Understanding physical and transitional risks and opportunities

As climate change awareness and concern continues to increase throughout the world, beverage companies are proactively driving strategies to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) associated with their enterprises as well as the life-cycles of their products. Through the allied voice of BIER, members collaborate to monitor and adapt to changing physical and transitional conditions and climate scenarios in alignment with the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). This combination of decarbonizing operations and adapting to external conditions drives BIER’s work on common practices for calculating, tracking, benchmarking, managing, and reporting decarbonization and climate change adaptation within the beverage sector.

Climate Change Risk Briefs

The following briefs are intended to build capacity and a more practical understanding of select TCFD risk categories, opportunities, and potential business impacts.


Physical Risk Brief: Extreme Weather Physical Risk Brief: Extreme Weather

A weather event that falls outside normal pattern is classified as extreme weather. Outside of normal patterns are defined as weather conditions that are unseasonal, unexpected, or intensity that’s outside of local historical norm. Though the threshold is subjective, commonly, extreme events are those that occur in the highest or lowest 5% or 10% of historical measurements.



Physical Risk Brief: FloodsPhysical Risk Brief: Floods

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) defines a flood as “the overflowing of the normal confines of a stream or other body of water or the accumulation of water over areas that are not normally submerged”. There are many different types of floods and due to the variety of types, there are very few places in the world protected from flood events. The majority of floods can be predicted and prepared for, while others can occur quickly with little to no warning (e.g. flash floods).



Physical Risk Brief: Sea Level RisePhysical Risk Brief: Sea Level Rise

Like the surface of the earth, the surface of the ocean is not uniformly flat. The term Global Mean Sea Level (GMSL) is used to refer to the average height of all the Earth’s ocean basins. Since oceans cover about 70 percent of the world, defining GMSL requires millions of measurements to be recorded. The primary cause of sea level rise, according to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is the melting of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets, which are melting six times faster than they did four decades ago.



Transitional Risk Brief: Carbon Pricing MechanismsTransition Risk Brief: Carbon Pricing Mechanisms

These are policy approaches to incentivize carbon reductions and penalize carbon emitters through monetary mechanisms. They are emerging into a popular policy approach for countries pursuing decarbonization and aggressive climate change goals (e.g. Net Zero Targets). Carbon pricing refers to initiatives that put an explicit price on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions expressed in a monetary unit per tCO2e. This includes carbon taxes, emissions trading systems, offset mechanisms, and results-based climate finance (RBCF).


Climate Change Solutions & Energy Efficiency News

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) Issues Results of 2021 Water, Energy, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Benchmarking Study

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) completed its 11th global benchmarking study – a comprehensive quantitative and qualitative research of water, energy, and emissions efficiency in the beverage industry. The findings of the study substantiate the beverage industry’s ongoing efforts to better understand and reduce resource use on a global scale.

Climate Change & Scenarios

As climate change legislation advances throughout the world, beverage companies are proactively driving strategies to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their enterprises as well as the life-cycles of their products. Through the allied voice of BIER, members collaborate…

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The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) is a technical coalition of leading global beverage companies working together to advance environmental sustainability within the beverage sector. Formed in 2006, BIER is a common voice across the beverage sector, speaking to influence global standards on environmental sustainability aspects most relevant to the sector, affect change both up and down the supply chain and share best practices that raise the bar for environmental performance of the industry. By doing so, BIER is able to monitor data and trends, engage with key stakeholders, develop best practices, and guide a course of action for the future.

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