Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
The UN explains:
Affordable, scalable solutions are now available to enable countries to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies. The pace of change is quickening as more people are turning to renewable energy and a range of other measures that will reduce emissions and increase adaptation efforts.
The UN has defined 5 Targets and 8 Indicators for SDG 13. Targets specify the goals and Indicators represent the metrics by which the world aims to track whether these Targets are achieved.
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
13.1: Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
13.2: Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
13.a: Implement the commitment undertaken by developed-country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation and fully operationalize the Green Climate Fund through its capitalization as soon as possible
13.b: Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities
Climate change and weather extremes already affect millions of people around the world. Studies predict more frequent and severe events (droughts, heat waves, wildfires, sea level rise and floods) causing damage to coastlines and crops, jeopardising global food and water resources and threatening power supplies.
Additional disruptions come from threats to unique systems such as coral reefs, and large-scale singular events like the disintegration of the western Antarctic ice sheet, which would raise sea level by 5 metres. The costs of extreme weather events can be huge.
Climate impact already affects one third of businesses. Many are planning for an increase in frequency of extreme events and the size of impact too.
What can business do? Reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on carbon. Review your energy mix and increase your reliance on renewable sources. Assess your risk exposure to potential future change impacts (for you direct business and your supply chain). Develop a disaster recovery plan.