I would like to share with you some thoughts about potential environmental and social (ES) trends in 2016. These predictions are based on the momentum that has been building over the past several years in the areas of sustainability, energy, education/capacity building, and water.
Please share with others or email me your ES trend predictions for 2016.
Sustainability: Based on the success of COP21 and the efforts of various business groups and investors to raise awareness about environmental and social governance (ESG) issues, we anticipate that organizations will review, update or launch enhanced sustainability initiatives with a particular focus on ESG reporting, energy consumption, reuse of materials, and employee volunteerism.
Energy: Cites will take the lead in exploring renewable energy options, natural gas will be recognized as the transition fuel (suggested by energy forecasters years ago) as economies around the world evaluate climate change options. There will be more news about improvements in the design of the internal combustion engine and progress will be made in providing energy to the developing world (a key component in reducing poverty).
Education/Capacity Building: Midway through the year, organizations will start implementing changes to education and capacity building programs. These changes will include a greater emphasis on climate change, gender, and human rights especially with respect to the developing world and supply chain management.
Water: This year will be one of reflection and learning from the events of 2015. By the end of 2016 various analyses will be available regarding strategies for addressing drought conditions, climate adaptation, and rainwater harvesting programs for use in both developed and developing countries.