81 bedrijven scharen zich achter Obama’s klimaatplan

20 oktober 201581 bedrijven hebben zich aangesloten bij de American Business Act on Climate Pledge. Daarmee scharen zij zich achter Obama’s klimaatplan en roepen op tot een sterk klimaatakkoord in Parijs. 

Dat maakte het Witte Huis gisteren bekend. De bedrijven, waaronder Coca Cola, Apple, Mars, Starbucks, American Express en Walmart, hebben in totaal 9 miljoen mensen in dienst in 50 staten en hebben een marktwaarde van 5 biljard dollar.

Uit het bericht van het Witte Huis
‘(…) By signing the American Business Act on Climate pledge, these companies are:

  • Voicing support for a strong Paris outcome. The pledge recognizes those countries that have already put forward climate targets, and voices support for a strong outcome in the Paris climate negotiations.
  • Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to climate action. As part of this initiative, each company is announcing significant pledges to reduce their emissions, increase low-carbon investments, deploy more clean energy, and take other actions to build more sustainable businesses and tackle climate change.These pledges include ambitious, company-specific goals such as:
    • Reducing emissions by as much as 50 percent,
    • Reducing water usage by as much as 80 percent,
    • Achieving zero waste-to-landfill,
    • Purchasing 100 percent renewable energy, and
    • Pursuing zero net deforestation in supply chains.
  • Setting an example for their peers. Today’s announcements builds on the launch of the American Business Act on Climate Pledge in July. This fall, the Obama Administration will release a third round of pledges, with a goal of mobilizing many more companies to join the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. (…)’

In juli tekenden al dertien bedrijven, gisteren sloten nog 68 zich aan. De regering Obama bouwt met het document op naar de klimaatonderhandelingen in Parijs.

Uit een bericht van de Huffington Post
‘(…) The pledges “demonstrate that the American private sector is stepping up,” said Brian Deese, senior adviser to President Barack Obama, in a call with reporters Monday morning. “In both the United States and in countries across the world, the support and the backing of the business community is an important ingredient to getting to ambitious but also sustainable climate action.” (…)’

Bronnen
Witte Huis, 19 oktober 2015: FACT SHEET: White House Announces Commitments to the American Business Act on Climate Pledge
Huffington Post, 19 oktober 2015: White House Announces More Corporate Climate Commitments

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