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H&M, Microsoft, Nestlé and almost 200 companies want to put pressure on governments

Major companies such as Ikea and Microsoft called on governments on Saturday to respect their commitments in the fight against climate change.

Bayer, EDF, H&M, Ikea, Microsoft, Nestlé, Saint-Gobain, Unilever, Volvo… A call was launched on Saturday by 200 companies, some of which come from sectors identified for their negative environmental impact. The signatory structures ask governments to respect their commitments in the fight against climate change.

“We need governments, starting with the world’s most advanced economies, to maintain their commitment to limiting warming to 1.5°C and act quickly to implement it,” the statement said.

“This is an important initiative which underlines that we must not see 1.5° as a target or a target, but as the limit of a livable world,” former Irish president Mary Robinson told reporters. as head of “Sages”, a group founded by Nelson Mandela bringing together former leaders working for peace in the world.

The 2015 Paris Agreement aims to limit global warming to well below +2°C and, if possible, +1.5°C compared to the pre-industrial era.

G20 challenged

“This is for governments, those here at the COP, who have not yet raised their national ambitions as they promised in Glasgow, and especially the G20, who are meeting next week” in Bali, explained Mary Robinson.

“It’s really, really important that governments start taking seriously their responsibility to halve global emissions by 2030 as they rise. This is madness!” she exclaimed.

María Mendiluce, CEO of the climate-focused business coalition “We Mean Business”, stressed the importance of maintaining a clear 1.5°C target to guide business. “Once you set a budget and a limit, then you can deliver results,” she said.

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