The World Gathers In Paris To Fight Climate Change - #COP21
The United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP21) will take place from November 30 to December 11, 20151. The aim at the 21st Conference is to build a “Paris Climate Alliance” capable of keeping the global warming below 2° Celsius.
Over 40,000 people will participate in this event, with 195 countries represented, 150 world leaders as well as various companies and non-profit organizations.
According to the Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change (IPCC), global warming of more than 2°C would have serious consequences, such as an increase in the number of extreme climate events. At COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009, the countries stated their determination to limit global warming to 2°C between now and 2100. To reach this target, climate experts estimate that global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions need to be reduced by 40-70% by 2050 and that carbon neutrality (zero emissions) must be reached by the end of the century at the latest.
It was decided during COP15 that each country propose a national contribution to help reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. This commitment from 195 countries will make the 2°C target for 2100 possible. For the first time, the world has come together and created a global mobilization towards a green economy.
What’s The Role Of The Private Sector At COP21?
Companies are at the center of climate change action: they can provide sustainable technologies and have an influence on citizens’ behavior. But companies can’t work alone: they need a legal framework from governments to work within.
COP21 is the opportunity for businesses to develop a global agreement while protecting economic growth. Companies will try to give clear answers to various questions: How do we manage our resources? How will carbon be priced? How are supply chains sourced?
For Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of SUEZ “There is no shortage of technical solutions, and more will continue to be developed. We should rejoice in the wealth of solutions and innovations across the world. But these technical solutions will not suffice unless we change the way we behave and act.”
SUEZ has not waited for COP21 to start the Resource Revolution. We’ve already made 12 commitments that are going to help us achieve our sustainable development roadmap. And every day, we invest in solutions for a sustainable future: seawater desalination, water reuse, renewable energy production, biological recovery, and more.
To go further, discover our “Focus COP21” series of articles:
- Why The Carbon Must Have A Price? A point of view from Alain Grandjean
- “Climate Change And Food Security: Two Intrinsically-Linked Global Issues” A point of view from Jean-Louis Chaussade
- Waste & Climate: spotlight on Fwee2
- The IRD Development Research Institute is putting the “climate under surveillance” with its awareness campaign for young people and the general public.
- Waste & Climate: Spotlight on Gobilab3
- Paris Exhibits 80 Initiatives Promoting Climate Change Awareness
- Global Warming: What Is The State Of Worldwide Public Opinion?
- The arts community musters for the Paris Climate Conference
- Emerging countries: will better waste recycling help fight global warming?
- Water reclamation: are you ready to recycle wastewater in order to cope with water stress?
- Multivalorisation: are you ready to increase waste recovery in your region?
1 To learn more about Climate Summits, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuriLuPSvZA&feature=player_embedded
2 Fwee is a French company that collects unsold fruit from producers and turns it into confectionery made entirely from fruit.
3 Globilab is a company that produces Gobis, reusable bottles designed for the office and day-to-day life.