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Welcome to our final edition of MOSS News Views and Events for 2009

With less than a week to go before the historic UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP 15), Australia is still dragging its heels with poor targets, a divided opposition, and gaping lack of political will to take responsibility for its horrific emissions per capita.

A successful outcome in Copenhagen requires ambitious emissions targets from industrialized countries, as well as stable and predictable finance to support mitigation and adaptation actions by developing countries - with US$10 billion a year up to 2013 needed to kick-start immediate action.

Success in Copenhagen will put the world on a low-emissions growth path and ensure that poor and vulnerable nations are in a position to adapt to the effects of climate change. UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer says "The stakes are too high for political self-interest. Countries need to work in a spirit of cooperation and compromise".
According to the Copenhagen Diagnosis "If we keep on the same trajectory we are set for a 7C temperature increase by 2100. If global warming is to be limited to a maximum of 2C above pre-industrial values, global emissions need to peak between 2015 and 2020 and then decline rapidly. To stabilise climate, a decarbonised global society, with near-zero emissions of CO2 and other long-lived greenhouse gases - needs to be reached well within this century. More specifically, the average annual per-capita emissions will have to shrink to well under 1 metric tonne of CO2 by 2050. This is 80 - 95% below the per-capita emission in developed nations in 2000."

Germany created 76,000 new jobs in renewable energy (to reach a total of 236,000) in just two years between 2004 and 2006, underpinned by their strong renewable energy laws and complementary Green Skills programs. And although it's known for car giants like BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen, by 2020 Germany is projected to have more jobs in the field of environmental technologies than in its entire car industry.

I wonder if any Australian politicians are listening? I'm usually very proud to be an Australian, but at the moment, I'm ashamed of the political game that's being played out whilst the rest of the world watches in amazement as our political parties bicker over the science, fight over miniscule targets and ignore the Australian public's desire to take firm action on climate change and the big polluters.

Australia can lead the way on green technology and jobs - all we lack is the political will to do so. It's only November and we are already experiencing extreme fire danger due to drought and higher-than-average temperatures. We'll soon start to experience more flooding as we move into the monsoon and cyclone season. The potential loss from the impacts of climate change will soon overtake the small cost of taking action. When will our politicians make the hard decisions and do what is right for the majority of Australians.

MOSS will be taking a delegation of 25 Business, Government, Academic and Community Leaders to Copenhagen. We'll provide a full report back to you early in the new year, when we roll out events around the country to share our learning's. In the interim, feel free to follow our journey, read the latest news and listen in on some of the political debate and thought leadership in sustainable development at http://unfccc.int/2860.php.

Let's hope for the sake of future generations we get it right and come to an agreement in Copenhagen that's fair for all, not just those who can afford it. May there be foresight and wisdom, co-operation and collaboration. This is too big for anyone to try to do it alone - it needs the world to unite. I carry the vision of a positive outcome. I hope you too can keep the hope alive by also holding a positive view, rather than deciding its fate before it's even begun.

May it be a merry Christmas for us all, with a successful outcome in Copenhagen.

Best regards
Anne-Maree Huxley
Founder and CEO

Models of Success & Sustainability

PS Because of our involvement in Copenhagen, our office will be closed from the 8th December until the 11th January. For urgent matters from December 8, feel free to text me on 0419 798 104 or email amh@moss.org.au

Industry News

Sustainability Challenge set to improve performance
Over the past few weeks, several hundred organisations from around the country have experienced The Sustainability Challenge - a revolutionary new engaging and interactive training and strategic planning tool that can help transition organisations from a short term, take, make and waste way of thinking to one of long term sustainability. It can also aid the essential understanding and capability around complex issues such as emissions reduction, sustainable supply chain and social responsibility whilst auditing your companys culture attitudes towards sustainability. If you missed out on seeing it live, check out the online demonstration here. or email to arrange a demonstration. The final launch for 2009 takes place in Hobart on Wednesday. Spaces are still available for interested parties.

The Future Makers now available on DVD
With recent attention on global warming, there's been a big focus on the problem, but what about the solutions? THE FUTURE MAKERS tells the story of eminent scientists in Australia who are leading the way on the world stage in renewable energy. This Australian documentary explores the visions of these leaders and follows them as their projects unfold. People creating solutions that won't cost the earth. To order a DVD, send an email to dvd@thefuturemakers.com.au
If you'd like a screening followed by a panel discussion for your business, school or community group, contact admin@thefuturemakers.com.au

Green Technology creates jobs
A 2008 CSIRO study indicates that 2.7 million jobs could be created in Australia over the next 15 years if we move to a cleaner, low carbon economy. Up to one million of these could be clean energy jobs using traditional skills in new industries like solar, wind, water and recycling. Germany created 76,000 new jobs in renewable energy (to reach a total of 236,000) in just two years between 2004 and 2006, underpinned by their strong renewable energy laws and complementary Green Skills programs. And although it's known for car giants like BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen, by 2020 Germany is projected to have more jobs in the field of environmental technologies than in its entire car industry. Read on...

US Companies leave Chamber of Commerce over climate policy
It started as a murmuring of discontent within the Chamber over its lobbying against US climate legislation. It has rapidly gathered pace. Nike and Johnson & Johnson publicly stated their opposition to the Chamber's stance earlier this year. The energy company PG&E left, closely followed by Excelon. But Apple took the most radical step so far, announcing is was leaving immediately because it did not support the Chamber's position on Climate. More...

UK Supermarkets take leadership role
The UK's largest supermarket groups have been hailed as 'leaders' in terms of the disclosure of their carbon emissions, according the first ever survey of disclosure by leading UK brands. The 'big four' - Tesco, Sainsbury, Morrisons and Asda - together with Marks & Spencer were given the highest ratings by Brand Emissions, the first annual survey of the carbon performance of 600 of the UK's biggest brands. The ratings means that these companies were awarded the status for delivering carbon emissions reductions or being top ranked on emissions intensity in their sector; having emissions targets above the UK government's climate change committee and reporting carbon emissions in compliance with accepted international standards. Read on...

Business want a positive outcome in Copenhagen
Hope for Copenhagen - a Norton Rose Group report highlights the importance business places on a successful deal at Copenhagen. 79% of business respondents to the survey believe that an unsuccessful outcome at Copenhagen will have a detrimental impact on business, 60% felt climate change should be a more significant priority than the global economic crisis and 92% can see business opportunities in their own organisation as a result of the drive to reduce carbon. The commercial stakes are high for a successful agreement. More...

Applications are now open for the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact
We are living in an exciting new world which is changing around us. Are you equipped to understand how to operate in it? International research forecasts a high demand for graduates with a socially responsible business focus, as the not-for-profit sector moves to innovative business ideas and as business looks to social impact. The Centre for Social Impact is now meeting this demand to teach socially responsible management to those who will lead in the not-for-profit, government or corporate sectors or as social investors. Read More...

Need money to help get that big green idea off the ground?
Then the British Council wants to hear from you. The Big Green Idea is a new funding initiative designed to help put eco-visionary ideas into action. Five grants of $10,00 are up for grabs. Get in quick as applications close this Friday December 4th.

India looks set to increase CSR spend
The Indian Ministry of Corporate Affairs wants companies to fund CSR.It is working on the broad contours of a code that will require all profit-making companies to set aside an amount proportionate to their turnover or profits for corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, a government official said. The proposal, if implemented, will see Private Companies stepping up their CSR activity. Currently, profit making PSUs across sectors are required to shell out up to 2% of their net profit towards CSR work. More...

CDP Launches Water Disclosure Project
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has announced the launch of CDP Water Disclosure, a new programme that will help institutional investors better understand the business risks and opportunities associated with water scarcity and other water-related issues, by increasing the availability of high quality business information on this critical issue. More...

Barnardos' Star of Wonder Gift Appeal
Looking for a way to support those who have suffered abuse, neglect and poverty, help Barnardos distribute 4000 gifts to those in need this Christmas. Find out how...

Industry Views

China and US expected to shoulder their responsibilities
China's pledge on greenhouse gases means it would shoulder more than a quarter of the CO2 emissions cuts needed to avoid dangerous global warming, a top economist said Thursday. "China alone would be responsible for more than 25 percent of the reductions the world needs" to limit planetary warming to 2.0 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), said Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency (IEA). "The world needs to decrease the emissions by 3.8 gigatonnes [billion tonnes of carbon dioxide], and China would cut by around one gigatonne. This would put China at the forefront of the fight against climate change."

In a long-awaited announcement, the world's No. 1 emitter declared on Thursday it would use 40- to 45-percent less carbon per unit of GDP by 2020 compared with 2005 levels -- in essence, a massive energy-efficiency drive. The day before that, President Obama pledged the US would -- relative to a 2005 benchmark -- scale back carbon emissions by 17 percent by 2020, 30 percent by 2025, 42 percent by 2030 and 83 percent by 2050. More... 

Companies could be sued for failing to account for staff green lifestyles
A United Kingdom court has ruled that a man can take his employer to court on the grounds that he was discriminated against because of his views on climate change.Tim Nicholson was made redundant last year as head of sustainability for a property company Grainger Plc, the UK's biggest residential landlord. Mr Nicholson successfully argued that his moral values about the environment should be recognised under the same laws that protect religious beliefs.

In the landmark ruling, Justice Michael Burton said that a belief in man-made climate change is capable, if genuinely held, of being a philosophical belief for the purpose of the religion and belief regulations. The decision could open the door for employees to sue their companies for failing to account for their green lifestyles such as providing recycling facilities or offering low carbon travel.[unrecognized beecos tag: { Link http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/04/2732928.htm?section=justin More...}]

Gap Between CSR Words And Actions Widens
If renewable energy is going to truly rise to the fore and supercede fossil fuels in the world's energy portfolio, corporations will need to be on board in their implementation. According to a recent MIT Sloan Management Review (MIT SMR) and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) report however, companies are already dragging their feet even though they're aware that things like environmental regulations and a renewable portfolio standard could one day soon effect their business. Read on...

Gore's Spiritual Argument on Climate Change
Nobel Prize winner Al Gore adapts fact-based message to reach those who believe they have a moral duty to protect the planet in Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis. Al's Gore's much-anticipated sequel to An Inconvenient Truth released this month, suggests that the facts alone will not persuade Americans to act on global warming. He's appealing to their spiritual side as the way forward. More...

Leadership by the courts in Achieving Sustainability
Justice Brian J Preston, Chief Judge, Land and Environment Council NSW shares his views at the Resource Management Law Association of NZ Conference on how each branch of government including the judicature has a role to play in achieving sustainable development. Read on...

Industry Reports

Global warming outpaces predictions
The biggest scientific overview since the IPCC's landmark report from 2007 Copenhagen Diagnostic warns of warming up to seven degrees Celsius this century - a figure that adds weight to the gloomiest of the forecasts made two years ago. Read on...

Climate Change Synthesis Report
Released at the Copenhagen Climate Conference earlier this year, this report provide a great background to the latest science. Download here

Shedding light on responsible investment: Approaches, Returns and Impacts
Taking environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into account can improve the financial performance of investments, according to a survey of academic research by consultancy Mercer. Tim Gardener, global chief investment officer for Mercer's investment consulting business, said: "The idea that responsible investment does not have to come at a cost to performance is becoming well established in the institutional investment industry. More...

2009 State of World Population Report reveals women have smaller carbon footprint
According to the United Nations' State of the World Population report, women drive and fly much less than men and purchase fewer carbonintensive goods The research found that women in industrialised countries were more likely to buy ecologically friendly and organic foods, were more likely to recycle rubbish and are more interested in efficient energy use The report argues that the international community's fight against climate change is more likely to be successful if policies, programmes and treaties take into account the needs, rights and potential of women. More...

Fire Danger is now a global issue
Around the world, wildfire patterns are shifting, with increases in frequency and intensity of fires as carbon pollution increases and temperatures rise. The Climate Institute has released a Fire Fact Sheet as we face another expected season of extreme fire danger due to factors such as the long drought and predicted higher-than-average temperatures throughout the summer months.

ECO-Buy reviews green purchasing in Australia
The report undertaken by NetBalance Foundation examines the state of green purchasing in Australia and highlights the drivers, barriers and solutions to widespread implementation of green purchasing. A key finding of the report is that although the market for environmental goods and services has grown in recent years, Australian organisations are struggling to take the necessary steps to green their organisational spending and reduce their environmental footprint. Significant barriers exist ranging from lack of leadership buy-in to a view that green alternatives cost more. However, this report also draws attention to the real and practical opportunities that exist to overcome barriers to organisational green purchasing. More...

The healthiest country by 2020?
The Federal Government's Preventative Health Taskforce has recommenced a ban on alcohol sport sponsorships and advertising junk good to children in a bold move to reduce disease caused by obesity, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. Read Report...

Ballarat to significantly cut GHG emissions, by producing energy (heat, electricity and fuel) locally from biomass.
The Ballarat region is one of the first in Australia to have completed a comprehensive biomass audit in a move to show how biomass can be a significant play in renewable energy. More...

NAB releases 6th Corporate Responsibility Report

Telstra releases 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report

Westpac's first combined annual review and Sustainability Report Customer Bandwidth is now out.

UK - The Institute of Chartered Accountants and Environment Agency have published new guidance on reporting environmental issues in annual financial reports Although it's UK specific, it's a great benchmark.

Industry Events

December 7 - 18 COP 15 - UNFCCC, Copenhagen
In December 25 representatives of Business, government and academia will join the MOSS delegation in Copenhagen for what will be a landmark event in our history as the world comes together to determine a new climate policy post 2012. Upon our return and once the holidays are over, we will host events around the country sharing our learning's. We hope you can join us. In the interim, feel free to follow our journey, download news and podcasts from the UNFCCC

December 9 FREE Screening of THE FUTURE MAKERS followed by Panel Discussion
6pm Ritz Cinema, 39 - 47 St Pauls Street, Randwick SYDNEY
With recent attention on global warming, there's been a big focus on the problem, but what about the solutions? THE FUTURE MAKERS tells the story of eminent scientists in Australia who are leading the way on the world stage in renewable energy. This Australian documentary explores the visions of these leaders and follows them as their projects unfold. People creating solutions that won't cost the earth. Attend the Free Screening followed by Q and A panel with UNSW solar PV scientist and Eureka Prize winner Nicole Kuepper, UNSW solar thermal expert Professor Graham Morrison, GoGet Car's Bruce Jeffreys, Randwick Council members and The Future Makers' director Maryella Hatfield. Video Previews  http://www.youtube.com/user/thefuturemakers1

December 12 - Walk against Warming and Global Day of Action Vigils for a Real Deal
On December 12 the world is invited to gather in every corner of the world, to light a candle for the largest ever day of climate action. The message - the world wants a real deal at Copenhagen! For more information refer http://www.avaaz.org/en/real_deal_hosts/?cl=381590535&v=4675

It's also Australia's biggest community day of action on climate change "Walk against Warming". It provides a powerful and public voice for ordinary Australians to be counted on the most critical issue of our lifetimes - climate change. Read on...

That's it for another year.  We have some very significant additional tools and events will be sharing with you early in the new year, so have a great break, refresh and we'll be back with lots to aid your journey to a more sustainable future early early in the new year.

Yours in sustainability
Anne-Maree and the MOSS News and Events Team

 About MOSS: Models of Success and Sustainability (MOSS) is an Australian based not for profit industry body for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. For more than a decade, MOSS has provided innovation, education, training tools and advice to drive sustainability and competitive business success. Now the final piece of the puzzle has been brought to the table of project funding - so the trio of innovation, education and investment is now available to transition society to a low carbon future. For more information refer: www.moss.org.au

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