Climate change is one of the biggest global challenges for the 21st century. Our response to it will not only shape the way we will live and do business now and in the coming decades, but will also offer numerous opportunities for socio-economic progress.
Combatting climate change will contribute to protect our world’s biodiversity and the human race.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties 21 (COP21), to be held in Paris in December 2015, aims to deliver a new climate change agreement that will put the world on track to a low-carbon, sustainable future while keeping the rise in global temperature to under 2 degrees Celsius by 2100.
We believe we have a responsibility to actively engage in global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and to help lead the global transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy. Hence, the private sector wants to deliver climate solutions and innovations in our practices, operations and policies.
We urge the Belgian delegation to promote an ambitious climate deal at COP21. We extend an open offer to the Belgian authorities to meet and co-design tangible actions as well as help the outreach to the rest of the world’s leaders and businesses to support an ambitious climate agreement.
Our vision supporting a climate deal and our commitments are the following:
Therefore, we support the Belgian delegate to obtain a legally-binding global climate agreement respecting the following principles:
Hastening the shift to a low-carbon economy in an economically sustainable manner will generate growth and jobs in both the developing and the developed world. It lowers our dependence on fossil fuels hence reduces our dependence on energy import. Delaying action is not an option: it will be costly and will damage socio-economic progress. We call on the Belgian delegation to align on global measures, to be consistent in policy-making and to develop helpful innovation frameworks.
A comprehensive, inclusive and ambitious climate agreement in Paris on mitigation, adaptation and finance — in combination with a strong set of clear political engagements from the world’s leaders — is key to accelerating this transition. This opportunity should not be missed.
ANTWERP MANAGEMENT SCHOOL
ANTWERP PORT AUTHORITY
ANTWERP WORLD DIAMOND CENTRE
BALTIMORE AIRCOIL COMPANY
BOND BETER LEEFMILIEU
BVBA 32 ANN DE MEULEMEESTER
COOP. LEUZOISE ENERGIES DU FUTUR
FONDATION GENERATION FUTURES
PHILIPPE DE WOOT
SAINT-GOBAIN CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS BE
UN GLOBAL COMPACT NETWORK BELGIUM
UNIVERSITE DE NAMUR
VLERICK BUSINESS SCHOOL