There is still hope: In the last 120 years, the average temperature on Earth has risen by about 1.2 degrees Celsius. Climate change is no longer considered an abstract scientific theory, but an actual reality that we feel with an increasing frequency of extreme weather events around the world.
In Israel, too, we have experienced it significantly in recent years, with more heat waves, more floods and an ongoing drought that is getting worse every year. Moreover, the State Comptroller’s report, which monitors the actions of the Israeli government and its preparations for the climate crisis, which was recently submitted to the Speaker of the Knesset, found that Israel is not prepared for the climate crisis at all. The report also shows that 84% of public bodies have no plan at all to deal with the climate crisis.
However and despite these alarming data, there are companies and organizations in the economy that take the issue of the climate crisis very seriously and work to minimize the damage as much as possible and even help preserve the environment in various ways. Whether in social initiatives, activities or different and varied projects.
The Reinhold Cohen Group, which specializes in intellectual property, has mobilized for activities in the field of sustainability both at the internal organizational level and with customers, and in particular startups. According to Adv. Dafna Gilat, partner and head of the legal department at the Reinhold Cohen Group, which specializes in intellectual property, and Adv. Lehi Goldenberg, a partner in the group: Social Governance) as part of their business conduct, with reference to the field of ESG investments that are flourishing now. The uniqueness of the course is the connection between innovation and sustainability, and the concept that sustainability can reach new products and services. “Raise awareness of the issue, and later, we have set up a panel of employees whose role is to promote internal organizational projects for the environment and humanity.
Salesforce, the global leader in CRM, has pledged to plant 100 million trees in the next ten years, as part of its efforts to combat the deepening climate crisis in recent years. The activity is part of the company’s support at the initiative of the 1T.ORG World Economic Forum, which aims to rehabilitate, preserve, and plant a trillion trees by 2030.
Salesforce cooperates with various bodies around the world, and in Israel it is a member of the Jewish National Fund as a partner in the initiative, and together they planted 13 dunams of wood in the Yatir Forest – the largest planted forest in Israel, covering an area of 30,000 dunams. In addition, Salesforce has launched a digital tree tracker tracking platform in partnership with Plant for the Planet.
In addition, Mark Benioff, founder, chairman and CEO of Global Salesforce and his wife Lynn, have announced a $ 200 million investment that will be directed to rehabilitation and afforestation around the world as part of their efforts to combat the climate crisis. $ 100 million will be directed to the establishment of a first-of-its-kind fund – Benioff TIME Tree, and the additional $ 100 million will be directed to the TIME Fund, Benioff’s investment fund.
Every year about 931 million tons of food are thrown away worldwide with 61% of them coming from household waste, 26% from the food services industry and 13% from the retail industry while the percentage of the poorest in the world is only rising. In Israel alone, 2.5 million tons of food worth NIS 20 billion a year are thrown away. The Sando app, which connects farmers and volunteers to help solve the shortage of 20,000 hands working in agriculture each year, has initiated a new project to significantly reduce food waste: the same volunteers can choose to transport agricultural produce in their private vehicles that are not suitable for sale and donate to charities. etc’.
The owners of the travel hotel chain, Bat Chen and Tal Yeshua, decided since its inception 15 years ago to establish the chain out of a green vision, even when in Israel no one understood what it was all about. Even then they realized that the environmental situation could not continue and decided to contribute their share to help the ball. The road was not easy because it required a significant market education for an audience of visitors who did not understand exactly what they wanted from it when taking out the convenient disposable plastic utensils and sending them a virtual and unprinted invoice long before the subject was familiar and certainly unacceptable. At that time there was a long and tedious process of persuading the network owners in front of the cleaners to stop using bleach and switch to detergents that do not harm the environment. For this purpose, they contacted green suppliers of detergents, who helped them replace the polluting detergents with more friendly ones. Other vendors donated disposable and consumable utensils, with critics insisting on not using reusable utensils, and so on.
Metula Travelers Hotel has already been established from a full green vision. The hotel, which was built in 2013 and recently renovated, was built out of a trend of environmental savings in water and energy. For example, the water that was electrically heated until the renovation was replaced with a gas heating system and the cooling in the hotel was moved from a central cooling system to a system adapted to each room and dozens of small air conditioners adapted to separate separate rooms replaced the expensive and wasteful central cooling. The lighting has also changed and instead of the polluting incandescent bulbs, the hotel has been adapted to fluorescent or LED or neon bulbs that optimize electricity consumption. In the dining room that serves breakfast only, minimizing the use of animal foods, whose production process is significant in harming the environment, the disposable dishes have also been replaced many times in both the kitchen and the dining room. The area outside the hotel was not neglected either. Hotel owners have instructed gardeners to replace plants that consume large amounts of water with more economical ones and replace organic fertilizer with one that is environmentally friendly.
JPMorgan will allow other companies to use its intellectual property to expedite the transition to low-carbon technologies and energy sources. The company will make some of its patents, related to how it efficiently cools and ventilates its vast data centers, available to anyone using low-carbon technologies, as part of a joint venture initiated by Microsoft, Facebook and HP. Companies have shared more than 450 patents as part of the same joint venture and have even highlighted technologies that these companies use to reduce their carbon footprints.
As a global company that has existed for 174 years, Siemens has regretted its goals of sustainability and helps lead the vision of renewable energy and reducing CO2 emissions. As part of the revolution in electric and green vehicles, Siemens is currently promoting a wide deployment of infrastructure for hundreds of fast charging stations throughout Europe as well as energy storage solutions. Siemens is also implementing these solutions in Israel, which are an important step on the way to smart, green and clean transportation in Israel.
Siemens’ smart infrastructure division provides a variety of innovative charging solutions for all types of vehicles, cloud-based systems for managing remote charging stations, optimization for bus parking lots and an application adapted to the private market. In recent years, Siemens’ green products, solar power conversion systems, energy-efficient motors and more have been added to the portfolio. The use of green solutions has resulted in huge savings in greenhouse gas emissions. Siemens also contributes to the environment in the field of trains in Israel: Siemens Mobility is currently completing the construction of the innovative train garage established in Ashkelon. This garage is the first in Israel based on a train fleet that is 100% electrified, with the highest level of digitization that currently exists in the world of trains, and in addition it will be completely paperless.
This garage will serve Siemens’ electric train fleet and will serve Israel Railways customers, as part of the electricity revolution, which will also significantly reduce CO2 emissions. Siemens contributes to Israeli society: For example, a group of about 50 Siemens employees mobilized to clean the beaches of tar, while Israel faced a severe ecological disaster. In addition, Siemens contributes knowledge and resources to a number of control schools’ laboratories. Siemens is committed to continuing to invest in the environment and contribute to the green revolution in the State of Israel.
“Many companies understand that managing the environment (E) and the community (S) through transparent and efficient management mechanisms (G) is the new way of doing business. Gone are the days when the annual profit line was a measure of the company’s success,” explains Irena Ben Yakar, partner, head of the center Israeli Corporate Governance, Deloitte Israel. “No sensible investor will put his money in a company that harms the environment or behaves irresponsibly towards the communities in which it operates, since by investing in such a company he takes a huge risk that his money will not return to him. “Obviously, which should be translated into measurable targets of countries in order to reduce the risk. It is likely that we will see targets of countries translated into measurable targets of businesses operating in them and therefore the climate issue will become one of the goals of any Chafetz Chaim organization in the coming years.”
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