Mitigation

Businesses have an important role in mitigating climate change and its impacts on human rights by reducing or preventing emission of greenhouse gases.  Steps companies can take include improving energy efficiency of their operations and shifting from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

A growing movement of NGOs, foundations, and universities is calling for divestment from fossil fuels, to speed a transition to less-polluting forms of energy.

The following are key investigations & reports related to responsibility of fossil fuel companies:

Philippines CHR investigation | UCS study re impacts of emissions 

UCS score companies 

Subcritical Coal | Digging Deeper: Human rights impacts of coal

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25 September 2018

Climate change & just transition: Draft guide for investor action

Author: Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change and the Environment

A ‘just transition’ for workers and communities as the world’s economy responds to climate change was included as part of the 2015 Paris Agreement. This guide sets out how investors can pursue the goal of a just transition as part of their core...

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14 September 2018

5 companies commit to respecting core labour rights in buying & developing renewable energy

Author: The B Team

"Companies Step Up to Deliver a Just Transition", 13 Sep 2018...

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14 September 2018

Global Climate Action Summit 2018: Commitments to climate change & just transition to low-carbon economy

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11 September 2018

Europe's largest investor calls on govts to foster private-sector investment in support of the SDGs

Author: Investment & Pensions Europe

"Norway SWF: Governments could help realise sustainable development goals", 7 Sep 2018...

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11 September 2018

Top 100 pension funds assessed on climate disclosure

This is the first segment of a four-part report assessing the global pensions sector’s response to the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The report uses new data to rank the world’s 100 largest global...

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5 September 2018

Renewable Energy Risking Rights & Returns: An analysis of solar, bioenergy & geothermal sectors

This briefing analyses 59 solar, bioenergy and geothermal companies' human rights policies and practices on five key areas: human rights commitment, community consultations, grievance mechanisms, labour rights and supply chain monitoring. It includes ...

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4 September 2018

German Advisory Council on Global Change recommends Govt. support lawsuits filed by individuals against large-scale emitters

Author: WBGU German Advisory Council on Global Change

"Just & In-Time Climate Policy: Four Initiatives for a Fair Transformation", August 2018 The WBGU recommends that the German Federal Government should support lawsuits filed by individuals against large-scale emitters... [U]p to now, such oppor...

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4 September 2018
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Author: Wissenschaftlicher Beirat der Bundesregierung Globale Umweltveränderungen

"Zeit–gerechte Klimapolitik: Vier Initiativen für Fairness", August 2018...

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8 August 2018
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Am 5. August 2018 verkündete der Chef von Munich Re in einem Gastbeitrag für die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, dass der Müchner Konzern die eigene Klimastrategie an das Zwei-Grad-Ziel des Pariser Klimaabkommens knüpfen werde. So werden in...

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8 August 2018

Munich Re to limit coal involvement in line with Paris Agreement; NGOs welcome announcement but say doesn't go far enough

On 5 August 2018, Munich Re revealed its new coal policy. According to the announcement in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the world’s second largest reinsurer plans to stop offering insurance for new coal-fired power plants and mines in...

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