May 12 2016 at 18:39
New UN Campaign Showcases Wealth of Climate Action by Companies, Investors, Cities and Regions
by Cop22 Marrakech
Bonn, 9 May 2016—Climate action by cities and companies and by regions and investors is continuing strongly since the Paris climate change conference with some 50 new actions posted on the UN portal which was set up to showcase private sector and local authority ambition.
Ranging from South African hospitals group Netcare Ltd to Dutch banking group ING, the new commitments join over 11,000 already registered on NAZCA -- the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action, established in 2014 at the request of the Government of Peru.
The news comes as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which is managing the portal, today also launched a global public awareness campaign to spotlight these game-changing commitments, including the many which are happening in the developing world.
For example, the city of Puebla in Mexico committed and registered on NAZCA its aim to reduce emissions by 90% by 2050. And India’s Tata Motors has committed to reduce CO2 emissions by 50% by 2020 and procure 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources.
It is hoped the new campaign--entitled ‘We’re Accelerating Climate Action’-- will encourage more entities to consider how they can make climate action commitments working with partners like We Mean Business and data providers to the NAZCA portal including CDP, the Climate Group and ICLEI’s carbonn® Climate Registry.
Other data providers include Investors on Climate Change; the UN Global Compact; the Covenant of Mayors and the Climate Bonds Initiative.
With the next UN climate conference to be held in Morocco in November this year, companies, investors, cities, regions and provinces from the global south and Africa are especially welcome.
In the run up to and during the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UNFCCC, held in Paris last December, unprecedented momentum was triggered among individual and cooperative initiatives in support of governments and the realizing of the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement.
Full text: http://newsroom.unfccc.int/climate-action/un-launches-campaign-showcasing-wealth-of-climate-action-by-companies-investors-cities-and-regions/
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