Empower at Climate Week New York

Ben Matthews

By Ben Matthews

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This week sees Climate Week New York take place and the empower team are in town for the second year running, with several of our clients making key announcements during the event.

We’ve been working with We Mean BusinessCDPScience-based Targets and the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment for the past few weeks to ensure that they make the most of Climate WeekNew York..

Here is a roundup of what each has got up to at Climate Week New York.

We Mean Business

600+ have committed to bold climate action as part of the coalition’s Take Action campaign #CWNYChttps://t.co/bW54MXm0IEpic.twitter.com/XEj9jZfqKS

— We Mean Business (@WMBtweets) 18 September 2017

As reported in Huffington Post, unprecedented momentum is being delivered by over 600 companies committed to bold climate action, through the We Mean Business coalition’s Take Action campaign.

The campaign brings together strategic climate commitments, facilitated by the We Mean Business coalition partners, which are collectively helping these companies tackle some 2.31 gigatons of Scope 1+2 emissions – equivalent to the total annual emissions of Russia.

Elsewhere, Nigel Topping, CEO of We Mean Business, said at Climate Week New York that “Now is a critical moment in the transition to electric vehicles.”


NEW VIDEO: ‘Progress’ celebrates cities leading the transition to a sustainable economy #CDPCities#CWNYCpic.twitter.com/Pi7tCV3v2j

— CDP (@CDP) 12 September 2017

Through CDP, 5600 companies and 571 cities now disclose to CDP on behalf of 800 investors with $100 trillion in assets.

For Climate WeekNew York, CDP presented two complementary corporate guides on internal carbon pricing to support a wider use of best practice globally.

Internal carbon pricing is a powerful tool to assess the climate-related risks and opportunities arising from the transition to a low-carbon economy. However, the advantages remain untapped by the companies that could benefit the most.

Science Based Targets

Several climate-conscious companies were dressing for success as the likes of Gap, Nike, and Levi Strauss push the Science Based Targets Initiative membership to over 300, as reported in Business Green.

Announced as part of Climate WeekNew York., six clothing companies agreed to align their emission targets with the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius. Nike, Levi Strauss, Gap, Guess, Eileen Fisher and VF Corporation have all signed up to the Science Based Targets initiative during Climate Week New York..

In 2017 so far, more than 90 companies have joined the Science-based Targets Initiative, which now has more than 300 members. Other new companies that have committed to the initiative recently include Cummins, Olam, Telefónica and Veolia.

UN Principles for Responsible Investment

In an announcement made over the pond but timed to reach the Climate Week New York audience, the PRI contributed their Sustainable Finance recommendations to the new Green Finance taskforce.

Headed up by the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the new Green Finance taskforce is made up of senior financial experts who will accelerate growth of green finance and the UK’s low carbon economy.

The proposals will build on the UK’s global leadership in Green Finance, including development of world’s first green financial management standards with the British Standards Institute.

UK Government launches plan to accelerate growth of green finance. Find out more https://t.co/LewSkRL8UL#ClimateAction#CWNYC@hmtreasurypic.twitter.com/HJAjYmvBJA

— Dept for BEIS (@beisgovuk) 18 September 2017

The empower team have been delighted with all the projects we’ve been working on as part of Climate Week New York.and several of the announcements made have shown real progress in creating real climate action across the globe, not just in New York.

If you’re interested in how empower can help with the digital, social media or content marketing of your sustainability communications initiative, please get in touch.