SDG #13 Climate Action

SDG #13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
The magnitude and urgency of the climate challenge are becoming increasingly apparent. Climate change has direct impacts on the way humans live on the planet, and how businesses operate.
While the poorest countries and societies will suffer the most, the climate crisis will affect everyone.
Climate change is caused by human emissions of greenhouse gases associated with electricity and heat production, industry, buildings, transport, and land use. Climate change impacts the planet through higher temperatures, an increase of extreme weather events, changing rainfall patterns, rising sea levels, and ocean acidification. It interferes with ecosystems and human resources, especially for vulnerable groups as resources, food and water are becoming scarcer.
The case for action is clear – climate change has begun to impact all regions of the world and sectors of society, threatening global development and undermining the foundation of the global economy. Yet, tackling climate challenges also opens new opportunities for communities to grow and flourish.
Why should business support SDG13?
There is a strong case for business leadership on Goal 13. Businesses need to manage financial, regulatory, and reputational risks in their own operations and supply chains from climate change impacts. Already, there is a large market for low-carbon and climate change compatible technologies and services, which is set to grow rapidly as the global transition to low-carbon energy gathers momentum.
The sizeable opportunity to deliver climate-related investments includes $100 billion a year in climate finance by 2030, as called for in the Paris Agreement.
So, what can You and your company do?
Below I give you some examples of business actions that You and your company can take:
  1. Change to a portfolio of goods and services that have negligible emissions from use.
    Example:
    In November 2017, the city of Malmö announced to the market that it intends to issue Green Bonds. The city of Malmö was the first Local Authority in Sweden to sign the Global Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, and the city of Malmö have thereby committed to implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals at the local level.
    The environmental program envisions a future where Malmö will be a densely and diversely populated city with residential areas, green spaces, services and other activities situated close together. Land use will be more efficient and old industrial areas will be reused.
    A significant development of public transport, as well as an extended network of bicycle lanes, will create new possibilities for local and regional travel. Malmö’s traffic system will be designed to minimize air and noise pollution, particularly in the city center.
    It is Malmö’s intention that the Green Bond Framework and the projects and assets that are selected for financing will have a positive contribution to achieve the city’s environmental goals. The program includes:
    • Sustainable transport
    • Climate Adaptation
    • Energy
    • Environmentally friendly management of living natural resources
    • Green and energy efficient buildings
    • Reduced pollution and control
    • Renewable energy
    • Sustainable handling of water and wastewater
    The city of Malmö environmental program contains targets that will make the city of Malmö, Sweden’s most climate-friendly city by 2020. Among other things, their organization will be climate neutral 2020 and the whole of Malmö will be supplied to 100% of renewable energy in 2030.
  2. Substantially reduce emissions associated with own and supply chain operations, in alignment with climate science.
    Example:
    A food and beverages conglomerate commits to eliminate the use of fossil fuel energy and greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by 2040. It only sources beef, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy from producers and suppliers that comply with its deforestation prevention policy and develops metrics to measure GHG emissions across its entire supply chain.
  3. Promote climate conscious behavior and build capacity for climate action.
    Example:
    A detergent manufacturer launches an industry-wide initiative to promote washing clothes in 30 degrees Celsius water in an effort to reduce household emissions.
  4. The Global Climate Action Playbook 2018 is a practical toolkit for business outlining opportunities and priorities for the pathways to Low-Carbon and Resilient Development Action Platform. It challenges businesses and Governments to translate the ambitions of the Paris Agreement into concrete actions. Read the GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION PLAYBOOK 2018, PATHWAYS TO LOW-CARBON AND RESILIENT DEVELOPMENT.
References

SDG Compass, UN Global Compact Industry Matrix, Global Opportunity Explorer, SDG Reporting – An Analysis of the Goals and Targets, Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, Goal 13 Caring for Climate

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