Mitigation

Businesses have an important role in mitigating climate change and its impacts on human rights by reducing or preventing emission of greenhouse gases.  Steps companies can take include improving energy efficiency of their operations and shifting from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

A growing movement of NGOs, foundations, and universities is calling for divestment from fossil fuels, to speed a transition to less-polluting forms of energy.

The following are key investigations & reports related to responsibility of fossil fuel companies:

Philippines CHR investigation | UCS score companies

Subcritical Coal | Digging Deeper: Human rights impacts of coal

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16 October 2017

European Parliament calls on public & private financial institutions to divest from fossil fuels in climate change-focused resolution

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13 October 2017

Danish company DONG Energy signals its shift to 100% renewable energy with new company name

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"DONG Energy Plans to Change Company Name to Ørsted", 2 October 2017...

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13 October 2017

The Government of the Netherlands to close all coal-fired power plants by 2030

Author: Reuters

"Dutch government: shut down all coal-fired power plants by 2030", 10 October 2017...

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12 October 2017

BNP Paribas ceases business with companies primarily focused on oil or gas extraction from shale, tar sands, to accelerate support for a clean energy transition

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12 October 2017

Boston Common Asset Management & investor coalition call on world's largest banks to release more robust climate-related disclosure

Author: Lauren Compere, Huffington Post

"Making climate change banks' business", 19 September 2017...

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11 October 2017

Uruguay: Trade union leaders ask the Govt. to stop privatisation of power services and consider them as a “human right and a public good”

Author: Upside-down World

“Clean Energy, at What Cost? Uruguay’s Renewables Bid Deepens Electricity Inequality” – October 5, 2017...

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2 October 2017

The US Chamber of Commerce might not be what you think

Author: Corynne Cirille, Racked

As the nation’s largest lobbying group, the US Chamber...spent close to $104 million on lobbying in 2016... Over the years, intense public pressure forced many corporations to take a public stance on issues like climate change, equal pay, and...

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27 September 2017

Integrating human rights into Paris Rule Book essential for effective implementation of Agreement, says new report

Author: Sébastien Duyck & Erika Lennon (Center for International Environmental Law), Lakpa Nuri Sherpa (Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact), Tonya Rawe (CARE), Anabella Rosemberg (International Trade Union Confederation), Kathrin Wessendorf & Lærke Marie Lund Petersen (International Working Group for Indigenous Affairs), Monica Camacho (Rainforest Foundation Norway) & Juliana Vélez Uribe (WEDO)

"Delivering on the Paris Promises: Combating Climate Change while Protecting Rights," 27 September 2017...

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26 September 2017

More than 300 companies commit to science based emission reduction targets to align operations with Paris Agreement goals

More than 300 companies, including 15 from the apparel sector, have committed to the Science Based Targets initiative that have set emission reduction targets consistent with global efforts to limit warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

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25 September 2017

Commentary: Protests at coal mine in Germany call on Western govts to take responsibility for climate change

Author: Nick Meynen, The Ecologist

"Climate history backs bold actions now to keep fossil fuels in the ground", 1 September 2017...

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