Day: November 22, 2017

Turning Points: Trends in Countries’ Reaching Peak Greenhouse Gas Emissions Over Time

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Although the timing of when global GHG emissions need to peak is well-documented, there has been less research on when individual countries’ emissions have peaked. This paper fills this gap by analyzing which countries’ emissions peaked in the past and which countries have emissions reduction commitments that imply peaking in the future.

The paper documents steady progress in the number of countries reaching peak emissions over time. By 1990, 19 countries had peaked (representing 21 percent of global emissions) and by 2030 this number is likely to grow to 57 countries (representing 60 percent of global emissions). Among the 57 countries that have peaked already or have a commitment that implies a peak by 2030 are some of the world’s biggest emitters, including China, the United States, Russia, Japan, Brazil, Germany and Mexico.

Reporting Matters 2017

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This publication marks our fifth edition of Reporting matters. Our research has confirmed that many organizations find it challenging to meet the increasing number of disclosure requirements in a robust manner. At the same time, they are expected to engage with a greater variety of stakeholders in a meaningful way.

Therefore, the theme of this report looks at striking the right balance between disclosure and engagement, to help our members make the most of their reporting process and the significant investment it requires. We explore technical disclosure issues including the new Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations, our forthcoming collaboration with COSO on risk management, the expanding universe of disclosure requirements and updates on the status of human rights and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reporting. And through our revamped Experience criteria, we also look at how companies can create compelling content for a variety of stakeholders. This is particularly relevant as technology continues to advance, opening up new opportunities to communicate sustainability related information.

Putting a price on carbon: Integrating climate risk into business planning

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This year’s report offers the latest insights on internal carbon pricing and on corporate expectations regarding the development of regulations that put a price on carbon, and it reflects on four years of progress to date. To meet the growing interest in climate-related disclosure, CDP will be requesting enhanced disclosure around carbon pricing. This includes further information regarding carbon pricing regulation that companies are expecting, as well as the corporate response to internalizing this policy signal. The latter half of this report outlines, for both investors and companies, the changes to CDP’s carbon pricing questions starting in 2017 and detailed guidance for corporate disclosure and emerging best practice.

Tracking corporate action on climate change: Picking up the pace

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CDP’s second annual analysis in the ‘Tracking corporate action on climate change’ series shows that companies are stepping up their response to climate change, setting more ambitious targets to drive longer-term progress towards their low-carbon future.

Soil Management – A Foundational Strategy for Conservation

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When we talk about conservation, most people think about protecting landscapes and wildlife and ensuring clean air and water. What they’re probably not thinking about is soil.

But soil is more than just our geological backdrop. Healthy soil means healthy landscapes and water systems—it’s the basis of all life and provides water, food, clean air, a stable climate and good health.

Webinar: Measuring Amounts and Causes of Wasted Food

Thursday, November 30, noon-1:30 CST
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2093131874937191681

This webinar will feature emerging research and insights from pioneering efforts led by the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in collaboration with Portland State University.  This research is intended to help governments, NGOs, businesses and funders better understand opportunities to reduce avoidable wasted food through improved measurement and more effective prevention, rescue, and recovery strategies.

Archives from past webinars available at https://westcoastclimateforum.com/resources/webinars/upcoming

 

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