14 companies express readiness to work with Governments and Civil Society to make Global Climate Agreement in Paris happen

1B---14 companies express readiness to work with Governments and Civil Society to make Global Climate Agreement in Paris happen

World’s main players from some of the most carbon-intensive sectors like power, utilities, and industrial equipment have come forward to reduce greenhouse gases. A statement was released on Wednesday in which 14 corporations pushed for the United Nations Climate Change conference in Paris, France, in December this year.

Some of the companies were oil leader Royal Dutch Shell, coal miners BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, cement maker LafargeHolcim, and technology giants HP and Intel.

In the December’s conference, around 200 nations will agree to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change.

Virginia-based organization, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), developed the statement. It asked for “a more balanced and durable multilateral framework guiding and strengthening national efforts to address climate change, committing to not only reduce emissions but also establish strong transparency to hold countries accountable, facilitate international carbon pricing, and decarboniz[e] the global economy”.

Bob Perciasepe, president of C2ES, said that these were the corporations that have real skin in the game being major fossil fuel emitters themselves or through their products. He said that they have come in support of a Paris deal to achieve ‘stronger long-term direction’ in the battle against climate change.

Perciasepe added that they think that low-carbon transition needs stronger leadership from governments too.

The corporations have agreed to join hands with governments and civil society for making the global climate agreement in Paris happen. They warned that no agreement will lead to greater risks and costs.

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