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Greenhouse gas (GHG)

Basics Greenhouse gases are the gaseous components of the atmosphere, both natural and anthropogenic, that absorb and emit radiation at specific wavelengths within the spectrum of terrestrial radiation emitted by the earth's surface, the atmosphere…
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Governance

Governance An inclusive and comprehensive approach to the full range of means to decide, manage, implement and monitor policies and measures. While governance is strictly defined by the nation-state, the broader concept of governance recognizes…
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Paris Agreement

Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Paris Convention was adopted on December 2015 in Paris, France, at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC. The Convention, which was…
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Greenhouse Gas Protocol ( GHG )

Background The Greenhouse Gas Protocol provides the world's most commonly used accounting standards for greenhouse gases for companies. The GHG Protocol's standards and guidelines enable companies to measure, manage and report greenhouse gas…
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Corporate Environmental Management Information Systems ( CEMIS )

Environmental Management Information Systems (EMIS) are defined as "organisational and technical systems for the systematic collection, processing and provision of relevant environmental information in companies". Such systems developed from…
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Carbon Insetting

Background With carbon insetting the CO2 compensation becomes part of the corporate value chain or compensates CO2 emissions within the production chain of a company. No existing climate protection projects at another location are supported…
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Zero Carbon Economy

Basics A low-carbon economy (LCE), a low fossil fuel economy (LFFE) or a zero carbon economy (ZCE) is an economy based on low-carbon energy sources and therefore has minimal emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, but specifically…
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Renewable Energy

What is renewable energy? Renewable energy is energy generated from the earth's natural resources that are not finite or exhaustible, such as wind and sunlight. Renewable energy is an alternative to traditional energy based on fossil fuels…
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Portfolio carbon footprint

Basics To manage climate-related risks and opportunities, financial institutions must first measure the carbon impact of their investment portfolios to meet the expectations of all stakeholders. The carbon emissions generated by a company's…