COP21 – Twee Nederlanders stimuleren internationaal bedrijfsleven tot klimaatactie
26 november 2015 – Twee Nederlanders zijn stevig in de weer om grote internationale bedrijven tot grote klimaatacties aan te zetten: Paul Polman en Peter Bakker. Paul Polman is CEO Unilever en Peter Bakker is president van de WBCSD. Ze geven leiding aan het ‘Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative (LCTPi)’. Ze hebben al 86 grote ondernemingen voor het LCTPi laten tekenen.
Samen zijn zij actief voor de World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Namens alle deelnemende bedrijven hebben zij gisteren een brief geschreven aan Ban Ki-Moon (secretaris-generaal van de VN) en Christiana Figueres (hoofd van de UNFCCC). In die brief benadrukken zij het grote belang van een ambitieus akkoord in Parijs en bieden zij regeringen alle steun aan van het bedrijfsleven dat zij vertegenwoordigen.
‘(…) Unilever CEO and Chairman of WBSCD Paul Polman and WBCSD President and CEO Peter Bakker have united 86 companies to take action to tackle climate change through LCTPi.
Business leaders heading the working groups of the WBCSD Low Carbon Technology Partnership initiative have joined Polman and Bakker in writing to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and UNFCCC Executive Director Christiana Figueres to call for an ambitious climate agreement, pledging to work with them to deliver it. (…) [Polman and Bakker] have written to the top organisers of the UN climate negotiations to show them that business is standing beside government, and taking action to help keep our world under 2°C of warming. The letter to UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, UNFCCC Executive Director Christiana Figueres, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Peru’s Minister for Environment Manuel Pulgar-Vidal Otalora outlines the actions 86 companies are taking to tackle climate change and calls for an ambitious climate agreement that leads to net zero emissions before the end of the century. (…)’
Uit de tekst van de brief aan Ban Ki-Moon en Christiana Figueres
‘(…) In just five days, the world will begin one of the most critical and historic meetings of our time. As heads of state and negotiators begin to arrive in Paris, we are writing to show you that business is standing beside government, and taking action to help keep our world on the 2°C pathway.
Business calls for an ambitious climate agreement that leads to net zero emissions before the end of the century
Led by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi) has identified a set of ambitions that, according to PwC analysis, if achieved, could contribute up to 65% of the emissions reduction that is required by 2030, while stimulating $5-10 trillion of investment and supporting 20-45 million jobs each year.
Since its launch during COP-20 in Lima in partnership with the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the LPAA has supported LCTPi by highlighting the crucial role of business in delivering high-impact climate solutions.
Business is working together to make it happen
LCTPi has united companies around the world. From different geographies and sectors, the response has been overwhelming. We are harnessing this commitment to collaboration:
- 9 LCTPi groups are in operation: renewable energy: carbon capture and storage; low carbon transport fuels; low carbon freight; cement; chemicals; energy efficiency in buildings; forests and climate smart agriculture.
- 86 companies have made 94 endorsements of LCTPi and are ready to move to implementation.
- Over 1000 high level business representatives and policy makers have participated in international dialogues conducted across five continents and in all key emerging markets.
The LCTPi ambitions and actions will contribute to the national INDCs, and will help them become more ambitious in the future. Paris is a critical step along the journey, but LCTPi by necessity goes far beyond, and it can be expanded with more solution areas that have already been identified.
Each LCTPi has an action plan that focuses on what business can do today . They also suggest policy recommendations and public private partnerships. Together, these will allow the scalability of actions and further investment, and appropriate policies will strengthen the business case and help accelerate them.
Your support will encourage more companies to join this movement
In 2015 business has done the work to find solutions to the climate challenge. Together with other business groups like We Mean Business and its partners, we are bringing them to Paris. 2016 will be the year when these implementation of these solutions begins to accelerate.
More companies need to join this movement. Help us continue this momentum as we work together with you, to take the steps that are necessary to transform to a low-carbon world.
We firmly believe that including testimonies from LCTPi companies on the value of collaborative action, in both the thematic days and the action day, will reinforce both the COP-21 process and the implementation of LCTPi in 2016 and beyond. Leadership is essential to overcoming the complexity of climate change. We are grateful for your invaluable partnership and ongoing support. (…)’
WBCSD, 25 november 2015: Paul Polman, Peter Bakker and WBCSD Executive Committee members call on UN climate negotiators for an ambitious agreement
Foto links: Peter Bakker; foto rechts: Paul Polman (foto’s van resp. WBCSD en Unilever)