COP21 – How companies can demonstrate climate leadership 

Monica RichterBusiness and Industry Engagement Manager, WWF Australia

We were all shocked and saddened to hear the news of the attacks in Paris on Friday and in Beirut, just one day prior. We extend our deepest sympathies to all people affected by these tragedies.

In nine days the Paris COP21 will begin.  WWF expects political leaders to deliver a fair, ambitious and transformative global climate agreement.  And while a spirit of compromise will be important to reach a final agreement in Paris, there can be no compromise on the level of ambition we need to address the climate crisis.

At the moment, the commitments governments have made will delivered a planet warming above 2.7oC.  This isn’t good enough! Leaders need to prioritise a plan to address the emissions gap, regularly increase this ambition over time and provide a finance mechanism to catalyse a just transition to a safer and renewable energy world.

Companies can do their part to reduce emissions, and ambitious climate action makes sense for both the planet and profits. WWF has been working with CDP, UN Global Compact and the We Mean Business Coalition to get companies to sign up to a range of climate change commitments, including setting science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. Some of this work and company commitments will be featured at the Caring for Climate Business Forum on 7/8 December running in parallel to the Paris COP. For more details on company commitments see http://www.wemeanbusinesscoalition.org/ and http://sciencebasedtargets.org/

Note from Edge: We invite you to watch this brief video about how business can engage on climate and at COP21.
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