Are you ready for COP26?  

In the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021 and in light of the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, there has never been a greater urgency to take bold action on the climate crisis. We need to question business as usual, in the quest to transition to a sustainable future for all. At its core, climate change is fundamentally an issue of waste management. As a part of our #DontWasteTime campaign we unpack the 5 key takeaways from the IPCC report and highlight how you can take action by cutting your emissions through better waste management. There is no time to waste and urgent action is required across every individual, business and stakeholder. This is one race we don’t want to win.

Key Takeaways from the IPCC report  

In order to take action on climate change, we first need to process and understand the severity of the issue. The new IPCC report has been described as a “Code Red for Humanity”. Summarised below are the key takeaways from the report, followed by how you can take positive action.  

1. Humans are ‘unequivocally’ responsible for the climate crisis 

The IPCC climate report states with confidence that human activity is to blame for climate change. Our societal dependence on fossil fuels and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have impacted every region across the globe. There is no longer a debate on whether climate change is “natural” or “human” caused, the science is clear.  

2. Temperatures will keep rising until at least mid-century 

The report warns that without drastic action, temperatures are anticipated to continue rising under almost every scenario. In fact, we are unlikely to keep temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius and are on course to surpass 2 degrees Celsius unless deep and immediate cuts are made to our global emissions. The changes we are experiencing will increase with this additional warming.    

3. Extreme weather is affecting every region of the planet 

Extreme weather events which in the past were considered rare or uncommon are increasing in frequency and intensity. Severe droughts, raging wildfires, tropical cyclones and sea level rise are occurring globally and will worsen with every fraction of a degree of warming. The report highlights that the impacts of climate change will affect every region across the globe unless there is drastic intervention.  

4. Time is running out to meet climate goals 

We are running out of time to meet the Paris Agreement Goal of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. If we stay on our current trajectory, we are likely to use up the remaining carbon budget within the decade. Limiting temperature rise is still possible but it will require bold and urgent action based on the undisputed evidence.  

5. Call to action 

So what now? The biggest takeaway is that every business, leader, and individual around the world has a role to play in averting a climate catastrophe. The IPCC report makes it clear that there is no time to waste and no room for excuses. We must take collective action to reduce carbon emissions. By implementing Don’t Waste’s system you will have the necessary insights into your waste streams allowing you to take immediate action and make a difference now. 

Don’t Waste Time: Take Action through Improved Waste Management  

What are you doing in the fight against climate change? If Greta Thunberg has taught us one thing, it’s that one person is never too small to make a difference. We all have a role to play in solving the climate crisis, we believe our role is in the unique datadriven PropTech solution we provide to clients which allow them to track, manage and reduce their waste streams. By reducing, recycling and treating waste you are able to minimize the associated emissions of disposal. In the following article, we discuss how efficient waste management systems can help you reduce your Scope 3 emissions, transition to a circular economy, and most importantly take action on the climate crisis.   

Don’t Waste provides industry leading business intelligence, site management, and waste management services to Property, Retail, Commercial, Industrial and Hospitality industries. Our customers include the world’s leading property management groups. To find out more about our innovative value-added systems and services in onsite waste operations, contact:

Melissa van Rensburg- Group Zero Waste Lead: (Email:

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