Climate Change

Some useful business and climate change stats. And Happy New Year

Welcome to 2015 blog readers. I hope you had a lovely festive break.

I spent some time on the Italian riviera and exploring Nice, France where I currently live, at least for now, as well as bits of Corsica.

One aside before I get ‘to business’; Corsica is wonderful place which I hadn’t visited since I was a kid. The scenery, food, wines and people are wonderful. There’s a train which goes from Bastia to Ajaccio over four hours through the mountains which is one of the best train journeys I’ve taken, ever. Go out of season if you can, I am guessing it’s a lot cheaper, and empty.

To business.

Just before Christmas, the irrepressible Bob Eccles of Harvard sent out one of his email missives with some useful carbon stats which I thought might be of interest to some of you, this being the year of climate change action, or so we are told.

Here we go:

  • The Global 500’s GHG have increased by 3.1 percent from 2010 to 2013 to reach 4.96 gigatonnes per year of CO2 equivalents that correspond to 13.8 percent of global emissions.
  • GHG should have decreased by 4.2 percent for the same period in order to have a likely probability of staying within the 2° Celsius average global temperature increase outlined in the 2014 UNEP Emissions Gap Report.
  • Therefore, there remains a significant gap of 7.3 percent of 2010 emissions between how GHG are growing versus how they should have decreased.
  • GHGs are concentrated, with the Top 50 emitters accounting for 79 percent of total Global 500 emissions, about three times the emissions of Japan and four times the emissions of Germany.
  • The Top 20 emitters account for 56 percent of total Global 500 emissions, more than India or Russia.
The source for all this is a recent report by Thomson Reuters and BSD Consulting called “Global 500 greenhouse gases performance 2010-2013: 2014 report on trends”. This report analyzes the Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) of the largest 500 companies in the world by market cap (Global 500) in order to show the overall trend for the period from 2010 to 2013.

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1 Comment

  1. Happy New Year.

    Im looking forward to reading your blog in the next year

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