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14MAY
2014
Report: IPIECA: Addressing adaptation in the oil and gas industry
Category: Energy, Latest News, Oil, Gas & Extractives

The global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues (IPIECA) has released a report on climate change adaptation for the oil and gas sector. The report comes as oil and gas companies increasingly recognise the need to integrate climate adaptation planning as part of their risk management strategies.The 13 page briefing report is intended for anyone in the oil and gas industry with an interest in adaptation planning. It examines oil and gas industry awareness of climate change-related risks, and identifies appropriate responses and ways in which these responses are being integrated into broad risk management frameworks. Structured to provide an overview of the adaptation planning process, the document includes:

  • examples of climate risks identified by the oil and gas industry;
  • an outline of risk evaluation processes related to specific potential impacts, and
  • in-use examples of risk adaptation and management.

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08MAY
2014
Report: US Department of Energy: U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather
Category: Energy, Government & Policy, Latest News, Oil, Gas & Extractives

The U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather report, which builds on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, notes that annual temperatures across the United States have increased by about 1.5°F over the last century. In fact, 2012 was both the warmest year on record in the contiguous United States and saw the hottest month since the country started keeping records in 1895.  The implications for America’s energy infrastructure include:

·    Increased risk of temporary partial or full shutdowns at thermoelectric (coal, natural gas, and nuclear) power plants because of decreased water availability for cooling and higher ambient and air water temperatures.  Thermoelectric power plants require water cooling in order to operate.  A study of coal plants, for example, found that roughly 60 percent of the current fleet is located in areas of water stress.

·    Reduced power generation from hydroelectric power plants in some regions and seasons due to drought and declining snowpack. For example, earlier spring snowmelts could decrease summer water availability leading to potential hydropower shortages when energy demand for cooling is greatest.

·    Risks to energy infrastructure located along the coast from sea level rise, increasing intensity of storms, and higher storm surge and flooding -- potentially disrupting oil and gas production, refining, and distribution, as well as electricity generation and distribution. 

·    Increasing risks of physical damage to power lines, transformers and electricity distribution systems from hurricanes, storms and wildfires that are growing more intense and more frequent.

·    Increased risks of disruption and delay to fuel transport by rail and barge during more frequent periods of drought and flooding that affect water levels in rivers and ports.

·    Higher air conditioning costs and risks of blackouts and brownouts in some regions if the capacity of existing power plants does not keep pace with the growth in peak electricity demand due to increasing temperatures and heat waves.  An Argonne National Laboratory study found that higher peak electricity demand as a result of climate change related temperature increases will require an additional 34 GW of new power generation capacity in the western United States alone by 2050, costing consumers $45 billion.  This is roughly equivalent to more than 100 new power plants, and doesn’t include new power plants that will be needed to accommodate growth in population or other factors.

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17APR
2014
Report: Swiss Re: Sigma 2013: Natural catastrophes and man-made disasters 2013
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

 Key findings of the report include:  

  - Total economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters were USD 140 billion in 2013

  - Global insured losses were around USD 45 billion in 2013, with large contributions from flooding and hail events

  - Around 26 000 lives were lost in natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2013

  - A special chapter on climate change in the sigma says rising global temperatures are expected to lead to shifts in the frequency, intensity and duration of extreme weather events

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28MAR
2014
Report: CDP / Acclimatise: Climate Change Resilience in Europe: A snapshot of the private sector
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The CDP report “Climate Change Resilience in Europe” provides actionable insight for businesses and serves as an invaluable tool to facilitate informed decision making by business leaders, governments and policy makers across Europe.

The report’s key findings include:

- Businesses identify two climate risks by climate change for every one opportunity (responding companies identified 780 risks compared to 379 opportunities).

- The most anticipated risk companies cite is a reduction or disruption in production capacity (32% of all reported risks).

- Two in five companies anticipate increased demand for existing goods and services (43% of all reported opportunities). One in five expect new products or services to be profitable in a changing climate (18% of all reported opportunities).

- Risks are perceived differently across sectors, with financial companies accounting for nearly one third of all critical risks mentioned in the survey (33%), followed by consumer discretionary companies (25%).

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22JAN
2014
Report: Global Risks Report 2014: The World Economic Forum, Davos.
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Energy, Features, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The World Economic Forum Global Risks 2014 report; a compendium of the most significant systemic risks to global prosperity according to 700 experts. Climate change is identified as one of the top 5 risks over the next 10 years.

The report assesses 31 risks that are global in nature and have the potential to have major negative impact across entire countries and industries if they take place. The risks are grouped under five classifications – economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technological – and measured in terms of their likelihood and potential impact.

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18DEC
2013
Report: EASAC: "Trends in extreme weather events in Europe: implications for national and European Union adaptation strategies"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

A new report from the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), warns that climate change will bring more severe weather to Europe’s door, and that urgent action is required if member states are to be adequately prepared. Noting that ‘heat waves, floods and storms do not respect national frontiers’, the report calls for policy makers to act now at both national and EU levels.

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19SEP
2013
Report: CDP: ‘Metals & Mining: a sector under water pressure, analysis for institutional investors of critical issues facing the industry’
Category: Latest News, Oil, Gas & Extractives

Water risks to companies in the mining and metals sector could undermine their growth prospects and investors need new valuation models to take account of this. This is the finding of a recent report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and Eurizon Capital. The report – ‘Metals & Mining: a sector under water pressure, analysis for institutional investors of critical issues facing the industry’ – shows that companies that are taking action now to manage water strategically are better financial performers.

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09AUG
2013
Report: Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience: "Building our Nation’s Resilience to Natural Disasters"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities today released a White Paper that calls for a more comprehensive approach to managing natural disasters. The call comes as climate-driven extreme weather events are rising in Australasia, costing lives, causing significant damage to property and infrastructure, and necessitating large quantities of public finances to support relief efforts. The ‘Building our Nation’s Resilience to Natural Disasters’ report forecasts that cost of natural disasters in Australia to rise from AUS$ 6.3 billion a year currently to around AUS$ 23 billion a year in 2050 as population density increases and the severity and frequency of storms, floods, cyclones and bushfires grow.

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07AUG
2013
Guide: UK Environment Agency / IEMA: "Climate Change Adaptation: Building the Business Case"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The UK Environment Agency (EA) and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) have come together to launch best-practice guidance that will help environment and sustainability professionals to develop a thorough business case and secure senior management buy-in for addressing climate risks. 'Climate Change Adaptation: Building the Business Case’ is a 14-page guide that provides insightful learning points from practice, drawing on the experience of over 300 IEMA members.

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24JUL
2013
Report: WMO: The Global Climate 2001-2010, A decade of Climate Extremes
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Features, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

A new report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has shown that the world experienced unprecedented climatic extremes in the ten years to 2010. The decade wasn’t just the warmest since modern measurements began over 150 years ago but also saw a high number of extreme weather events- Hurricane Katrina in the US,  droughts in the Amazon Basin, Australia and East Africa and floods in Pakistan just to name a few. The Global Climate 2001-2010, A decade of Climate Extremes study analysed global and regional temperature and precipitation data as well as extreme events to compile the report. 

 

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23JUL
2013
Report: UNDP: 'GEO-5 for Business: Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Corporate Sector'
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Features, Energy, Financial Services, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The success of private-sector companies will increasingly depend on their ability to adapt to climate change. This is the conclusion of a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNDP), which found that extreme weather events, water scarcity and regulations that will be put in place to control emissions, are all climate-related events that will materially affect businesses’ ability to operate unless early action is taken to adapt. The report, GEO-5 for Business: Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Corporate Sector, says the private sector’s operating costs, markets for products and availability of raw materials will be affected by climate change. The report highlights the risks of climate driven events to a wide range of business sectors, from finance and tourism, to healthcare and transport.

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18JUL
2013
Report: C2ES: Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Features, Energy, Financial Services, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

A new report has found that the vast majority of major firms see extreme weather and climate change impacts as a current or near-term business risk, but lack the data and tools needed to assess and manage these risks. The report, published this month by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) – formerly the Pew Center on Climate Change – highlights the extent of the adaptation challenge for the business community.

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07JUL
2013
Report: Defra: UK National Adaptation Plan
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The UK faces numerous and serious threats from climate change. But by addressing those risks early, the worst outcomes can be avoided - and there may even be benefits to gain. Those are the conclusions from the newly released National Adaptation Programme, published last week by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The new report outlines the steps government, businesses and communities are already taking to address the most severe and urgent threats of climate change, as identified by Defra last year in its Climate Change Risk Assessment.

 

 

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06JUN
2013
Report: ICMM: "Water management in mining: a selection of case studies"
Category: Latest News, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Water & Sanitation

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has released a case study report that illustrates some of the innovative ways the industry has responded to water scarcity challenges in countries around the world. It shows how some of the world's largest mining firms including Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, have implemented strategies to reduce their water use. The work provides useful insights for companies working in the extractives sector, but also for all companies working in water intensive industries. 

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30APR
2013
Report: ICCM: "Adapting to a Changing Climate: Implications for the Mining and Metals Industry "
Category: Latest News, Oil, Gas & Extractives

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICCM) has released a new report that explains why it is important for the mining and metals sector to understand the implications of climate change and to take early adaptation action to increase its resilience. Acknowledging that ‘there is a growing awareness that a changing climate and its impacts represent a physical risk to mining operations and installations’ the report goes on to outline how mining companies can evaluate and adapt to the risks and opportunities that climate change presents.

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09APR
2013
Policy brief: Grantham Research Institute/LSE : "An Independent National Adaptation Plan for England"
Category: Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

This brief, written by researchers from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics and Political Science, and the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the University of Leeds, comes ahead of the full National Adaptation Plan (NAP) report that is due to be published this summer by Defra. It calls on the UK to take early, decisive action to adapt to the impacts of climate change. It offers a glimpse of what is to come, and stresses the importance of the government and the private sector working together to ensure that vital infrastructure and services are prepared for climate impacts.

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29JAN
2013
Report: CDP: "Reducing risk and driving business value"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Latest News, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

In 2012, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) conducted its fifth annual information request for member companies and their suppliers. Companies that responded indicated that they are more aware than ever of the considerable risks that climate change poses to their global supply chains.

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24JAN
2013
Presentation: Dr Richenda Connell, Acclimatise: Building climate resilience in the oil and gas industry
Category: Latest News, Energy, Oil, Gas & Extractives

 This presentation was given by Dr Richenda Connell, Acclimatise CTO and Co-Founder to the Addressing Adaptation in the Oil and Gas Industry conference hosted by IPIECA on October 9th 2012 at the Shell Centre in London. The conference drew representatives from some of the largest global oil and gas companies, and included talks from companies such as Shell, BP and ConocoPhillips.

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15JAN
2013
Report: World Economic Forum: Global Risks Report 2013
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Latest News, Defence & Security, Features, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

More than 1000 experts taking part in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual risk report concluded that the interplay between the top five risks of widening income gap between rich and poor, high government deficits, climate change, water shortages and aging populations could pose a dangerous cocktail for global economic and social stability.

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12NOV
2012
Report: Climate Institute: "Coming Ready or Not: Managing climate risks to Australia’s infrastructure"
Category: Latest News, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

This new report from the Climate Institute, “Coming Ready or Not: Managing climate risks to Australia’s infrastructure” synthesises recent research on the physical impacts of climate change on major infrastructure, such as electricity networks, rail and road, property and water supply.

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19SEP
2012
Report: CDP: 'Business resilience in an uncertain, resource-constrained world'
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Latest News, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The Global 500 report surveyed the world’s largest public corporations, on behalf of 655 institutional investors that control over US$78 trillion in assets, and asked them to report on their climate risk and adaptation strategies. After the hottest summer on record in the US, wildfires across Russia and severe flooding in the UK, Japan and Thailand; 81% of reporting companies identify physical risk from climate change with 37% perceiving these risks as a ‘real and present danger’ to their businesses, up from just 10% in 2010.

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26JUN
2012
Report: ACCI: Index-based weather insurance: International & Kenyan Experiences
Category: Latest News, Financial Services, Government & Policy, International Development, Oil, Gas & Extractives

A new report from Kenyan NGO Adaptation to Climate Change and Insurance (ACCI) highlights how new insurance products are able to ad certainty for farmers, increasing their climate resilience and protecting them from potentially ruinous losses.

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20JUN
2012
Report: C2ES: Impacts and Adaptation Options in the Gulf Coast
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Energy, Latest News, Oil, Gas & Extractives

The report examines the risks that climate change poses to the region’s energy and fishing industries, and to its residents and local governments. It found that climate impacts are already being felt across these sectors, and outlines measures that can be taken to adapt to the growing risks and reduce the region’s vulnerability.

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11JUN
2012
Report: Calvert Investments, Ceres and Oxfam America "Physical risks from climate change: A guide for companies and investors on disclosure and management of climate impacts
Category: Latest News, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

It is unsurprising that as climate risk becomes an increasingly important factor in investment decisions, calls for companies to disclose their climate risk exposure and management strategies are growing. Part of the problem has been establishing blueprint that businesses can use to ensure they collect and disclose the right information. A new report released last week by Calvert Investments, Ceres and Oxfam America seeks to address this issue, providing a practical guide on disclosing climate risk.

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29MAY
2012
Report: IBLF, “The Business of Adapting to Climate Change: A Call to Action”
Category: Latest News, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

A new report from the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) calls on businesses to make climate change adaptation a business priority. The report “The Business of Adapting to Climate Change: A Call to Action” not only urges companies across many business sectors to engage with climate change but offers a framework to guide business engagement with adaptation.

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