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Unlocking ambition: Top corporate and sub-national climate commitments

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07 December 2015
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Unlocking ambition: Top corporate and sub-national climate commitments

Unlocking ambition: Top corporate and sub-national climate commitments from CDP and The Climate Group identifies 200 companies, states, regions, and cities that have committed to full de-carbonization.

The briefing is the third in a series of reports tracking the ambitious climate commitments made by “non-state” actors (i.e. non-national governments), in the lead up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 21) taking place in Paris.

Specifically:

  • 87 companies have set goals to reduce their GHG emissions by 80-100%, or to procure 100% of their power from renewable sources, including Google (US), Infosys (India) and Broad Group (China), and
  • 23 states and regions and 90 cities, including California and Basque Country, and Yokohama and Vancouver, have declared similar goals that will strategically position their communities and economies for low-carbon growth and prosperity.

Among the many thousands of commitments that have been recorded in the UNFCCC’s Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA), the GHG reduction targets of these companies, states, regions and cities are arguably the most impactful because they tackle the challenge of reaching carbon neutrality by 2050. 

Similarly, the commitments to use only renewable power immediately create real and sizable demand for cleaner energy.  This will stimulate investments in new technologies, and influence policies to embed renewable power in our energy future.

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