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The secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is leading a campaign to motivate individuals and organizations to take climate action by contributing to the global effort to achieve a climate neutral society, targeting notably sports organizations and major businesses.

As part of the UN’s Climate Neutral Now Initiative, companies, organizations and individuals can pledge to measure and report their greenhouse gas emissions, reduce their greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible and offset remaining emissions with UN Certified Emission Reductions (CERs).

The historic Paris Climate Change Agreement, clinched in 2015, puts the global community on an irreversible path towards a low-carbon future. The central goal of the Paris Agreement is to limit global warming to well below 2°C and as close to 1.5°C as possible to prevent dangerous tipping points in the climate system.

For this to happen, global emissions must peak soon and be driven down drastically thereafter. A balance, known as “climate neutrality” (sometimes referred to as “greenhouse gas neutrality” or “carbon neutrality”), must then be achieved in the second half of this century between global emissions and removals through absorption by healthy, natural ecosystems or through other human-managed means. To achieve this, everybody must contribute.

Sports organizations have a particularly important role in working toward climate neutrality. They inspire and delight citizens all over the world, and as such can greatly increase awareness and promote additional climate action from civil society.

FIFA is one sports organization that has taken the Climate Neutral Now pledge

For companies, taking climate action makes simple economic sense. Threatened by supply chain disruption, extreme weather events and rising resource costs, forward-thinking businesses support bold climate action. And by greening their operations, these companies are creating jobs and becoming more competitive.

Microsoft is one Fortune 500 company committed to making its operations climate neutral

As a first step, the UN is asking companies, organizations and individuals to sign up to the Climate Neutral Now pledge.

They then compensate for the emissions they cannot reduce by choosing from certified emission reductions from a wide range of worthwhile projects - from wind power projects to more efficient bus transit systems, to projects that replace harmfull cookstoves with healthy, clean burning stoves.

Read more and the role of companies here and the role of sports organizations here.

 

 

 

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