Powering our Future: Lessons from the Energy Sector on Addressing Climate and Biodiversity
Energy production relies heavily on biodiversity and ecosystem services – from oil and gas extraction to hydro, wind and solar power, biodiversity loss poses a critical risk to the sector as a whole. Energy production and use is the single biggest contributor to global warming, accounting for roughly two-thirds of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.
A sustainable future for people and the planet requires transformative change with rapid and far-reaching actions, building on ambitious emissions reductions and immediate action to revert biodiversity loss. Solving some of the strong and apparently unavoidable trade-offs between climate and biodiversity will require ambition, ingenuity and concrete action commensurate with the intertwined crises we are facing.
The energy sector has made significant progress in identifying innovative and effective ways of managing biodiversity alongside their decarbonization targets. This session will highlight some concrete examples from the energy sector where businesses have implemented innovative approaches to address both the climate and biodiversity loss as part of the same complex problem.
- Ariel Scheffer, Head of Environmental Management Division, Itaipu Binacional (Brazil)
- Emilio Tejedor, Head of Enviroment Innovation, Sustainability and Quality, Iberdrola
- Steven Dickinson, Vice-Chair Biodiversity Group, IPIECA
- Ivan Vera, Senior Expert Adviser, UNDESA
- Moderator: Sharon Brooks, Deputy Head of Business and Biodiversity Program, UNEP/WCMC