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Making IPCC results meaningful and actionable

The recently launched reports of UN’s Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change – the fifth collection released since 1990 – and their results are important for DNV GL, our customers and our industries. However, the results in these reports are presented in a challenging format and the amount of data can often become overwhelming.

The Climate Change Programme at Strategic Research & Innovation is working on improving and facilitating the understanding and meaning of climate change science for our business areas. Building from an already established European research project 1 , and drawing from our in-house IPCC expertise and networks, we are currently running a series of events in DNV GL with three goals in mind:

  1. We aim to investigate which types of climate knowledge is most important for our industries,
  2. We aim to learn what is already known or needed, and
  3. We aim to facilitate understanding, enhance communication and knowledge uptake of IPCC results

This will contribute to making IPCC meaningful and actionable in DNV GL, and through that among our customers and in the industries we work with. As part of this we aim to facilitate the identification of opportunities that emerge from adapting to climate change, from building resilience, and from transitioning to a low carbon future.
The initiative was kick-started a few weeks ago, with a presentation of the IPCC synthesis report from the two Norwegian authors of that report, Karen O’Brien and Jan Fuglestvedt, at DNV GL’s headquarters in Høvik, Norway. You can see the presentation by clicking here. The initiative will continue with a series of carefully prepared internal workshops with the Business Areas making sure IPCC findings are better understood and trigger change.

In the program we will co-develop targeted narratives for dialogue with customers, and enhance their competence and training looking for opportunities for how climate change impacts business and creates opportunities. In the events, we will use DNV GL’s own IPCC authors, Cecilie Mauritzen and Asun St.Clair, to provide insight in the IPCC results.

Many of the discussions we foresee in the coming years are around action triggered by the need to adapt to climate impacts and build resilience to respond to risks. But we also foresee actions that represent opportunities for new business development, as regulations, standards and practices emerge along with the need to mitigate climate change. DNV GL therefore encourage other companies to closely look into the IPCC results and the wider climate change developments and consider what it means for their business and how it will trigger actions.

The actions taken by the companies are important for the future of the companies themselves. Even more important, is the fact that a low carbon, resilient future requires the central contribution of the private sector. DNV GL will through this initiative reach out to the wider private sector represented by our customers. In our partnerships with other societal sectors (government, civil society, science and research) we mobilize companies towards the same direction, and we make global impact.

From science to understanding to action to impact, this could summarise DNV GL’s approach for dealing with climate change.

1 See http://www.cicero.uio.no/webnews/index_e.aspx?id=12065
And also a previous blog adressing some of the research results http://blogs.dnvgl.com/climatechange/2014/10/making-climate-science-meaningful-actionable/

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