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Why This Issue is Important to SGS

Climate change is one of the most important environmental issues of our time. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), warming of the climate system is unequivocal and is in large part due to an increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from human activity. The IPCC believes that global warming is likely to lead to extreme weather events becoming more frequent and unpredictable and that limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions in GHG emissions. More aggressive energy policies and technologies are needed to slow growth in CO2 emissions, but these alone will not be enough to limit warming below the 2oC threshold recognized by governments as limiting the worst impacts of climate change. Affordable renewable technologies as well as lower carbon technologies – including nuclear energy, carbon capture and storage and electric vehicles – will be necessary to put the world on a lower carbon trajectory.

As a global company, we are concerned about the potential impacts of climate change on the regions and communities in which we operate. Although our industry is not a major emitter of greenhouse gases, our employees, customers and other stakeholders expect SGS to show leadership on climate change, both in terms of our own energy consumption and by helping our customers and suppliers to reduce their emissions. We need to maximize our contribution by ensuring the integrity and safety of existing energy supply and storage systems, advising on policy measures, and ensuring that our customers have accurate and reliable data to manage their reduction strategies. Of equal importance is the potential for us to innovate. New lower carbon technologies will challenge us to think about how we combine our skills and competencies and test our technologies and services to generate new ideas and insights that will enable us to actively contribute to a lower carbon future.
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