Major companies like Ikea and Microsoft called on governments on Saturday to respect their commitments in the fight against climate change.
Bayer, EDF, H&M, Ikea, Microsoft, Nestlé, Saint-Gobain, Unilever, Volvo… A call was launched this Saturday by 200 companies, some of which come from sectors identified for their negative environmental impact. The signatory structures ask governments to respect their commitments in the fight against climate change.
“We need governments, starting with the world’s most advanced economies, to maintain their commitment to limit warming to 1.5°C and to act quickly to implement it,” the statement said.
“This is an important initiative which underlines that we must see 1.5° not as a goal or something vague but as the limit for a livable world,” former Irish President Mary Robinson told reporters. who leads the “Sages”, a group founded by Nelson Mandela bringing together former leaders working for peace in the world.
The Paris Agreement of 2015 aims to limit global warming to well below +2°C and if possible +1.5°C compared to the pre-industrial era.
The G20 challenged
“This is for governments, those here at the COP who have not yet raised their national ambitions as they promised in Glasgow, and in particular the G20 which will meet next week” in Bali, explained Mary Robinson.
“It’s really, really important that governments start taking their responsibilities seriously to halve global emissions by 2030 as they rise. This is madness!” she exclaimed. .
María Mendiluce, chief executive of the climate-committed business coalition “We Mean Business”, stressed the importance of maintaining a clear 1.5°C target to guide business. “Once you set a budget and a limit, then you can deliver results,” she said.