Blog: New initiatives to tackle climate change

Katie Smith | 29 September 2015

After Nike and Wal-Mart last week pledged to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy, more initiatives are being embarked upon to combat global climate change.

German sporting goods brand Adidas and UK retailer Marks & Spencer are among the companies that have joined the new UN initiative, Climate Neutral Now, which aims to help more individuals and organisations measure, reduce and offset greenhouse gas emissions through an online platform.

With the world likely to exceed the two degree average warming limit needed to avoid catastrophic climate change, the UN says voluntary action by business and individuals is required to ensure the world transitions to climate neutrality by the second-half of the 21st century.

“Over time the need for offsets is going to decline as energy systems become ever more low carbon, healthy ecosystems like forests expand and we arrive at a climate neutral world in the second half of the century,” says Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The online platform allows organisations to select from a range of UN verified emissions reductions for offsetting. It also links to organisations that can provide businesses with climate footprint measurement and reduction advice and support.

Meanwhile, Adidas says it continuously strives to achieve a carbon-neutral stage in its own operations and at its own sites by increasing energy efficiency, using energy with a lower carbon footprint and offsetting carbon where appropriate in approved schemes.

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