An initiative of the ESCAP Sustainable Business Network, which advocates for business leadership in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and advises the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
We are calling on businesses to commit to align their core operational strategies with environmental, social and governance principles.
ESBN has identified five business action areas to advocate for as we launch the Asia-Pacific Green Deal for Business with the advocacy and support of commercial sector partners throughout our region.
1. Advancing a zero carbon, affordable and resilient energy system.
The energy system must be decarbonized in accordance with the commitments of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, while providing reliable and affordable access to zero carbon energy for all.
2. Building smart, low carbon, water-secure and climate-resilient cities, infrastructure and mobility.
Greenhouse gas emissions from construction and operations of urban infrastructure and its activities, including buildings and transport infrastructure, must be reduced further, while water security and resilience to future crises are strengthened.
3. Mobilizing public and private finance for green transformation.
New investment must be directed to sustainable energy, infrastructure, logistics, food production, water supply and other innovations for the new green economy.
4. Accelerating and scaling up innovations for sustainable development.
Now is the time to implement new business models and solutions to improve efficiency, lower costs and reduce environmental impact from the way we produce, consume, transport, work, trade and conduct business.
5. Changing towards a more circular economy.
New circular production and consumption practices will bring new business and employment opportunities, to maximize resource efficiency and minimize environmental impacts.
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