PARIS: December 16, 2015. Following last week's adoption by representatives from 195 countries of a proposed agreement on CO2 reduction, the French government has launched L'Appel de Paris, (the Paris Pledge for Action), to maintain support.
So far 400 businesses, 120 investors controlling US$11 trillion in assets, plus 150 cities and regions worldwide have signed up to implement the agreement – should it be ratified at the UN next year.
The signatories include companies such as Acciona, Allianz, Mars, Kellogg's, Tata Group and Unilever; Lloyd's and Aviva from the world of insurance; the cities of New York, Johannesburg, Quezon City, Hong Kong, Rio De Janeiro and Mexico City; and regions such as the Cross River State in Nigeria, Scotland, Chiapas, Mexico and California.
Look who has signed up so far: http://www.parispledgeforaction.org/whos-joined/?filter=-1
Despite being significant CO2 emitters, there's no sign of Air France-KLM, British Airways, Delta, Emirates, Lufthansa or any other airline on the list; nor Maersk, CMA-CGM, Hapag-Lloyd or any other ocean carrier.
Launching L'Appel de Paris, the French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, president of COP 21 declared: "Non-state actor leadership is key to the success of COP21 and to the effective transition to a low-emissions and climate-resilient future. The world needs you to step up and rise to the challenges of climate change and sustainable development. This is why I strongly encourage you to take bold actions and make ambitious commitments, both individually and collectively... to make sure the commitments made in Paris by governments are achieved or even exceeded."
Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change added: "COP21 was a landmark, and not just for the Paris Agreement by governments. The extraordinary momentum witnessed before and during the UN conference by cities, provinces, regions, companies and citizens was also a hallmark.
"The Paris Pledge for Action is about taking that momentum to the next level in support of nations as they work towards raising ambition up to 2020 and well beyond—it is about building ever more support by non-state actors who are aligning with government policy as never before," she added.
L'Appel de Paris is managed by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. You, and any airline, can join the Pledge here: www.ParisPledgeForAction.org/sign