COP Day Date of publication
17 5 2nd December 2011

Developed Naions – Led By US, UK and Japan – try to turn Green Climate Fund Into Greedy Corporate Fund

Yesterday, 163 civil society organisations from 39 countries released a letter exposing an attempt led by the US, the UK and Japan to turn the Green Climate Fund into a “Greedy Corporate Fund” at UN climate talks in South Africa… More


A business wish-list for COP17

The private sector has a complex relationship with the process of international climate negotiations, writes Rohitesh Dhawan, resource economist for KPMG South Africa. The scale of the problem and the response by governments means that virtually every sector has a vested interest in the outcome of the COPs (Conference of the Parties)… More


Businesses call for action – The 2?C Challenge Communiqué

Big business is portrayed as the enemy by many environmentalists – especially if the company’s activity involves substantial carbon emissions or the extraction of natural resources. But, Eliot Whittington, Director of the UK Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, believes business can also provide a powerful voice in favour of reform – and indeed for more pragmatic and hardheaded reasons than others might marshal… More


Profile: Polly Courtice

Nationality: British

Country of Residence: UK

Current Position: Director, University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership… More


Will private finance really support adaptation in developing countries?

The importance of private finance, amongst efforts to scale up resources for developing countries to respond to climate change, is touted enthusiastically by multilateral finance institutions, international climate negotiators, United Nations agencies, the research community and the finance industry itself, writes Aaron Atteridge of the Stockholm Environment Institute. Since the COP16 commitment to raise USD 100 billion annually by 2020 for climate actions in developing countries, a substantial focus has been on the role that private sources of finance will need to play… More

Joined-up thinking to bring down aviation emissions

The aviation industry connects the world. Literally. Over 1,700 airlines operate to 1,600 airports around the globe, allowing over 2.6 billion passengers last year to do business, visit family or simply see the world, writes Paul Steele, Executive Director of the Air Transport Action Group. It employs some 33 million people and generates nearly 8% of world GDP. But it also uses around 10% of the fuel used for transport and generates some 2% of the world’s C02 emissions… More

Intergrated Reporting

What has corporate reporting to do with COP 17 and climate change? asks Graham Terry of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. If humankind is to achieve the COP 17 objective of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, then business has an enormous role to play in reducing carbon emissions… More

Time for action: Dialogue towards a Corporate Social Responsibility Convention in Rio+20

The recent banking and financial crisis has reinvigorated the debate around the role of corporations in delivering societal benefits, writes Jeannet Lingan, Senior Project Officer for Stakeholder Forum. This debate is gaining momentum every day in the mainstream media with new societal expectations on businesses’ behaviour… More

Quote of the day

We are very keen to ensure that any supply of biofuels used by aviation are truly sustainable. We’ve seen the experience of the first-generation of feedstocks for road transport and the devastating impacts that can have on developing nations food supplies.

Paul Steele, Executive Director of the Air Transport Action Group

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Country of residence: U.K

Current Position: Head of International Climate Finance Negotiations for the UK.

What propted your early interest in the environment?

About ten years ago, I read a book called Dead Heat: Global Justice and Global Warming by Tom Athanasiou and Paul Baer. It’s a short accessible summary of the science of climate change, and the scale of the challenge. I defy anyone to read it and not feel the urgent need to do something about climate change.

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