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Renat Heuberger
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Renat Heuberger, Chief Executive Officer, south pole group, Switzerland

south pole group is a leading sustainability solution provider. The company headquartered in Zurich operates with 16 offices and spans 6 continents.

Initially focused on the development of premium carbon emission reduction projects, the company now offers a wide spectrum of sustainability services, including climate policy and strategy advisory. Its expertise covers the areas of climate change, forests and land use, water, sustainable cities and buildings, as well as renewable energy and energy efficiency. The company is determined to help its clients grow their business with ground breaking solutions which positively impact the environment and the needs of society.

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How to Blend It? Mixing Public and Private Finance to Implement the Paris Agreement

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 12:21 PM

We saw the year 2015 close with a cheer as nearly 200 countries adopted the landmark Paris Agreement during the COP21 climate negotiations. The agreement sets a goal to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, ties countries to continuous ambition and reporting, and sets the foundations for...

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How Major Investors Are Anticipating the Risks of Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 5:42 PM

The highest town in Europe has welcomed the annual smattering of the world's political and business elite to the World Economic Forum's (WEF) yearly conference. Set to build on the Paris climate agreement finalised in December, the participants convening in Davos aim to explore how businesses and governments...

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Could This Be the Solution To Climate Change?

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 2:15 PM

In order to halt climate change, close to 100% of the world's scientists agree that we must drastically reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions. But how? I explored some key areas to address during my recent interview with the World Economic Forum and would like to share...

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Viva México: Savvy Companies Will Benefit From the Country's Strong Ambition on Climate

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 6:08 AM

With the timeline to Paris climate negotiations shrinking by the day, climate change mitigation and an aggressive clean energy generation goal are among the top topics on Mexico's policy agenda. Forward-looking companies are already anticipating its effects on business.

Mexico has recently submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution...

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What Will Happen At the Paris Climate Conference?

(5) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 11:17 AM

Will Paris be a success? Will the agreement at CoP21 ensure global temperature raise stays within the 2° limit? What are the concrete consequences of Paris for my company?

As the CEO of the South Pole Group, a global sustainability solutions provider, I am debating such questions with stakeholders from...

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Water Scoring: Managing the Risk of Having Big Fish Stuck in Polluted Ponds

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 10:26 AM

This year's number one sustainability risk is - water.

According to the latest World Economic Forum's Global Risk Report, the adverse impacts of water crises could even surpass the impacts of climate change. The effects can already be felt across industry sectors and society at large: in...

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The Business Case for Corporate Water Stewardship

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 5:40 PM

Organization's are underestimating and underreporting water risk.

Companies with large supply chains also run the risk of finding themselves in conflict with communities over access to water issues, thus putting their license to operate at risk:

  • Almost one quarter (22%) of companies reporting to the CDP...
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Key Steps to Saving Latin America's Forests

(3) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 9:44 AM

Millions of South Americans have been lifted out of poverty by the commodity boom during the last decade. This uplifting economic development also prompted a rush for cropland and oil, among others, that has accelerated deforestation across the region.

The 20th century saw one of the biggest ecological disasters with...

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How to Use Climate Finance to Promote Clean Water

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 11:10 PM

Fresh water is vital to human society -- not simply for drinking, but also for washing, farming and producing energy. In the future, this crucial resource is expected to become increasingly scarce. This is partly due to climate change.

In the sub-tropics, climate change is most likely to result...

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Investing and Divesting for the Climate

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 9:27 PM

I trust you have heard about your Carbon Footprint. The things you do in your life cause greenhouse gases emissions and heat up the climate -- the car you drive, the plane you take, the hamburger you have at the corner restaurant. But did you know that your investments cause...

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Do Green Power Certificates Boost Green Power?

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 1:16 PM

Every electric power plant produces two separate products: On the one hand, it produces electricity, measured in megawatt hours. This electricity is fed into the grid and it's impossible to determine where exactly the electricity has come from. On the other hand, it can produce an "ecological added value", depending...

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Green Bonds: Unlocking Capital for the Environment or Just Greenwashing?

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 1:04 PM

The world is currently well on track to heat up the climate by six degrees, which would cause huge losses to humans, the environment and the global economy. In order to avoid this scenario, significant investments in low-carbon technologies and projects are needed. But where should the cash come from?...

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Protecting and Growing Forests to Save the Climate -- a Business Opportunity for Latin America?

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 5:50 PM

The start of this year's World Economic Forum on Latin America in Panama coincides with a landmark in the research on climate change: More than 2000 scientists, experts and reviewers have compiled the latest findings on the impacts of climate change in a newly launched IPCC...

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Fight Climate Change - Global Brands and Global Politicians to Walk the Talk

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 3:23 AM

Imagine you are 95% sure that your house will burn down tomorrow. Would you get a fire insurance coverage? Scientists have been warning for many years that climate change is one of the greatest challenges humanity is facing. They are 95% sure that humans are the main drivers behind it....

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When Two Social Enterprises Cooperate, the Sum Is Bigger Than Its Parts

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 11:39 AM

Paolo Richter was elected Social Entrepreneur of Switzerland in 2009 by the Schwab Foundation. With his program Bicycles for Africa, his social enterprise Gump & Drahtesel delivers second-hand bicycles from Switzerland to various African countries. Professional workshops in Switzerland and Africa ensure that the...

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The Climate Is Changing In East Asia

(7) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 9:34 AM

Only a handful of serious scientists would deny that climate change is one of the biggest challenges we face this century. As Christine Lagarde warned at this year's World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters: "We will be grilled, toasted and roasted" if we don't manage to curb our greenhouse...

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When Things Do Go Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 9:50 AM

What comes to your mind when you hear "Social Entrepreneur"? Vision, passion, entrepreneurial spirit, energy to help addressing the world's problems? That's all true, but sometimes things do go wrong. A grossly negligent staff, a failed project, even unintended negative impacts on communities - yes, all that can happen inside...

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