A wealth of environmental information is now available with the launch of CDP’s new open data platform.
By Professor Steven Loiselle, Research Manager, Global Freshwater Research, Earthwatch
Dialogue surrounding the global water challenge tends to focus on supply, but we hear much less about the quality of our water.
CDP welcomes new and existing accredited sustainability service providers
2014 is set to be the warmest year on record, highlighting the all too clear need to tackle the ‘business as usual’ scenario described in the United Nation’s latest reports on the implications of climate change.
CDP understands that tackling the business as usual scenario requires collaboration: Our ability to catalyze action at scale owes much to effective cooperation between different stakeholders and actors. CDP accredits and partners with over 50 service providers worldwide, from education & training bodies and consultancies, to software and verification providers.
Thursday 11 December saw CDP bring together a diverse panel of speakers, moderated by senior reporter Jonathan Williams of IPE magazine, to discuss the latest trends in climate change risk management for investors. In case you missed it, here are the highlights.
As the last week of climate negotiations get underway in Lima, Peru, a pack of 66 companies and subnational governments have been identified as frontrunners in the efforts to make meaningful emissions reductions.
Long-term planning may be difficult in the fast-moving world of business, but it’s at the core of what all companies must do well to thrive. This is no different when it comes to setting ambitious emissions reduction goals.
The US and China have raised their climate ambition. Now business must too.
2014 has seen an unprecedented number of corporate commitments to tackle deforestation. Many of the world’s largest companies now recognize that rising global demand for key agricultural commodities, which help to fuel deforestation, could jeopardize our ability to stay below two degrees of warming. This wave of commitments was given further global attention in September when governments, NGOs and companies came together to sign the New York Declaration on Forests, which included a pledge to eliminate deforestation from the production of agricultural commodities by 2020.
Companies are fast waking up to the challenges posed by the growing global demand for access to adequate quantities of clean water. These multiple demands, from local users, governments and industry, on limited water resources means that business needs to be smarter than ever before in how it manages this supply. California’s severe drought for example, now in its third year, has cost the state billions of dollars and confirms the reality that water can no longer be treated as a free raw material.
Water insecurity is already presenting parts of the corporate world with serious challenges. Competition for scarce water resources is leading to business disruption, brand damage and the loss of operating licenses.