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Bopro signs the Message from Belgian stakeholders in support of the COP 21

11/09/2015

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:

  • We are taking voluntary actions to reduce environmental and carbon footprints, setting targets to reduce our current own GHG gas emissions and/or energy consumption while also collaborating in supply chains and at sectorial levels.
  • We agree on the need for inspirational and meaningful global action and aligned messaging. We will act as ambassadors for climate action, focusing on solutions and economic opportunities. We will help raising public awareness.
  • We will actively manage climate risks and incorporate them in decision making — not least to realize growth opportunities. We will take steps to implement effective strategies to strengthen not only our companies’ but also societal resilience.

Therefore, we support the Belgian delegate to obtain a legally-binding global climate agreement respecting the following principles:

  • The Paris agreement needs to send a clear signal to decision-makers and investors at all levels that our global economy have to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy powered by renewable energy.
  • As recently stated by the G7, we propose to target the upper end of the latest IPCC recommendation of 40 to 70 % of GHG reductions by 2050 compared to 20101. The agreement in Paris should contain this science based, long term goal. Europe must align with this engagement, holding its leader position in combatting climate change. Therefore, in the frame of a successful agreement in Paris, the EU should strengthen its emission reduction targets for 2030 and 2050.
  • The agreement in Paris should also lay a foundation for the integration of carbon pricing systems in all major emitting countries, which would be coordinated with a phasing-out of all existing carbon subsidies.
  • Belgium should contribute each year to the Green Climate Fund in line with the Copenhagen agreement.

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.

 

Signatories

ACCENTURE BELGIUM

ALPRO

ANTWERP MANAGEMENT SCHOOL

ANTWERP PORT AUTHORITY

ARGENTA

ANTWERP WORLD DIAMOND CENTRE

BALTIMORE AIRCOIL COMPANY

BOND BETER LEEFMILIEU

BEAUVENT

BEFIMMO

BEYERS KOFFIE

BMA ERGONOMICS

BOPRO

BOYDENS

BPOST

BVBA 32 ANN DE MEULEMEESTER

CARE

CLIMACT

COFELY

COFINIMMO

COOP. LEUZOISE ENERGIES DU FUTUR

DAOUST

DELHAIZE

DE LIJN

DELOITTE BELGIUM

D’IETEREN AUTO

ECORES

EDF LUMINUS

EFICO

ELECTRABEL

ENECO

EXKI

FACTOR4

FAIRTRADE BELGIUM

FONDATION GENERATION FUTURES

GOODPLANET BELGIUM

GREENCAPS

IBA

ICHEC

IKEA

INFRABEL

INTELLISOL

IRIS GROUP

JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICA

KBC GROUP

KPMG

MCA RECYCLING

MOBISTAR

NATUURPUNT

NESTLE BELGILUX

NIKE

NNOF

PASSIEFHUIS PLATFORM

PHILIPPE DE WOOT

PROXIMUS

QUILLA

RANDSTAD GROUP

RESCOOP EU

RESCOOP VLAANDEREN

RESCOOP WALLONIE

RICOH

SAINT-GOBAIN CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS BE

SIEMENS

SIPEF

SODEXO

SOLVAY

SPADEL

STIB

THE SHIFT

TRIODOS

UCB

UMICORE

UN GLOBAL COMPACT NETWORK BELGIUM

UNILEVER

UNIVERSITE DE NAMUR

VAN MARCKE

VLERICK BUSINESS SCHOOL

WWF

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