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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7 April 2017

Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson calls on private sector to respect human rights in actions on sustainable development & climate change

Author: Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice

The private sector must be an active contributor to sustainable development that respects human rights and labour rights, and upholds environmental and governance standards in their global operations, including throughout their supply chains. By...

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4 April 2017

Engie issues 1.5 billion EUR green bond to finance renewable energy projects that meet environmental & social criteria

Author: Engie

"ENGIE successfully issues its second Green Bond of €1,5 billion", 16 Mar 2017...

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15 March 2017

Chevron warns it could face climate change lawsuits & regulations could render future oil drilling "economically infeasible"

Author: Ian Johnston, Independent (UK)

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14 March 2017

Montenegro: Air pollution by Pljevlja lignite power plant leads to respiratory damage for locals, show NGO monitoring results; includes company’s comments

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Electric Enterprise AD Niksic (EPCG) to respond to concerns raised in the report below and the following questions:...

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10 March 2017

Norway: Govt. pension fund drops 10 firms due to links to coal, engages with textile sector on protection of refugee workers in Turkey

Author: Gwladys Fouche, Reuters

"Norway's $900 billion fund drops 10 more firms with links to coal", 7 Mar 2017...

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8 March 2017

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions calls for additional guidance from Bloomberg-led task force on climate change impacts in financial reporting

Author: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

"Measuring and managing climate change impacts through financial reporting", 16 Feb 2017...

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7 March 2017

Revelation of Shell's 1991 film "Climate of Concern" prompts criticisms about company's steps to block climate action despite knowledge of its consequences

The Correspondent, a Dutch online journalism platform, along  with the Guardian has shared a1991 film by Shell entitled “Climate  of Concern” which issues a serious warning on climate change. “Climate, says the film [is now changing] at a rate faster...

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1 March 2017

Canada: Govt. invests $7 million to develop electric-vehicle charging stations to support tackling climate change

Author: Environment and Climate Change Canada

"Government of Canada invests up to $7 million in electric vehicles to tackle climate change and to support good jobs for Canadians", 27 Feb 2017...

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1 March 2017

Pakistan: Villagers protest govt. plans to mine untapped coal reserves citing pollution & access to ancestral lands

Author: Rina Saeed Khan, Thomson Reuters Foundation

"Pakistan races to tap virgin coal fields to meet energy crunch", 27 Feb 2017...

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15 February 2017

USA: Companies take stance on climate change & renewable energy as new leadership takes office

Companies are calling on peers as well as on the new administration to commit to climate action, international environmental standards and promote renewable energy. 

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