The following major industrial businesses and civil society groups have endorsed the Framework Principles:
- Alliance for Energy Efficient Economy
- Aldersgate Group
- Architecture 2030
- Carbon Leadership Forum
- Clean Energy Canada
- Corporate Leaders Group Europe
- Global Efficiency Intelligence
- Global Energy Monitor
- Godrej Industries
- JSW Energy
- JSW Cement
- Mahindra Group
- Solutions for Our Climate
- Tata Steel
- United Nations High Level Champions
Ana Musat, Head of Policy, Aldersgate Group said: "Cutting heavy industrial emissions in a way that boosts competitiveness, innovation and job creation is essential for securing a just transition and generating support for the climate agenda in industrial centres across Europe. However, given the significant levels of investment required and the average lifespan of industrial assets which is around 20-30 years, clear policy signals and regulations need to come into force now to facilitate cost-effective decarbonisation that does not lead to offshoring of industry. In addition to a robust carbon pricing trajectory, key priorities for policy include product standards that drive down embedded carbon and promote high degrees of resource efficiency, a transparent regime for carbon border adjustment measures for key products and comprehensive low carbon skill strategies."
Edward Mazria, Founder and CEO, Architecture 2030 said: “We have been talking about the substantial embodied GHG pollution from materials like steel and cement in the built environment for some time. The Framework Principles for Heavy Industrial Decarbonization is critical today in order to move policymakers to act on this neglected climate issue and help ensure that we stay within a 67% probability 1.5 ̊C carbon budget.”
Merran Smith, Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada said: “Shrinking the carbon footprint of heavy industry is key to keeping climate change below 2°C. These principles are an important step toward helping industries and the jurisdictions they operate in meet their net-zero commitments. With governments focussed on economic recovery, the time to act on these principles is now.”
Eliot Whittington, Director, Corporate Leaders Group Europe said: "The decarbonisation of heavy industry will undoubtedly require a global approach if we are to be successful in bringing down the emissions of a sector that is responsible for nearly a third of all greenhouse gas emissions. Having a set of agreed principles that each and every region of the world can work towards will be invaluable for the chemicals, steel and cement sectors to stay on track with meeting the Paris climate goals and decision makers must now work towards embedding these goals in the run up to COP 26."
Founder and CEO, Envision, Lei Zhang said: “Envision is proud to put forward our endorsement of the Global Framework Principles for Heavy Industry. We know that industrial emissions are a major contributor of global emissions so it is our collective responsibility to reduce these emissions where possible. As a greentech company that uses steel in our wind turbines, we look forward to accelerating decarbonization in our supply chains and working with others to do the same."
Ali Hasanbeigi , Founder and CEO at Global Efficiency Intelligence, LLC. said: "The timing of this Global Framework is great. As governments around the world planning large stimulus packages to recover from COVID19 downturn, and some even set carbon neutrality targets, this framework provides valuable guiding principles to make sure the economic recovery will be a sustainable and low carbon recovery."
Ted Nace, Executive Director, Global Energy Monitor said: "Momentum and interest in heavy industry decarbonization has finally begun with major steel companies starting to make carbon neutrality commitments.To help monitor changes in the steel industry including steel plant technologies and ownership, GEM has launched a new Global Steel Plant Tracker for global iron and steel production assets. GEM endorses the framework principles for heavy industry decarbonization as a foundation for building a just, transparent, and equitable transition to wards net zero industry."
Nadir Godrej, MD, Godrej Industries said: “Godrej Industries fully endorses the Global Principles for Heavy Industry Framework put forth by The Climate Group in consultation with industry representatives from around the world. A clear and comprehensive pathway for decarbonization in line with the 1.5 degree goal is the need of the hour as businesses recover from the pandemic. There is a small window of opportunity to reset priorities and policies to accelerate adoption of sustainable practices and reduce emissions. Needless to say, the contribution of heavy industries to global emissions is significant, which means there is an opportunity to make an equivalent impact as well. This framework will serve as a guide for policy makers and industry to create their own low carbon pathways.”
Nilesh Narwekar, CEO, JSW Cement said: "We are happy to support the Global Framework Principles on Heavy Industry initiative.The current pandemic has provided an opportunity for industries to reimagine business models and help support a green recovery. At JSW Cement we proactively work towards low carbon products and have achieved one of the lowest carbon footprint (298 kg CO2/Tonne of Cement) in the Cement Industry. We would continue supporting the cause for building a low carbon economy."
Prashant Jain, JMD & CEO, JSW Energy said: "We are happy to support the Global Framework Principles on Heavy Industry initiative. Industrial emissions account for nearly a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, which means this is a critical area to focus decarbonization efforts to help limit global warming to 1.5°C.At JSW Energy we have committed ourselves towards carbon neutrality by 2050 and setting science based targets as per the SBTi."
Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech, Inc. said: “LanzaTech is an innovative US headquartered company that sits at the nexus of hard-to-abate sectors from heavy industry to aviation creating carbon recycling solutions, creating and retaining good paying jobs. It is imperative that businesses like ours use our expertise and our voice to call for the most effective climate policy in countries around our interconnected world so that we can keep our planet habitable. We are thrilled to join this effort of companies and civil society around the world setting out a clear policy framework for heavy industry decarbonization and are eager to get to work with the Biden-Harris Administration and other global leaders on this critical front in the climate fight.”
Anirban Ghosh, CSO, Mahindra said: “As the specter of COVID caused disruption shows signs of receding, the world is returning to the emission highway towards climate change, the effects of which will be far worse and much more prolonged compared to the COVID experience. The irony is that a low carbon trajectory is a more inclusive, sustainable growth path for the world. There are many climate solutions that are already viable, these should be adopted rapidly and at scale, even as we work to develop newer, better technologies and solutions. The Global Framework Principles of the Climate Group echo this idea and focus on what can be done now! The Mahindra Group is moving rapidly towards a net-neutral world through multiple initiatives in its facilities, in the facilities of members of its supply chain, investing in businesses that accelerate a carbon solution and enabling nature to help itself through an intense bio-diversity program. The principles of the Global Framework can build enduring business while rejuvenating the environment and enabling stakeholders to rise.”
Joojin Kim, Managing Director, Solutions for Our Climate said: “We have been fighting off the coal industry for years in the power sector and what most people don’t understand is that heavy industry uses about a third of all energy and 30 percent of all coal used on the planet goes into industrial process heat. We cannot win the solve the climate crisis unless we can change that equation which means we need aggressive industrial decarbonization policy now in Korea and in every major heavy industrial economy in the world.”
Sanjiv Paul, VP Safety, Health & Sustainability, Tata Steel Limited, said:“The Climate Group’s ‘Global Framework Principles for Heavy Industry’ resonate with the ethos of Tata Steel and we are happy to be one of its signatories. As a responsible corporate citizen, it has always been our endeavour to promote sustainability as a business strategy through enhancing resource efficiency, adopting circular economy principles, taking climate action and caring for our communities and workforce. Climate Change is a significant risk that humanity and the industry face in the long-term and it is imperative that industry joins forces to mitigate its inevitable repercussions. We acknowledge Climate Group’s efforts towards mobilising the global heavy industry to align with a 1.5-degree C trajectory and reaffirm our commitment to our Vision of being the global steel industry benchmark in Value Creation and Corporate Citizenship’ by undertaking agile, innovative and just actions. We eagerly look forward to collaborating with the Climate Group and our industry peers to lead a strong response to climate change mitigation and adaptation in the post Covid era.”
Nigel Topping, COP26 United Nations High Level Champion and Gonzalo Munoz, United Nations COP25 High Level Champion said: “We welcome this policy framework, which is a powerful tool to raise ambition and inject urgency at the exact moment when industrial economies around the world are trying to recover the livelihoods of millions, prevent more needless deaths from the pandemic, and fight the climate emergency we are all living in.”