Sustainability Roundup - November 2016

November 14, 2016
By Adriana Salazar

Explore our November 2016 sustainability and CSR roundup for the news and events that have caught our attention, and the topics that have been keeping us busy on the blog:

1. Fossil Fuel Emissions Nearly Stable for Third Year in a Row

Global carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels have seen “almost no growth” for a third consecutive year, according to figures released as world leaders begin to arrive in Marrakech for the COP22 climate summit (click here for daily news coverage, reports and a summary and analysis from the conference, via IISD). After zero growth in emissions last year, researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have forecast a rise of just 0.2% for 2016, signalling a break from the average 2.3% year-on-year increases in CO2 output from fossil fuels until 2013. The rise in 2014 was 0.7%. > Read more

2. 12 Reports to Read before the COP22 UN Climate Summit

Take your pick among 12 key reports for a rounded picture of the science, technology, policy and economics of climate challenge and what’s at stake at COP22. PwC, EY, CDP, WMO, IEA and more > Go to Source

3. Weekly Compliance Digest – Montreal Protocol HFC Amendment

The original Montreal Protocol (Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer), was designed to reduce and phase out the production of ozone depleting substances in order to reduce their abundance in the atmosphere and protect the Earth’s ozone layer. Since its entry into force in 1987, the Protocol has been revised and adjusted eight times. This post takes a look at the latest revision, adopted this past October 15, where representatives of over 170 countries meeting at the 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) to the Montreal Protocol in Kigali, Rwanda, reached an agreement to extend the Montreal Protocol, applying it for the first time to HFCs, in addition to CFCs and HCFCs. > Read more

4. (CDP Report) Out of the Starting Blocks, Tracking Progress on Corporate Climate Action

The low-carbon revolution is upon us and the way we do business has transformed forever’. This report shines a light on who is leading the way, gaining a competitive advantage from reducing emissions, and who is falling dangerously behind. The report is a benchmark for companies’ progress in the transition to a low carbon world following the Paris agreement, and for tracking corporate progress in the years to come. A number of Enablon clients make the ‘A List’ of this report, listing ‘forward-looking leaders with superior climate change mitigation strategies and commitments to reducing carbon emissions’ > Go to source

5. U.S. vs. EU: Chemicals Substitution Faceoff

‘The European Union is far ahead of the United States in terms of legislative mandates that restrict the use or require substitution of highly hazardous chemicals’. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) commissioned the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts to conduct an ‘assessment of current capacity and needs to enhance support for the informed substitution of substances of very high concern in the EU’. What does this report reveal? Where does the US stand? > Read more

6. It’s a Brave New World for Sustainability Professionals

Business leaders from UPS, BlackRock and Finnish pulp and paper company Stora Enso Oyj shared uplifting messages on ‘the rise of the sustainability professional’ during a panel on corporate climate commitments at the 2016 BSR conference. Noel Morrin, executive vice president of sustainability for Stora Enso Oyj, shared his personal journey: “I’ve worked in sustainability for 29 years. And for 27.5 of those, I said please. Now I don’t say please,” he says with a laugh. “I sit there with the CFO and the divisional directors and everybody else, and I have equal say.” > Read more

7. 7 Steps to Take if Your Company Oversteps its Planetary Boundaries

Corporations are failing to report their impact on planetary boundaries and social thresholds and few understand the fragility and interconnectedness of the commodities and resources they rely upon. This oversight will cause unforeseen social and climate challenges once the Earth’s thresholds for chemical pollution, ocean acidification and other forces are reached, according to a recent report by British consultancy Article 13. > Read more

8. How to Create and Integrate a Sustainability Strategy

From carrying out a materiality analysis to measuring the business benefits, here you’ll find another quick read reminding us that developing and implementing a successful sustainability strategy has a lot to do with planning, communication, passion, learning best practices from peers, and ultimately, trial and error. > Read more

9. Water Contamination Trends Affecting Industry Today

On Enablon Insights, we published part 2 of “Between Flint and a Hard Place: A Confluence of Trends Regarding Water Contamination and Remedial Enforcement”, a three-part series of guest blog posts from Enhesa, leader in global environmental, health and safety compliance assurance. While the first post identified how lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan sparked heightened awareness about water quality in the U.S, this installment dives deeper into trends regarding water contamination involving private industry actors and how this may be inspiring more stringency in enforcement proceedings. > Read more

10. 10 things I’ve learned from working in the Sustainability field for 25 years

‘If you are serious about working as a sustainability practitioner, then you need to know the sustainability-related laws and regulations in the jurisdictions where you do business’. For 9 more tips you may know but occasionally forget, take a look at this recap of recurrent patterns and themes as identified by an industry veteran > Read more

As always, we’ll see you in a month for more sustainability and CSR updates.