By Neil Barrett, Group Vice President, Sustainable Development, Sodexo
The COP21 in Paris last December achieved a remarkable accord—for all 196 countries attending to sign the agreement is unprecedented. That’s the good news, and everyone involved should take pride in this accomplishment.
But there’s no time to rest on laurels—the accord was just the beginning. We must ensure that action follows and is aligned with the promises of that agreement. And though, of course, governments should lead this movement, it is action by the private sector that can make the difference.
In the four months since the United Nation’s COP21 meetings in Paris, China and India have taken huge strides in their quest to reduce carbon, improve air quality, and shift to a sustainable economy.
Climate action has never been so en vogue. Last Friday, 175 nations signed the Paris accord, using Earth Day as the celebratory milieu to take a vital next step in the hard-fought, decades-long battle to reduce global emissions.
In December 2015, HP joined more than 100 major US businesses calling for government to take decisive action at COP21 to tackle climate change in order to minimize climate risk and boost the economy. On Earth Day 2016, we celebrated the historic signing of the Paris Agreement!
The Paris Climate Conference last December was a true turning point for the world, producing the first global climate agreement that requires universal action by all countries, rich and poor, to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and to build climate resilience. The Paris Agreement sets ambitious goals to reach net zero emissions in the second half of this century and to guide global finance toward low-emission and climate-resilient investments.
Happy Earth Day 2016, and greetings from New York City where history is unfolding today at the UN with more than 165 global leaders gathering to sign the Paris Agreement adopted at COP21 in December.
The mood is jubilant but it is also a reminder that—as a global community—we have a tremendous amount of work ahead to put the Agreement into action and keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius.
April 20, 2016 /3BL Media/ - More than 100 companies, including leading global giants, expressed their support today for the Paris Agreement on climate change and called for swift action on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, a proposal aimed at significantly cutting carbon pollution in the United States.
LONDON/SYDNEY/BOSTON, April 19, 2016 /3BL Media/ –The Paris Agreement enters into force once 55 countries representing 55% of global emissions have deposited their instruments of accession with the UN. Investors support an early entry into force of the agreement, possibly as early as next year.