COP 21| United Nations. COP 21 Paris | Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015. Homepage | UN Global Compact. A who's who among the COP21 commitments. This article was updated Thursday to include new commitments. So, you support a strong global agreement at the U.N. Conference of the Parties? You want business, NGOs, policymakers and every stakeholder you forgot to mention to unite for once and for all to save the world. Of course you do. Put your name in lights in the City of Lights for what some see as an ultimate peace conference. Such multilateral, international, never-before-scale-level of U.N. events hold so much promise. Yet just as you may need a Ph.D in the subject to understand an IPCC climate report, you need some policy (or better, PR) chops to read between the lines. Among hundreds of corporations backing COP21 climate actions, few are trekking to Paris, instead backing blockbuster commitments or coalitions to represent them.
Sustainable Coffee Challenge Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition Scores and scores of companies are already pushing a price on carbon at COP. Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction Low Carbon USA. TheSkimm's Guide to the Paris Climate Conference. You might have heard global warming is a thing. So have world leaders. They're getting together to agree on a plan to do something about it. This meeting is a very long time coming. This month, reps from almost 200 countries are huddling in Paris for the UN's Climate Change Conference. Yup, Paris. In the wake of the Nov. 13th terrorist attacks in the city that left 130 people dead, world leaders decided to move forward with the summit, along with LOTS of extra security. For everyone to sign off on a global climate change pact that would cut greenhouse gas emissions (hint: your car, some power plants), and slow the rise in global temps. Global climate change talks have been going on for literally decades.
For decades, people in the US and around the world have been debating whether global warming is real, and whether human activity has anything to do with it. Paris. Mainly, cash money. TheSKIMM. The 12 days that will decide Earth's future: A guide to COP21. The past several years have seen a huge ramp up in climate activities and ambitions among businesses, states, regions and cities. Dozens of mayors as well as CEOs from around the world will be present to make their voices heard during the summit. These actions raise the stakes for Paris, and result in even more momentum and support for national leaders to take action. “You know, in climate change, we talk a lot about tipping points,” said Andrew Steer, the CEO of the World Resources Institute. “We tend to think about bad tipping points. But, of course, this conference is about potentially good tipping points.” For Steer, a successful outcome in Paris could create ripple effects that reverberate throughout global markets, all the way down to the local level.
“And all the evidence is that that economy will be better and the quality of life will be better,” Steer said. 6 big takeaways from the opening of the Paris climate conference. PARIS, France — The two-week marathon of boring speeches and wonky side panels intended to save humanity kicked off in Paris on Monday. More than 150 heads of state and representatives of 195 governments arrived at the sprawling conference center in the northeast suburbs of Paris. After being welcomed by U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres and COP21 President Manuel Pulgar-Vida, the heads of state spoke.
They were limited to just a few minutes each, so the speeches were short on surprises, though heavy on the same themes: climate change is dangerous, we need to control it for sake of our children, and so on. Through it all, a few key themes emerged: 1. Barack Obama is the symbolic leader. The other moving sentiments came from the most vulnerable countries. 2. 3. 4. Some developing nations and groups like Oxfam are also demanding a “loss and damage” insurance fund that would compensate poor countries when climate-related catastrophes hit. 5. 6.
COP21 Day One: Mind-blowing...but surprisingly normal. Day One of the Paris climate conference was designed for impact. And it worked. Our hosts knew this was going to be a difficult global negotiation, and that we as a world community need to dramatically step up our game to fight climate change. So they jammed the first day with powerful speeches by heads of state from over 140 countries – each of them emphasizing the importance of fighting climate change, talking about impacts and actions in their countries, and exhorting the delegations to reach a strong agreement. At least that was the public message – and it seems to have had the desired effect. The pressure is on for a global deal to save humanity from the huge impending impacts of climate change. Just look at this list of speakers: Presidents of the U.S., China, Germany, Russia … and the list goes on for page after page. They were all here at the same time, speaking one after another – with two plenary rooms running in parallel to accommodate all their remarks.
White House Launches American Business Act on Climate Pledge. Today at the White House, Secretary of State John Kerry and senior White House officials will host 13 of the largest companies from across the American economy who are standing with the Obama Administration to launch the American Business Act on Climate Pledge: Alcoa, Apple, Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Cargill, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, Google, Microsoft, PepsiCo, UPS, and Walmart. The companies making pledges as part of today’s launch represent more than $1.3 trillion in revenue in 2014 and a combined market capitalization of at least $2.5 trillion.
The impacts of climate change are already being felt worldwide. Nineteen of the 20 hottest years on record occurred in the past two decades. Countries and communities around the world are already being affected by deeper, more persistent droughts, pounded by more severe weather, inundated by bigger storm surges, and imperiled by more frequent and dangerous wildfires. As President Obama said at the U.N. Gates, Zuckerberg and Other Tech Titans Team Up to Push Clean Energy. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and several other of the world's wealthiest tech and business titans are banding together to fight climate change by investing billions in clean-energy research and technologies. The Breakthrough Energy Coalition was announced ahead of the opening day Monday of the U.N. -organized climate talks outside Paris. More than 150 heads of state and government were gathering at the summit to try to find common ground on how to slow the rise in global temperatures.
The coalition has pledged to invest in innovative ways to produce "clean" energy, especially in the developing world, and thereby cut down on climate-warming greenhouse gases. The group of investors will pour money into companies working on clean-energy ideas. "The renewable technologies we have today, like wind and solar, have made a lot of progress and could be one path to a zero-carbon energy future," Gates said in a blog post. Bill Gates: Your question (and his response) Given that I'm at the COP21 U.N. climate conference, the subject of our encounter was climate change. Gates, the billionaire nerd-turned-humanitarian, and founder of Microsoft, announced this week an investment partnership to help bring billions to clean energy research.
I only had time to ask Gates one question before his handlers swept him away. I decided to give that question to one of you -- specifically Jay, one of my followers on Snapchat. (I'm jdsutter on that app). That temperature increase, as I'm sure you know if you've been following this series, is the agreed-upon point at which climate change gets especially catastrophic. Here's how Gates responded to Jay's climate question: "No single technology (will solve climate change). The whole thing seemed so cool and collected, delivered in that I'm-the-person-who-can-see-the-future-and-it's-going-to-be-great manner only Bill Gates can pull off.
CNN's John Sutter speaks with Bill Gates at the climate change conference. Votes in Congress Move to Undercut Climate Pledge. This video is not currently supported on your browser. Advertisement Continue reading the main story Video WASHINGTON — Hours after pledged Tuesday in Paris that the United States would be in the vanguard of nations seeking a global response to climate change, Congress approved two measures aimed at undercutting him. In a provocative message to more than 100 leaders that the American president does not have the full support of his government on climate policy, the House passed resolutions, already approved by the Senate, to scuttle rules that would significantly cut heat-trapping carbon emissions from existing and future coal-fired power plants.
The House votes — by 242 to 180 and 235 to 188, mostly along party lines — expanded to a global level the already profound gulf between Mr. The measures will be sent to the White House, where Mr. Photo At a news conference at the climate summit meeting in Paris, Mr. In a later interview, Mr. In Paris, Mr. Mr. Continue reading the main story Mr. Most Americans Want A Global Agreement On Climate. As Republican leaders herald Congress’ power to hinder a global climate deal, most Americans say the U.S. should join an international treaty requiring America to reduce emissions, according to a new poll.
The New York Times and CBS poll released Monday also notes that 63 percent of Americans favor limits on carbon emissions. The poll comes as delegates from nearly 200 countries are meeting in Paris in hopes of negotiating a climate deal that puts the world on a track to limit global warming to no more than 2°C. Many scientists believe that global warming would be irreversible and cause catastrophic effects beyond this threshold. The survey puts the American public in line with international public opinion. A recent Pew Research Center poll across 40 countries found that 78 percent of respondents “support the idea of their country limiting greenhouse gas emissions as part of an international agreement in Paris.”
Will Paris Climate Summit Lead to More Money for Scientists or Solyndras? Big news came out of Paris early in the twelve-day Conference Of the Parties (COP21), the global confab on climate. We are going to see if big money can create new science and thus energy “miracles.” Bill Gates has convinced a global conclave of 28 billionaires to pledge support for a new private venture fund, the Breakthrough Energy Coalition (BEC), to invest billions of dollars in “risky” new energy cleantech to try and displace the world’s 90% dependence on hydrocarbons. Prediction: The [Breakthrough Energy Coalition] fund will fail, perhaps spectacularly, if it operates like the multitude of cleantech funds that have been around for more than a decade. Apparently the BEC will, in some form, coordinate with governments in order to commercialize scientific “breakthroughs” expected to emerge from expanded federal research.
No surprise, there’s been a broad market retreat from cleantech deals, one based not on politics but on financial performance. Video: Globe Debate: Can we beat climate change without killing the economy? The Business Case for Responsible Corporate Adaptation - Four Twenty Seven. Four Twenty Seven was the lead author on the latest Caring for Climate report on responsible corporate adaptation, developed in cooperation with the UN Global Compact, UNFCC and UNEP, and their partners. With this new publication, Caring for Climate compiles and showcases a wide range of corporate and public-private adaptation practices in different sectors and regions in order to: Raise awareness about the benefits of implementing climate risk assessments, and inform companies about subsequent adaptation activities that can be taken to mitigate those risks.Inspire other companies, regardless of size and geography, to implement private adaptation strategies and activities that also contribute to increasing societal resilience and meeting the SDGs.Highlight opportunities for policymakers to address the barriers that may hinder corporate adaptation activities.
How businesses support community resilience. Download the full report here. Report Summary Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4. Are the COP21 corporate sponsors as green as they say they are? Some corporate sponsors of the COP21 Paris climate talks are failing to properly report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, a new report reveals. The Paris climate conference is sponsored by over 60 companies including big polluters EDF, Engie and BNP Paribas. And while countries continue to negotiate a deal on tackling climate change, what have these corporate sponsors brought to the table? A new study published this week by French social research group BASIC and the Multinationals Observatory shows that very few of the COP21 sponsors are declaring their GHG emissions in a transparent way.
The report looked at the GHG emission reduction policies of ten COP21 sponsors: Accor, BNP Paribas, Carrefour, EDF, Engie, Kering, LVMH, L’Oréal, Micheline and Renault. Of these, only one company – EDF – has actually reduced its overall carbon footprint in line with EU targets. “But as we show in our report, private companies are not as exemplary as they’d like to pretend. Google joins RE100 and announces new investments in wind and solar power. Google has joined RE100 with an interim target to triple its purchase of renewable energy by 2025 and a long term goal to power all of its operations with renewables – a commitment originally announced in June 2015 when Google signed the American Business Act on Climate.
Also announced today, Google will purchase a further 842MW of energy through a series of new wind and solar projects around the world, demonstrating that words are being put into action. It has been an impressive few days for RE100 with Google being the latest ICT giant to join the campaign; following announcements from Microsoft and Adobe earlier in the week. The demand for renewable electricity from these ICT companies sends a clear signal to the market and will demonstrate that transitioning to renewables is a smart business decision. The company has been carbon neutral since 2007. Twitter Creates New Emojis to Mark UN's COP21 Conference. Twitter has introduced several new emojis activated by hashtags, in conjunction with the United Nations COP21 climate change summit in Paris. Realizing the impact the high-level talks will have in regard to its platform, Twitter has attached the new emojis — which include an Eiffel Tower embedded in a green leaf (the summit’s official logo), a regular Eiffel Tower icon, and a heart-shaped earth — to the #COP21, #GOCOP21, #ActionDay, and #ClimateChange hashtags, respectively, reports Mashable.
The Twitter Government handle sent out a tweet regarding the new emojis, which can be seen below. The two-week COP21 summit is being attended by more than 150 world leaders, among them U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The U.N. claims there were over 400,000 tweets regarding the talks and that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (who has 16.3 million Twitter followers) was the most influential online participant. #COP21 News (@COP21_News) | Twitter. #COP21 | Twitter. #COP21Paris | Twitter. #ParisClimateConference | Twitter. #ParisClimateSummit | Twitter.
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