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Make it your mission to halve your emissions

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The Exponential Roadmap Initiative have launched a practical guide for helping suppliers achieve 1.5°C reductions.

The roadmap is for innovators, transformers and disruptors taking action in line with The Paris Agreement, to halve emissions before 2030 through climate action and solutions.

This roadmap uniquely focuses on three priorities:

- racing to cut emissions in half by 2030

- how to scale the new low-carbon solutions

- how to think in terms of systems transformation of the whole economy.

Gardenia’s carbon accounting tool will support your mission to cut emissions by bringing about the change that is achievable.

This is one of the progressive initiatives from COP26.

What’s COP?

In 1994, a coalition of 154 nations signed the UNFCCC, the first global treaty to frame climate change as a truly joint problem—which the signers agreed to address through an annual Conference of the Parties (COP). Though smaller climate summits now happen every month or two, COP is the marquee event where negotiating teams from virtually every country gather to negotiate deals (like the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement), check on progress achieving those goals, and push each other forward.

COP21: Paris

Held in 2015 in France, COP21 produced the Paris Agreement, a landmark deal between 196 countries around two big ideas:

  • A global temperature target. To prevent the worst of climate change, the world agreed to keep global temperatures “well below” 2°C above pre-industrial levels. (The gold standard based on updated science is now 1.5°C.)

  • National emissions reduction targets. Countries agreed to periodically submit a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC)—a detailed plan of which emissions they’d be cutting, including the how and when.

Paris was a breakthrough because every country committed to a shared temperature target. But Paris didn’t determine how we’d get there. The devil is in the details—or, rather, the NDCs.

These two things were meant to work together. Though NDCs are voluntary, they give the world a shared picture of how all the planned cuts stack up against the reductions actually required to keep the world below the 1.5ºC redline.

COP26: Glasgow

Per the Paris Agreement, countries must “ratchet up” their NDCs every 5th COP to reflect their “highest ambition” at the time. COP26 is this first milestone, where we get to review all the updated NDCs to gauge how urgent and credible the world’s latest plans are.

Paris was about a big picture goal. COP26 in Glasgow is about how we’re going to get there, and whether we’re on pace to get there in time.

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