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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 229

Posts Tagged ‘effort’

Large South American governments could take more climate action: analysis

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 2 novembre 2015

america latinaWhile Brazil and Peru have better climate plans than Chile or Argentina, none of them have been rated as “sufficient” by the Climate Action Tracker (CAT), which released analyses of the four South American country climate targets today.The CAT – an analysis by four European research organisations – has rated Brazil and Peru’s submissions to the UN as “medium” and has given an “inadequate” rating to both Argentina and Chile. Together, these four countries make up 72% of South America’s greenhouse gas emissions, excluding LULUCF.
The CAT’s “medium” rating indicates that both Brazil and Peru’s climate plans are at the least ambitious end of what would be a fair contribution, and are inconsistent with limiting warming to below 2°C unless other countries make much deeper reductions and comparably greater effort.For Argentina and Chile, an “inadequate” rating is inconsistent with limiting warming to below 2°C: if all countries were to adopt this lower level of ambition, global warming would likely exceed 3-4°C this century.“None of these countries will be immune to the effects of climate change. An increase in warming of 2˚C would have severe impacts on all four of them, and on the rest of the continent,” said Dr. Marcia Rocha, Head of the Climate Policy team at Climate Analytics. “Yet instead of taking action commensurate with the size of the threat, these governments are largely sticking with their current policies, which are heading in the wrong direction.”
“These four South American climate targets are collectively disappointing, with this region extremely vulnerable to climate impacts and many already being observed, now would be the time to really ramp up policies and ambition,” said Bill Hare, CEO of Climate Analytics.
“Now is not the time to simply put forward no more than what is already being done or planned, the world needs real ambition for Paris, and it would be a very important symbol if these countries were able to increase their climate action by the time we get to Paris.”
“Brazil has a large share of hydro power, yet its energy market is projected to increase by more than 50% between 2012 and 2030. While it is good that renewable energy share is set to grow, Brazil needs to be careful it doesn’t recarbonise its electricity sector,” said Dr Rocha.
“With its current deforestation rates, it is difficult to see how Peru is going to meet its climate target, especially its 2021 zero deforestation goal.The country is also likely to face water shortages from glacier melt that will impact on cities and agriculture,” said Juan Pablo Osornio, of Ecofys.
“Chile is a good example of how, if the Paris agreement were to set targets only for 2025, inadequate efforts such as Chile’s could be improved for a 2030 dateline,” said Juan Pablo Osornio.
“Argentina has the potential to step up and at least meet its more ambitious conditional pledge. For a country with such large emissions, and facing quite extreme impacts from global warming, it is disappointing to see such an inadequate effort,” said Dr Rocha.

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United Nations transforms business’ commitment to sustainability

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 26 giugno 2015

Onu palaceNew York: Sustainability is now firmly on the global business agenda, but there is an urgent need to turn words into action. This is a key conclusion in the independent report; “Impact – Transforming Business, Changing the World” prepared by DNV GL on behalf of the United Nations Global Compact. The report concludes that the UN Global Compact, as the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, and the business community have had an impact on the development of sustainability over the past 15 years. Recommendations that must be implemented to accelerate progress towards a more sustainable future are also highlighted in the report.“Our assessment shows there has been a clear shift in sustainability development, but in the future the necessary transformative change will only become a reality if we are all able to speed up, scale and strengthen our efforts. It’s not sufficient that business alone is mobilizing. We must therefore offer arenas for collaboration, including for policy makers, science professionals and society at large,” says Dr Henrik O. Madsen, Group President & Chief Executive Officer at DNV GL.
“This report confirms that the tide is turning in corporate practices. Over the past 15 years, companies around the world have been awakening to their role in society and starting to make important strides to operate more responsibly and innovate for a greener, more sustainable future. But there is still a long way to go, and the UN Global Compact remains strongly committed to mobilizing business everywhere to be a force for good,” states Georg Kell, UN Global Compact Executive Director.Significant changes we have seen over the past 15 years (report findings) :Sustainability is gradually penetrating deeper into markets and sectors all around the world. Global Compact signatories are present in 156 countries, and 25% of the world’s largest companies have joined.
A deeper understanding of the complexity and interdependence of global challenges has emerged. Partnership and collaboration are the new norm. More sustainability issues – equality, climate change and corruption – are now on the corporate agenda because they impact performance. Business has become more strategic, systematic, integrated, transparent and collaborative regarding sustainability. Leading companies are ahead of regulation and drive the debate to make regulations smarter. Yet these companies are in the minority, and less progressive companies are blocking positive change.The financial sector shows positive developments – through its support for the Principles for Responsible Investment, rapid development of green bonds and Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative.The local Global Compact networks are very effective in engaging local businesses around the issues that are important for that particular country or region.The jury is still out on whether a sustainable and inclusive economy will be achieved. But the UN Global Compact has undoubtedly helped to change the understanding of corporate responsibility all around the world.Some companies are talking about a ‘net zero footprint’ in terms of carbon, water and waste, and some leaders have established concrete goals for reaching zero footprint levels. This is highly promising and such companies will get many followers. Leading companies are also beginning to look for ways to turn sustainability risks into new business opportunities.

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