Signing of COP21 agreement in New York on Earth Day
Each year, Earth Day – April 22 – marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. It is now the 46th anniversary of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action.
And today, the Paris climate agreement, which was adopted by around 190 countries during the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) held in the French capital in December 2015, is to be signed in New York, by an expected 120 countries. This will break the previous record of 119 signatures on the opening day of an international agreement. Two of the largest greenhouse gas emitters in the world, the US and China, have confirmed that they will sign the Paris COP21 climate change. India has also confirmed its intention to sign.
Around 60 heads of state and governments, including French president François Hollande, are expected to attend the signing ceremony in New York. The ceremony will mark the first step towards ensuring that the Paris Agreement enters into force as early as possible – it will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification or acceptance with the UN secretary-general.
At Ericsson, we apply a life-cycle model to environmental management as part of a circular economy approach with a particular focus on reducing energy use and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. Our climate change approach includes:
- Leading in energy and environmental performance of our products and solutions.
- Improving the sustainability performance of our own activities.
- Driving ICT as a major solution to minimize the effects of urbanization and climate change.
According to the Ericsson Mobility Report in November, 2015, which is based on peer-reviewed research reports from Ericsson, ICT solutions could help to reduce GHG emissions by up to 15 percent by 2030, amounting to around 10 gigatonnes of CO2e, more than the current carbon footprint of the EU and US combined. Technology – particularly ICT – has a growing role to play in delivering solutions to address climate change.
The agreement reached at COP 21 in Paris in 2015, and signed today, underlines the importance of business engagement and solutions to meet global climate goals, which we at Ericsson commit to and support.