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A NEW ERA FOR CORPORATE
LEADERSHIP
Dr. Andrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute
MindShare 2017—16 May, Was...
•Source: WEF 2017
Source: WEF 2017
GLOBAL RISKS LANDSCAPE
THE GLOBAL RISKS OF HIGHEST CONCERN
Source: WEF 2017
1,000 COMPANIES AND INVESTORS LOBBIED
WHITE HOUSE TO STAY IN PARIS
SO DID MAJOR MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES
“U.S. business interests are best served by a stable and
practical framework facilita...
CEOS TAKE OUT WALL STREET JOURNAL AD
May 10th, Wall Street Journal
“Our business interests are best
served by a stable and...
“…full compliance with the agreement
could ultimately shrink America’s GDP by
$2.5 trillion over a 10-year period.”
—100th...
Future cost of wind energy
Future cost of solar energy
Lower cost of action Higher cost of action
WILL IT COST MORE TO DO IT RIGHT?
PHOTO: FLICKER/PICUTRES OF MONEY
• Economic growth and climate
action are tradeoffs
• Economic growth can be
consistent with climate action
• Economic grow...
SMART ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES AND
SMART GROWTH POLICIES ARE THE SAME
1. Improve Resource Productivity
2. Accelerate Technol...
Source: WRI chart using OECDstat data, 2013
Patentsapplications
indexedto2000levels
Total renewable &
non-fossil technolog...
SOLAR ENERGY TIPPING POINT CROSSED
*Source: Earth Policy Institute/Bloomberg
Source: New Climate Economy, adapted from CDP, 2014.
SUSTAINABLE COMPANIES PERFORM BETTER
The Battle
Short term profit versus long term yield
LEADERSHIP FROM PRIVATE SECTOR ACROSS
THE GLOBE
• 78 commit to carbon pricing
• 90 commit to 100% renewable energy
• 264 c...
264 COMPANIES COMMITTED TO SCIENCE BASED TARGETS
Source: http://sciencebasedtargets.org/
100+ increase
from last year
Companies Set Science-based Targets for Land
& Water?
• 71 Fortune 100 companies
have renewable goals
• 22 Fortune 500 companies are
committed to 100% renewables
Photo: Flickr/...
$5TRILLION IN
MARKET CAP48
MILLION MWH OF
DEMAND FOR
RENEWABLE ENERGY65COMPANIES
PUSHING STATES AND UTILITIES TO EMBRACE
RENEWABLES
PUSHING STATES AND UTILITIES TO EMBRACE
RENEWABLES
?
President Trump’s First 100 Days:
A Sledgehammer to Climate Action
EPA REMOVES CLIMATE SCIENCE FROM
WEBSITE
“the website…is
undergoing changes
that reflect the agency’s
new direction under
...
THE IMPACTS?
Source: Rhodium Group
Image: Angela Radulescu/Flickr
CITIES AND BUSINESS DETERMINED TO MEET PLEDGES,
WITH OR WITHOUT US FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
“Wash...
Source: CAIT/WRI
195
signed
COMMITMENTS TO PARIS AGREEMENT
145
joined
83%
Global emissions
Chinese President Xi Jinping vows to uphold the
Paris Agreement on curbing climate change
Xi Jinping, President, China
$360 billion
investment in
renewables through
2020
2017: CHINA’S AMBITIOUS PLANS
104 coal plant
projects
cancelled
Photo: Rose Robinson/Flickr
China’s Coal in Decline?
Will China’s National Carbon Market Take Off?
13%
of global GHG
emissions covered by
carbon pricing
Will China’s National Carbon Market Take Off?
25%
of global GHG
emissions covered by
carbon pricing
The Paradox of Less and More Investment
INDIA REAFFIRMS PARIS CLIMATE COMMITMENTS
“The road from Paris to
today has been somewhat
bumpy. We will have to
sort that...
Notes: FY = All years in chart are fiscal years from April 1 to March 31; GW = 1,000 MW.
Sources: Bloomberg New Energy Fin...
Notes: FY = All years in chart are fiscal years from April 1 to March 31; GW = 1,000 MW.
Sources: Bloomberg New Energy Fin...
THE COMPETITION IS HEATING UP…
November 2016: India
648 Megawatts
January 2017: China
850 Megawatts
Photo: Flickr/Motorito
2015: EMERGING COUNTRIES JOIN THE RACE
• South Africa increased 329% ($4.5 billion)
• Chile increas...
FRANCE’S PRESIDENT ELECT ADDRESSES AMERICAN
CLIMATE SCIENTISTS
Emmanuel Macron,
President-Elect, France
Australia Honduras Pakistan
Bangladesh Indonesia Panama
Brazil Italy Peru
Burundi Japan Saint Lucia
Canada Jordan Sao Tome...
HOW WE’RE ORGANIZED
Climate Energy Food Forests Water Cities &
Transport
Business
Governance
Economics
Finance
20x
50x4%
NEW INFRASTRUCTURE 2015-2030
GREATER THAN TOTAL TODAY
THIS…?
Image: Flikr/Andreas
$1 trillion Urban sprawl costs
the United States
alone per year
Image: Flikr/Andreas
OR THIS?
BRINGING ON THE REVOLUTION
FIVE BIG SYSTEM-WIDE SHIFTS
• Decarbonized Energy Systems
• Cities & Transportation
• A New Rur...
TIPPING POINTS -- THEY DO HAPPEN
• Radical economic reforms (1985-2000)
• Environmental Legislation (1968-1973)
• Decline ...
Total head count: 673
WRI BRAZIL
WRI CHINA
WRI INDIA
WRI INDONESIA
WRI MEXICO
WRI AFRICA
THANK YOU!
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  1. 1. A NEW ERA FOR CORPORATE LEADERSHIP Dr. Andrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute MindShare 2017—16 May, Washington, DC
  2. 2. •Source: WEF 2017 Source: WEF 2017 GLOBAL RISKS LANDSCAPE
  3. 3. THE GLOBAL RISKS OF HIGHEST CONCERN Source: WEF 2017
  4. 4. 1,000 COMPANIES AND INVESTORS LOBBIED WHITE HOUSE TO STAY IN PARIS
  5. 5. SO DID MAJOR MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES “U.S. business interests are best served by a stable and practical framework facilitating an effective and balanced global response. We believe the Paris Agreement provides such a framework.” Apple BHP Billiton BP DuPont General Mills Google Intel Microsoft National Grid Novartis Corp. PG&E Rio Tinto Schneider Electric Shell Unilever Walmart
  6. 6. CEOS TAKE OUT WALL STREET JOURNAL AD May 10th, Wall Street Journal “Our business interests are best served by a stable and practical framework facilitating an effective and balanced response to reducing global GHG emissions. The Paris Agreement gives us that flexible framework to manage climate change while providing a smooth transition for business.”
  7. 7. “…full compliance with the agreement could ultimately shrink America’s GDP by $2.5 trillion over a 10-year period.” —100th Day Rally Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  8. 8. Future cost of wind energy Future cost of solar energy Lower cost of action Higher cost of action
  9. 9. WILL IT COST MORE TO DO IT RIGHT? PHOTO: FLICKER/PICUTRES OF MONEY
  10. 10. • Economic growth and climate action are tradeoffs • Economic growth can be consistent with climate action • Economic growth over time is only possible with climate action Photo: C40 Cities/Flickr
  11. 11. SMART ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES AND SMART GROWTH POLICIES ARE THE SAME 1. Improve Resource Productivity 2. Accelerate Technological Advance 3. Give Investors Predictable Policies
  12. 12. Source: WRI chart using OECDstat data, 2013 Patentsapplications indexedto2000levels Total renewable & non-fossil technologies Solar PV Wind Solar thermal Hydro (excluding conventional) 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 All Patents ACCELERATING TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCE Innovation happens in the low- carbon economy
  13. 13. SOLAR ENERGY TIPPING POINT CROSSED *Source: Earth Policy Institute/Bloomberg
  14. 14. Source: New Climate Economy, adapted from CDP, 2014. SUSTAINABLE COMPANIES PERFORM BETTER
  15. 15. The Battle Short term profit versus long term yield
  16. 16. LEADERSHIP FROM PRIVATE SECTOR ACROSS THE GLOBE • 78 commit to carbon pricing • 90 commit to 100% renewable energy • 264 commit to Science-Based Targets • 750 commit to deforestation-free supply chains Photo: iStock
  17. 17. 264 COMPANIES COMMITTED TO SCIENCE BASED TARGETS Source: http://sciencebasedtargets.org/ 100+ increase from last year
  18. 18. Companies Set Science-based Targets for Land & Water?
  19. 19. • 71 Fortune 100 companies have renewable goals • 22 Fortune 500 companies are committed to 100% renewables Photo: Flickr/Walmart U.S. COMPANIES DEMAND MORE RENEWABLE ENERGY
  20. 20. $5TRILLION IN MARKET CAP48 MILLION MWH OF DEMAND FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY65COMPANIES
  21. 21. PUSHING STATES AND UTILITIES TO EMBRACE RENEWABLES
  22. 22. PUSHING STATES AND UTILITIES TO EMBRACE RENEWABLES ?
  23. 23. President Trump’s First 100 Days: A Sledgehammer to Climate Action
  24. 24. EPA REMOVES CLIMATE SCIENCE FROM WEBSITE “the website…is undergoing changes that reflect the agency’s new direction under President Donald Trump and Administrator Scott Pruitt.” Source: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/signpost/cc.html
  25. 25. THE IMPACTS? Source: Rhodium Group
  26. 26. Image: Angela Radulescu/Flickr CITIES AND BUSINESS DETERMINED TO MEET PLEDGES, WITH OR WITHOUT US FEDERAL GOVERNMENT “Washington will not have the last word on the fate of the Paris agreement in the U.S.— mayors will, together with business leaders and citizens.” Michael R. Bloomberg
  27. 27. Source: CAIT/WRI 195 signed COMMITMENTS TO PARIS AGREEMENT 145 joined 83% Global emissions
  28. 28. Chinese President Xi Jinping vows to uphold the Paris Agreement on curbing climate change Xi Jinping, President, China
  29. 29. $360 billion investment in renewables through 2020 2017: CHINA’S AMBITIOUS PLANS 104 coal plant projects cancelled
  30. 30. Photo: Rose Robinson/Flickr China’s Coal in Decline?
  31. 31. Will China’s National Carbon Market Take Off? 13% of global GHG emissions covered by carbon pricing
  32. 32. Will China’s National Carbon Market Take Off? 25% of global GHG emissions covered by carbon pricing
  33. 33. The Paradox of Less and More Investment
  34. 34. INDIA REAFFIRMS PARIS CLIMATE COMMITMENTS “The road from Paris to today has been somewhat bumpy. We will have to sort that out. But I’d like to reassure each one of you here today that India stands committed to its commitments made at Paris irrespective of what happens in the rest of the world.” Piyush Goyal , Indian Energy Minister
  35. 35. Notes: FY = All years in chart are fiscal years from April 1 to March 31; GW = 1,000 MW. Sources: Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF); The Economic Times. INDIA’S TARGETS TO REACH 100GW SOLAR BY 2022
  36. 36. Notes: FY = All years in chart are fiscal years from April 1 to March 31; GW = 1,000 MW. Sources: Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF); The Economic Times. INDIA’S TARGETS TO REACH 100GW SOLAR BY 2022
  37. 37. THE COMPETITION IS HEATING UP… November 2016: India 648 Megawatts January 2017: China 850 Megawatts
  38. 38. Photo: Flickr/Motorito 2015: EMERGING COUNTRIES JOIN THE RACE • South Africa increased 329% ($4.5 billion) • Chile increased 157% ($3.5 billion) • India increased 23% ($10.9 billion) • Mexico increased 114% ($4.2 billion)
  39. 39. FRANCE’S PRESIDENT ELECT ADDRESSES AMERICAN CLIMATE SCIENTISTS Emmanuel Macron, President-Elect, France
  40. 40. Australia Honduras Pakistan Bangladesh Indonesia Panama Brazil Italy Peru Burundi Japan Saint Lucia Canada Jordan Sao Tome and Principe Chile Kyrgyz Republic Seychelles Colombia Maldives Somalia Costa Rica Mali South Africa Cote d’Ivoire Marshall Islands Spain Denmark Mexico Sweden DRC Mongolia Tunisia El Salvador Morocco Uganda European Commission Mozambique UK France Namibia USA Georgia Netherlands Vanuatu Germany New Zealand Vietnam Ghana Norway Zambia Guatemala Zimbabwe
  41. 41. HOW WE’RE ORGANIZED Climate Energy Food Forests Water Cities & Transport Business Governance Economics Finance
  42. 42. 20x 50x4%
  43. 43. NEW INFRASTRUCTURE 2015-2030 GREATER THAN TOTAL TODAY
  44. 44. THIS…? Image: Flikr/Andreas $1 trillion Urban sprawl costs the United States alone per year
  45. 45. Image: Flikr/Andreas OR THIS?
  46. 46. BRINGING ON THE REVOLUTION FIVE BIG SYSTEM-WIDE SHIFTS • Decarbonized Energy Systems • Cities & Transportation • A New Rural Economy • Tomorrow’s Production Systems • Sustainable Consumption
  47. 47. TIPPING POINTS -- THEY DO HAPPEN • Radical economic reforms (1985-2000) • Environmental Legislation (1968-1973) • Decline in maternal mortality (1995-2010) • Marriage equality in the US (2004-2015)
  48. 48. Total head count: 673
  49. 49. WRI BRAZIL
  50. 50. WRI CHINA
  51. 51. WRI INDIA
  52. 52. WRI INDONESIA
  53. 53. WRI MEXICO
  54. 54. WRI AFRICA
  55. 55. THANK YOU!

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