美國環境責任經濟聯盟（Ceres）、「We Mean Business」企業聯盟和世界自然基金會（WWF）的主導下，共有杜邦、Gap、通用磨坊、HP、希爾頓飯店、家樂氏、Levis等十多家知名美國企業簽署該聲明。
More than 365 businesses and investors from Fortune 500 firms to family-owned businesses sent a message today to President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump reaffirming their support for the historic Paris Agreement on Climate and the need to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon global economy.
The Paris Agreement is the first-ever global, legally binding framework to address climate change. The largest emitters, including China, the United States, India, Brazil, the European Union and more than 100 other nations, representing more than three-fourths of global greenhouse gas emissions, have formally ratified or joined the agreement. It entered into legal force on November 4.
In a statement of support today at the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP22, in Marrakech, the business group said, “Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement will enable and encourage businesses and investors to turn the billions of dollars in existing low-carbon investments into the trillions of dollars the world needs to bring clean energy prosperity to all. Failure to build a low-carbon economy puts American prosperity at risk.”
Trump and his transition team are reportedly looking at ways of rapidly withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement soon after he takes office on January 20, 2017.
Among the U.S. businesses signing the statement are DuPont, Gap Inc., General Mills, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Hilton, HP Inc., Kellogg Company, Levi Strauss & Co., L’Oreal USA, NIKE, Mars Incorporated, Schneider Electric, Starbucks, VF Corporation, and Unilever. They joined Ceres, We Mean Business and WWF in signing the statement.
The full statement and list of signatories are located at www.lowcarbonusa.org.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry today tried to reassure the delegates to COP22 that the United States still supports the Paris Agreement.
“No one can deny the remarkable progress that we have made – progress that actually was pretty hard to imagine even a few years ago. The global community is more united than ever not just in accepting the challenge, but in confronting it with real action, in making a difference,” said Kerry. “And no one should doubt the overwhelming majority of the citizens of the United States who know climate change is happening and who are determined to keep our commitments that were made in Paris.”
In their statement, the businesses pledged to do their part, in their own operations and beyond, to realize the Paris Climate Agreement’s commitment of a global economy that limits global temperature rise to well below two-degrees Celsius relative to pre-industrial temperatures.
They are calling on elected U.S. leaders to support:
* – Continuation of low-carbon policies in order to allow the U.S. to meet or exceed its promised national commitments.
* – Investment in the low-carbon economy at home and abroad in order to give financial decision-makers clarity and boost investor confidence.
* – Continued U.S. participation in the Paris Climate Agreement in order to provide the long-term direction needed to limit global warming.
Member of the European Parliament Seán Kelly said the 175 countries, business leaders and politicians that support the historic climate change agreement achieved in Paris last December will not allow US President-elect Trump to derail the deal.
Speaking at COP22 climate talks in Marrakech, where he is representing the European Parliament, Kelly described the landmark climate change deal as “unstoppable now.”
Kelly pointed out that 100 countries have now adopted the deal to limit the impact of climate change agreed at the UN COP21 conference in Paris last December, to protect our environment and planet for future generations.