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Newsletter July 2020

The new challenge for companies: what can they do for the environment?

In 2015, the world's major leaders agreed to work towards achieving a more sustainable and prosperous world for all by 2030, with goals as ambitious as poverty eradication. They developed 17 sustainable development goals and a plan to implement them. Among them is caring for the planet with a special mention for climate change: "climate action" is the 13th goal on the list. Because according to the UN, between 1880 and 2012, the average global temperature increased by 0.85 degrees Celsius and if nothing is done it will continue to rise. However, they say that, with everyone's involvement, it is still possible to limit the increase, which the organization attributes to human activity, to two degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level.

 

"(…) Affordable, scalable solutions are now available to enable countries to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies. The pace of change is quickening as more people are turning to renewable energy and a range of other measures that will reduce emissions and increase adaptation efforts. Climate change, however, is a global challenge that does not respect national borders. It is an issue that requires solutions that need to be coordinated at the international level to help developing countries move toward a low-carbon economy".

A responsibility of citizens, governments and businesses

In this agenda to "transform the world," the UN emphasizes that to achieve each goal "everyone has to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you. Indeed, since then, governments, businesses and individuals have taken action to achieve this goal as part of the UN's global plan for sustainable development. From strategies at the state level to small everyday gestures, such as reducing car use, saving energy or reducing waste, we can all do something to help decrease our energy footprint and care for the environment. The role of business is particularly relevant and is highlighted by the UN, which underlines how many companies are taking the environmental challenge as "a market opportunity", providing "climate solutions through innovation and long-term investments in energy efficiency and low-carbon development". Among the initiatives they can take are:

- improving energy efficiency, with LED bulbs, less energy consuming equipment,

- reducing the carbon footprint of the products, services and processes, using electric vehicles, supporting projects that manage to reabsorb CO2,

- setting targets to reduce carbon emissions, with specific plans involving all workers and measures such as ensuring that energy comes from renewable sources,

- more investment in innovative and inclusive, climate-smart and low-emission products, with special attention to promoting efficient offices by taking care of external insulation, automatic lighting dimming, water consumption,

- strengthening the resilience of its operations, supply chains and the communities in which it operates, promoting the company's commitment to its environment, encouraging its collaboration with other environmentally responsible companies and its involvement in sustainable projects.

With the emphasis placed on cooperation and efforts by all, various institutions also encourage companies to join initiatives to share ideas on energy efficiency. The UN launched the Caring for Climate proposal in 2007.

The more companies are involved in initiatives like these, the greater the benefits for all. Companies play a key role in the struggle for a more sustainable world because their activity has a direct impact on their environment and on the economic and social development of the community. Furthermore, the UN maintains that global warming and environmental degradation are a threat to economic growth, so companies must be forced to be aware of the importance of the challenge and turn it into an opportunity to innovate.

 

Source: https://www.libremercado.com/2019-09-23/el-nuevo-desafio-de-las-empresas-que-pueden-hacer-por-el-medio-ambiente-1276644881/

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