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Heated discussions over global emissions goals take place at the Bonn Climate Conference

av South Pole Group 17 May 2017

At the Bonn Climate Change Conference in Germany this week industry representatives, including Ingo Puhl from South Pole Group, argued against The U.S. Chamber of commerces' position that steps to regulate emissions should be "much less ambitious."

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Achieving SDG 13 - Climate Action with Ingo Puhl from South Pole Group

av SDG Centre 09 Feb 2017
Achieving SDG 13 - Climate Action with Ingo Puhl from South Pole Group

SDG Insights speaks with Ingo Puhl from South Pole Group to discuss the most urgent actions needed to achieve #SDG13: Climate Action. SDG Insights is a series of video interviews conducted with a wide range of experts on what the future looks like for businesses, governments, NGOs and international organisations who are aligning themselves with the Sustainable Development Goals. Coming from many different backgrounds, they openly share insights on their personal experiences in their respective fields.

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Topic of the month February 2017: Climate Change Risk in Sovereign Bond Investments

av South Pole Group/Global Footprint Network 09 Feb 2017
Topic of the month February 2017: Climate Change Risk in Sovereign Bond Investments

Despite US threats to withdraw from the historic Paris climate agreement, momentum continues to build globally for carbon risk disclosure and management in the investment community. According to Moody's, widespread adoption of the agreement and the coordinated actions of governments to reduce carbon emissions over time has “the potential to become a significant ratings driver in a broad set of industries." While carbon disclosure on the part of investors has been focused almost entirely on equities, and to lesser extent corporate bonds, investors with sovereign bond holdings are coming to realize they also face carbon risk exposure.

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New report reveals biggest polluters listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange

av Annakaisa Suni / Dagens Industri 31 Jan 2017
New report reveals biggest polluters listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange

There are big differences in how much carbon companies from different industries emit. But there are also big differences between businesses within the same industry. According to a new report that considers 250 of the biggest companies listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, the worst climate culprit on is the steel company SSAB, followed by forest group Stora Enso, and airline SAS. The report was carried out by sustainability consulting firm South Pole Group.

"This kind of comparison is a good start, even if it does not tell you everything about the companies' climate impact," says Fredrik Fodge, Head of Investor Research at South Pole Group, speaking to Dagens Industri.

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Climate change a threat to financial markets

av Michael Bauchmüller / Süddeutsche Zeitung 26 Jan 2017
Climate change a threat to financial markets

Climate change is a threat to financial markets, not just because of potential natural disasters, but also due to a tightening of climate protection measures, writes Michael Bauchmüller in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, citing a report prepared for the German Finance Ministry. But a ministry spokesman said there was no "immediate need for regulatory measures", according to the newspaper. The report warned there could be "considerable losses" due to "transition risks", Bauchmüller says. "Therefore, an orderly transition to a carbon-reduced economy with clear, long-term signals from policymakers from the point of view of the financial market stability is desirable," the report, prepared by Swiss investment group South Pole Group states, according to the newspaper.

Read the article in German here.

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Climate finance nears ‘iPhone moment’ as green bond issuance doubles

av Amy Maxwell / ModernInvestor 19 Jan 2017
Climate finance nears ‘iPhone moment’ as green bond issuance doubles

If the pledges made in Paris at COP21 to limit global warming are not turned into action, the Earth's temperature is on track to reach a 'disastrous' three degree rise by 2100. That is according to a research from climate consultancy South Pole Group.

'It will change the world if we stay on this track,' said the group's CEO and co-founder Renat Heuberger during a webinar on Wednesday. 'However, if Paris works, and pledges become a reality, we will be on track for a 2.4 -2.7% increase of warming, which is still very heavy in terms of consequences.'

Heuberger argued that if a target below two degrees is to be reached, the entire world economy would need to decarbonise: 'This means going carbon neutral, globally, by the end of the century. This is probably the most massive transformation that we've ever seen, bigger than all the industrial revolutions we have seen in the past.'

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A Penguin Protecting the Climate

av Laura Brüllmann / One Day Portray 16 Jan 2017
A Penguin Protecting the Climate

Young and committed Denis Jorisch has set his mind on a career in the name of climate protection. As of late, he lives and works in the Asian metropolis Bangkok, trying to promote renewable energies at a political level. We've met him in Zurich just before he left.

«Global warming can be explained looking at a cake tin: There's only so much space for the dough. And our cake tin is already half – full. What does that tell us? The calculation is easy: We have to reduce our emissions to zero, in order to avoid the cake tin filling up. Only then, future generations will be able to live on this planet.» Denis Jorisch works as a consultant at the South Pole Group in the western part of Zurich, an area with an urban feeling to it. Already after passing his A-Levels, he knew that climate protection would be his career choice. «Climate as a subject has always fascinated me.» His blue eyes light up. There's a true penguin. A true what? Why penguin? No worries, we'll solve that riddle for you before the end of the article.

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Les investisseurs suisses encore trop frileux

av Federico Rapini / AWP 21 Dec 2016

La prise en considération du réchauffement climatique peine à s'imposer dans les décisions d'investissement en Suisse. L'approche conservatrice des professionnels et des caisses de pension helvétiques relègue le pays loin des pionniers comme la Suède, la Norvège ou la France. Malgré tout, la "décarbonisation" des portefeuilles suisse est en marche. "Il y a encore deux ans, la compréhension du risque climatique était inexistante auprès des grands détenteurs d'actifs. La situation a changé", explique Maximilian Horster, associé de South Pole, société zurichoise de conseil.

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Mexico City issues first municipal green bond in Latin America

av Jack Aldane / Cities Today 19 Dec 2016
Mexico City issues first municipal green bond in Latin America

Proceeds of the bond will go towards providing potable water, wastewater, energy efficient public lighting and infrastructure for metro transport. The bond is the fourth to be issued from Mexico and is its second to be issued in local currency. Mexico is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emission under the Paris agreement by 22 percent by 2030. According to Climate Bonds Initiative, the country has US$1.3 billion in outstanding climate bonds. The country has one labelled green bond, issued at US$500 million by local development bank Nacional Financiera (NAFIN) in November 2015.

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"The fight for climate change has to be made easy" : Renat Heuberger speaks with Plurrifry podcast

av Mathias Antonsson, Plurrify 15 Dec 2016
"The fight for climate change has to be made easy" : Renat Heuberger speaks with Plurrifry podcast

"If you want to get people behind the fight for climate change it has to be easy and simple to contribute." Renat Heuberger, CEO, South Pole Group, speaks with Mathias Antonsson from sustainability-focused podcast Plurrify on social entrepreneurship, fighting climate change and the importance of strong vision.

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Funding chlorine dispensers for community water supply through carbon finance

av Lars Osterwalder 13 Dec 2016
Funding chlorine dispensers for community  water supply through carbon finance

Carbon finance can be used to finance water treatment projects based on Evidence Action's chlorine dispenser program in Eastern Uganda. It was found that boiling 5,295 L of water leads to one ton of carbon dioxide emissions. The case project explored in this paper replaces boiling with a low-emission technology (chlorine dispensers), which means that carbon credits can be claimed for the volume of safe water provided to end users (converted into tons of avoided/averted carbon emissions). Once issued, the carbon credits need to be sold. The revenue generated from the carbon credits is sufficient enough to cover costs that traditional donors and governments are often not willing to cover, e.g. operation and maintenance costs. Carbon credits allow an innovative results-based financing model for sustainably providing safe water at no cost to the rural poor in Uganda. Senior Consultant, South Pole Group.

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Disrupt your business model to take action on climate change

av Hannah Koh, Eco-Business 06 Dec 2016
Disrupt your business model to take action on climate change

Innovative thinking and business models can open the door to faster, more effective climate change action, said panellists at this year's Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development. Innovation – and its bedfellow disruption – is how businesses today can take action on climate change. Sharing this example at a panel discussion at the Responsible Business Forum in Singapore in late November was Ingo Puhl, director of strategy and co-founder of emission reduction project developer South Pole Group.

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[Blog] Opportunity and innovation: Why investing in natural water infrastructure will pay off

av South Pole Group 22 Mar 2016
[Blog] Opportunity and innovation: Why investing in natural water infrastructure will pay off

Businesses and investors increasingly understand that a water-secure world is not a given. IUCN and South Pole Group convened a roundtable to ask: if the world we want is water-secure, what would it take to include nature in investment portfolios?

Dr Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Global Water Programme, and our CEO Renat Heuberger discuss this topic in our latest readyfor2020 blog post.



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​17 Goals to rule them all: How the sustainable development goals can benefit organisations

av Nadia Kahkonen 25 Sep 2015
​17 Goals to rule them all:  How the sustainable development goals can benefit organisations

Inked today, the new sustainable development goals (SDGs) might just signal the start of something revolutionary. To be committed to by world leaders at the ongoing UN Summit in New York, the 17 proposed Goals and 169 targets aim to be a charter for people and the planet in the twenty-first century. The SDGs will further enhance the importance of so-called co-benefits accrued from tackling climate change and streamline impact measurement across all development domains. Ultimately, the SDGs will affect organisations and institutions of all shapes and sizes, from the European Union to municipalities and corporations, and engagement from a wide scale of actors will be crucial in shaping the future agenda.

Read the full post here.

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What Will Happen At the Paris Climate Conference?

av Renat Heuberger 17 Sep 2015
What Will Happen At the Paris Climate Conference?

Will Paris be a success? Will the agreement at CoP21 ensure global temperature raise stays within the 2° limit? What are the concrete consequences of Paris for my company?

As the CEO of the South Pole Group, a global sustainability solutions provider, I am debating such questions with stakeholders from both the public and private sectors on a daily basis. COP21, the next UN climate summit in Paris, is only a few months away. Therefore, we have decided to roll out our big crystal ball and present you our 10 key outcomes you should (and should not) expect from Paris.

Read the full post on Renat Heuberger's Huffington Post Green blog.

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Water Scoring: Managing the Risk of Having Big Fish Stuck in Polluted Ponds

av Renat Heuberger 05 Aug 2015

This year's number one sustainability risk is - water.

According to the latest World Economic Forum's Global Risk Report, the adverse impacts of water crises could even surpass the impacts of climate change. The effects can already be felt across industry sectors and society at large: in line with the narrative from the WEF, a recent study by CDP found that two-thirds of the world's largest companies are now reporting exposure to water risks - with 22% anticipating that this could limit the growth of their business. Read more.

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Key Steps to Saving Latin America's Forests

av Renat Heuberger 28 May 2015

Millions of South Americans have been lifted out of poverty by the commodity boom during the last decade. This uplifting economic development also prompted a rush for cropland and oil, among others, that has accelerated deforestation across the region.

The 20th century saw one of the biggest ecological disasters with Brazil losing more forest each year than any other country. A report by campaigning groups states that due to over-exploitation of the Amazon region, rainfall will be expected to decrease by 20% over the Amazon basin, a heavily populated area covering large chunks of Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.

Read full article at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/renat-heuberger

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New publication “Accounting for Carbon” presents first authoritative overview of MRV practice in key

av Nadia Kähkönen 21 Apr 2015

The ability to accurately monitor, record, report and verify greenhouse gas emissions is the cornerstone of any effective policy to mitigate climate change. The new book from Cambridge University Press, "Accounting for Carbon", provides the first authoritative overview of the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of emissions from the industrial site, project and company level to the regional and national level.

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How to Use Climate Finance to Promote Clean Water

av Renat Heuberger 31 Mar 2015
How to Use Climate Finance to Promote Clean Water

Fresh water is vital to human society -- not simply for drinking, but also for washing, farming and producing energy. In the future, this crucial resource is expected to become increasingly scarce. This is partly due to climate change. Read more.

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