By ThePlanetMark Friday, January 23, 2015

We (yes you as well) are heading into a huge year for corporate sustainability and climate change with news, announcements, legislation, data, decisions and challenges being presented daily.

This is why 2015 is the year to take action. Improve corporate sustainability in your organisation.

We definitely face challenges, but understanding those challenges and tackling them creatively can make climate-change adaptation an important way to help build a more vibrant world in the near-term and beyond.Chris Field, Co-Chair of Working Group II, IPCC

‘People make it happen’. That is not other people; the eco-friendlies, the government, the younger generation. People means YOU. We can all make a difference and collective actions are the key.

You can read about the business benefits of improving corporate sustainability. These are of course essentially important to you. However, what it really comes down to is much more primal.

[R]isk from a changing climate comes from vulnerability (lack of preparedness) and exposure (people or assets in harm’s way) overlapping with hazards (triggering climate events or trends). Each of these three components can be a target for smart actions to decrease risk.’ Findings from the report : Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, from Working Group II of the IPCC

For the next two minutes, take off your business hat and just read as a human being. Let’s look at the bigger picture for a change.

Carbon emissions increased to their highest level for 400,000 years despite all the global effort and the effects have seen our 8 warmest years since records began in the last 20 years according to the Met Office .

Not close enough to home?

The Environment Agency confirmed that the UK coast would lose over 7000 properties, worth over £1bn between them. This includes an estimated 3,216 business properties. “In the coming 100 years, six local authorities – Great Yarmouth, Southampton, Cornwall, North Norfolk, East Riding and Scarborough – are expected to lose more than 200 homes each’ (BBC News).

The Cornwall coast has seen an unprecedented 4°C rise is sea temperature, which is good for surfing but less so for biodiversity!

Ok, that’s enough of that. What’s the good news?

In November last year, the U.S and China both agreed to act on their carbon emissions; The U.S have said they will set a target of reaching 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 and China have agreed to peak CO2 levels around 2030. Together, the U.S. and China account for over one third of global greenhouse gas emissions. This is a huge leap forward and a great commitment.

The ‘science’ Pope will be mobilising the 1.2 billion Catholics with a special encyclical report to engender action globally on climate change. It will be timed for the Paris Climate Change summit at the end of 2015.

The Paris Climate Change summit will be huge. The momentum around it has been building up for years.

We can help you play a positive part in the bigger picture and have an immediate impact your corporate sustainability. The Planet Mark is a great place to start.

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