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Climate Action for a Low Carbon Economy

Platform by UNEP and Sustainable Development International will assist business, governments and NGOs to reduce their carbon footprint

Bali/Nairobi, 3 December 2007 - A new book launched today in Bali is set to serve as key reading for businesses, governments and NGOs looking for a way to reduce their carbon emissions.

The book and accompanying website are part of the Climate Action international communication platform, a joint project launched by Sustainable Development International in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Featuring articles from several leading authorities including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri, Sir Nicholas Stern and Jeffrey Sachs, Climate Action will be widely distributed during the key climate change conference in Bali on 3-14 December.

The 300-page publication - the first of a series of annual reference books - will encourage and assist governments and businesses to lower their greenhouse emissions, while also informing them about how they can adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Crucially, the book puts the emphasis on practical 'Actions' - concrete steps that companies and governments can take to reduce their carbon footprint. It focuses on a series of key issues, including market mechanisms, energy, transportation, telecommunications and buildings. The book will also help institutional investors to analyze and compare companies that are responding to the business risks and opportunities resulting from global warming.

Following the Bali conference, Climate Action will be distributed to governments, think-tanks, environmental organizations and businesses, including the world's largest companies. It will be particularly valuable in highlighting the widespread benefits to society that will derive from reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Action is the latest in a series of UNEP initiatives to help promote a low-carbon economy. UNEP is also working towards the creation of a carbon neutral network to promote climate-friendly initiatives among governments, cities, companies and organizations across the world.

Notes to editors:

Climate Action offers comprehensive resources that promote dialogue between governments and international industry, and highlight the sharing of best practice and new initiatives. It also aims to raise awareness of the latest market trends, threats and opportunities in response to rising global temperatures.

The platform brings together six influential organizations concerned with the successful mitigation of climate change: UNEP, Ceres (and its Investor Network on Climate Risk), the Carbon Trust, FTSE4Good and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. These global partners will help to widely disseminate the publication and website to policy makers, lobbyists, business leaders and the financial community.

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Or Contact:

Nick Nuttall, UNEP Spokesperson, on tel: +254 20 7623084, Mobile: +254 733 632755, or: +41 795965737, or e-mail:

Anne-France White, Associate Information Officer, on tel: +254 20 762 3088, or e-mail:




Further Resources

View e-book of Climate Action 2007-8

Purchase on line from UNEP's online bookstore

Climate Action for a Low Carbon Economy - Web site

Bali and Beyond:Towards a Low Carbon Society
UN Climate Convention - 2 to 14 December 2007

View video clip - Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP
Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP, discusses the leadership role of business in the fight against climate change, in the run up to the Bali conference.

Sustainable Development International

UN Climate Change Conference Bali,Indonesia, 3 -14 December 2007

UNEP Resources on Climate Change

IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) - Synthesis Report

UNEP and WMO Panel Puts Final Full Stop Behind Risks and Rewards of Combating Climate Change
UNEP Press Release (November 2007)


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