Businesses and individuals are being urged to join a UN initiative and contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

The United Nations Climate Change secretariat is promoting the ‘Climate Neutral Now Pledge’, a voluntary programme that encourages organisations to take climate action by ‘measuring, reducing, and offsetting’ their unavoidable emissions. To offset emissions they can’t currently avoid, signatories can offset them by buying UN-Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs) which finance projects in developing countries including solar and wind farms. 

And this is a movement everyone can join. Individuals who want to get involved can sign up to the Citizens Climate Pledge at climatepledge.global. An online calculator estimates someone’s climate footprint so they can also effectively ‘measure, reduce, and offset’ their negative environmental impact by taking steps such as purchasing United Nations-certified climate credits. 

Actor Edward Norton, a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity, said: “We all need to take personal responsibility to combat the threat of climate change. Join me in the Climate Neutral Now initiative to reduce the impact of climate change and offset carbon emissions. Help protect the ecosystems that sustain biodiversity and save the livelihoods of billions of people around the world.” 

Read the full article in our latest edition – out today, which is being distributed at the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy (EFIB) in Brussels; and is also available online.