature.
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Working Towards a Triple Win Scenario: Why Forest Conservation Should Be On Everyone's Radar
This year's International Day of Forests is devoted to raising awareness about the importance of all types of forests and trees to our economic, environmental, and social well being. However, this awareness must be paired with concrete action if we want preserve our valuable ecosystems.
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How to Power a Renewable World: Green Buildings and Building Networks as Key Change Agents
The world is well on its way towards a renewable energy future but will need strong leaders to expedite this important transition. Green buildings and green building networks are currently an underused resource that can take on this leadership role.
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World’s Exchanges Issue Sustainability Reporting Guidelines
With consensus emerging among investors that a company's non-financial or so-called "sustainability" performance is indicative of its overall financial health, attention has turned to ways to make the form and substance of sustainability disclosures more consistent.
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How Major Investors Are Anticipating the Risks of Climate Change
As the global leaders' conference in Davos reminds us, the global economy is starting to pivot around the urgent necessity to limit global warming well below two degrees Celsius. This new reality will ultimately make climate-smart investment strategies a prerequisite: taking on a "wait-and-see" approach will invite real danger into portfolios as risks grow and become tougher to mitigate.
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RECs: The Acronym to Know When Aligning Renewable Energy with Strategic Business Objectives
ICT companies all over the world have embarked on a 21st century clean power crusade to match their business goals and sustainability pledges with cost-effective renewable energy. With more and more companies spreading out operations beyond national borders, renewable energy certificates (RECs) can offer a lucrative means to report performance, mitigate business risks and align the wider implementation of renewable energy with strategic business objectives.
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Calling all Facilitators: Why Stakeholder Collaboration Will Be Key in Realising the Paris Agreement
The inclusive nature of the Paris Agreement will further spark demand for better facilitation between the various stakeholders working together. Translating policy into practical action will not happen without having a common language and key facilitators between the potpourri of parties involved.
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Empowering Women, Empowering a Sustainable Society – Working Towards Results-Based Solutions
Economic empowerment is a key step in making women full participants in their communities. Nonetheless there still remains the need to link such initiatives of economic empowerment to programmes that address the issue of women’s empowerment in a more fundamental way. The next key question for corporate leaders to reflect upon should be the following: How to efficiently organise the millions of dollars currently being spent on increasing opportunities for women?
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From Abstract to Action: How the SDGs Can Help Businesses and Vice Versa
The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are here - and here to stay for the next fifteen years. We know that they will be forming the basis of investment decision making for the public sector, but what do they actually mean for business?
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Could This Be the Solution To Climate Change?
In order to halt climate change, close to 100% of the world's scientists agree that we must drastically reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions. As one fair and efficient way to reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions, carbon markets will certainly be part of the answer.
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The Dairy Industry’s Next Competitive Advantage: Saving money and building better products with Climate-Friendly Cows
"Every year us cows emit so much methane into the atmosphere - the equivalent of fifty-times more CO2 than the entire country of Switzerland! It's killing our image. We don't know what to do."
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#BusinessCase: Why Renewable Energy Will Make or Break Business Success
World leaders have shaken hands on the new Sustainable Development Goals that will hopefully be shaping global and local agendas and policies over the next 15 years. The UN Sustainable Development summit coincided with the 7th edition of Climate Week, which was jam-packed with well-timed announcements and strong messages in favor of a low-carbon economy.
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Water Scoring: Managing the Risk of Having Big Fish Stuck in Polluted Ponds
This year's number one sustainability risk is - water. According to the latest World Economic Forum's Global Risk Report, the adverse impacts of water crises could even surpass the impacts of climate change. The effects can already be felt across industry sectors and society at large: in line with the narrative from the WEF, a recent study by CDP found that two-thirds of the world's largest companies are now reporting exposure to water risks - with 22% anticipating that this could limit the growth of their business.
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What Will Happen At the Paris Climate Conference?
Will Paris be a success? Will the agreement at CoP21 ensure global temperature raise stays within the 2° limit? What are the concrete consequences of Paris for my company? As the CEO of the South Pole Group, a global sustainability solutions provider, I am debating such questions with stakeholders from both the public and private sectors on a daily basis. COP21, the next UN climate summit in Paris, is only a few months away. Therefore, we have decided to roll out our big crystal ball and present you our 10 key outcomes you should (and should not) expect from Paris.
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Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration Builds Sustainable Supply Chains
Stakeholder collaboration can help management prepare for a better future: Stakeholder expertise on operations on the ground can unveil areas in supply chains where there is high risk potential and unexplored opportunities.
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17 Goals to Rule Them All: How the SDGs Can Benefit Organisations
Ultimately, the SDGs will affect organizations and institutions of all shapes and sizes, from the European Union to municipalities and corporations, and engagement from a wide scale of actors will be crucial in shaping the future agenda. The playing field and the adoption of the SDGs marks a new era for both the public and private sector to deepen and broaden their sustainability efforts.
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Unlikely Allies: How the U.S.-Iran Deal Could Strengthen the Divestment Campaign
Overcoming decades of hostility, Iran and six nations led by the United States reached an historic accord this month to limit Tehran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. The deal has sparked significant debate amongst supporters and opponents alike, who question the impact the agreement might have on the region’s stability and future relations with the West.
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Viva México: Savvy Companies Will Benefit From the Country's Strong Ambition on Climate
With the timeline to Paris climate negotiations shrinking by the day, climate change mitigation and an aggressive clean energy generation goal are among the top topics on Mexico's policy agenda. Forward-looking companies are already anticipating its effects on business.
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The Link Between Wildlife Conservation and Carbon Emissions Reduction projects
Many wildlife areas inhabited by the “big 5” animal species provide few alternatives apart from hunting — the hunt of Cecil, a renowned black-maned lion that recently hit the news, being a prominent example.
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From the Margins to the Mainstream: Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector
The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, today launched From the Margins to the Mainstream: Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors. The report provides a market assessment and recommendations for how mainstream investors can more actively engage in impact investing. Impact investing – an investment approach intentionally seeking to create both financial return and positive social impact that is actively measured – has been hailed as an emerging investment approach with the potential to reconcile key shortcomings in traditional financial markets.
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A Moment of Reflection: Ronald Coase, Father of the Economic Theory that Created Carbon Trading, has Passed Away
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