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"There is a survival need for sound, energetic environmental practices." - Ambassador Burton Levin, Noble Group Independent Non-executive Director{}Sustainability Initiatives of Noble Group - with a special focus on climate changeBy Thorsten Ansorg, Managing Director, Noble Carbon Credits

Web - R0/G0/B0noble group is a market leader in managing the global supply chain of agricultural, energy, metals and mining resources. Our "hands on" approach to business has seen us grow to become a world leader in supply chain management in just 20 years. Today the company operates out of more than 100 offices and installations in 40 countries and employs approximately 80 nationalities. For a globally operating supply chain company like Noble Group, which originates, transports, stores, ships and processes commodities, a sustainable business approach is important. We are aware of and concerned with the short- but also long-term social and environmental consequences of our activities. To manage the social consequences of our business operations Noble has been engaged and invested in various community projects and initiatives over the years to foster our relationships in the locations from which we operate. We founded the Noble Group's Charity Foundation at the Group level and many of our local operations set up initiatives to support those in need. The Noble Charity Foundation supports programmes that assist local communities as we try to address issues of poverty and underdevelopment. These include scholarships and education assistance, donations to local facilities, donations to family planning and health services. As the Group's business relies on the availability of natural resources, Noble, besides promoting social well being, also promotes environmental responsibility. We are committed to protect sensitive and important areas of the world's ecosystems because our business is confronted with an array of environmental challenges such as water and air pollution, biodiversity and resource depletion amongst others. In particular, the company supports a pro-active approach to the environmental challenge of climate change. Noble is committed to increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions, for commercial reasons as well as environmental as these measures have the added benefit of saving company costs and lowering investment risk.The identification and management of all types of risks is central to achieving the corporate objective of delivering long-term value. Companies that fail to take into consideration the impacts of climate change as part of their company strategy may be unable to assure investors, clients and staff alike that the organization is prepared to meet the challenges of an increasingly carbon-constrained business environment. At Noble we have identified risks driven by changes in regulation such as carbon taxation, the introduction of a cap-and-trade-scheme or an international agreement for maritime transportation. We are aware of the implications these regulations would have on our business and are preparing ourselves by also seizing the opportunities for the Group to leverage its competencies in the other, less GHG-intensive sectors in which we are active. In addition, we carefully observe changes in weather patterns such as average temperature and precipitation patterns in order to manage our agricultural assets and trade flows in a precautionary manner.The following chapters give an insight into Noble Group's sustainability activities, focusing on climate change mitigation in three main areas: International Initiatives, Sustainable Supply Chains and Environmental Care.Introduction