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Welcome to the Summer Edition of MOSS News, Views and Events - December, 2012.

If you've never attended a UNFCCC COP, it's hard to believe there is an enormous amount of good that comes from them - not necessarily at the formal events and negotiations as they generally progress at a snails pace, but through the private sector, NGO's and sub national governments side events - there are hundreds of them - where those more nimble and innovative come together to showcase initiatives, cross fertilize ideas, explore, collaborate, create policy and set SMART action plans.

Until recently - the world has talked in terms of building a green or low carbon economy as part of the focus of the UNFCCC. In 2010 however the focus for some moved from green to blue (dependent upon which camp you followed) when Gunter Pauli founder of the Zero Emissions Research and Initiative (ZERI) at the United Nations University in Tokyo gave a new vision to The Club of Rome. He called it The Creation of the Blue Economy proving 100 manufacturing innovations with viable business models that could generate 100 million jobs in 10 years, all with zero waste impact on the environment. 

One of the fundamental differences, was that these innovations would be inspired by science and draw on biomimetics and the laws of physics. They would cover the full gamut of industrial activity, from energy to mining and medicine to banking. So as you can see, we've now started to look beyond green to blue. And in keeping with this theme, you will start to see MOSS talk more about the Blue Economy. You'll even start to see new programs offered for entrepreneurs and innovators who have global solutions. To start to set the scene, we have two events in December that will share insights into the Blue Economy and how you can benefit from it. 

In the New Year we will also run events and webinars to make you aware of the many opportunities that exist within the blue economy. In particular we look forward to engaging more with entrepreneurs and innovators with global solutions and companies that need a bridge to finance and commercialisation. 

In the interim, we will continue to monitor the outputs and outcomes from the latest UNFCCC and share findings as they come to hand. I'd also like to share with you, details of two projects that have dramatically impacted me this year - initiatives that give me hope for the future. They are Eradicating Ecocide lead by Polly Higgins, and the Bookend Trust spear headed by Dr Niall Doran. 

I first discovered Polly Higgins in 2009 when Dr David Hood and I attended one of the side events of COP15 together in Copenhagen - the Klima (People's) Forum. A showcase of individual and community action to prevent further environmental degradation and eco-system destruction. I was recently reintroduced to Polly when MOSS Strategic Advisor Dr Martin Blake put his weight behind Eradicating Ecocide.  Polly is a Lawyer for the Earth whose mission is to make Ecocide an International Crime Against Peace. Polly is not anti business - she's actually quite the opposite and her vision is one that would more easily provide the law and investment necessary to help us meet the goals of the UNFCCC.

Ecocide is a law that puts people and planet first and has the power to deliver the United Nations Environmental Program's vision for a green economy. This is a law that is global in remit and local in impact; it will create jobs, build resilient economies and create a legal duty of care upon governments, business and banks. If you have time watch this 15 mins video now or bookmark it for later. If you work in law or the environment - you must familiarise yourself with Eradicating Ecocide. 

Ten countries in South America, Asia and Eastern Europe have already adopted a law of ecocide.  To learn more about Ecocide Act - click here and the proposed amendment to the Rome Statute - click here. If you would like to learn how you can support Polly Higgins and her team, please click here.
The second organization I'd like to introduce you to is the Bookend Trust a not-for-profit education initiative that seeks to inspire students and their communities with the positive environmental careers they can build making the world a better place.

 

If you work in education and want to engage your students in real life environmental learning without leaving the class room and inspire them to take up careers in science, math's, geography, history and or environmental studies, or work in HR / Employee Engagement and want to build capacity - look no further than Bookend.

I was fortunate to be seated with Niall (2012 Australian Geographic Society Conservationist of the Year) at the UN World Environment day Awards mid year where Bookend won the 2012 Award for Community Outreach. I was so impressed by his vision, commitment and project outcomes, that I asked Niall to showcase his work through our International Green Awards National Sustainability Series in August. He accepted and I'm sure everyone that heard him speak across the country would agree with me, that he and his team have been worthy recipients this year of an extraordinary list of achievements including a Banksia Award for creating lasting and positive community impact; the MediBank Active Tasmania Community Award for Coastwatchers; the Bryce Courtenay/Penguin Australia - Power of One Australian Hero Award for Expedition Class and Skullbone. The UTAS Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Community Engagement; the Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival inaugural "Devil" Award for Innovation and for their head of education Andrew Hughes to be named Tasmanian Australian of the Year for his work with Expedition Class and Skullbone.

We wish Andrew Hughes all the best in the Australian of the Year awards announced Jan 25. This year showcases another brilliant line up of Australians who have made a significant contribution to our country. 

On that note I leave you for another year. I hope you and your families have a safe, joyous, relaxing and rejuvenating Christmas and New Year and that we see you in 2013 for what may well be our most ambitious year yet - as we continue to provide education, mentoring, training, tools and strategic advice as we transition to a low carbon economy and become a bridge to local entrepreneurs and innovators who have globally significant solutions to renew and sustain our world.

Ho Ho Ho - all the very best for 2013!

Anne-Maree Huxley
Founder and CEO MOSS

PS: Note the MOSS office will be closed from Fri 21 December until Monday 7th January, 2013.

CARBON AND CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS

2012 is the year the climate changed. I'm not talking about extreme weather like Hurricane Sandy, the Arctic sea ice melt or flooding in Venice. I'm talking about the climate in the corridors of power at the CIA and the World Bank, the International Energy Agency and some of the biggest consultancies in business, such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Alarms are finally ringing in the offices of the bureaucrats and "conservative" businessmen.

Despite this, the United Nations climate talks in Doha (COP 18) threaten to be another round of brinkmanship between the so-called global north and south, developed and developing nations, with each waiting for the other to blink - and no one taking leadership. Meanwhile, extreme weather events, the record Arctic sea ice melt and catastrophic warnings from unusual suspects continue to pile up like bits of Boardwalk in the wake of "Superstorm" Sandy. Here's some of the reports issued in couple of weeks.

Too late for two degrees? A new report from PwC says it is. Too late for two degrees indicates carbon intensity would need to decline 5.1% a year from now until 2050 to avoid the threshold. Leo Johnson Partner, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC says "We have passed a critical threshold - not once since World War 2 has the world achieved that rate of decarbonisation, and the task now confronting us, is to achieve it for 39 consecutive years. Even doubling our current rate of decarbonisation, would still lead to emissions consistent with 6 degrees of warming by the end of the century. To give ourselves a more than 50% chance of avoiding 2 degrees will require a six-fold improvement in our rate of decarbonisation."

Extreme weather from melting Arctic ice to Superstorm Sandy shows snail-paced U.N. climate talks have to do more to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Christiana Figueres, head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat suggests "The message for this conference is very clear- Governments need to hurry up and be much more on track." Superstorm Sandy, which struck the U.S. east coast after raging through the Caribbean, showed the United States "is not exempt from the vulnerabilities of climate change and that it also needs to do something," she said."We have had severe climate and weather events all over the world and everyone is beginning to understand that is exactly the future we are going to be looking about if they don't do something about it," she said.

Business leaders have been asking for clarity in political ambition on climate change. Now one thing is clear: businesses, governments and communities across the world need to plan for a warming world - not just 2°C, but 4°C, or even 6°C.

The World Bank Report Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided predicts a similar "cascade of cataclysmic changes that include extreme heat waves, Risks to Human Support Systems: Food, Water, Ecosystems, and Human Health and a sea level rise affecting hundreds of millions of people" if the global community fails to act on climate change.

Australia's infrastructure is mostly underprepared for extreme weather events. A recent Climate Institute Report Coming Ready or Not says Australia's buildings are worth approximately $5.7 trillion. Among these, an estimated $159 billion worth of buildings are vulnerable to sea level rise and storm surge. This includes more than 8,000 commercial, 6,000 industrial and 274,000 residential properties. 

Arctic summer ice to disappear within four years. In a normal summer, the Arctic ice is the size of Australia. This year we're missing the equivalent of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and much of South Australia. When the eastern seaboard goes missing, it's time to take things seriously. More...

The United Nations Climate Chief urges people not to look solely to their governments to make tough decisions to slow global warming, and instead to consider their own role in solving the problem. Each one of us needs to assume responsibility. It's not just about domestic governments. More...

For a comprehensive view on the Doha negotiations and Australia's position - check out Erwin Jacksons daily blog at The Climate Institute or track major events and announcements at http://unfccc.int/2860.php
 

New partnership between Carbon Trade Exchange (CTX), an electronic carbon trading platform, and APX, an environmental management company, means market participants can now transact and manage a larger range of carbon and environmental commodities from a single account. Investors, as well as those retiring carbon offsets, can acquire and manage various types of international credits on the new platform including; Climate Action Reserve (CAR), Verified Carbon Standard Association (VCSA), American Climate Registry (ACR), Gold Standard offsets and U.S.-based Renewable Energy Credits (REC's) under the one roof.More...

GENERAL NEWS

 
Melbourne's Bentleigh Secondary College wins International Green Award for Most Sustainable Educational Institution with Hitachi and Sydney's Focus Press being awarded Bronze. Interface UK were awarded the Prestigious Grand Prix Award with Prince Charles being recognised with a lifetime achievement award.

A total of 5 Australian organisations were finalists in 2012.
Congratulations also to the City of Sydney and Sydney Theatre Company for their achievements and international recognition. More...  

LOST and Vampire Diaries' Actor Ian Somerhalder awarded International Green Award as 2012 Most Responsible Celebrity. I'm not a fan of the Vampire Diaries nor the TV series LOST - however I have taken interest in Ian' work as an environmental campaigner.

 In 2010 he set up the Ian Somerhalder Foundation which, among other activities, aims to support renewable energy projects, raise awareness of the impacts of deforestation, and to engage young people in environmental issues. 
Ian Somerhalder has also supported the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). What a great role model. Well done Ian! Read more and see his acceptance speech...

TV oil tycoon Larry Hagman (alias JR Ewing) was a real life solar hero. Hagman had lived and breathed his love of solar installing a 94-kilowatt, $750,000 solar photovoltaic array on his home in Ojai, California, one of the largest in the nation. Reportedly, this cut his electricity bill from $37,000/year to $13/year. Read on...

IEA says global electricity prices to soar. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) electricity prices around the world are expected to rise by up to 15 per cent over the next decade. More...
Sustainability budgets set to rise in 2013. Senior executives say Corporate spending on sustainability, environmental and energy programs is likely to rise next year, despite a challenging economic backdrop, according to a new survey from analyst firm Verdantix. More...

A new report - Workplace Bullying: We just want it to stop has recommended the Federal Government establish a new national advisory service to provide advice, assistance and resolution services to employers and workers. According to the Productivity Commission workplace bullying costs the Australian economy between $6 billion and $36 billion annually. The report says the chief concern of witnesses was the lack of clarity about what to do and where to go for help. More...

Organics, booming $1.27 billion industry. Organics is one of Australia's top 5 growth industries. Supermarkets are fast embracing organics, with growth propelled by the average Australian. More...

Did you know an energy efficient, 8 star TV costs $21 a year to run compared with a 3 star TV which costs $148 a year. Samsung and LG big winners in Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Awards. Discover what savings are available to you.

Women on Boards but Not in Leadership Pipeline. It's been revealed that the numbers of women at the upper levels of corporate Australia are so low that it will take decades before women achieve any meaningful representation, unless organisations adopt a more disciplined approach and set targets at leadership and management levels. Read on...

ASIC Fees Removed for Charities. Under the new charity regulator, the ACNC, charities registered as corporations will not have to pay the annual review fees currently charged by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). More...

Nestlé 2014 Creating Shared Value Prize.  Do you run an innovative project, an inclusive business or a social enterprise in nutrition, water, or rural development? Get the chance to scale up your impact by nominating your initiative for the Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value. The Prize is awarded every two years and helps innovative, commercially viable, and high impact initiatives achieve social scale and financial sustainability. The Laureate receives an investment of approx USD 530 000) to scale up or replicate the initiative. Entries close 31 March 2013 http://www.nestle.com/csv/nestle/nestleprize#.ULQtJKVBCfQ More...

Applications for the first round of funding under the Victorian Government's Smarter Resources, Smarter Business Program close December 14. The Smarter Resources, Smarter Business Program assists medium-sized businesses (defined as those with between 20 and 199 employees) to improve their energy and materials efficiency. For more information, including program guidelines and application forms, visit  www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/srsb or contact Sustainability Victoria on 1300 363 744.

BMW, Air France and Siemens were named as some of the world's leaders in sustainability in the 2012 Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. The DJSI use a "best-in-class" approach for measuring sustainability with the world's largest 2,500 companies invited to report on their sustainability performance. Broken down into 57 sectors, those businesses are then analyzed by a variety of social, economic and environmental criteria. This year saw 41 companies deleted and 41 new companies added.http://www.sustainability-indexes.com/review/annual-review-2012.jsp
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INDUSTRY VIEWS

Dividends, Business & Capitalism: John Elkington shares his views on Sustainability Paradoxes.worth a few minutes to ponder.

In the above blog from John Elkington he refers to A Whole New Mind by Dan Pinker, which argues that we are emerging from an era where our economies operated mainly on the basis of left-brain logic and rationality. We are now heading into a period where right-brain creativity becomes dramatically more important - with the result that tomorrow's economies will be driven by new minds, integrating both left- and right-brain thinking. An oldie but a goodie. Check it out.

We're all in this together: engaging employees on sustainability. Employees play a crucial role in transforming your company's sustainability strategy into a reality. Rodolphe d'Arjuzon explains how to overcome the challenges More...

INDUSTRY REPORTS and RESOURCES

 
Changing Business from the Inside Out. If you want a career in CSR - get your hands on this Authoritative and Candid Insider's Guide to the Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Needed to Establish a Successful CSR Career.Buy Now...

Without healthy ecosystems, jobs disappear, businesses relocate
. Finding ways to sustainably manage the world's natural resources is as important for labour rights as conservation, trade union experts said, noteing up to two-thirds of all jobs in the developing world are linked to the environment: everything from farming and fishing to mining, timber extraction and the harvesting of medicinal plants for pharmaceuticals.More...

New survey finds global economic conditions impact positive social change
. Results from Walden University 2012 Social Change Impact Report show that two-thirds of adults across the globe agree that when economic conditions are bad, it is more important to be involved in social change than when economic conditions are good.

2012 Sustainable Leaders Report - Making the Pitch. Selling Sustainability from inside Corporate America by Vox Global provide valuable insights for Australian CSR and Sustainability Managers. Download here...

Sustainability budgets set to rise in 2013. Corporate spending on sustainability, environmental, and energy programmes is likely to rise next year, despite a challenging economic backdrop, according to analyst firm Verdantix. More...

Africia's consumer facing industries expected to grow to grow by $400 billion by 2020 making it the world's second-fastest-growing region after emerging Asia and equal to the Middle East. By 2020, more than half of African households are projected to have discretionary income, rising from 85-million households today to almost 130-million in 2020. With 40 percent of its population living in cities, Africa is more urbanized than India (30 percent) and nearly as urbanized as China (45 percent). By 2016, more than 500-million Africans will live in urban centers, and the number of cities with more than a million people is expected to reach 65, compared with 52 in 2011. But can they grow sustainably?

Ethical Corporation provides FREE three corporate examples on using social media to engage consumers and employees on corporate responsibility from Timberland, Patagonia and Intel. You can download the slide and audio pack here and Examples from Ab InBEV and Timberland on 
how they use corporate responsibility as part of brand marketing. 

DECEMBER EVENTS

The Essentials to a Healthy Business
MELBOURNE  Friday 7 Dec 9am to 11am @ KPMG 147 Collins Street as part of the 2012 VCAMM Innovation Series.}1

This FREE morning tea seminar is a must attend event if you are in innovation and manufacturing. Speakers include:
David Gelb - Global Head of R&D Incentives KPMG
Bert Verhoeven - Masters of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Swinburn University
Anne-Maree Huxley - Founder and CEO Models of Success and Sustainability (MOSS) 

For full speaker details and registration refer click here.

The Future of CSR and Sustainability
The trends that will impact your business in 2013 and beyond. Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) Lunchtime WEBINAR Thursday 13 December.

MOSS CEO Anne-Maree Huxley will deliver a one hour webinar (45 minute presentation with 15 min Q&A) on the trends that will impact your business in 2013 and beyond. She will share how the world has moved beyond green into the Blue Economy - opening the door to innovation, providing companies unprecedented profits, making them attractive to consumers, investors and employees whilst others fight for survival. Case Studies include: Siemens, Samsung, GE, Interface and Focus Press. For full events details click here



About MOSS: Models of Success and Sustainability (MOSS) is an Australian based industry body for individuals, corporations, governments and not-for-profit organisations interested in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability. It fosters responsible business practices across the Asia Pacific region through education, training, networking, tools and advice - driving sustainability and competitive business success. For more information refer: www.moss.org.au

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