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Climate & Energy

Paving the way for a low-carbon future

It is now widely accepted that human activity is responsible for global warming, resulting in climate change. Our planet is on track to break through the “1.5 to 2 degree ceiling”: the global average temperature rise defined by the United Nations as the upper limit to avoid a devastating impact on people and their ability to live on this planet. To stay below this limit, significant cuts on the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are needed. 

To create a global policy framework for this, 195 countries adopted the Paris Agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in 2015. Now that the long term goal of a net zero economy by the second half of this century has been set, the transition to a thriving and low-carbon economy will be accelerated. For example, the Paris Agreement states that all national climate action plans must be reviewed and improved every five years.

According to DSM's CEO, Feike Sijbesma, who attended the conference in Paris 2015, speaking at the G7 Environment Meetings in September 2018, “The commitment of governments and non-state actors to the Paris Agreement, who collectively embraced an accelerated transition to a low-carbon economy in 2015, is still high. However, we are not on track to realize it. Unfortunately, Mother Earth doesn’t negotiate. I don't need to reiterate that the effects of climate change are already being felt, and that this is happening at a pace much faster than our actions to mitigate it. Royal DSM is deeply committed to continuing to combat climate change: by reducing the impact of our own operations, by enabling our customers through providing low-carbon products and solutions and by advocating and raising our voice on, amongst other things, renewable energy and carbon pricing. The longer we fail to address climate change, the higher the costs of adaptation for future generations.”

At DSM, we believe that effectively tackling climate change is both a responsibility and a business opportunity. We are therefore focusing on:

Impact on people and planet

Climate change affects both people and the planet. That is why DSM is not only involved in the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #13: Climate Action, but also in other key SDGs where we can contribute.

Global warming has already had a major impact on nature, including biodiversity loss, ocean acidification and more frequent extreme weather events such as droughts and floods. This environmental damage, in turn, affects human needs as defined in several other SDGs such as clean air, access to water, food production, the availability of productive land and consequently health. At DSM we understand the strong link between the environment and social development. That is why we engage in the broader United Nations sustainable development agenda and work with our global partners to improve nutrition.

Bio Renewable Age

A shift from the current fossil fuel based energy system, to what we call the “(Bio-) Renewable Age” is needed. We aspire to a low carbon economy, where goods and services are produced, traded and used in a sustainable manner. The world needs competitive alternative energy systems, which increasingly include sustainable biomass, solar, wind and hydro. Collaboration between businesses, scientists, governments and civil society is needed to enable and fast-track this needed transition.

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