Climate and Energy Action Hub

The Climate and Energy Action Hub is an online platform that allows companies to browse through existing partnership projects and to showcase private sector climate projects that have potential for scalability and that seek to engage additional partners. Companies, civil society organizations or governments are encouraged to post new, or join, existing projects. The support needed for projects varies, but could include providing services, resources and innovative solutions to leverage collective efforts as well as advancing climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.

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The Hub was developed in collaboration with The Climate Group and Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and is hosted under the UN Global Compact Business Partnership Hub. The UN Global Compact Business partnership Hub also facilitates partnerships in the areas of anti-corruptionsocial enterprisewater, and connects with the UN-Business Partnership Hub which links the private sector exclusively with potential partners in the UN system.

Objectives

Specifically, the Climate and Energy Action Hub seeks to accelerate sustainable business practices on climate and energy by:

  • Fostering collective action and partnerships among companies and other stakeholders by connecting stakeholders with partners on existing and new climate and energy initiatives;
  • Showcasing and promoting collective efforts with a view to inspire more actors to take action.

How to Participate

Projects submitted to the Hub should have the potential for scalability and contribute to the social, economic, environmental aspects of sustainable development. Interested companies are invited to:

1) Register and create a profile;
2) Submit a climate mitigation, adaptation or finance project, or
3) Connect with potential partners of existing projects on the hub.

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Action Areas

The Climate and Energy Action Hub highlights initiatives across the following nine action areas:

Action Hub Areas

Mitigation

Transport

The transport sector is responsible for approximately one quarter of all annual global energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In recent years, an increasing number of cities have faced serious pollution and air quality problems in part as a result of existing transportation systems. Sustainable transportation and mobility of people, goods and information is essential to the development of clean and green economies.

Business, civil society and Governments are invited to engage in collective action efforts across the following areas to improve transportation systems: energy efficient and environmentally-friendly new vehicle materials and technologies; low-carbon public transport systems; smart infrastructure and urban mobility planning; electric car-sharing systems and related services.


Energy Efficiency and Building

The building sector accounts for approximately one third of annual global greenhouse gas emissions and offers great potential for significantly cutting emissions in both developed and developing countries. Managing rapid urbanization and responding to the needs of a growing urban population is critical to reduce the risks of climate change.

Business, civil society and Governments are invited to engage in collective action efforts across the following areas: reduced consumption of raw materials and improved waste management through reuse and recycling; deployment of efficient lighting devices and new energy efficient technologies; innovative products for efficient use of energy and increased use of renewable energy and alternative fuels in buildings and facilities.


Renewable Energy

Renewable energy sources, including wind, solar, hydro, biomass and geothermal, currently constitute nearly 15% of the global energy mix. Increased production and use of renewable energy is needed to help reduce GHG emissions and expand energy access around the world.

Business, civil society and Governments are invited to engage in collective action efforts across the following areas related to increase renewable energy use: increasing the use of renewable in production and operations and developing next generation renewable technologies; public policies that remove barriers and incentivize renewable energy generation; internalization of renewable energy in manufacturing and operational processes.

Adaptation

Food, Agriculture and Water

The food and agricultural sector currently accounts for nearly 13% of annual global GHG emissions and uses the vast majority of global freshwater resources. Growing linkages between climate change, energy, food, agriculture and water are likely to increasingly affect businesses. Advances in technology, innovation, policies and practices in the food, agriculture and water sector will be critical to reduce climate risk, water sustainability and increased food production.

Business, civil society and Governments are invited to engage in collective action efforts across the following areas: reducing waste and improving energy efficiency in food production, packaging and transportation processes; innovative technologies to treat, recycle, and reuse waste and water in agricultural and industrial processes; ICT solutions to help farmers plan crop production and sale; public policies to develop sustainable land use and forest management standards.


Infrastructure and Settlement

Rising sea levels and unpredictable extreme weather events are likely lead to more frequent and damaging floods, impacting infrastructure and settlements in affected regions. Ensuring an integrated approach to planning and building urban infrastructure and human settlements is a priority for a variety of actors.

Business, civil society and Governments are invited to engage in collective action efforts across the following areas: solutions to integrate environmental provisions, such as water, sanitation, drainage, hazardous and solid waste management in buildings and infrastructure; innovative solutions to protect coastal urban settlements from sea-level rise; development of resilient infrastructures to resist extreme weather events.


Ecosystems

Businesses depend upon and have direct and indirect impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services through their operations, supply chains and investment choices. Increased population growth and climate change are continuously affecting biodiversity and ecosystem services. At the same time, healthy and well-functioning ecosystems enable natural resilience to the adverse impacts of climate change and reduce the vulnerability of societies.

Business, civil society and Governments are invited to engage in collective action efforts across the following areas related to ecosystems: rehabilitation of effected ecosystems; eco-design and manufacturing of products using natural resources sustainably; the development of procurement standards that encourage suppliers to adopt biodiversity best practices; engagement of industry associations to advance biodiversity and ecosystem services best practice management across selected sectors.

Finance

Improved Access to Funds

An increasing range of actors in the financial service sector, are providing funding in support of clean technologies and climate and energy solutions.

Business, civil society and Governments are invited to engage in collective action efforts across the following areas related to improve access to funds: funding of projects by financial service firms, private foundations or philanthropic organizations to improve energy efficiency, to increase the development of renewable energy sources and develop solutions to build climate change resilience; support of microfinance institutions that work on climate and energy solutions; public-private collaboration to develop and support policy frameworks that drive investment capital to climate and energy solutions.


Improved Access to Insurance

Improved access to insurance products and services is necessary to cope with increased extreme weather events and unpredictable weather patterns. The insurance sector brings expertise and solutions to advance climate adaptation in risk management, prioritizing adaptation measures, incentivizing loss reduction and developing new insurance products.

Business, civil society and Governments are invited to engage in collective action efforts across the following areas: development of innovative insurance tools in support of climate and energy solutions, including inclusive insurance that help low-income communities better prepare for climate-related risks; provide crop insurance, risk reduction, and savings and credit services to the most climate-vulnerable farmers; advocacy for inclusive insurance in fostering climate change adaptation, in particular in developing countries.


Renewable Energy Procurement

A growing number of public and private organizations around the world are actively promoting and investing in the production and procurement of renewable energy for their own operations.

Business, civil society and Governments are invited to engage in collective action efforts across the following areas: sharing of up-front capital cost to build renewable energy power plants to provide electricity for industrial activities; public-private collaboration to develop policy incentives to increase the use of renewable energy and reduce or eliminate barriers to adoption; adoption of consumer labels identifying organizations and products that use renewable energy in their operations or production.

Access the Climate and Energy Action here. For more information on the Climate and Energy Action Hub, please send an email to caring4climate@un.org.