More than 200 big businesses have now signed up to The Climate Pledge to become net-zero carbon by 2040. The initiative, led by Amazon and Global Optimism, calls on signatories to reach the Paris Agreement targets 10 years early.
In agreeing to support The Climate Pledge corporations commit to implementing a range of decarbonisation strategies that harness new innovations in areas including energy, transport and materials use. Signatories are also required to regularly measure and report greenhouse gas emissions.
“The recent report released by the IPCC is the starkest warning yet that the systems supporting human life are reaching tipping points and that the window of time to act decisively is narrowing,” said Christiana Figueres,former UN climate chief and founding partner of Global Optimism. “This wake-up call from science must be faced with courage and conviction. In this light, it’s encouraging that 86 more companies – some of the largest household names in the world – are now joining The Climate Pledge, committing to accelerate their actions to tackle climate change in a timely fashion, and playing their part in building a low-carbon economy. I look forward to the fruits of the leadership we will see from this collective of 200 signatories that are now part of The Climate Pledge.”
Scania is among the latest cohort of 86 companies to have joined.
“Scania has set far-reaching climate targets and we look forward to collaborating with like-minded companies to deliver the transformational action needed to tackle climate change. We are proud to stand with the other signatories of The Climate Pledge,” said Scania President and CEO Christian Levin. “Heavy commercial transport is no longer a hard-to-abate sector. We know how to reduce the emissions. We have the technology and we know what we need to do. I urge other companies in the industry to follow along with other stakeholders involved in achieving a sustainable transport system.”
The Climate Pledge is hosting an event at Climate Week NYC, which got underway today in the Big Apple. Called Transformation of Transport and Energy by 2040 or Sooner, it will ‘bring together companies across the energy and transportation sectors to discuss how they are committed to decarbonising their own operations, while also enabling others to transition to net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 or sooner’. The event, on tomorrow between 3pm EDT – 4pm EDT, will be available online – find out more.