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14FEB
2017
Report: CDP: Missing link - Harnessing the power of purchasing for a sustainable future
Category: Latest News, Retail & Supply Chains

Supply chains must be a focus for global organizations seeking to avoid the risks and capitalize on the opportunities that come from building a sustainable future. The 89 members of CDP's supply chain program, including names like BMW, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft and Walmart, have a combined spend of US$2.7 trillion. They are using this power to engage suppliers, asking them to disclose environmental data to CDP. Understanding and quantifying climate impacts, risks, and opportunities is fundamental to developing a sustainable supply chain program. It helps organizations prioritize, plan and lead on engaging with suppliers. The 20% increase in CDP supply members in 2016 indicate that organizations are increasingly concerned with measuring and managing the emissions housed in their supply chain. CDP supply chain members and their suppliers saw the benefit of taking action when cost savings of US$12.4 billion were disclosed this year. However, these actions are not taken up across the whole supply chain. Only 22% of responding companies are engaging with their own suppliers on carbon emissions and just 16% of companies are engaging on water use.

 

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09JAN
2015
Report: General Service Administration (GSA): 'Climate Risk Study for Telecommunications and Data Center Services'
Category: Latest News, Retail & Supply Chains, Transport & Communications

The Climate Risks Study for Telecommunications & Data Centre Services study - produced for the GSA by Riverside Technology Inc. and Acclimatise - investigates how climate change will impact the sector.

The report looks not only at the headline-grabbing impacts of extreme weather events, such as those incurred by Hurricane Sandy, but also the risks brought on by slow-onset, gradual changes to the base climate.

 

 

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16JUL
2014
Report: CDP: "Protecting our capital: How climate adaptation in cities creates a resilient place for business"
Category: Financial Services, Government & Policy, Latest News, Manufacturing, Retail & Supply Chains, Transport & Communications

Cities are undoubtedly leading the way on climate change, with over 200 cities worldwide now actively reporting their climate risks. This is the latest positive news from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a London-based NGO focused on driving sustainable economies. In a report released this week, CDP observe a 90% increase on the number of cities reporting on climate adaptation activities last year, indicating the seriousness with which local governments are approaching the dangers posed by rising sea levels, heat waves and resource scarcity.

 

 

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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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02APR
2014
Report: Forum for the Future: The Future of Tea– A Hero Crop for 2030
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Latest News, Retail & Supply Chains

The Future of Tea – A Hero Crop for 2030”, is the result of a year’s research and collaboration between organisations from all parts of the sector, facilitated and managed by Forum for the Future. In the report, the group identifies profound challenges facing the industry, including climate change, population growth, and competition for agricultural land and water. Four possible scenarios are presented for the year 2030 to examine the ways in which these challenges may shape the world and the future of the tea industry. They are designed as a tool to help businesses plan for the future and develop sustainable products and business models.

 

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01APR
2014
Report: Environment Agency: 'Assessing and managing climate change risks in supply chains'
Category: Latest News, Retail & Supply Chains

As supply chains become increasingly complex and demand for time-sensitive goods and services continues to increase supply chains are becoming more vulnerable to disruption from the impacts of climate change. In light of this the Environment Agency’s ‘Climate Ready Support Service’ has developed a five step framework to help businesses understand and manage the risks that severe weather and our changing climate present to the increasingly complex supply chains of UK companies. 

Funded by the Environment Agency’s Climate Ready Support Service and prepared by Acclimatise and Halcrow, this guidance will help businesses to identify new risks and opportunities that our changing climate could bring to their supply chain. It will help them work out how to increase the resilience of their supply chains by making targeted changes to their supply chain operations.

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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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11MAR
2014
Report: Acclimatise and Oxfam America: PREP Value Chain Climate Resilience
Category: Financial Services, Government & Policy, Latest News, Manufacturing, Retail & Supply Chains, Transport & Communications

This guide has been developed by companies and organizations engaged in the Partnership for Resilience and Environmental Preparedness (PREP) — a pilot partnership formed to address the risks and opportunities that climate change impacts pose to businesses and the communities on which they depend. One of the primary goals of PREP is to engage and inform good practice in companies as it relates to building climate resilience in partnership with communities. This guidance has been developed on behalf of the PREP member companies Calvert Investments, Entergy, Levi Strauss & Co., Earth Networks, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., Starbucks, and Swiss Re.

The report was prepared by Jean-Christophe Amado and Peter Adams (Acclimatise). Heather Coleman (Oxfam America) and Ryan Schuchard (BSR) were lead contributors.

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26FEB
2014
Report: EBRD and IFC: Pilot Climate Change Adaptation Study: Turkey
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Latest News, Manufacturing, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Turkey are increasingly concerned about the scale of the climate challenge facing their operations. In a country where water scarcity is a growing problem, their anxiety is not unfounded. SMEs also struggle to decide on the most effective strategies to reduce climate risk, according to a ground-breaking study, funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The study identifies opportunities for business investment to effectively manage the risks associate with climate change.

The ‘Pilot Climate Change Adaptation Study: Turkey’, identifies priority actions for Turkish businesses to increase their climate resilience. The research, undertaken by Acclimatise, Mavi Consultants and COWI, aims to help businesses identify the measures that make business sense.

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13FEB
2014
Report: WWF and the Bank of the Philippine Islands: "Business Risk Assessment and the Management of Climate Impacts"
Category: Latest News, Manufacturing, Retail & Supply Chains

A new report commissioned by The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) analyses the vulnerability of 12 Philippine cities. Along with the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Foundation, WWF released the Business Risk Assessment and the Management of Climate Impacts, a multi-year study, which examines economic and climate trends to predict and prepare for likely future scenarios.

Climate vulnerability scores are calculated for each city. With the report finding that a large amount of infrastructure investment is required in order to increase resilience to future climate risk. Launched in 2011, the study’s first phase covered the cities of Baguio, Cebu, Davao and Iloilo. Its second phase assessed Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan, Laoag and Zamboanga. For 2013, the cities of Angeles, Batangas, Naga and Tacloban were evaluated. Four more cities will be assessed for 2014.

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05FEB
2014
Report: World Economic Forum: "Building Resilience in Supply Chains"
Category: Latest News, Retail & Supply Chains

Business and governments are increasingly concerned about the lack of resilience that exists in global supply chains, according to the World Economic Forum’s Building Resilience in Supply Chains report. The report, an initiative of the World Economic Forum’s Risk Response Network reveals that 80% of companies worldwide see better protection of supply chains as a priority, given persisting external threats and vulnerabilities such as oil dependence and information fragmentation.

Top supply chain risks identified in the report by corporate and government executives included conflict and political unrest, and climate change related risks such as natural disasters and extreme weather conditions such as the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which closed ports and airports in the north-eastern US in November 2012 and prompted localized fuel rationing, and the floods in Thailand in 2011 and 2012. The report also found that cyber risk and rising insurance and trade finance are emerging areas of concern. 

The report calls for four steps to help integrate resilience thinking into supply chain management:

  • Institutionalise a risk assessment process rooted in a broad-based and neutral international body
  • Mobilise international standards bodies to develop and harmonize the adoption of resilience standards
  • Incentivise organisations to follow agile, adaptable strategies to improve common resilience
  • Expand the use of data-sharing platforms for risk identification and response

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03FEB
2014
Report: CDP: Collaborative action on supply chain risk
Category: Government & Policy, Latest News, Manufacturing, Retail & Supply Chains

Companies are increasingly recognizing the risk that climate change poses to their supply chains in their supply chains, but investment in risk reduction and sustainability programs is going down, according to research published by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). Importantly, the report finds a link between uncertain regulatory frameworks and the stalling progress to take action to reduce the climate impact on supply chains.

According to the report, 'Collaborative action on climate risk', ever more companies are reporting on the implications of climate change for their supply chains and there are clear financial benefits from investment in sustainability and resilience measures. The report points to an ever widening gap between measures taken by large corporates and those being taken by suppliers.

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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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02DEC
2013
Report: Environment Agency: "Assessing and managing climate change risks in supply chains"
Category: Latest News, Retail & Supply Chains

Funded by the Environment Agency’s Climate Ready Support Service and prepared by Acclimatise and Halcrow, this guidance will help businesses to identify new risks and opportunities that our changing climate could bring to their supply chain. It will help them work out how to increase the resilience of their supply chains by making targeted changes to their supply chain operations.

 

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02OCT
2013
Report: CDP: "Wealthier, Healthier Cities: How climate change action is giving us wealthier, healthier cities."
Category: Financial Services, Government & Policy, Latest News, Retail & Supply Chains, Transport & Communications

While national governments struggle to establish an agreed global climate deal, many of the world’s largest cities have been taking action to combat the effects of a changing climate. As a result, these cities are cutting their carbon footprint, reporting annual energy savings of up to USD 13 million, and their residents are benefiting from healthier living and better business environments. These are just some of the exciting findings from a recent report published by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

 

 

The report analysed data from members of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group in 110 cities around the world, including Tokyo, New York, and London.

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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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02AUG
2013
Report: ASBC: “Climate Change Preparedness and the Small Business Sector”
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Latest News, Manufacturing, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism

A new report from the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and small business advocacy group ‘Small Business Majority, has warned that small businesses in the US are especially vulnerable to climate change impacts.

According to the findings of the study, some of the characteristics that make it hard for small businesses to recover from climate driven shocks include:

  • A lack of access to capital and resources: Unlike large corporations, small businesses can suffer lasting economic damage as a result of a single extreme weather event. For example, of the 60,000 to 100,000 small businesses negatively affected by Hurricane Sandy, up to 30 percent are estimated to have failed as a direct result of the storm.

  • The high cost of downtime: The median cost of downtime from a small business affected by an extreme weather event is estimated at US$3,000 per day.

  • Concentrated assets: Small businesses’ physical assets tend to be more concentrated. A single building or factory could represent most of the book value of a small business, whereas large businesses benefit from greater geographic diversification.

  • Lack of resources to assess the risks: The majority of small businesses have not closely analyzed the potential economic losses from extreme weather events or other climate-related risks, in part due to a lack of resources to do so. In fact, 57 percent of small businesses have no disaster recovery plan, and for those small businesses that do have continuity, or risk management plans, 90 percent spend less than one day a month preparing and maintaining them.

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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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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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