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Welcome to the first edition of MOSS News Views and Events for 2011.
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As 2010 came to a close, MOSS were busy at events such as the World Climate Summit, Climate Leaders Forum, Green Solutions, Communicating Climate Change Forum and COP 16 as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancun gathering the latest trends, insight and leadership.  I'm delighted to say the rest of the world has catapulted forward and for the first time we saw truth. The elephant in the room was named, the global emissions target deficit identified and business, government and community organisations celebrated and commiserated simultaneously the status of local and global efforts thus far.  The new green clean energy economy has begun!

There were dozens of announcements from various business groups, statements from economists such as Lord Stern, public dialogue with some of the world's most successful entrepreneurs such as Sir Richard Branson and Ted Turner, presentations from some of the world's biggest companies such as 3M, Siemens, Reckitt Benckiser, Virgin, Danfoss, Carrefour and Coca-Cola and leading CEO's along with dozens of groups such as the Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change and the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change. There were new indices announced, lagging industries identified - we even had the first ever Gigaton awards. All this adds up to some important and dynamic information to be shared as part of the MOSS, SAI Global, European Union Centre at RMIT University briefings to be held in the next few weeks in association with Baker and McKenzie, Carbon Trade Exchange and Ideas Shop. We hope you can join us as we aim to share the latest global thinking with Australian business leaders and share the risks and opportunities of the clean energy revolution and green economy.

Since December, the world has been shocked by devastating climatic events in Brazil where hundreds of people are still missing and over 750 reported deaths after Brazil's worst landslides in decades. The Philippines and Indonesia also saw death, destruction and displacement of thousands of people as a result of flooding. Then of cause we have been faced by the biggest natural disaster in Australian history with the combined impact of floods in SE Qld and the devastation of Cyclone Yasi. And let's not forget the devastating fires in Perth. All this at a time when Australia is meant to be preparing Australia for increased climatic events by putting a price on Carbon, mitigating rather than adapting for Climate Change and building a green economy. Yet what we have seen is monies taken away from climate policy and mitigation and the people made to pay for the lack of planning, investment and leadership in climate policy and infrastructure.

When will our political heavy weights (not just our elected officials) understand the policy, ethics, practices and collaboration necessary to secure our future, not just win an election.

All that said, there have been some unexpected benefits gained from the face we portrayed to the world. In some ways we've reminded the world how to get up in the face of defeat, how to co-operate and how to lend a hand to total strangers without hesitation. The level of volunteerism touched the world and when champions like Lance Armstrong who has seen so many personal battles says "I was in awe of the volunteers - it changed my life", you have to think we really did show how in defeat we can rally, open our hearts and make a difference.

All in all, what the world has learnt from climatic events in recent times is that it is already costing us greatly and we must take decisive action and a leadership stance now. The devastation in Australia is the tip of the iceberg for what lays before us all if we continue business as usual.

As government data released earlier this week pointed out, Australia's emissions are expected to grow 24 per cent above 2000 levels by 2020 as energy exports increase. Australia currently stands out as the developed country whose anticipated business-as-usual emissions growth bucks the general tendency of developed countries. As Ross Garnaut and many others believe, this will not be easily understood by other countries, and is likely to bring Australian mitigation policy under close scrutiny. Lord Stern suggests Australia could soon start to see trade restrictions and embargoes like many Australian businesses already have as part of global supply chains.

Current economic difficulties present an opportunity not a hurdle to move towards a low carbon economy. The case for urgent action is not just powerful, it's also economically attractive which is why countries such as China have invested so heavily in the clean energy revolution and whilst others such as the US and Australia are moving backwards.

The green economy is there for us to grasp with both hands. But are we brave enough?

We will explore this theme with you in more detail when we present our UNFCCC Briefings. We look forward to seeing you there.

Best regards
Anne-Maree Huxley
Founder and CEO MOSS


PS: For all those who knew my family were bunkered down in Townsville and surrounds during Cyclone Yasi - thanks for your thoughts and well wishes. I'm delighted to report they are all fine. Only minor damage. The worst of it is there's not enough electrical cable to reconnect power. More than a week on and my sisters business still doesn't have power! Remind me again how well prepared we are for the cyclone season?

MOSS : Industry News

Ross Garnaut's second Climate Change Review paper released at the beginning of the week Progress towards effective global action on climate change outlines global developments including the UNFCC meeting at Cancun and argues that Australia, along with the US and Canada, is holding back international climate change mitigation because of its failure to put a price on carbon. His third paper out today Global Emissions Trends stresses that Australia could face damaging fallout if it fails to meet expectations from the global community on emissions reductions.

Government launches Climate Commission. Chief Commissioner, Professor Tim Flannery is charged with providing independent information for members of the community More...

Business and community urged to start sustainable living revolution. Read all about it.


 
At the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for revolutionary action to achieve sustainable development warning that the past century's heedless consumption of resources is a global suicide pact with time running out to ensure an economic model for survival. Inclusive and sustainable development is the UN's first priority for 2011 and climate change mitigation the second More...
The theme for this year's Davos was Shared Norms for the New Reality based around four pillars: responding to the new reality; the economic outlook and defining policies for inclusive growth; supporting the G20 Agenda and building a risk response network. Summaries of all sessions are available, together with webcasts of major sessions.

Green has gone mainstream. What used to be a fringe market that appealed to a faction of eco-hippies is now a bona fide $290 billion industry ranging from organic foods to hybrid cars, ecotourism to green home furnishings. Read more...

Up to two million European Union carbon allowances (EUAs) worth as much as ?14 a tonne may have been stolen from registries across the European Union in the biggest ever fraud aimed at the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Read on...

CDP has issued its 2011 requests for both climate change and water information on behalf of a record number of investors. The annual request for greenhouse gas emissions and climate change data, now in its ninth year, was sent to over 4,800 listed companies around the world on behalf of 551 institutional investors with US$71 trillion in assets. More...

More major companies are tracking their supply chain emissions, and many, along with their suppliers, are also saving money from reducing emissions says report by AT Kearney
Is the string of bad weather events the tipping point in Australia's climate change policy debate? If you want a picture of what a hostile and costly environment looks like, we've had it in spades over the past couple of years, according to The Climate Institute. You can also download the latest fact sheet Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events

Charities Urge Canberra Over QLD Reconstruction

Global corporation and governments working together to reduce supply chain emissions More...

 
WBCSD hails White House announcement on energy efficiency as an important step forward. President Obama goal to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings is expected to save businesses and consumers billions of dollars in the coming decades.

The Alberta Investment Management Corp which manages around $71bn for Alberta's pensions, endowments and government funds, has made a major investment in Australian forestry. With its partner Australia New Zealand Forest Fund, it has bought over 2,500 square kilometres in six Australian states for AU$415m More... 

InterContinental Hotel Group goes green.

The WBCSD reports on growing business momentum in the lead up to the UN conference on sustainable development in 2012, commonly known as the Rio 20+ Earth Summit. More...

End of an era for RMIT Global Sustainability Institute. Over the past nine years, Global Sustainability has done much positive work to integrate sustainability into the core organisational strategy and operational performance at RMIT and has built up a substantial platform for the University on sustainability issues. However their doors were closed as of December 31.  The good news however is that former head of the Global Sustainability Institute Caroline Bayliss takes over at the helm of The Climate Group in Australia. Rupert Posner, who founded The Climate Group's Australian office in 2005, is moving to New York to take up a new position as the organisation's Global Director of Energy. Good luck to Caroline and Rupert in their new positions.

GovernanceMetrics Executive Pay Scorecard provides an objective evaluation of executive pay plans to help shareholders prepare for US mandated advisory votes on executive pay.

The Global Reporting Initiative, covering sustainability, environment, social and governance reporting, launched its US Focal Point in New York recently. Read more


 

Australia launches Australias first Human Rights Working Group for Business.

China may be the biggest polluter, but it's also the biggest investor in clean energy. Read more about China and the Green Energy Paradox
As part of a continuing effort to green the ICT industry Fujitsu releases compostable computer mouse.

Is CSR a western doctrine? And is Asian CSR coming of age?

Dow commits to $10m to put business value on ecosystems in partnership with the Nature Conservancy. Up to now, ecosystem services have not been factored into company business strategies and plans, but it may well soon be standard practice. 

US gets tough on conflict minerals. Read the implications of the new US law in How and why to strip conflict minerals from your supply chain.

The third Green Building and Market Impact Report created by Rob Watson, CEO of GreenerBuildings.com is available now.

According to an Environment Ministry survey, the majority of Japanese firms ignore the impact their operations may have on biodiversity. Read more...


MOSS : Industry Views

The Climate Group releases Post Cancun Analysis Briefing. The briefing includes sections on key takeaways and key country reactions.

One of the outcomes of Cancun was the agreement to establish a new Climate Technology Mechanism to enable transfer of climate change technology to developing countries. A few factors will need to be addressed for it to be effective writes Ahmed Abdel Latif, blogging at Triple Crisis.

Discover the 10 companies that will shape the world in 2020 according Sustainable Excellence - they're not who you might think!

Will 2011 be a significant year for the low carbon economy and green business, and if so, why? GreenWise polls 25 firms, NGOs, business groups and commentators for their views. More...

Innovating for Green Growth WBCSD members share their understanding of the environmental challenges at stake and the role of the private sector in low-carbon technology research, development and demonstration (RD&D).

Obama's brand new green day: The US President's State of the Union address didn't once mention climate change, but his policy proposals - a hugely ambitious clean energy target, the slashing of subsidies to Big Oil - go even further, according to
Giles Parkinson writing in the Climate Spectator.

The Gulf oil disaster may have been overtaken in our minds by other events, Environmental Lawyer Sanford Lewis reflects on the learnings and asks Can shareholders benchmark a safety culture?

The Australian Conservation Foundation responds to the government slashing climate action initiatives to pay for flood recovery, arguing fossil fuels should be cut instead.

The Voluntary Carbon Standard has approved an Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use methodology for use under the VCS Program. It is a user-friendly way to account for greenhouse gas emission reductions and removals from activities that curb deforestation in tropical forests. More...


People Matter Reward. Reward does not only refer to pay, but to the whole suite of incentives offered to employees, at every level, to support a sense of ownership and accountability for individual, business unit and corporate goals. Read more...

MOSS : Reports

The State of CSR Annual Review: 2010-2011 reveals Australian organisations are embracing corporate social responsibility as a means of delivering improved competitive advantage and creating new products and services, however improved reputation remains the strongest outcome.

Productivity Commission released its final report Contribution of the Not-for-Profit Sector. ProBono Australia summarise and comment on some of the key findings and recommendations.

UN World Economic Situation and Prospects 2011 advocates redesigning fiscal policies that will stimulate employment and help the transition to sustainable economic growth.

Project Catalyst an initiative of ClimateWorks
argues that the transition to a green economy is already underway in their report Financing Green Growth: Accelerating the low-carbon trend.

CSR: A Global Overview is an informative guide to CSR around the world and a learning tool for all practioners working on CSR globally.

Transforming the Pace of Change: The Role of Business The Millennium Development Goals represent a huge challenge. The progress that has been made over the last ten years however has show that change is possible. Achievement is within our grasp but to meet the MDGs it is vital that everyone - business, government, NGOs, individuals - plays their part.

The Climate Group releases the Climate Principles Progress Review 2011 which looks at each of the Climate Principles in turn.

The HSBC Climate Partnership - a program between HSBC, The Climate Group, Earthwatch, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and WWF - have published the HSBC Climate Partnership Review 2010 which celebrates achievements to date.

To inform the climate change dialogue, the Pew Centre on Global Climate Change has produced a series of brief reports entitled Climate Change 101: Understanding and Responding to Global Climate Change

Migrating to a low carbon economy through leadership and collaboration. [unrecognized tag: {linkhttps://www.cdproject.net/CDPResults/CDP-2011-Supply-Chain-Report.pdf Carbon Disclosure Project 2011 Supply Chain Report}] suggests management and reporting of energy and emissions in company supply chains is going mainstream (86 percent indicate some kind of activity, 45 percent are reporting performance). Also interesting is the fact that the number of companies citing product differentiation as a motivation grew substantially.

GreenBiz State of Green Business Report out now measures the progress of U.S. business and the economy from an environmental perspective, and highlights key trends in corporate culture in regard to the environment.

MOSS : Feature Events

MELBOURNE - Wednesday February 23rd 8.30am - 10.30am
RMIT Storey Hall (Building 16, Level 7 Conference Room 1) 342-344 Swanston Street (nearest cross street Latrobe Street)

ADELAIDE - Tuesday March 1st 8.30am - 10.30am
SAI Global Training Room, Level 3, 199 Grenfell Street, Adelaide CBD (nearest cross street Frome Street)

SYDNEY - Thursday March 3rd 8.30am - 10.30am
SAI Global, Murray Room Level 3 - Sussex Street Entrance, 286 Sussex Street, Sydney CBD (corner Sussex and Bathurst Streets)

ALL OTHER LOCATIONS can join us from your desk for a live online event Friday March 4th at the following times: Perth and Singapore 9am; Darwin 10.30am; Brisbane 11am; Adelaide 11.30am; Hobart, Sydney, Melbourne 12 noon; Auckland and Wellington 1.30pm.  All you need is a computer and access to the internet to join us. Click here for full details and registration.

Business Clean Up Australia Day - March 2nd 
Start planning now.
 To register and for further details go to www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au

2nd Annual Sustainable Food Summit - Melbourne 5th to 6th April, 2011

Globally, food and agriculture industries face increasing challenges to remain productive, sustainable and resilient. What is Australia's role?

The Sustainable Food Summit 2011 brings together some of food and agriculture's biggest players and leading experts in a two-day exchange of knowledge and ideas.This event focuses on recent policy developments, with emphasis on food security and resilience and how these relate to the National Food Plan. We will seek to unpack what food security really means for Australia, and identify knowledge gaps.For more information refer http://www.3pillarsnetwork.com.au/p3_Events-Resources.html?&event=68

For more information on MOSS Events refer to our Upcoming Events page

That's it for this now. Until next edition, we wish you every success in your journey to a low carbon economy.



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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