Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Levi’s, Nestle and Starbucks are among a slew of multinational companies listed in an online database just launched by the U.N. that details how the world’s major firms plan to address global warming.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Adaptation Private Sector Initiative contains details both on how companies can make profits or savings, and on how they can prevent losses through the adoption of climate change prevention-related activities.
There are currently around around 100 examples of strategies listed in the UNFCCC Private Sector Initiative database, which the body says are both practical and in many cases scalable.
Examples of best practice include Coca-Cola’s efforts to conserve water in Asia and Starbucks’ attempts to improve the yield of coffee beans in regions that are particularly vulnerable to climate change.
In December, the UNFCCC climate change talks in Durban, South Africa, agreed a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, to run from 2013 through 2017.
The 190-odd countries also bound themselves to agree, in 2015, a deal to force them to cut emissions by 2020.