Date and Time
Friday May 22, 2015
8:30 am-12:00 pm
Friday May 22, 2015
8:30 am-12:00 pm
This spring, BSR will gather the business community ahead of the COP21 climate talks to drive leadership on climate with a series of spring events throughout Europe.
BSR will share its business and climate strategy, Business in a Climate-Constrained World, and how climate “wedges” can be applied to different industries and sectors and—when combined—how they can contribute to a 2°C pathway, which is generally considered the upper limit of global temperature rise to avoid catastrophic climate impacts.
As part of the series, BSR will hold a morning event dedicated to climate and fast mitigation on May 22 in Paris.
Carbon dioxide often takes center stage when it comes to talking about greenhouse gases. A group of lesser-known but no less important pollutants—black carbon, methane, tropospheric ozone, and hydrofluorocarbons, collectively referred to as short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs)—also contribute to the warming of the planet.
The relatively short lifetime of SLCPs, as well as their significant role in global greenhouse effects and human health outcomes, represent an opportunity to slow the rate of global warming while saving millions of lives over the next decades, making them crucial to any climate strategy.
This event will explore how high-emitting sectors such as transport, responsible for approximately one-fifth of black carbon emissions, and oil and gas, the second-largest emitter of methane after agriculture, can develop fast-mitigation strategies for SLCPs.
BSR will present its research on fast mitigation, which was funded by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, on private-sector engagement to SLCPs. In addition, we will explore research on two specific sectors, drawn from waste management, oil and gas, transport, or agriculture, to highlight the opportunities represented by integrating SLCP mitigation strategies into a broader climate action plan.
The time is now for an overhaul of the social contract to address 21st-century realities and needs. A new social contract can deliver long-term value creation that enables economic security and mobility, is genuinely inclusive, and addresses challenges such as the transition to clean energy and the emergence of a digital world.
BSR President and CEO Aron Cramer shares his recent experience in Oregon during the wildfires, underlining the necessity of taking climate action.
BSR and the Smart Freight Centre are moving to accelerate the shift to zero-carbon freight across all modes of transport—air, sea, road, rail, waterways—by 2050 through a new buyer-focused collaborative platform: the Sustainable Freight Buyers Alliance.
Unless companies transform into net zero businesses, targets alone will not persuade governments to make more ambitious national pledges. That is why we need—and we are beginning to see—a great shift from climate ambition to climate action.
On the commemoration of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), we recognize that there is still much to be done to prevent, mitigate, and remedy the current and forthcoming adverse impacts of climate change to which Indigenous Peoples are particularly vulnerable.
We need to enact large-scale systemic changes to combat global climate change—and as the transition to a net-zero GHG emissions economy takes place, we need a social contract that addresses the impact on workers and their communities, especially those facing systemic inequities.
2020 has demonstrated powerfully the importance of a fully functioning social safety net, public health systems, and global collaboration. Reforms to the social contract are clearly needed to protect public health, economic security, and the right of all people to participate fully in society.
Whether it’s a pandemic or climate-related impact, those with the least, and those faced with the most extreme socioeconomic barriers, will suffer the most. The impacts that these populations face have the potential to disrupt business, from operations and supply chains down to the vital communities on which business depends.