Sustainability Report 2015


Case studies

ERM plays leadership role in historic climate summit

Manhattan, New York, US

The Climate Summit was hosted in September 2014 by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Summit marked the largest such meeting of world leaders on climate change in history. More than 800 leaders from business, finance and civil society joined 100 heads of state and government in committing to bold action to reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience and mobilize political will. The Summit helped build momentum in advance of an ambitious global agreement in December 2015 in Paris that will seek to limit the world to a less than two-degree Celsius rise in global temperature.

CEO John Alexander and Charles Allison (United Kingdom-based Partner) attended the Summit. John Alexander participated in a panel session hosted by the Indonesian Government and REDD, the United Nations collaborative initiative on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries. ERM also worked with the UK pharmaceutical industry to develop a climate change position paper released as part of the Summit.

ERM is involved in addressing the challenges presented by climate change through our work with clients, the WBCSD and other organizations. Recent engagements include climate resilience and adaptation projects; greenhouse gas (GHG) assessment, reporting and reduction; integrating GHG and climate change into environmental and social assessments for major infrastructure and extractives projects; policy work with industry sectors and governments; and assignments with development banks, such as the World Bank and IFC. ERM will be actively involved in activities leading up to and during the COP21 Conference, including hosting key side events in the WBCSD-IETA coordinated Business Hub within the main UN Conference venue.