Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise

Sustainable Futures:
What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to
miti...
Welcome to the Anthropocene
Welcome to the Anthropocene
Chinese proverb: “Better to give a man a rod than a fish”

Source: Daly, H.E. (2005) ‘Economics in a full world’, Scientif...
15 football pitches per day

Image source: nationalgeographic.com

 It is a shortage of trees, not chainsaws, that threat...
The Aral Sea once the fourth largest lake in the world, continues to
shrink and is now 10 percent of its original size

• ...
January 2013: Beijing
air pollution off the scale
13

Image source: http://www.footprintnetwork.org/
Paul Hawken
„You can print money to bail out
a bank but you can‟t print life to
bail out a planet.

At present we are stea...
Good or bad
for GDP?
Source: nationaljournal.tumblr.com
James L. Powell (author of The Inquisition of Climate Science) reviewed 13,950
peer-reviewed papers published between Janu...
IPCC Fifth Assessment Report
30

Source: http://www.21school.ox.ac.uk/news/archive/200702_inaugural_lecture.cfm
1928

2004

Upsala Glacier, Argentina

31
Blomstrandbreen Glacier, Norway

1922
Blomstrandbreen Glacier, Norway

2002
The Imja Glacier, Himalayas
The Imja Glacier, Himalayas
New colours on the temperature map

January 2013
October 2012: Superstorm Sandy
Southeastern China, February 2011

Anhui Province, China, August 2006
41

Floods in Southern China, June 2011,
550,000 left homeless
 1 metre sea level rise
will inundate more
than 15 percent of
Bangladesh, displacing
more than 13 million
people
http://co2now.org/
Dr. Malte Meinshausen
Meeting the Cancun Agreement commitment

 International commitment to limit
global warming to 2°C above preindustrial lev...
At the present rate of consumption, the 2000-2050 carbon budget will be exceeded around

2024
In 1750 (before the growth of fossil fuels) there was 2 trillion metric tons of carbon dioxide gas in the
atmosphere. If w...
Since 1750 we have added another 1.5 trillion tons
Nearly 1 trillion tons of the carbon dioxide we have added is still in the atmosphere. The rest has
dissolved in the ocean...
Warming the planet by more than 2°C risks run-away climate change, and catastrophe for life on
Earth. If we add any more t...
When we add up the declared reserves of fossil fuel companies, it turns out they are equivalent to
2.8 trillion tons of ca...
“This shows that the fossil fuel companies have five times more carbon in their reserves than
even the most conservative g...
July 2011


The carbon budget for the 40 years to
2050 is 565Gt CO2



All of the proven reserves owned by
private and p...
63

“The Virgin Earth Challenge”
… USD25 million prize if you can develop “a commercially viable design which
results in t...
64

Marine cloud whitening?
65

This design does not qualify apparently …
Going about our business naturally
 Radical resource
productivity
 Biomimicry
 Investing in natural capital

 Service ...
Radical resource productivity

 Using resources more efficiently in ways that can already be
achieved; e.g. process redes...
Research biomimicry
Spider silk

Abalone shell

Stenocara beetle
Invest in natural capital
The sustainable development
journey
H.E. Mr. Nguyen Cam Tu, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry & Trade
Nguyen Minh Quang,
Minister of Natural
Resources and
Environment






reduce poverty
ensure gender equality and socia...
 „For the purpose of attaining freedom
in the world of nature, man must use
natural science to understand,
conquer and ch...
Long term prosperity needs resilience not just efficiency

 The key to sustainability lies in
enhancing the resilience of...
@TheGreenMBA
@jeremybwilliams

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Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?
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  • Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change?

    1. 1. Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise Sustainable Futures: What should organisations in Vietnam be doing to mitigate the impact of climate change? Professor Jeremy B. Williams Acting Director Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise Griffith Business School
    2. 2. Welcome to the Anthropocene
    3. 3. Welcome to the Anthropocene
    4. 4. Chinese proverb: “Better to give a man a rod than a fish” Source: Daly, H.E. (2005) ‘Economics in a full world’, Scientific American, September, p. 102. … the supply of fishing rods is no longer the problem
    5. 5. 15 football pitches per day Image source: nationalgeographic.com  It is a shortage of trees, not chainsaws, that threatens timber production
    6. 6. The Aral Sea once the fourth largest lake in the world, continues to shrink and is now 10 percent of its original size • Water itself has become scarce relative to the powerful pumping technologies used to access it
    7. 7. January 2013: Beijing air pollution off the scale
    8. 8. 13 Image source: http://www.footprintnetwork.org/
    9. 9. Paul Hawken „You can print money to bail out a bank but you can‟t print life to bail out a planet. At present we are stealing the future, selling it in the present, and calling it gross domestic product.‟
    10. 10. Good or bad for GDP?
    11. 11. Source: nationaljournal.tumblr.com
    12. 12. James L. Powell (author of The Inquisition of Climate Science) reviewed 13,950 peer-reviewed papers published between January 1991 and early November 2012, and only 24 (0.17%) clearly reject global warming or endorse a cause other than CO2 emissions for observed warming.
    13. 13. IPCC Fifth Assessment Report
    14. 14. 30 Source: http://www.21school.ox.ac.uk/news/archive/200702_inaugural_lecture.cfm
    15. 15. 1928 2004 Upsala Glacier, Argentina 31
    16. 16. Blomstrandbreen Glacier, Norway 1922
    17. 17. Blomstrandbreen Glacier, Norway 2002
    18. 18. The Imja Glacier, Himalayas
    19. 19. The Imja Glacier, Himalayas
    20. 20. New colours on the temperature map January 2013
    21. 21. October 2012: Superstorm Sandy
    22. 22. Southeastern China, February 2011 Anhui Province, China, August 2006
    23. 23. 41 Floods in Southern China, June 2011, 550,000 left homeless
    24. 24.  1 metre sea level rise will inundate more than 15 percent of Bangladesh, displacing more than 13 million people
    25. 25. http://co2now.org/
    26. 26. Dr. Malte Meinshausen
    27. 27. Meeting the Cancun Agreement commitment  International commitment to limit global warming to 2°C above preindustrial levels  Meinshausen et al calculated that to reduce the chance of exceeding 2°C warming to 20%, the global carbon budget for 2000-2050 is 886Gt CO2  Deducting emissions from the first decade of this century, leaves a budget of 565Gt CO2 for the 40 years to 2050
    28. 28. At the present rate of consumption, the 2000-2050 carbon budget will be exceeded around 2024
    29. 29. In 1750 (before the growth of fossil fuels) there was 2 trillion metric tons of carbon dioxide gas in the atmosphere. If we extracted it from the air, this the total volume of that gas. (At standard pressure and 15°C the cube is over 65 miles across.)
    30. 30. Since 1750 we have added another 1.5 trillion tons
    31. 31. Nearly 1 trillion tons of the carbon dioxide we have added is still in the atmosphere. The rest has dissolved in the oceans or been absorbed by plants and microbes.
    32. 32. Warming the planet by more than 2°C risks run-away climate change, and catastrophe for life on Earth. If we add any more than half a trillion tons we will exceed 2°C.
    33. 33. When we add up the declared reserves of fossil fuel companies, it turns out they are equivalent to 2.8 trillion tons of carbon dioxide. This is fuel we cannot afford to use.
    34. 34. “This shows that the fossil fuel companies have five times more carbon in their reserves than even the most conservative governments think would be safe to burn” – Bill McKibben
    35. 35. July 2011  The carbon budget for the 40 years to 2050 is 565Gt CO2  All of the proven reserves owned by private and public companies and governments are equivalent to 2,795Gt CO2  Only 20% of the total reserves can be burned unabated, leaving up to 80% of assets technically unburnable http://www.carbontracker.org/wpcontent/uploads/downloads/2012/08/UnburnableCarbon-Full1.pdf
    36. 36. 63 “The Virgin Earth Challenge” … USD25 million prize if you can develop “a commercially viable design which results in the removal of anthropogenic, atmospheric greenhouse gases so as to contribute materially to the stability of Earth’s climate”.
    37. 37. 64 Marine cloud whitening?
    38. 38. 65 This design does not qualify apparently …
    39. 39. Going about our business naturally  Radical resource productivity  Biomimicry  Investing in natural capital  Service and flow economy www.naturalcapitalism.org
    40. 40. Radical resource productivity  Using resources more efficiently in ways that can already be achieved; e.g. process redesign (disembodied technical change) or energy efficient buildings, passive solar heating.
    41. 41. Research biomimicry Spider silk Abalone shell Stenocara beetle
    42. 42. Invest in natural capital
    43. 43. The sustainable development journey
    44. 44. H.E. Mr. Nguyen Cam Tu, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry & Trade
    45. 45. Nguyen Minh Quang, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment     reduce poverty ensure gender equality and social welfare protect natural resources; and raise public awareness of climate change adaptation
    46. 46.  „For the purpose of attaining freedom in the world of nature, man must use natural science to understand, conquer and change nature and thus attain freedom from nature.‟ Speech at the inaugural meeting of the Natural Science Research Society of the Border Region (February 5, 1940). Chairman Mao
    47. 47. Long term prosperity needs resilience not just efficiency  The key to sustainability lies in enhancing the resilience of communities, not in optimising isolated parts of the system  Need to think in terms of socialecological systems  Build in redundancy to stay within known thresholds Walker & Salt (2006)
    48. 48. @TheGreenMBA @jeremybwilliams profjeremybwilliams

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