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Business coalition to work with policy in making Aust a net-zero and climate-resilient economy

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With the convening of the UN Climate Summit at UN Headquarters in New York City, the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (BCSD Australia) is calling for a new collaborative effort with policymakers to transition Australia to a net-zero and climate-resilient economy.

With recent observations questioning the role of companies in 21st century society, BCSD Australia notes that business and capital markets are addressing societal challenges, such as climate change, as core to them improving their non-financial performance, reassess risk management approaches, and integration into board’s fiduciary duty so as to create current and future shareholder value, and make capitalism work for all.

”Taking action on climate change is one of this century’s most significant economic imperatives and opportunities,” said Dr John Hewson, Chair of the BCSD Australia.

“The BCSD Australia membership recognises that Australia’s transition to a net-zero economy is the only way to avoid long-term disruption to our national economy, secure economic growth and deliver prosperity for all Australians,” he said.

According to Dr Hewson, they need to bring ideas, best practices and lessons learned from every corner of the world where businesses, investors, national and local policymakers and everyday people can bring their voice to the table.

In a Climate Action Statement, BCSD Australia proposes seven commitments which could provide input on enabling policy frameworks. On net-zero is a roadmap for Australia to deliver emission reductions at scale while for energy, they propose to create a net-zero energy system for Australia, including making gains on energy efficiency and productivity.

For urban mobility, they want to reimagine cities and transportation with new commitments on low-emission buildings and delivery models for mass transport infrastructure, and for land is to reduce deforestation and increase the carrying capacity and resilience of our national forestry, agriculture, oceans and food systems. For industry, they propose initiatives to cut Australian industry’s carbon footprint, and to build climate resilient companies as enablers. Finally, on the topic of resilience, they want to build capacity to manage the impacts of climate change.

“Climate action is everyone’s business, not just the Australian Government’s. There are already significant business driven low-emissions activities across the real economy, resulting in the deployment of renewables, electric vehicles and energy efficiency and productivity initiatives in building stock and across industry,” said Dr Hewson.”This momentum can be accelerated if business is engaged in the development of Australia’s climate plans.”

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Pearl Dy is a community manager and journalist. She is passionate about business and development particularly involving not-for-profits, charity and social entrepreneurship.


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