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COP 27: How turning the tide on climate change drives business value

Over the past five years, calamities brought on by climate change have resulted in economic damages of $1.5 trillion.

The funding for loss and damage, adaptation (making infrastructure adaptable to the effects of global warming), and mitigation (technology like solar and wind farms that avoid emissions) all originate from the same group of wealthy donor nations. Rarely does the funding pool expand as quickly as major climate change-causing economies. This is especially surprising given that the US, the second-largest carbon emitter in the world, alone has incurred disaster costs totaling $788.4 billion in the past five years, more than half of the total cost for the entire planet and one-third of the total disaster costs for the past 43 years (1980–2022), which exceed $2.295 trillion (inflation-adjusted to 2022 dollars).

The expense of coping with drought, heatwaves, and flooding is increasing at a rate set by the warming of the environment. The cost of resolving the consequences of an unruly environment runs the risk of eating into the resources available for preventing its root.

Data’s importance in combating climate change

Businesses will be financially impacted by climate change, both in the short and long term, as well as by how governments respond to it both domestically and internationally. Climate change is important because it affects important economic factors like output and inflation.

This indicates that everyone should be concerned about climate change. The private sector has a role to play as well, even while government delegations from all around the world are meeting at COP27 to discuss how the world might halt climate change. There has never been a greater need for fresh concepts. Old formulas must be revised.

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It is necessary to create an innovative culture in industry and government. Countries and corporations can cooperate in providing unified solutions based on creative thinking and data-sharing by acknowledging that controlling the effects of climate change and its financial implications is a shared responsibility.

The only feasible option is to make thoughtful, data-driven, and scientifically sound decisions. To create an information matrix that can be plugged into computer-aided analysis, machine learning, and artificial intelligence solutions, it will be necessary to gather precise data on a worldwide scale. Such procedures will introduce a wide range of theoretical and practical techniques that can lessen the effects of climate change that cannot be prevented while also reducing serious hazards that are currently within the realm of possibility. Although it might seem challenging, there are tech companies devoted to the gathering and distribution of weather data.

Studies demonstrate the financial benefits of sustainable business practices.

Governments can develop economic policies to set up offices in order to jump-start the economy, provide more jobs, etc., and improve their financial position. This will incentivize private companies’ governments and specialized companies to work more cooperatively together in this arena, especially for nations that lack the capacity.

Additionally, the private sector must take the issue of climate change and its effects on commerce more seriously. The people at the top frequently ignore danger in the quest for short-term profits.

A recent analysis by Ernst & Young News refutes past claims that climate change investments trade off their financial and non-financial effects. According to the survey, holistic transformational approaches to sustainability generate greater returns than organizations predict in terms of financial, consumer, employee, societal, and planetary value.

The idea that there is a trade-off between financial and nonfinancial impact is contested by this. Contrarily, for a subset of “pacesetter” businesses making the most drastic changes, comprehensive climate action helped increase customer value (such as brand perception and purchasing behavior) as well as employee value (such as staff recruitment and retention), which in turn resulted in improved financial value. These leaders are 2.4 times more likely to report significantly higher-than-expected financial value as a result of their climate initiatives than enterprises doing minimal climate activities (observers). Additionally, they have reduced emissions more significantly thus far.

Value is delivered across a variety of crucial indicators when climate action is placed at the center of company strategy. Companies learn more and gain more value when they launch more quickly.

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