Sustainability is a shared destiny
The IPCC report published in March reminded us that time is of the essence and that choices made now will “reverberate for hundreds, even thousands, of years”.
“Now is definitely the time for humanity to go into action-mode, while still keeping our chin up and not being paralyzed by climate anxiety. We are at a serious point, but the IPCC report also gives some hope:
If we act now, we will manage to mitigate climate change,”
says Felix Köhnlein, Group Sustainability Manager in Mer.
Let´s drive towards emissions freedom together.
Positive movement, creating a bright future
When the climate changes, both nature and people become more vulnerable. Today, it is those least responsible for the climate crisis that are most affected. Almost half of the world’s population (3.3–3.6 billion people) live in areas that are highly vulnerable to climate change. Human mortality from floods, droughts and storms was 15 times higher in highly vulnerable regions, compared to regions with very low vulnerability, between 2010 and 2020. At the same time, 10 percent of the richest households contributed up to 45 percent of the world’s households’ greenhouse gas emissions.
“We need to make more conscious decisions about our lifestyle choices, how we travel, what we buy and consume, and maximize the use of resources,” Köhnlein says.
Mer´s starting point was forward thinking employees with a unified sustainable vision of making it easy to drive an EV, powered by clean, renewable energy. From the very beginning, it was about contributing to the greater good by doing the right thing, one charging session at a time.
“Sustainability is at the foundation when we develop new processes, and when we are making improvements we consider efficiency in terms of both cost, time, resources, and social impact. During 2021, we started working more systematically on sustainable initiatives, that resulted in our first sustainability report,” Köhnlein says, adding that Mer works continuously and purposefully with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), also including the important social and governance aspects.
“Sustainability is not a destination, it will always be a journey,”
The aim is to take full responsibility for the supply chain.
“We literally take the small parts seriously, such as where do the different parts in the wall box come from, what is the impact on environment, human rights and living rates?In every business decision we make, we want to be conscious and mindful about the choices. We are committed to sustainable and responsible business practices and our commitment can only be achieved if our employees, suppliers, and partners act with the same ambition,” he says.
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Source: The IPCC
What is the IPCC and what do they do?
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the scientific group assembled by the United Nations to monitor and assess all global science related to climate change. The objective of the IPCC is to provide governments at all levels with scientific information that they can use to develop climate policies.
The IPCC launches reports on different aspects of climate change. The IPCC’s 6th Synthesis report is the most recent. It compiles findings from all reports in the IPCC’s sixth assessment cycle, covering the latest climate science, the threats we’re already facing today from climate change, and what we can do to limit further temperature rises and the dangers that poses for the whole planet.