IPCC AR5 Climate Change: Implications for Extractive and Primary Industries
Physical impacts of climate change on primary industries are likely to include damage to infrastructure and industrial capital assets, and could reduce availability of renewable natural resources including water.
Total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from industry almost doubled between 1970 and 2010.
Most sector scenarios project that global demand for industrial products will increase by 45 to 60 percent by 2050 relative to 2010 production levels. Rising demand for products used to reduce GHG emissions and to adapt to climate impacts could, perversely, create pressures to increase industrial emissions.
An absolute reduction in GHG emissions by primary industry will require implementation of a broad range of mitigation strategies. Opportunities for mitigation include both production-related strategies, geared towards improving industrial process efficiencies, and demand-related strategies focused on reducing the overall use of product material.
- Monitor & Evaluate
- Awareness raising
- Latin America
- Northern America
- Climate change
- Environmental management system
- Sustainable consumption & production
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