Rio Tinto has publicly acknowledged the reality of climate change for more than two decades. We recognise that it is largely caused by human activities and has the potential for a lasting, negative impact on our business, our communities and the world. Indeed, from forest fires to hurricanes to loss of biodiversity, we are already experiencing some of these negative impacts.
In 2015, we supported the outcomes of the Paris Agreement and the long-term goal to limit the global average temperature rise to well below 2°C.
We believe the best outcomes will be achieved through collective action by governments, by business and by consumers, working together to address climate change. In signing the Paris Pledge, we have shown our willingness to play our role to support climate action. We believe we can and should be part of the solution.
We also appreciate that the necessary reductions in global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions must be achieved without compromising the availability of secure, affordable energy.
In February 2019, we published our first climate change report informed by the recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). We believe that companies, including ours, should be clear about how they plan to tackle climate change.