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49 cities, regions, businesses and investors are stepping up for climate

49 cities, regions, businesses and investors are stepping up for climate

Delivering an opportunity together –creating a new European economy and society

Embargoed until Thursday, 13 December 5:00am CET

The European Union has enabled a breakthrough in the low-carbon transition by adopting clear targets and policy frameworks. So far, it has worked. Now, recognizing the urgency of the challenge—as conveyed by the latest scientific evidence in the IPCC’s 1.5degree report and by extreme weather events that impacted so many regions this summer—it is time to move on to the next phase.

The world must reach net zero emissions early in the second half of this century and drastically cute missions over the next decade to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.The EU has the knowledge, skillset and economic drivers to deliver net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest. It will be essential to scale up efforts over the next decade and review existing targets for 2030 accordingly. We believe the European countries can and should show the way towards a zero-emissions future. 

We have an opportunity. An opportunity to transform our economy and society. An opportunity to confront challenges to our security and wellbeing. Here is an opportunity to clean our air and water, and to reduce waste, all the while making our homes and cities better places to live. This is an opportunity for a managed transition, to create good jobs in growing fields, to bolster innovative industries, to build out resilient infrastructure, and to develop new business models that support abetter, healthier, and more sustainable way of life. The need to combat climate change is becoming more urgent every day, and this gives us the opportunity to accelerate these actions and work together to build a net zero emission Europe by 2050 at the latest.

We are businesses, investors, cities and regions who are seizing this opportunity. We are working to quickly and substantially advance energy efficiency and increase the share of renewables in the energy system to rapidly move away from fossil fuel use. We are working to shift transport away from polluting models to people-centred systems. We are producing food and using land more sustainably.

These actions bring immediate benefits to people's everyday lives: reducing the negative health impacts from pollution and making buildings and workplaces more comfortable and productive.They are making our businesses the market leaders of the future and making the economy into a more resilient part of the solution. We are proud to show the rich and diverse set of actions that already exist to respond to climate change and encourage others to join us delivering on commitments, investing in news olutions and innovating to reimagine the economy without carbon emissions.

We are all in this together. We can only succeed through cooperation, by working together to deliver on the promise of the Paris Agreement without leaving anyone behind. We know that we need to develop a new form of shared leadership between political leaders and actors in economy and society to do so. Together, we can seize this opportunity and confront the challenge ahead. We are committed to achieving our goal and will continue acting to bring it into reality. We invite you to join us.

This vision is endorsed by:

José Manuel Entrecanales, CEO of Acciona

Roelie van Wijk, Global Head of Responsible Business and Public Affairs at Aegon Asset Management

Anja van Niersen, CEO of Allego

Peter Simpson, CEO of Anglian Water Group

Charles Kirwan Taylor, Chairman of Atlas Infrastructure

Veronika Nováčková, Director at Bezobalu

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol (UK)

Dawn Turner, CEO of Brunel PP

Philippe Close, Mayor of Brussels (BE)

James Bevan, CIO of CCLA

Andrew Brown, CEO of Church Commissioners for England

Damian Rutkowski, Vice President of Dąbrowa Górnicza (PL)

Kim Fausing, CEO of Danfoss

Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO of DNV GL AS

Feike Sijbesma, CEO of DSM

Edward Collins, CEO of Earth Capital Partners

Alexandre Duran, President of Ecotxe

António Mexia, CEO of EDP

Craig Martin, Chief Pensions Officer of Environment Agency Pension Fund

Daniël Termont, Mayor of Ghent (BE)

Joost Bergsma, Managing Partner and CEO of Glennmont Partners

Saker Nusseibeh, CEO of Hermes Investment Management

Ignacio S. Galán, Chairman and CEO of Iberdrola

Jesper Brodin, CEO of Ingka Group (largest IKEA subsidiary)

Nigel Stansfield, President at Interface for Europe, Middle East and Africa

Nick Perks, Trust Secretary and CEO of Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Eoin Fahy, Head of Responsible Investing at KBI Global Investors

Sandra Espeja, Member of the Council for Environment, Mallorca Island (ES)

Valentin Vrabie, Mayor of Medgidia (RO)

Lars Pehrson, CEO of Merkur Cooperative Bank

Isabel Elizalde Arretxea, Regional Councillor of Navarra region (ES)

Petr Rokůsek, Founder of Nano Energies

Fredric Nyström, Head of Responsible Investment at Ohman

Henrik Poulsen, CEO of Ørsted

John David, Head of Rathbone at Greenbank Investments

Mirella Vitale, Senior Vice President, Group Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs at Rockwool Group

Catalin Anghel, Marketing Director of Romstal

Maria Letizia Mariani, CEO of Signify Europe

Stefan Spasov, CEO of Spark

Karl Henrik Sundström, CEO of Stora Enso

Åsa Bergman, CEO of Sweco

Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever

Antoine Frérot, CEO of Veolia

Ewa Całus, Deputy Mayor of Wadowice (PL)

Seb Beloe, Partner of WHEB