The United Nations launched an action plan on Friday to urge companies to keep their promises to end emissions rather than covering progress with good “greenwashing”.
The company will develop standards to measure the credibility of non -state organizations – including cities and businesses – that cut carbon emissions leading to climate change.
The team of 16 experts will be led by former Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and will include experts and leaders from industry, finance, energy, politics and NGOs.
The countries agreed to keep global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius to prevent further damage. According to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this calls for carbon-neutrality in the middle of the century.
But UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the state’s pledge would not be enough if district officials, illegal organizations and investors did not pull them out.
“We need every industry, investor, city, state and country to go into the conversation on their net-zero pledges,” he said, according to the statement. prepared and released before the start of the company.
In February, an IPCC report on the effects of climate change revealed that it was almost time to ensure a “future life” for all.
A report by Boston Consulting Group found that 3,000 companies have set some sort of net-zero pledge by November 2021.
They make up more than one -fifth of those in the Fortune Global 2000 ranking of listed companies – about 420 of the world’s largest businesses.
But agencies have been criticized for “greenwashing” -swearing promises while doing actions that undermine those goals.
The UN said it could be clean -up due to the lack of standard standards for assessing the reliability of carbon emissions and their implementation.
He noted that the promises made by fossil fuel companies to change features such as carbon capture technology were not enough – carbon emissions needed to be reduced.
“It is critical that the commitment of net-zero by businesses, investors, cities and countries to maintain 1.5 degrees Celsius to survive and build a safe and healthy world,” he said. McKenna in the previously released comments.
“But if all the plans are in line with all the promises, the critical tasks are close at hand, and fully implemented.”
Guterres said the new body-the High-Level Expert Group on Net-Zero Emissions Commitments of Non-State Entities-would pull off those standards and intend to bring them to global standards.
Similar efforts are being made in the United States and Europe.
Guterres asked the group to work on the ideas by the end of the year.
“To prevent climate change, we need courageous commitments combined with resilience,” he said.
“Strict net-zero standards and increased accountability associated with enforcing these commitments can provide real and immediate release cuts.”
The promises are not very short-lived, but provide net-zero hope
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