Major Firms to EU: Adopt ‘Robust’ 2030 Climate Policies
Unilever, Ikea, Royal Dutch Shell, Coca-Cola Enterprises and General Electric are among the 57 global companies, funds and associations that have signed a letter to support a “robust 2030 energy and climate policy framework and energy security strategy that is fully in line with Europe’s long-term climate objectives and that can deliver a global climate change agreement at the 2015 Paris CoP.”
Energy and environment ministers from EU member states met earlier this week to discuss a compromise climate deal in advance of the Oct. 23-24 summit, where leaders will decide on 2030 policies.
The European Commission has recommended states’ adopt a binding goal to cut GHG emissions by 40 percent by 2030, Bloomberg reports. The current 2020 policy cuts emissions 20 percent by 2020 compared with 1990 levels.
The letter, addressed to EU heads of state, says low-carbon growth is “a central driver for Europe’s economic recovery and competitiveness agenda, energy security aims, and delivering sustainable growth and job creation for decades to come.”
The 57 signatories are: 3M, Acciona, Águas de Portugal, Aldersgate Group, Alstom, Barilla, BDEW, Bilfinger Power Systems, BWE, Carbon Capture and Storage Association, CEZ, Climate Change Capital, Climate Markets & Investment Association, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Dansk Energi, Dong Energy, Doosan Power, DSM, Electricité de France, Ecover, Eneco, E.On, Eurogas, Eurelectric, Eugine, EUTurbines, EnBW, Energie Nederland, EnergiNorge, Ferrovial, Fortum, GDF Suez, General Electric, Gorenje Surovina, GSK, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, Ikea Group, Interface, International Emissions Trading Association, Kingfisher, Mirova, Novo Nordisk, Novozymes, Philips, Shell, Skanska, SSE, Statkraft, STF, SWM, Tesco, The Climate Group, The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, Unilever, Vattenfall, Velux Group, Verbund.
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