In advance of COP21 in Paris countries around the world have submitted plans for how they intend to reduce carbon emissions at a national level, in order to address the global challenge of climate change. But when added together the impact of those plans are not likely to be sufficient to maintain warming below a two degree threshold.
In this blog series experts from the Carbon Trust explore some of the areas of opportunity to accelerate action and increase ambitions, overcoming the barriers to creating a sustainable, low carbon economy.
By Tom Delay, Chief Executive
Despite strong words from a number of leading businesses this week in Paris, we are a long way from where we need to be in terms of action. Some corporate titans will capture the commercial opportunities in a world that takes action on climate change, allowing them to survive and thrive in a sustainable future. Other businesses, that may seem unsinkable today, will go the same way as the Titanic.
By Jamie Plotnek, Corporate Communications Manager
Smokers keep on smoking. Drinkers keep on drinking. And consumers keep on consuming, which results in the emitting of emissions. But to deal with the challenges of climate change we are going to need to fundamentally change consumption patterns around the world.
By Paul Huggins, Associate Director - Programmes
Adding up emissions numbers can lead to some serious consequences for businesses. It isn’t as straightforward as 2+2=4, but when you scrutinise the numbers in detail then it can do some real damage to company value.
By Alessandro Casoli, Strategy Manager - Policy & Markets
We’re at crunch time. It’s not 1992 anymore: either we get the foundations for the low carbon transition in place over the next 10 years, or we can kiss goodbye to the 2 degree target.
By Hugh Jones, Managing Director - Business Advice
It is becoming increasingly clear that without mobilising huge efforts from the private sector it will not be possible to contain global warming to no more than 2 degrees. However companies need to see value of action – or the risk of inaction – before they alter a business-as-usual trajectory that has in the past delivered results.
By Bruno Gardner, Managing Director - Low Carbon Workplace
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. So begins Charles Dickens’ novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in Paris and London during the French Revolution. Fast forward to the 21st century and Paris, London and many other cities are undergoing a very different type of revolution – this time an environmental one. And it is still the best of times and the worst of times.
By Joseph Williams, Manager - Programmes
To have any hope of meaningful action on climate change then we will need low carbon cities. But what comes first, the low carbon city or the low carbon citizen?
By Peter Hambly, Director of Marketing & Communications
There is often a serious underestimation of the amount of investment needed into the marketing of low carbon solutions such as energy efficiency. Despite the fact there is often a rock solid business case and a number of long-term benefits, it is surprisingly difficult to get people to dance to your tune.
By Michael Rea, Chief Operating Officer
Irish farms might not be one of the major topics of discussion at COP21, but Ireland’s approach to sustainable agriculture is setting increasingly high standards for how to practically address one of the most significant sources of emissions.
By Manu Ravishankar, Associate - Innovations
The story of farmers in India and the impact of energy subsidies epitomises the challenges of implementing a global deal to tackle climate change against a backdrop of competing national priorities. If we are going to make progress at the rate we need to then it is necessary to take a whole system view when dealing with energy transitions, working at the nexus of policy, regulation and technology
By Simon Retallack, Director - Latin America, Policy & Markets
The Paris Agreement is also the first global agreement on climate change that involves contributions to act by all countries – resulting in a tapestry of measures that will place countries well down the path towards a low carbon economy.
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