Climate Action Programme

RAISING BUSINESS AMBITION FOR 1.5°C: SETTING A SCIENCE-BASED TARGET” Webinar Series starting on 29 April.

The UN Global Compact Network UK is delighted to invite you to the “Raising Business Ambition for 1.5°C: Setting a Science-based Target” webinar series starting on 29 April.

Over the past several years, science-based target-setting has rapidly become the most effective way for companies to align their corporate goals with the Paris Agreement. As many as 800 companies have already committed to set a science-based target. As stated in the 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming, the transition to a low-carbon economy must be accelerated globally in order to hold warming to 1.5°. We are calling on all companies — across sectors — to set their science-based target with a new level of ambition — one that aligns with the 1.5° target.

This webinar series is held in partnership with the Carbon Trust, a mission-led global organisation who have supported numerous businesses worldwide in setting their science-based targets. We will explore the business benefits of setting a science-based target in line with 1.5°, specifically looking at the opportunities and challenges of implementing a science-based target by sector. The webinar will feature guidance from experts at the Carbon Trust and best practice examples from sector case studies. More information about Science-Based Targets can be found here. Participation is free! Register for your sector specific webinar below:

Wednesday 29th April, 10am – 11am BST: RAISING BUSINESS AMBITION FOR 1.5°: SETTING A SCIENCE-BASED TARGET FOR THE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SECTOR;
Wednesday 6th May, 10am –     11am BST: RAISING BUSINESS AMBITION FOR 1.5°: SETTING A SCIENCE-BASED TARGET FOR THE IT SECTOR;
Wednesday 13th May, 10am –   11am BST: RAISING BUSINESS AMBITION FOR 1.5°: SETTING A SCIENCE-BASED TARGET FOR THE ENERGY AND UTILITIES SECTOR;
Wednesday 20th May, 10am –   11am BST: RAISING BUSINESS AMBITION FOR 1.5°: SETTING A SCIENCE-BASED TARGET FOR THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR;
Wednesday 10th June, 10am – 11am BST: RAISING BUSINESS AMBITION FOR 1.5°: SETTING A SCIENCE-BASED TARGET FOR THE FINANCE SECTOR;
Wednesday 17th June, 10am – 11am BST: RAISING BUSINESS AMBITION FOR 1.5°: SETTING A SCIENCE-BASED TARGET FOR THE RETAIL AND MANUFACTURING SECTOR.

We plan to host a Construction sector webinar in May and will confirm this in due course. To learn more about science-based targets, listen to our introductory webinar here and a webinar hosted by the United Nations Global Compact here.

COP 26: POSTPONED TO 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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Latest from the UNFCCC

News from the UN Global Compact Network UK

Latest from UK COP26

Are you taking game-changing action on #ClimateChange?

You have until 30 April to apply to our 2020 UN Global Climate Action Awards!

Submit your project here: http://momentum.unfccc.int

Limiting global heating to 1.5°C is possible with existing technology, if deployed on a massive scale to developing countries - @WorldBank

Tech use in 4 sectors -energy, industry, transport & buildings -can account for 2/3 of emissions reductions by 2030
https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/macroeconomics/publication/technology-transfer-and-innovation-for-low-carbon-development

UN Climate Change secretariat staff are working in unison with the UN family to address the #COVID19 crisis, while continuing important work on climate action.

In both cases, cooperation is key - a reminder from our head @PEspinosaC.

Despite the #COVID19 crisis, France clears nearly 300 wind and solar power projects.

The crisis we are going through must not make us give up ambitious objectives in terms of renewable energies, says France's 🇫🇷 ecology minister.

Via @IRENA & @Reuters: https://reut.rs/2yo01sm

Climate technologies are an investment in a healthy future.

@UN Climate Change helps to facilitate access to #ClimateTech for developing countries.

📡Follow live as the final day of the virtual TEC meeting begins: http://bit.ly/TEC_Day3

Healthy ecosystems are essential to protect us from climate change and from diseases such as #COVID19.

Continuing to destroy and intrude into such ecosystems would most certainly lead to further pandemics and climate impacts.

🎥 Watch great explainer video via @UNEP

In March 2020, renewable energy (notably wind, biogas and solar) provided 56% of all electricity for the public grid in Germany, bringing the average for the first 3 months to 54%.

Graphs via @Sustainable2050

#ItsPossible

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"#COVID19 is the most urgent threat facing humanity today, but we cannot forget that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity over the long term" says @PEspinosaC, @UNFCCC Secretary l #Climate #Coronavirus
https://tmsnrt.rs/2R4LVm9

Some good news: Global #offshorewind installations reached a record 6.1 GW in 2019, the best year ever for the industry. Europe remains the largest market, making up 59% of new installations, followed by Asia-Pacific.

@GWECGlobalWind Report 2019: https://bit.ly/2Jv434J

"The work is carrying on - we are doing everything to keep the momentum going."

Our Deputy Executive Secretary @OvaisSarmad on how the #COVID19 outbreak has affected work at UN Climate Change.

#ClimateConversations🎤

With warnings of impending “climate wars” as the world overheats, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has explicitly made #ClimateChange a central aspect of the @UN’s prevention agenda, as have key member states.

👉 https://bit.ly/2yqCFSZ

Already today, coastal zones are heavily impacted by #ClimateChange.

Climate technology is crucial to adapt to new realities & build resilience.

📡Follow live, as technology experts from around the 🌏 meet virtually to discuss these & other issues. http://bit.ly/TEC_Day2

Yesterday the COP Bureau decided to:

1⃣ postpone #COP26 👉 http://bit.ly/COP26_postponed

2⃣ postpone the #SB52Bonn sessions until 4-12 October 2020 👉 http://bit.ly/SB52_postponed

In light of the #COVIDー19 situation, the @UNFCCC Bureau has decided to postpone #SBs52 to 4 to 12 October 2020, to be held in Bonn. My message 👇👇👇

⚠️Update⚠️

Due to #COVID19, the COP Bureau has decided to postpone the UN Climate Change meetings of the Subsidiary Bodies (SB52) until October 4-12, 2020.

Press Release: http://bit.ly/SB52_postponed

#COP26 has been postponed due to #COVID19.

This decision has been taken jointly by the COP Bureau of the @UNFCCC with the UK and partners Italy.

Tackling climate change remains a key priority for the UK and the international community.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cop26-postponement

Cost competitiveness doesn't mean #renewables will replace fossil fuels overnight, policies and regulations need to make the #energytransition happen, @benwindstrategy, CEO of @GWECGlobalWind tells #IRENA10A

Thank you Slovakia for submitting #LT-LEDS and defining immediate strategy for achieving climate and energy targets by 2030, with a view to achieve #ClimateNeutrality by 2050. This is what science tells us to do! #ClimateAction

Starting today, technology experts are gathering virtually to accelerate action on #ClimateChange.

A key part of their work: "Technology needs assessments" for developing countries. 👇🏼

📺Livestream: https://bit.ly/39vRQqL

The @UNFCCC secretariat has a new organizational structure.

Why? To adapt to changing realities and support governments more effectively in reaching the goals of the #ParisAgreement.

👉🏼 https://bit.ly/2Uxxfhw

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(Postponed for now, but check back for updates....)

Workshop: Implementing the
TCFD Recommendations

The UN Global Compact Network UK will be holding a workshop on the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations in partnership with The Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S). The workshop will take place over half a day in April 2020 (date TBC), in London.

Designed for finance and sustainability professionals across all sectors, this workshop will focus on the practical steps teams can take to adopt the TCFD recommendations. It will provide an engaging and informative environment for companies and organizations to share and learn from others.
Participants will:

Gain insights into approaches being adopted by peers to implement the TCFD recommendations.

  • Hear from practical examples of how to start implementing the recommendations.
  • Develop a broader understanding of climate risks and opportunities.
  • Assess what you are currently doing and how you can advance to full disclosure of the TCFD recommendations.
  • Participate in an environment where participants can share and discuss challenges and solutions.

This is the first activity of our newly established Climate Action Programme. Further details of the workshop will be shared in the coming weeks.

To register your interest please contact the Climate Action Programme Manager, Amy Collins.

Further links:
Official website of UK COP26 here.
The UNFCCC's official website here.

The world is facing an unprecedented global challenge & countries are rightly focusing on fighting #COVID19.

Due to this, #COP26 has been postponed.

We will continue working with partners to deliver the ambition needed to tackle the climate crisis & agree a new date 🌍

#COP26 has been postponed due to #COVID19.

This decision has been taken jointly by the COP Bureau of the @UNFCCC with the UK and partners Italy.

Tackling climate change remains a key priority for the UK and the international community.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cop26-postponement

💡 Lights out 💡

Join millions of people around the world at 8:30pm tonight by turning off your lights at home. 🌍🌎🌏

Check out @EarthHour's list of 20 things you can do at home or online this #EarthHour.

👉 https://bit.ly/39g3xSA

#COP26 | #Connect2Earth | #YoCA2020

Running into the weekend like…

#EarthHour is tomorrow! 🌎 Join the world and turn off all inessential and unnecessary lights 💡 between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. Be part of the largest environmental movement for our shared home.

Go to https://www.earthhour.org/virtual for our virtual events!

#EarthHour is 3 days away! 🌎 We hope you’re looking forward to it! Here’s how you can take part online or at home: https://www.earthhour.org/take-part
Retweet and tag your friends and family. Also, remember to fill the internet with positive images 🥰

You can follow the proceedings here: https://bit.ly/3bqkDyx

Thank you all, members of the committee and colleagues, for your commitment. #TogetherApart

In these unique circumstances @UNFCCC Parties and staff are committed to carry out important work to address #climatechange, by using available tools and technologies These days, the 17th Meeting of the #Adaptation Committee takes place virtually as originally scheduled.

Today is the 26th anniversary of the @UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The ultimate objective of the @UNFCCC (and of the Paris Agreement and the Kyoto Protocol) is to safeguard humanity against the impacts of #climatechange.

UK EV sales triple as innovative new approaches to streetlamp charging launched in London https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/clean-air-for-all-lampposts-to-charge-electric-cars-3jk2f5nlt

It’s more important than ever to celebrate #InternationalDayOfForests this year.

With sensible precautions, take the opportunity to calm your mind and improve your health and wellbeing at one of @ForestryEngland’s woods and forests which remain open: https://www.forestryengland.uk/coronavirus-visitor-information

🌳 More than 260,000 trees have been planted in Tajikistan over the past 3 years with support from our @Darwin_Defra fund.

The project run by @FaunaFloraInt is restoring a diverse forest ecosystem that will help tackle #ClimateChange

#InternationalDayOfForests #BetterWithNature

I will shortly be co-chairing via video link the India-led global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure.

We must continue to deliver progress in tackling climate change and this 🇬🇧-🇮🇳 partnership is an important step towards doing that.

#COP26 🌎

Congratulations Moldova 🇲🇩 for submitting 2nd Nationally Determined Contribution under the #ParisAgreement to @UNFCCC . Glad to see Moldova intends to achieve bold, ambitious targets, such as reducing emissions by 70% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels #NDCs.

📢 🌍 🇲🇩 📢

We welcome Moldova’s submission of a more ambitious emissions target ahead of #COP26. 👏

We have some way to go to meet the Paris temperature goal, and it is vital that all countries raise their climate ambition. 💚

👇 👇 👇

#ClimateAction

https://bit.ly/3d9h8yh

♻ It's #GlobalRecyclingDay ♻

Today, we want to celebrate the fantastic work of
Resolve: Trash2Cash 👏🙌

The South Asian Forum for the Environment's initiative trains & pays people who live in slums in 🇮🇳 to recycle waste in urban areas.

#COP26 | @Momentum_UNFCCC | #YoCA2020

♻ It's #GlobalRecyclingDay ♻

Today, we want to celebrate the fantastic work of @MacRebur. 👏 🙌

The 🇬🇧 company repurposes waste plastics destined for landfill or incineration into materials used to create longer lasting roads all over the 🌍.

#COP26 | @tradegovuk | #YoCA2020

#Africa is on the verge of a renewables revolution.

Read this piece by 🇬🇧 Climate Investments’ Richard Abel on the 3 trends shaping the African #RenewableEnergy boom 👇

#COP26 | #ClimateAction | #YoCA2020

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/green-shoots-three-trends-shaping-africas-low-carbon-opportunity/

Around 24% of global emissions are generated by agriculture and forestry activities.

How can we bring this number down while ensuring food security for a growing population?

The @ProjectDrawdown report suggests these #ClimateSolutions to protect our planet👇🏼

#Africa is on the verge of a renewables revolution.

Read this piece by 🇬🇧 Climate Investments’ Richard Abel on the 3 trends shaping the African #RenewableEnergy boom 👇

#COP26 | #ClimateAction | #YoCA2020

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/green-shoots-three-trends-shaping-africas-low-carbon-opportunity/

🌏 💪 💚 🇬🇧

"We share one life-giving but fragile planet"

👇 Watch @AlokSharma_RDG at the @UN highlighting the importance of COP26 in bringing the world together to speed up the global journey #netzero.

#COP26 | #ClimateAction | #YoCA2020

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