CLIMATE ACTION PROGRAMME

Climate change presents an enormous threat to both our planet and all those that inhabit it. While the world's poorest countries and communities are most vulnerable to climate-related disasters, climate change will impact us all, threatening the stability of the global economy and sustainable development.

Despite the challenges presented by climate change, addressing it opens new opportunities to create a greener, more sustainable, and prosperous planet. We have the technology and knowledge to deliver meaningful climate action and limit the worst impacts of climate change. It is clear that the climate movement is building - we are seeing collective action at the grassroots level continue to grow, governments setting net-zero emissions targets, and now more than 900 companies committing to set science-based emissions reduction targets. Now is the time to take even bolder, more decisive action to ensure the transition to a low-carbon economy is just and fair, securing a sustainable future for all.

The United Nations Global Compact Network UK's Climate Action Programme aims to support businesses on their journey to a low-carbon economy. Businesses are an integral part of society and they have an essential role to play in the fight against climate change. Businesses are responsible for significant amounts of global greenhouse gas emissions; however, they are also well equipped and well-placed to drive innovation on reducing emissions and build a better future. Businesses already taking climate action have shown there are numerous benefits to be recognised - these include reduced operating costs; increased resource efficiency; enhanced reputation; greater access to capital; and improved resilience.

This year, the team will be encouraging companies to set ambitious targets for their carbon emissions reductions through the Business Ambition for 1.5°C initiative. Companies setting science-based targets show their commitment to limiting average global warming to 1.5°C and avoiding the most catastrophic impacts of climate change.

We will be delivering a range of activities throughout the year covering topics such as:

  • Science-based targets 
  • The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) 
  • Sustainable finance 
  • Transitioning to net zero 
  • Building business climate resilience  
  • Scope 3 emissions 
  • Just Transition 

We welcome suggestions if there is anything you would like to see us cover in our Climate Action Programme. Please email: amy.collins@unglobalcompact.org.uk.

COP 26 Confirmed Dates: 1st - 12th November 2021

Glasgow will host the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change's (UNFCCC) 26th 'Conference of the Parties' (COP26).

The UNFCCC entered into force in 1994. The 197 countries that have ratified the convention are called 'Parties to the Convention'. Preventing dangerous human interference with the climate system is the ultimate aim of the UNFCCC. It binds member states to act in the interest of human safety, even in the face of scientific uncertainty. The ultimate objective of the convention is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations 'at a level that would prevent dangerous, anthropogenic (human-induced) interference with the climate system'. It also states that, 'such a level should be achieved within a timeframe sufficient to allow ecosystems to adapt naturally to climate change, to insure that food production is not threatened, and to enable economic develpment to proceed in a sustainable manner'.

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Rusty ship in a dried ocean. Concept of global warming and climate change

Initiatives Led by United Nations Global Compact Headquarters

Learn more about the climate initiatives led by United Nations Global Compact Headquarters in New York below:

Uniting Business and Governments to Recover Better - Since its launch on 18 May 2020, 170+ Companies with a combined market capitalization of over US$ 2.4 trillion and representing over 5 million employees have signed a statement urging governments to align their COVID-19 economic aid and recovery efforts with the latest climate science. CEOs are invited to continue indicating their support by completing this online form.

Caring for Climate - Mobilizing a critical mass of business leaders to implement climate change solutions and help shape public policy, Caring for Climate is the world's largest initiative for business leadership on climate change with over 400 companies from 60 countries.

Business Ambition for 1.5°C - An urgent call to action, led by a global coalition of UN agencies, business, and industry leaders. The UN Global Compact is calling on companies to commit to ambitious emissions reduction targets through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Business Ambition for Climate and Health Action Platform - Accelerate ambitious climate action and explore what the climate-health nexus means for business in order to become a catalyst for country-level action to deliver on the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Goals (SDGs).

Global Impact Initiative: Climate Ambition Accelerator - A six-month programme designed to equip companies with the knowledge and skills they need to accelerate progress towards setting science-based emissions reduction targets aligned with the 1.5℃ pathway. 

In addition, the UN Global Compact has created a number of COVID-19 briefings detailing the impact of the pandemic on a range of sustainability issue areas including climate. Each briefing includes a variety of resources to help companies Build Back Better and Recover Stronger.

Latest from the UNFCCC

With less than 100 days to go until #COP26, the @UN High Level Champions have released a master plan to provide business, governments and civil society with greater clarity on how to halve emissions by 2030. https://racetozero.unfccc.int/upgrading-our-systems-together/

Today is #EarthOvershootDay 2021 - the day humans have surpassed what global resources can sustain in a single year.

The date is almost as early as 2019, after being pushed back in 2020 by COVID-19.

We need solutions to #MoveTheDate - and they exist: https://bit.ly/2TMHsta

How do we accelerate systems transformation?

#ClimateAction Champion Nigel Topping and @DSM Honorary Chairman, Feike Sijbesma, will talk live about the next steps to accelerate the #RaceToZero emissions.

📺Today at 16:00 BST
✅Click "Remind me": https://lnkd.in/dZRGuCZ

Science has long warned us that we need to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C degrees.

Moving beyond that, even if just marginally, could risk calamity for humanity.

Limiting temperature rise is still possible - and crucial - but only through bold and concrete #ClimateAction.

The #RaceToZero is the race of governments at all levels, along with business, to acheive net zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible. But it's also literally about racing 🏁 and is increasingly involving all kinds of sports.
https://racetozero.unfccc.int/nico-rosberg-id-encourage-all-sports-teams-to-utilize-their-platform-to-help-save-our-planet/

Climate ministers have taken a step forward towards a successful #COP26.

Read about progress made at our July Ministerial where countries came closer together on:

🟢 keeping 1.5C alive
🟢 adaptation finance
🟢 concluding the Paris rulebook

#TogetherForOurPlanet

A warmer atmosphere holds more moisture. Every fraction of a degree of global heating raises the likelihood of more extreme floods and fires. It is time to act - with more ambitious national climate action plans, and with concrete decisions taken at #COP26

Imagine a world in which the true costs of climate change are reflected on balance sheets. See the new #ClimateAction Pathway to get there https://bit.ly/FinPathWay #ItsPossible | #RaceToZero

#Yacutia in eastern #Siberia is known as the land of permafrost
It is now burning
#Copernicus #Sentinel2 image 26 July of a big fire almost 800km2 in one of the coldest parts of Russia.

Fires in Russian Federation started in May

via @PlatformAdam
#ClimateAction

By building capacity, sharing knowledge on topics ranging from carbon pricing to cooling, and connecting with youth, Regional Collaboration Centres (RCCs) foster local #ClimateAction and global climate ambition.

Read more in our RCC annual report: https://bit.ly/RCC2020report

Ministers meeting in London have discussed key negotiating issues for the upcoming @UN Climate Conference #COP26, with finance for climate action a central point.

Read the COP26 host government press release: https://bit.ly/3iPtbEt

As record-breaking disasters strike, the @IPCC_ch is approving a crucial #ScienceReport.

@PEspinosaC has warned that we are on track for a +3°C temperature rise and is calling on nations to raise ambition keep the 1.5°C goal alive.

https://bit.ly/IPCCopening #COP26

.@IPCC_CH is the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change.

Today, delegates begin discussions on a key report on the physical science basis of climate change.

📺 Tune in at 11:00 CET: https://bit.ly/3zDbHCa

Today, as hosts of #COP26, the UK is holding the July Ministerial 🇬🇧

It’s a crucial milestone on the road to Glasgow, bringing together ministers from over 50 countries to delve into key negotiations topics ahead of the summit 🌏

@UNFCCC | #ClimateAction

#UNFSS2021 Pre-Summit starts Monday! Check out our new Actions Guides on the key elements to build sustainable #foodsystems and end land loss:
📗 #Nature-positive food production
📙 Restoring soil health
📘 Managing #drought and water scarcity
More info: https://www.unccd.int/actions/food-systems-summit-2021

The countdown is on...⏰

Today marks 100 days to go until #COP26! 🌏

Let’s make Glasgow the moment that every country and every part of society embraces their responsibility to protect our precious home 💚

#ClimateAction cannot wait.

#TogetherForOurPlanet | @COP26

Speaking to #G20 Ministers in Naples today, @PEspinosaC called on the G20 to provide the necessary leadership to achieve the central goal of the Paris Agreement - to hold the global average temperature rise to as close as possible to 1.5° Celsius. Details: https://bit.ly/3xZRMwP

Thick smoke from wildfires in western Nothern America is spreading all the way to the East of the continent, causing respiratory problems. Another example of how disasters exacerbated by global heating can impact people thousands of kilometers away. GIF via @NOAA #G20 #COP26

We need a net zero emissions future to keep the 🌍 safe.
The #ClimateAction Pathway for human settlements outlines the vision for urban areas in the #RaceToZero. 👉 http://bit.ly/CA_Pathways

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Latest from UK COP26

Today is #EarthOvershootDay 2021 - the day humans have surpassed what global resources can sustain in a single year.

The date is almost as early as 2019, after being pushed back in 2020 by COVID-19.

We need solutions to #MoveTheDate - and they exist: https://bit.ly/2TMHsta

"The era of carbon offsetting delaying meaningful #ClimateAction is over"

Don't miss today's @wearevcmi launch event:

⏰ Time: 1pm BST
📺 Live: https://vcmintegrity.org/vcmi-launch-event/

Watch a clip from @AlokSharma_RDG's speech below 👇

#COP26 | #TogetherForOurPlanet

Starting in 5 minutes...⏰

The @wearevcmi Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative Launch

Watch the event live 👇

#COP26 | #TogetherForOurPlanet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kiP7v_qaVU

Today @wearevcmi and #COP26 are launching the Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative.

🗣️ "But what are Carbon Markets"?

Watch our COP26 Climate Definition 👇

#TogetherForOurPlanet | #ClimateAction

Carbon credits can play an important role in tackling climate change when combined with genuine emissions reductions 🌍

A new initiative will help businesses make sure that any carbon credits they buy lead to real #ClimateAction

👉https://vcmintegrity.org/major-global-initiative-to-bring-rigour-and-transparency-to-net-zero-and-carbon-neutral-claims/

#TogetherForOurPlanet

Don't miss the @wearevcmi Voluntary Carbon Market Integrity Initiative launch event!

🗓️ July 29
⏰ 1pm BST
📝 Register below

The initiative will help ensure climate targets are transparent and underpinned by real action on reducing emissions.

#COP26 | #ClimateAction

Wondering what your business can do to help the planet ahead of #EarthOvershootDay?

Get tips for going greener and join thousands of UK businesses by committing to reduce your emissions.

Visit the UK Business Climate Hub now.

➡https://businessclimatehub.org/uk/?utm_campaign=TogetherSME&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=animation_explainer

#TogetherForOurPlanet

Several development goals hinge on achieving #SDG7 – creating new economic opportunities, securing gender equality, addressing climate change. Without #EnergyAccess countries will fall further behind.

We need urgent action. And now.

#TrackingSDG7 https://bit.ly/3BVX9j0

We want to get the latest advanced #nuclear tech up and running to tackle #ClimateChange.

High Temperature Gas Reactors could produce low carbon:
⚡️electricity
🧪hydrogen
🌡heat
to decarbonise industry.

More on our plans: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-progresses-demonstration-of-next-generation-nuclear-reactor

#TogetherForOurPlanet

📢HAPPENING TODAY

Join me in conversation with @FeikeSijbesma (@DSM), to hear about next steps to accelerate the #RaceToZero emissions and our view on the urgent transformation needed in our systems to bring a zero-carbon economy within reach.

http://ow.ly/5xQw50FFm8m

#COP26

Today is Earth #OvershootDay. Now until @COP26 we're highlighting actionable ways for each country, city, or business to ready themselves for the consequences of ecological overshoot. There’s no benefit in waiting any longer to act. http://100daysofpossibility.org @ScottishEPA

🌍 To win the #RaceToZero, we need to upgrade our systems. As scary as this sounds, we now know how to do it.

💚 Now, less than 100 days from @COP26, the 2030 Breakthroughs give us even greater clarity of the path to halving emissions by 2030: https://racetozero.unfccc.int/upgrading-our-systems-together/

Global vision, local actions! @COP26 diplomatie @JanetRoganCOP26 Visiting #Chad since 2 days with multiples meetings to prepare @COP26. @UKinChad is working with local team to prepare participation and outcome needed of country. We all need #ClimateActionNow

"The era of carbon offsetting delaying meaningful #ClimateAction is over"

Don't miss today's @wearevcmi launch event:

⏰ Time: 1pm BST
📺 Live: https://vcmintegrity.org/vcmi-launch-event/

Watch a clip from @AlokSharma_RDG's speech below 👇

#COP26 | #TogetherForOurPlanet

Today @wearevcmi and #COP26 are launching the Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative.

🗣️ "But what are Carbon Markets"?

Watch our COP26 Climate Definition 👇

#TogetherForOurPlanet | #ClimateAction

Today is #EarthOvershootDay 🗓️

It marks the date when we have taken more from nature than the earth can regenerate in a year, according to @EndOvershoot data.

Learn more about how the UK #COP26 Presidency is driving ambitious climate action 👇

#MoveTheDate

#COP26 are partnering with @ISC on their Transform 21 Global Science Portal 🌍

The portal will help us to come #TogetherForOurPlanet and unite behind science in the lead up to the summit.

Find out more:
👉 https://council.science/transform21/climate-science-portal/

#ClimateAction

The #RaceToZero is the race of governments at all levels, along with business, to acheive net zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible. But it's also literally about racing 🏁 and is increasingly involving all kinds of sports.
https://racetozero.unfccc.int/nico-rosberg-id-encourage-all-sports-teams-to-utilize-their-platform-to-help-save-our-planet/

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