I must admit that I am no expert in the climate change field, but I can nevertheless give my point of view / insights:
- I do feel that this IS the number one issue of our time. If mankind cannot get this right, all the other numerous efforts we do in the name of sustainability won’t matter. Climate change, either directly or indirectly will be the cause that screws it all up. Period. Really.
- My group research project is addressing the following research question: How are companies aligning their corporate strategy and targets with the sustainable development goals? I take some solace in the fact, that so far, of the companies that we have interviewed the most favoured SDG to address has been #13 – Climate Action. So, if this is an indicator, it is hopeful. It seems that many companies realize that prioritized action towards climate change is the main issue as well. Indeed, many have told us that focusing on climate change is an enabler for other SDGs to be attained as well – good systems thinking going on there!
- Organisationally, my company does not leave a large carbon footprint in relation to other industries. However, we can, we are, and we will continue to improve. One of our largest issues is flying to work. It is hard to cut down on this for customers, but internally we can and have increased our teleconferencing activities, and we do a carbon tracker for taking flying business trips, although its consistent usage by employees needs better enforcement ☹. I think our best efforts are when we do work for customers, providing consultation and solutions for those seeking answers to their climate change problems. For example, we have conducted a lot of studies, developed standards, and have run projects for carbon capture and storage in and for the oil and gas industry.
- I work in Indonesia, and the prominent message I perceive as pervasive in society is that this issue is also important, but Indonesia is in a full-fledged greenwashing state of mind. Promotions left, right, and centre scream ‘Go green,’ but they seem to be screaming into a void or into a proposition that such screaming sells / markets product. Disgusting. Key economic drivers in Indonesian society from both the private or public sector could / should also be making much more significant contributions. For example, the state oil company, Pertamina, has only taken baby steps to grab this bull by the horns, and fossil fuels is the name of the current game. The state electricity company, PLN, has no programs or strategy for major investments in renewables – wind, solar, tidal, and even geothermal (which is super abundant) is miniscule to date. Government ministries do nothing to truly alleviate the issue either. Religiously, every June, July, August the Sumatran and Kalimantan forest are slashed and burned to clear land for palm oil cultivation. This has gone on ‘religiously’ for as long as I have been here, 30 years now… Without any strategy or planning by the government to accommodate the alternative energy needs of Indonesians in the foreseeable future, society is being held ransom to having nothing in place when such infrastructure will be desperately needed.
So, I’ve painted a rather depressing picture. Well, I don’t want to gloss it over – it’s all real. I can only hope that leaders elsewhere in the world spur others to action; I do not see it happening on the radical scale that it needs to domestically in Indonesia – if Indonesia is to make a meaningful contribution to the planet. I would appreciate any ideas, suggestions, provocations of thought for this scary picture!