Driving the European Climate Change Debate
By DNV GL’s Asun Lera St. Clair, Senior Principal Specialist Low Carbon Future; Bente Pretlove, Programme Director Climate Change; and Bjørn K. Haugland, Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer.
A resilient, sustainable future driven by business innovation and partnerships across societal sectors is not achievable without serious, thorough and effective use of scientific research on climate change and sustainability.
This includes the increasingly recognized role of the social and the human sciences, as these disciplines know well the issues that matter for decision making, and the risks and opportunities emerging from change processes.
As a knowledge organization, DNV GL is expanding its scientific scope to be able to ground our vision of a safe and sustainable future on solid and robust scientific results, and this takes us beyond our traditional focus on engineering and technology.
As the scientific community restructures itself to be better positioned to produce relevant knowledge for sustainability, our own strategic research on resilience, adaptation to climate change, and on transformation to a low carbon future follows these tendencies. We enter new territories and communities of practice, and new partnerships such as with the global program on sustainability, Future Earth (http://www.futureearth.org/ ). We participate in relevant processes, such as the European Commission ongoing work on climate services, and we step into and participate in key events of the climate change and sustainability research community.
European Climate Change Adaptation: Highlighting opportunities for business innovation
Between May 12-15 2015, the Climate Change Programme of DNV GL is participating in the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA 2015 http://www.ecca2015.eu/). ECCA 2015 will offer a unique platform for researchers, policy makers, and businesses to share new research results, novel policy developments, and practical implementation experiences regarding climate change impacts and adaptation. It will also highlight opportunities for business innovations aimed at supporting the transition to low carbon societies. The conference views the role of adaptation to climate change as interlinked with the transition to a sustainable future. Adaptation addresses current risks, but it also must generate co-benefits with mitigation and other strategies that assure long term sustainability.
A new generation of climate services
A key theme underlying this conference is the debate on public and private climate services. What are the products, information, trends, assessments (including technology assessments), counselling on best practices, development and evaluation of solutions and any other service in relation to climate that may be of use for the society at large? The European Commission will focus on its new Roadmap for Climate Services at ECCA, a strategy likely to have central significance and regulatory power in the years to come.
Being part of these research and policy communities is key for DNV GL’s sustainability work, as it enables us to advice our customers on how pathways to sustainability can be paved by new business opportunities, in addition to provide state of art services for managing climate risks and enhancing resilience.