Reflections from Jen
Because the UN Climate Change Conference taking place now through Nov. 17 is a massive event spanning so many topics, it’s impossible to cover it all. Instead, I pulled together a sampling of articles and press releases across the web looking at the earlier days of the gathering, to offer a basic overview of the buzz in Bonn, Germany.
- Even More Leading Businesses Commit to a Clean Economy, UN Environment
- COP23: The Price Tag for Climate Change, Deutsche Welle
- Developing Countries Showcase their Climate Actions, UN Environment
- Nuclear Innovation Can Help Achieve Climate Goals (COP23 side event), International Atomic Energy Agency
- COP23: Progress in Tough Talks, Clean Energy Wire
- Progress on Assessing Adaptation Necessary to Meeting Climate Goals, UN Environment
- Nordic Countries Present Sustainable Solutions for Growing Cities, Daily Planet
- 100% Renewable Transition More Feasible than Ever, Common Dreams
- Financing Must Triple to Meet Climate and SDG Goals for Water, UN Environment
- The 10 Biggest Stories from COP23 So Far, Daily Planet
- Politicians and Activists Gather for COP23 Climate Talks – in Pictures, The Guardian
- Four Things Business Wants from COP23, International Chamber of Commerce
- COP23: Why Trump Can’t Kill the Climate Deal, Deutsche Welle
- What to Look Forward to in COP23, Inquirer.net
- COP23: More Ambition Needed, Clean Energy Wire
Specifically, though, I wanted to point out one early takeaway, which is that influential and international businesses from a wide range of sectors appear to be increasingly driving emissions cuts by leading the way on electric transport, energy productivity and renewable power.
Four major businesses from three different continents joined The Climate Group’s global electric vehicles campaign (EV100), and pledged to transition to electric transport by 2030. They include the airline Air New Zealand; New Zealand-based electricity retailer and generator, Mercury; Dutch engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV; and Japanese shopping mall developer AEON Mall.
Another new announcement came from one of India’s leading cement producers, Dalmia Cement, saying the company is almost halfway to doubling its energy productivity by 2030 as part of The Climate Group’s EP100 initiative.
And the international consultancy and construction company, Mace, which strives to create more sustainable cities and communities, has joined The Climate Group’s RE100 campaign with CDP, committed to shifting the world’s most influential companies to 100% renewable power. The UK-based company is aiming to achieve 100% renewable electricity globally by 2022; and 75% by 2019.
RE100 members are now creating demand of up to 153 TWh of renewable electricity annually – more than enough to power Poland.
That’s the news for now. More updates next week. Until then, have a great weekend. And, as always, stay in touch.