You and Climate Change

Civil society and the private sector are major contributors to the fight against climate change. Mobilizing these non-state actors has been a priority for the past few years, and especially after the Paris Agreement was adopted.

The Lebanon Climate Act

The Lebanon Climate Act (LCA) aims at creating economic growth in a way that also creates value for the society by addressing climate change challenges in Lebanon. Lebanon Climate Act establishes a network of companies and institutions actively engaged in the fight for climate change. It also helps to catalyze the involvement of the private sector in the wider climate change community. It provides a space for businesses to showcase and support climate action, through concrete initiatives and multi-stakeholder approaches and thus, contribute in a sustainable and profitable manner to a strong and effective response to climate change.

By joining the Lebanon Climate Act, companies will demonstrate their ongoing engagement to climate action; each company will set actions to reduce its environmental and carbon footprint, increase low-carbon investments, deploy cleaner energy, and build more sustainable businesses and communities to tackle climate change.

Lebanon Climate Act is also an opportunity to establish solid partnerships between leading business organizations who are showing headship in acting on climate change (Energy, Water, Transport, Waste and Forestry and/or Agriculture), and willing to commit to one or more innovative and practical climate initiatives to scale low-carbon solutions and increase the adaptive capacity of the Lebanese economy, and active Non-Governmental Organizations who have planned important climate endeavors and are in need of concrete support from one or more business organizations from the public sector to implement their showcased projects.

The LCA has already conducted three Business Knowledge Platforms (BKP) to aid the private sector in engaging in climate action.

The initiative is led by the Green Mind, in partnership with the UNDP and the Central Bank. 

Report YOUR Emissions - Decision 99/1 

The Minister of Environment’s decision 99/1 of April 2013 provides an incentive to the private sector (commercial, institutional and industrial enterprises) to directly report their GHG emissions and related activity data to the Ministry of Environment. In exchange for their cooperation, reporting companies are awarded with a certificate signed by the Minister.

When firms supply the Ministry of Environment with their GHG emission information, a simple and standardized excel model with default IPCC emission factors and equations used for the energy and industrial processes sectors is used to input relevant activity data in the appropriate cell. The model then automatically calculates GHG emissions of the company per category and per gas.

Click here to download the model. 

Climate Change Education

Ever wonder how to effectively mainstream climate change concepts in schools? This Guidebook has been developed with the aim of supporting teachers and educators in Lebanese schools, to help build the values, understandings, skills and competencies which can enable young people to face climate change. The Guidebook has been developed to complement the existing academic curriculum and teaching subjects at primary, middle and secondary levels in Lebanese schools. It has been designed to meet diverse educational approaches, strategies and themes in order to guide teachers and educators in various disciplines. Click here for the English version, and here for the French version.