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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Just Transition Centre & The B Team launch business guide to a just transition to a low-carbon economy

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New guide offers recommendations for effective local stakeholder consultation to avoid adverse impacts of climate projects

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New study explores wind project opposition related to defense of indigenous territories & local livelihoods

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Commentary: Respecting the rights of indigenous peoples as renewable energy grows

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Indigenous peoples... are among the first and worst affected by climate change... and often advocate for a just transition to low-carbon economies... Yet, paradoxically, there is a growing resistance to large renewable energy projects among many...

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New book explores opportunities & challenges for integrating human rights into global climate governance

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