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Press release: Corporate Leaders Group calls for swift EU ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

last modified Sep 21, 2016 02:31 PM
21 September 2016, New York – The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group today called on the EU to ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change as soon as possible to trigger its entry into force.

“The upcoming entry into force of the Agreement is the important signal that businesses have been waiting for.” – Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever                  

60 countries accounting for almost 48 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions have now joined the Agreement, short of the 55 countries representing 55 per cent of emissions required for the treaty to enter into force. However, more countries have committed to ratifying in the coming months and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, at a high-level event at the UN General Assembly in New York, that he was confident the Paris Agreement will enter into force by the end of 2016, less than a year after it was negotiated.

Jill Duggan, Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), which brings together 24 global businesses employing 2 million people worldwide, welcomed an important milestone. She said:

“We are delighted at the unprecedented speed with which this historic agreement will come into force. This shows that governments have understood and responded to the urgency of the climate challenge – a challenge demonstrated by the record breaking temperatures experienced, yet again, this year.

 “The ratification by the European Union, which accounts for 12 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, will be instrumental to reaching the required threshold of 55 countries and 55 per cent of emissions. European leaders should be commended for agreeing to speed up their ratification process.

“Members of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group call on the EU to stay at the forefront of climate action and fully join the Paris Agreement in the next couple of weeks, triggering an entry into force at COP22 in Marrakesh.”

Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, a member of the Corporate Leaders Group, added:

"The upcoming entry into force of the Paris Agreement is the important signal that businesses have been waiting for. With this clear direction of travel from political leaders, companies can now accelerate efforts to achieve a zero carbon future."

Business leaders now need to look closely at what the entry into force of the Paris Agreement means in their own contexts. In order to help companies understand the changes ahead, the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), which provides the secretariat to the CLG, published this week "A new climate for business: Planning your response to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change" on the occasion of Climate Week NYC 2016.  This new business briefing explains the major implications of the Paris Agreement and helps businesses formulate their strategic responses.

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Read CISL’s new business briefing: "A new climate for business: Planning your response to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change"

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About The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group

The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) brings together 24 European business leaders who work under the patronage of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to advocate solutions on climate change to policymakers and business peers within the EU and globally.

CLG members are: 3M, Acciona, Anglian Water Group, BT, Coca-Cola European Partners, Doosan Babcock, DSM, EDF, Ferrovial, GSK, Heathrow, Iberdrola, Interface, Jaguar Land Rover, Kingfisher, Lloyds Banking Group, Philips, Skanska, Sky, Stora Enso, Tesco, Thames Water, Unilever, United Technologies. 

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) provides the secretariat to the CLG.

www.corporateleadersgroup.com

Follow the CLG on Twitter @ClimateCLG


About the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) brings together business, government and academia to find solutions to critical sustainability challenges. CISL provides the secretariat to the CLG. Decisions of the CLG do not necessarily represent the policies or positions of CISL or of the wider University of Cambridge.

www.cisl.cam.ac.uk

Follow CISL on Twitter @CISL_Cambridge

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