If China's non-CO2 emissions were a country, they would be the 7th largest emitter of total GHGs in the world. Here's how China can clean them up.
Sustainable Development Goal 8
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.
Over the past decade, the rise in global growth has failed to deliver increased wealth for many of the world’s workers. Nor has it improved prospects for women, youth and impoverished people. Many regions continue to experience high unemployment rates and poor-quality jobs. To create decent work opportunities for all, nations need to increase employment opportunities, reduce the gender pay gap, and promote safe and secure working environments.
Multiple WRI initiatives support a shift to sustainable and inclusive growth patterns that avoid GHG emissions and environmental degradation (SDG 8.4), create employment opportunities for all and reduce inequality (SDG 8.3, SDG 8.5, SDG 8.6). The New Climate Economy project, managed by WRI, shows how transitioning to a low-carbon economy could generate 65 million jobs by 2030. Our Climate Program supports countries planning a just transition to sustainability (SDG 8.3, SDG 8.8). WRI’s Business Center works with corporations to help them transform their growth models for greater sustainability and productivity, using science-based sustainability targets and greater resource efficiency (SDG 8.4). Our Finance Center builds the economic case for sustainable investments through our research on Greening Private Finance.
The circular economy holds tons of promise, but it's not a silver bullet for employment, sustainability and prosperity. Companies and governments must carefully measure the anticipated and actual impact of these actions and ensure they take us in the right direction—not into a circular but even less sustainable future.
The Business Roundtable's new "Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation" received a lot of positive press. That's surprising, because its take on corporate sustainability is insufficient and outdated.
This guidance provides recommendations for companies in the apparel and footwear sector to set science-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. It provides case studies on best practices in target setting and strategies for achieving emissions reductions.
From record-breaking temperatures to rampant wildfires, the signs of climate change are everywhere. Companies can respond by measuring their emissions, setting science-based targets to reduce them and pricing carbon.