Quotes on Climate action
AB Electrolux: Jonas Samuelson, President & CEO, AB Electrolux, said: "Climate change remains one of the most urgent challenges for society and we all need to accelerate our actions to reach the 1.5 degree ambition set up in the Paris Agreement. Electrolux is committed to become climate neutral in operations by 2030 and across our value chain by 2050. We encourage EU heads to sharpen emissions reduction targets and deliver on the EU ambition to become climate neutral by 2050."
Abora Solar: Marta Cañada, CTO, Abora Solar S.L. said: “The fight to contain climate change should be our priority, and this requires a commitment from everyone.”
Accenture: Jean-Marc Ollagnier, CEO – Europe, Accenture said: “Time is of the essence, so setting higher EU2030 targets is critical. Profit and purpose are inextricably linked for business, so sustainability should be seen as a huge opportunity, particularly in Europe where we are already ahead in many aspects of the sustainability agenda. This is the moment for companies, government and society to work hand in hand to rebuild together and transform our economy into one that works for the benefit of all.”
ACCIONA: Jose Manuel Entrecanales Domeq, Chairman and CEO: “EU Taxonomy will undoubtedly uncover the true nature of each business, driving ESG-conscious capital to where it actually belongs”
ACEA Group: Giuseppe Gola, CEO, ACEA Group said: “We firmly believe that the fight against climate change is fundamental for the future of all of us and that Europe and companies must demonstrate the greatest possible commitment. Acea, an important Italian multi-utility, has been responding to the CDP – Climate questionnaire since 2006, through which it demonstrates, in particular, its initiatives to reduce GHG emissions, and in 2020 has undertaken an even more challenging path to align itself with the TCFD recommendations”.
ACEA Group: Giuseppe Gola, CEO, ACEA Group, said: “Siamo convinti che il contrasto al cambiamento climatico sia fondamentali per il futuro di tutti noi e che l’Europa e le Imprese debbano dimostrare il massimo impegno possibile. Acea, multiutility italiana, dal 2006 aderisce al questionario CDP attraverso il quale dimostra, in particolare, le proprie iniziative per ridurre le emissioni climalteranti ed ha intrapreso nel 2020 un percorso ancora più sfidante per allinearsi alle Raccomandazioni della TCFD.”
ALDI SOUTH Group: Christoph Schwaiger, CEO Global Sourcing and CR International, ALDI SOUTH Group said: “We believe that the increase of the carbon emissions target will help the European Union to become climate neutral by 2050. This supports a clear political framework that will also act as the base for our climate activities: We are committed to minimise our environmental footprint.”
Alstom: Henri Poupart-Lafarge, CEO and Chairman, Alstom: “Raising the climate target ambition at EU level is key. A sustainable approach is an essential pillar of Alstom’s strategic plan. We are fully committed to developing sustainable mobility solutions to decrease GHG emissions, reducing the energy consumption of solutions by 25% by 2025 vs 2014. For our operations, we have committee to suing 100% of electricity from renewable sources by 2025.”
Amundi: Yves Perrier, CEO of Amundi, said: “Europe must continue to show leadership in building a resilient and inclusive economy. Success in the implementation of the EU Green recovery plan and a clear, ambitious and integrated climate policy framework, in line with the Paris agreement commitments, are critical factors of capital mobilization.”
Anglian Water: Peter Simpson, CEO, Anglian Water Group, said: “The progress we’ve made at Anglian Water on cutting carbon, creating renewable energy and securing green finance is already driving huge environmental and social benefits. But reaching net zero by 2030 – our shared water industry goal – will take leadership and the shifting of frontiers of performance.”
Apple: Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Apple, said: “The choice between a healthy planet and good business strategy has always been a false one, and we’ve proved that with a company that runs on 100% clean energy and a supply chain transitioning to do the same. As Apple works towards 100% carbon neutral products and a carbon neutral supply chain by 2030, we’ll continue to call for the strong global targets we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect this planet for future generations.”
Armacell: Patrick Mathieu, President & CEO, Armacell, said: “We fully support higher climate goals and emissions reduction targets for 2030. Armacell’s DNA is energy conservation and hence a reduction of the global carbon footprint.”
Asja Ambiente Italia: Agostino Re Rebaudengo, Chairman and CEO, Asja Ambiente Italia said: “Asja is a long-time supporter of the fight against climate change: raising the EU 2030 GHG emissions reduction target to at least 55% is one of the fundamental steps in order to create new investments, green jobs and to speed up the regeneration of a resilient economy.”
Assicurazioni Generali: Philippe Donnet, CEO, Assicurazioni Generali said: “Generali shares the sense of urgency on the climate crisis. An increase of the EU GHG emissions reduction target for 2030 is about accelerating the implementation of the Paris agreement and leading by example.”
Capgemini: Aiman Ezzat, CEO of Capgemini Group, Capgemini said: “We are delighted to join with other leading CEOs to call for increased ambition across Europe. Addressing climate change issues must be at the heart of company strategies. That’s why we’ve recently announced our commitment to an ambitious target of net zero for the Capgemini Group by 2030."
Carlsberg Group: Cees 't Hart, CEO, Carlsberg Group, said: “We encourage ambitious climate action as part of the EU recovery package to drive action towards the Paris agreement from companies and civil society as a whole. Carlsberg is working towards the Science Based Targets outlined in our Sustainability Programme Together Towards ZERO and I am certain that if we all work together in partnership, we can ensure the transition to a resilient, low-carbon world.”
Cattolica Assicurazioni: Massimo di Tria, CIO, Cattolica Assicurazioni, said: “Emission reduction and green recovery cannot be further postponed. The time for climate action is now. The way forward is together.”
CEMEX: Sergio Menendez, President CEMEX EMEAA, CEMEX: ‘CEMEX believes that this vital step by the EU will help the Company move ahead with confidence in our Climate Action Strategy and continue advancing towards our vision of a carbon-neutral economy. Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time, and we believe that the construction sector can continue to address it safely as a fundamental component of the efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.’ -
Church Commissioners for England: Gareth Mostyn, CEO, Church Commissioners for England: “The Church Commissioners are committed to transitioning our portfolio to net zero GHG emissions by 2050. We look to policy makers to put in place measures which enable changes in the real economy, which can help to drive this transition and the investment needed to support it. An enhanced EU 2030 target would both steer the policy framework, and drive the economic transformations needed globally”.
Coca-Cola European Partners: Damian Gammell, CEO, Coca-Cola European Partners: “Climate change is the world’s most urgent environmental challenge, and we must transition towards a climate neutral and sustainable economy. We support the EU’s ambition to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and set a clearly defined target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030. At Coca-Cola European Partners, we’ve halved GHG emissions since 2010 and moved to 100% renewable electricity. We’ve set science-based carbon reduction targets and will continue to invest to decarbonize our business. We know there is much more we can do, and we want to see business and governments come together to build back better from the impact of COVID-19 and support the transition towards a climate neutral and sustainable economy.”
Consolar Solare Energiesysteme GmbH: Andreas Siegemund, CEO, Consolar Solare Energiesysteme GmbH said: “Consolar fully supports the initiative to increase the climate targets and intensify corresponding efforts. We are convinced that we have to act very ambitiously and contribute to appropriate technical solutions ourselves.”
Contazara, S.A.: Isaac Navarro Cabeza, CEO, Contazara, S.A. said: “CONTAZARA is committed with the EU GHG emissions reduction for 2030 by means of water, energy and raw materials efficiency and using clean energy at 100% and low carbon technologies. It is time for action now.”
Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche SpA, Giacomo Mareschi Danieli, CEO, Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche SpA, said: “Danieli is fully committed to the development of new technologies to achieve a substantial reduction in GHG emissions for the steel industry in line with the 2030 target; this is the route to follow in order to produce real Green Steel for use in a sustainable industry on worldwide basis.”
Deutsche Telekom AG: Timotheus Höttges, CEO, Deutsche Telekom AG, said: “Deutsche Telekom supports an ambitious target of reducing CO2 emissions in the EU by at least 55% until 2030. What matters most, is getting it done. Therefore, we are dedicated to reducing our impact on the environment as well as that of our customers. By 2030, we will reduce our own CO2 emissions footprint by 90% and by 25% per customer for all value chain emissions compared to 2017.”
Deutsche Wohnen SE: Michael Zahn, CEO, Deutsche Wohnen SE, said: “The Earth's atmosphere has only a limited capacity to absorb GHG emissions before the tipping points are exceeded. Taking note of this, we must now take our climate objectives seriously and do everything possible to reduce greenhouse gases. The building sector has a special responsibility, and we as a company want to live up to it.”
DIEPENSTEYN NV: Bart Van Muylder, CEO, said:
“Turn this crisis into an opportunity and ACT NOW!”
E-voyages Ltd: Emmanuelle Spriet, CEO, E-voyages Ltd said: "E-voyages strongly believes that it is key for the EU to reduce its emissions by at least 55% by 2030 and to be net-zero by 2050. As a tourism operator we recognise the importance of the carbon neutral target and are integrating this target in our corporate objectives. The COVID crisis has given us all an opportunity to accelerate the implementation of these ambitious but vital targets. Now is the time to rebuild a better world for the future generations and it must start here and now!"
Earth Capital: Gordon Power, Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Earth Capital, said: “It seems fundamentally wrong to push recovery for recovery’s sake, or economic growth for growth’s sake. We know other emergencies are threatening our socio-economic prosperity. We, therefore, need a focus on recovery based on green and digital transition inline with our long term climate and societal goals.”
EDF: Jean-Bernard Levy, Chairman and CEO, EDF, said: “I support a 2030 ambition for Europe of at least 55% reduction in CO2 emissions. A cost-effective electrification of the European economy, furthering the use of low carbon electricity and innovative solutions in transport, housing and industrial processes, is not only what is right for the climate, but is also a matter of industrial policy and energy security. EDF’s electricity production in Europe is already more than 90% low-carbon today and EDF will continue to be a key player of this breakthrough in the next decade.”
EDP - Energias de Portugal: Miguel Stilwell de Andrade, interim CEO, EDP said: “Climate science and civil society are in total agreement - we need faster action on climate change starting from now. The regulatory direction set by the EU has delivered huge growth in areas like renewable energy and we must keep up the policy momentum if we want to see similar changes in areas like transport, heat and heavy industry. We’ll support policymakers every step of the way to a Net Zero world by 2050.”
Efacec Power Solutions: Ângelo Ramalho, CEO, Efacec Power Solutions said: “Efacec welcomes the increased EU GHG emissions reduction target to 55% (2030) and is totally committed to enable a Net Zero Future.”
Eneco: Kees-Jan Rameau, Chief Strategic Growth Officer, Eneco, said: “The challenges posed by the economic impacts of COVID-19 require that EU leaders adopt robust policies that help to accelerate investments in the green transition, including offshore wind, the electrification of industry and zero-emission vehicles. We are ready to invest in green growth.”
Enel: Francesco Starace, CEO Enel, said: “Enel co-signs the CEO letter to raise the EU 2030 GHG emissions reduction target to at least 55%, along with supporting an ambitious implementation of the Recovery Plan, needed to foster the green and digital transition, while underpinning sustainable economic growth and job creation."
Engie: Claire Waysand, CEO, Engie said: “Europe will be instrumental in shaping the fight against climate change. As a leader in renewable energies, including green gases, and in energy efficiency, Engie fully supports the ambition of the European Commission to reduce GHG emissions by at least 55% by 2030 and helps reach these goals.”
EnviroBuild: James Brueton, CEO, EnviroBuild said: “It is essential for the EU to reduce its emissions by at least 55% by 2030. As we move on and recover from COVID-19 it is now critical that we ensure clear and ambitious targets are set to reach net zero by 2050.”
Enviva: John Keppler, Chairman and CEO, Enviva, said: “There is no way to achieve ‘Net Zero’ carbon reductions and effectively address climate change without a radical rethink on how we utilize and leverage bioenergy. Enviva fully supports efforts to increase 2030 emissions reduction targets and firmly believes that sustainably sourced wood biomass is a critical pathway to achieving this goal. Increasing 2030 emissions targets is an important component of the ambitious and aggressive actions we must take if we plan to succeed in eliminating additional carbon emissions from entering the environment by 2050.”
ERG SpA: Luca Bettonte, CEO, ERG Spa, said: "It is important that European countries, institutions and companies show leadership and indicate a clear, ambitious pathway to help the European economy recover from the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare it for future challenges such as the climate crisis. Renewable energy companies will play a vital role in any just transition to a cleaner economy."
ESG Portfolio Management GmbH: Christoph Klein, Managing Partner, ESG Portfolio Management GmbH, said: “If we do not reduce global warming soon, company profits will become meaningless.”
Europamundo Vacaciones, Luis García Codrón, CEO, Europamundo Vacaciones, said: “Europamundo supports the fight against climate change for a net zero emissions future by 2050.”
EVA Global: Donald Hopper, Co-Founder & CEO, EVA Global, said: “EVA Global fully supports the call for reducing GHG emissions by at least 55% by 2030. As the leading Managed Services and Customer Experience Provider in eMobility, our focus naturally lies with transport electrification for a sustainable future. This will be achieved through innovation by stakeholders as well as more ambitious climate targets. EVA Global wholeheartedly defends the need to increase climate protection ambitions at the EU level whilst continuing to support innovation for a cleaner future.”
EVBox Group: Kristof Vereenooghe, CEO, EVBox Group, said: “We are determined to lead the race to zero-emissions and count on European political leadership to also rise up to the challenge.”
Ferrovial: Valentín Alfaya, Chief Sustainability Officer, Ferrovial, said: “Global targets in Ferrovial’s plan Horizon 2030 have been verified by the Science Based Targets initiative, aligned with the 2degrees scenarios in the. Among the objectives lies our commitment to achieve a 32% reduction of scopes 1 and 2 by 2030. Likewise, we are committed to reducing emissions from scope 3 by 20% until 2030, using 2012 as a year of reference.”
Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane: Gianfranco Battisti, CEO and General Manager, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane said: “I committed in 2019 to take a leading role in the actions to prevent climate change and I pledged in 2019 that FS Italiane will be carbon neutral by 2050 and reduce emissions by 55% in 2030 vs 1990. Even though rail is the most emission efficient transport mode, as a major company, we engage ourselves to further improve.”
Firmenich, Gilbert Ghostine, CEO: “Firmenich fully supports the EU’s ambition to reduce EU GHG by 55% by 2030. Today, all Firmenich operations are powered by 100% renewable electricity, we have set science-based targets aligned with limiting global warming to 1.5°C, and we are on a journey towards zero impact. We can only preserve the planet for generations to come if companies and governments act together to build a clear path towards carbon neutrality.”
FLSmidth: Fleming Voetman, Vice President Communications, Marketing & Sustainability, FLSmidth A/S: “Setting higher 2030 climate targets in Europe should accelerate the transition for all sectors. This is particularly important for long-lived industrial assets like cement factories. The necessary investments, innovation and partnerships must be established in the coming decade for the industry to be on track towards carbon neutrality by mid-century.”
Formula E Holdings: Jamie Reigle, CEO, Formula E Holdings, said: “The ABB FIA Formula E Championship fully supports the UN’s 2030 Race to Zero targets to reduce emissions. We remain focused on reducing our own carbon footprint and aligning our emissions to climate science by 2030. We believe in the power of working together to create better futures for generations to come.”
Fortum Corporation: Markus, Rauramo, President and CEO, Fortum Corporation, said: “At Fortum, we find it important and necessary to tighten the 2030 climate target to at least 55% for Europe to reach carbon neutrality by mid-century. We believe that the reinforced and extended emissions trading system would be the best tool for pursuing the goal, while costly overlapping policies should be avoided.”
Geelen Counterflow: Sander Geelen, CEO Geelen Counterflow, said: “The existing EU targets for GHG emissions will not keep warming below 1.5C. We need more ambitious targets to avoid damage to the planetary support systems that sustain our society and economy. The necessary investments will pay for themselves, just like investments in economic support systems like healthcare and education.”
Girteka Logistics: Mr. Edvardas Liachovičius, CEO, Girteka Logistics said: “Today trucks account for only 2% of vehicles on the road. Yet they are responsible for 22% of road transport CO2 emissions in the EU. We cannot meet the Paris agreement without decarbonising road freight. Replacing our 7.400 Euro 6 trucks with zero-emission vehicles is a must. Joining ECTA (European Clean Trucking Alliance) brings a strong and united voice to our common goal of having zero-emission trucks.”
Givaudan: Gilles Andrier, CEO, Givaudan: “The climate crisis means business as usual is no longer acceptable and we must work together to accelerate action. We support the setting of ambitious 2030 Eu climate targets and will continue to work towards our own 2030 targets of cutting emission by 70% and our bold ambition to become climate positive before 2050.”
Glennmont Partners: Joost Bergsma, CEO and Managing Partner, Glennmont Partners, said: “The development of the European clean energy industry has been driven in large part by the existing EU decarbonisation targets. An EU objective of reducing domestic greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 and associated objectives will be key in helping to mitigate the worst effects of climate change and promises to build upon this successful history of partnership between government and industry.”
Google, Matt Brittin, President, EMEA Business & Operations, Google said: “We’re proud to support the EC's ambitious goal to make Europe the world’s first carbon-neutral continent. At Google, our goal is to run our global operations on carbon-free energy 24/7 and we aim to get there by 2030. We’re also committed to playing our part by supporting strong policy action and helping others take climate action with technology and tools for a carbon free future.”
Grundfos: Mads Nipper, CEO, Grundfos, said: “Though governments are busy confronting the economic and health emergencies brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we must not lose sight of the historic opportunity that has presented itself. Now is the time to create the conditions for a society-wide transition to a low-carbon sustainable future and to show commitment by increasing the EU-reduction targets.”
H&M Group, Helena Helmersson, CEO, H&M Group said: “We are committed to take responsibility to reach our climate positive ambition and contribute to ambitious global emission reduction targets. We need to take responsibility of our future together, and now companies and governments have to collaborate closer than ever before. Transparency and circularity must be the core of the leadership we need in the transition to a fossil free economy.”
Iberdrola: Ignacio S. Galán, Chairman and CEO, Iberdrola said: “Europe must continue to be at the forefront of global efforts to address the climate crisis. An increased EU Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), which clearly defines a target to reduce GHG emissions by at least 55% by 2030, will ensure we are moving positively towards climate neutrality. An ambitious approach to climate action is key for a robust and green recovery from the Covid-19 crisis with the European Green Deal and the recovery package implementation at its core.
Policy frameworks and recovery plans must quickly set clear and predictable signals to unlock the investments required to build back a stronger economy and society and create sustainable jobs. The resources, technology and knowledge to quickly drive a green recovery are already in place.”
IMBEO, Ilkay Özkisaoglu, Owner, IMBEO, said: “I participate as an EIIF (European Industrial Insulation Foundation) Member and EIIF Ambassador in this campaign, because I believe there are still huge opportunities to reduce emissions in the process and manufacturing industries.”
Ingka Group / IKEA Retail: Jesper Brodin, CEO, Ingka Group / IKEA, said: “The time for talk is over. We need to act, and we need to act now to accelerate climate action and limit global warming to below 1.5°C. IKEA is committed to become climate positive by 2030 and we ask governments to do the same. Stepping up their ambition and increasing the EU’s GHG emission reduction target for 2030 is essential in order to ensure a future that is climate neutral.”
Inter IKEA Group: Jon Abrahamsson Ring, CEO, Inter IKEA Group, said: “We all need to contribute to limit global warming to 1.5°C. We ask governments to step up their actions to drastically reduce the EU’s GHG emissions by 2030. In the current COVID-19 crisis, it is more important than ever that sustainable living is made affordable to the many people. It cannot be a luxury for the few. IKEA is committed to lead by example together with partners and enable a sustainable and more affordable tomorrow.”
Interface: Nigel Stansfield, President, Interface, EAAA (Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia), said: “A green recovery powered by businesses and governments alike will be needed to rebuild the economy as we exit the global pandemic. At Interface we have made a pledge to be carbon negative by 2040 and committed to use carbon as a regenerative resource. Through setting ambitious goals and challenging everyone to do more good, and going beyond mere mitigation, business and society can drive a more impactful climate policy in Europe.”
Intrepid Travel: James Thornton, CEO, Intrepid Travel said: “Setting science-based targets is widely considered the most effective way for companies to take significant climate action, and we’re proud to be building our business towards a 1.5°C future. Our hope is that we can use this as a rallying cry to the entire industry that climate action needs to be a critical priority in travel’s post-COVID recovery."
Iren S.p.A. – Massimiliano Bianco, CEO, Iren S.p.A, said: “In the recovery of the European economy, the convergence of objectives between politics and industry for an energy and environmental transition capable of reducing GHG emissions will be crucial. We need goals that will once again offer our continent the opportunity to show leadership skills and a long-term future vision for the prosperity of communities and the planet.”
ISOLFIN: Cristian Bortolotti, COO, ISOLFIN said: “The Industrial Revolution 4.0 is not only about technology, but about knowledge and values, this means we must put action first and excuses never. 75% of EU CO2 is created due to energy demand & production, at the same time there are untapped opportunities and huge potentials in energy efficiency improvements when existing technologies are used to their full potential. Europeans, EU economy and the world needs smart and prompt decision. Let's take advantage of digital and green energy transition.”
Iskraemeco: Luis Goncalves, CEO, Iskraemeco, said: “The Industrial Revolution 4.0 is not only about technology, but about knowledge and values, this means we must put action first. 75% of EU CO2 is created due to energy demand & production. At the same time, there are untapped opportunities and huge possibilities in energy efficiency improvements when existing technologies are used to their full potential. Europeans, the EU economy and the world needs smart and prompt decision. Let's take advantage of the digital and green energy transition.”
Isoltechnics: Yves Desmet, CEO, Isoltechnics, said: “In addition to our day-to-day efforts to insulate of pipes and vessels to reach the EU emissions reduction target, Isoltechnics will have achieved UN Sustainability Certification for our 3 year long effort to become more sustainable.”
JLL: Guy Grainger, EMEA CEO, JLL, said: “Even during these challenging times corporate commitments to climate action have remained strong. Businesses are ready to help deliver the new more ambitious target of a 55% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and accelerate their activity and investment in environmental sustainability. But this commitment must be matched by individual EU member states, who can show they will do what it takes to help businesses play their part, by supporting the new target.”
JSC Lithuanian Railways: Mantas Bartuška, CEO, JSC Lithuanian Railways, said: “There is no better day to commit to the European Green Deal than today. We cannot secure our prosperous future with actions only “in the near future”, we need to start acting now. Lithuanian Railways are fully committed to EU GHG emissions reduction targets for 2030 and we are starting our actions today – launching further electrification projects which will triple the length of our electrified railway lines and secure green and economically viable means of transportation for cargo and passengers by 2024.”
Kaimann GmbH: Schmolck, CEO, Kaimann GmbH said: “Every choice we make has an impact. Kaimann is committed to developing and providing solutions that protect our planet and the people living on it.”
Keolis: Marie-Angee Debon, CEO, Keolis, said: “A global leader in shared mobility, Keolis partners with regions and communities of all sizes to harness the potential of their public transport networks as a source of attractiveness, vitality of their regions while reducing carbon emissions. A world leader in operating automated metro and tramway systems, Keolis relies on a sustained and open innovation policy alongside its partners and subsidiaries to develop new, innovative shared mobility solutions, tailored to each city or region.”
Kieback & Peter GmbH, Christoph Ritzkat, Chairman of the Board, Kieback & Peter GmbH & Co. KG said: "We digitalize buildings for a better world by using smart building technology and data-based services for digital solutions in harmony with people and the environment. Our values are rooted in the principles of reliable partnership and sustainability."
Knauf Insulation: Jean-Claude Carlin, Member of the Knauf Group Management Committee Insulation Europe / Middle East / Asia, Knauf Insulation, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of community, solidarity and what really brings us together — caring for one another. We need to capitalize on this positivity and sense of common cause and accelerate an ambitious green recovery driven by an uncompromising desire to tackle climate change. This recovery must dedicate significant resource to renovation recovery programmes across the continent. If post-COVID-19 financial packages are not focused on transforming our buildings, we will miss a once-in-a-generation opportunity.”
Kuehne+Nagel International AG: Detlef Trefzger, Chief Executive Officer, Kuehne+Nagel International AG said: “We at Kuehne+Nagel address CO2 reduction in all of our transport and logistics services worldwide. Through our Net Zero Carbon programme, we have two distinct elements to reach our targets: Being fully carbon neutral in our direct sphere of influence as of 2020 (Scope 1 and 2 of GHG Protocol) and achieving carbon neutrality for our suppliers’ and customers’ footprint by 2030 – airlines, shipping lines and haulage companies (Scope 3).”
LeasePlan: Tex Gunning, CEO, LeasePlan, said: ““The COVID-19 crisis has shown us how unthinkable – yet inevitable – events can change the world overnight. The same will happen when it comes to human-made climate change. Unless we act now, we will sleepwalk into the next inevitable catastrophe. That is why we are calling on EU policymakers to raise the 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target to at least 55%. We need to act urgently to remove every roadblock stopping the transition to zero emissions, and governments around the world must significantly increase their investments into a comprehensive network of publicly available charging stations, while also incentivizing the installation of private charging in offices and homes. This would be good for drivers, good for our air quality, and good for the planet.”
LEGRAND, Benoit COQUART, CEO, LEGRAND: "As a company already committed to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C and to support its customers to do so through its electrical and digital solutions, Legrand fully supports the EU new targets. All economical actors must take the same path together. It is a necessary condition to succeed."
L'Oréal Group, Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO, L'Oréal Group said: “Today, our societies are facing unprecedented social and economic crises, giving rise to situations of great human suffering. This must not eclipse the need for strong environmental commitments and action. Collectively, we must accelerate our efforts to build a more sustainable future. This requires new, bold measures to fight climate change and prevent the erosion of biodiversity, which both profoundly threaten to shake our lives, our societies, and our economies.”
MABI AG: Markus Biland, Member of the Executive Board, MABI AG, said: “Das Thema Energiesparen und der schonende Umgang mit den vorhandenen Ressourcen ist wichtiger den je. Hier spielt die Isoliertechnik eine zentrale Rolle – nutzen wir die Chance!”
Meridiam: Thierry Deau, President and CEO, Meridiam, said: “For long term investors, such as infrastructure investors, carbon pricing is key. It is not only a matter of price level, but, more essentially, one of price credibility and visibility that will drive investments towards more sustainability.”
Microsoft: Casper Klynge, Vice President European Government Affairs, Microsoft said: “As we work together to achieve a green recovery from COVID-19, we have an unprecedented opportunity to act on climate change and gain momentum on our path towards carbon neutrality in Europe. Setting clear and ambitious targets is necessary to reach net zero. All of us – businesses and governments – can take actions that are good for growth, jobs and the economy, as well as for the planet.”
Muzinich & Co. Limited: George Muzinich, Chairman & CEO, Muzinich & Co. Limited said: “Climate change is an important issue for this and future generations. We must do our utmost to protect our natural environment and thereby secure our long-term prosperity. We believe it is critical for corporations, investors, and governments to realize the importance of protecting our natural resources. We must all work together to reduce emissions that harm the environment.”
Neste Oyj: Peter Vanacker, President and CEO, Neste Oyj, said: "We fully support the ambition for the EU GHG reduction target for 2030. The current COVID-19 pandemic has not changed our climate commitments - we continue to invest in innovation and growth to support efforts against the climate crisis. We believe in being stronger together, and that we can build a more sustainable and resilient economy and society in collaboration with others."
Nestlé S.A.: Marco Settembri, CEO Nestlé Europe, Middle East and North Africa: “Climate change will have huge consequences on food systems and on our society at large. Only together we can deliver positive outcomes, for people, for the planet and the economy. Nestlé supports the EU Farm To Fork Strategy, the Green and Inclusive Recovery from COVID-19 and ambitious GHG emissions reduction targets. We are fully committed to become climate neutral across our supply chain by 2050.”
ORANGE: Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO, ORANGE said: “ORANGE is engaged to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. But the mobile industry’s greatest positive impact on climate change is the ability to enable other sectors of the economy to reduce their own emissions. Our networks are providing services with less gas emissions during the COVID19 crisis: education and health services as well as teleworking or entertainment.”
Ørsted: Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Ørsted, said: “Speeding up the green transformation of the energy system is crucial to combatting climate change, but will also improve our quality of life in many other ways. Globally we can save 4 million lives per year through improved air quality, countries can achieve greater energy independence and millions of new green jobs can be created.”
OUVAROFF: Pierre Morales, Development director, OUVAROFF said: “Because tomorrow is built today, and because we are already facing the aftermaths of our actions, an increased EU GHG emissions reduction target for 2030 is not an option but a necessity.”
Owens Corning: Brian Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Owens Corning said: “At Owens Corning, we believe it is imperative for businesses and governments around the globe to work together to battle climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to leave a better world for future generations.”
PepsiCo: Silviu Popovici, Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo Europe, PepsiCo said: “PepsiCo Europe supports a more ambitious greenhouse gas target for the European Union. A 55% reduction will stretch and challenge us. We must act now, all together, to tackle this challenge.”
Plastika Skaza d.o.o.: Robert Agnič, CEO, Plastika Skaza d.o.o said: “As an industry and society as a whole, we need to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. This means focusing on the reuse and recycling of plastic products, increasing the use of recycled plastics, removing disposable plastic products as much as possible and replacing disposable packaging with sustainable alternatives.”
Philip Morris International: Andre Calantzopoulos, CEO, Philip Morris International, said: “Beyond its human repercussions, climate change threatens business continuity. This is especially the case for businesses involving an agricultural supply chain. Climate protection is a clear priority for PMI. We support the Paris Agreement and are aligning our targets with the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), aimed at stabilizing global temperature rise below the internationally agreed 1.5 degrees Celsius. We are undertaking a broad range of activities to reduce emissions and energy consumption within our operations and across our value chain, and we have committed to achieving carbon neutrality in our direct operations (scope 1+2) by 2030 and across our value chain (scope 1+2+3) by 2050. In 2020, we will improve our existing approach to internal carbon pricing, so that we better internalize external costs and achieve our carbon targets in an efficient way.”
Polestar AB: Thomas Ingenlath, CEO, Polestar AB, said: “As a business, we are committed to climate neutrality, but we need the support of governments and policy-makers to enable us to achieve this goal.”
Prime Laser Technology: Costas Travasaros, Chairman of the Board, Prime Laser Technology said: “Prime Laser Technology commits to succeeding the at least 55% EU GHG emissions reduction target.”
ProRail: John Voppen, CEO, ProRail said: “Setting a higher emissions reduction target isn’t just a necessity; it can offer a way out of the unprecedented crises the EU and its Member States are facing right now. Investments in green infrastructure, such as an international railway network, can be a way towards recovery of our economies and give a boost to the European Green Deal.”
REVENGA Smart Solutions: Arturo Revenga, CEO, REVENGA Smart Solutions, said: “Revenga Smart Solutions contributes with its actions to the fulfilment of two of the binding Goals for the EU in 2030: achievement of at least 27% renewable energy production and at least 27% improvement in energy efficiency.
ROCKWOOL Group: Jens Birgersson, CEO & President, ROCKWOOL Group said: “Climate action started as a trickle that has now become a flood of momentum. We are very encouraged to see the European Commission calling for tougher action on climate change and prioritising a green recovery. Now it’s time to focus on buildings - Europe’s biggest source of emissions - and double renovation rates by the end of the decade. It’s as much about creating jobs and better living conditions as it is about reducing these emissions.”
Royal DSM: Dimitri de Vreeze, co-Chief Executive Officer Royal DSM, said: “A high EU climate ambition on 2030 is not only essential for providing businesses the clarity and confidence to accelerate the needed transitions within the next critical 10 years, but also to demonstrate leadership for the global UNFCCC process. EU leaders now also have the opportunity to explicitly link the recovery instruments to an increase of the 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target.”
RWE Renewables: Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, CEO, RWE Renewables said: “The increase of the 2030 emission reduction target will accelerate the transformation to become a climate neutral EU. With the right policy framework in place, climate protection and economic prosperity will go hand in hand. The ambitious 2030 target also offers exciting opportunities for RWE as the demand for renewables will continue to grow. We are ready to contribute with our renewable energy for a sustainable life.”
Salesforce: Gavin Patterson, President & Chief Revenue Officer, Salesforce, said: The climate emergency is both the challenge and the opportunity of a lifetime. It requires us all to aim high and build a better society, together. We must act. At this moment, we call upon EU leadership to lead the way forward with ambitious and clear goals. Doing so, will not only address the climate crisis, but enable economic resilience and create a more equal society.”
Schneider Electric: Jean-Pascal Tricoire, CEO, Schneider Electric, said: “To build collective prosperity we need to prioritise innovation and cut carbon emissions. Digitalisation will play a key role in this.”
Schwartmanns Maschinenbau GmbH: Thomas, Pitsch, Board Member, Schwartmanns Maschinenbau GmbH said: “We support the CO2 emissions target for 2030 with our innovative machines and services, supporting the insulation industry worldwide.”
Signify: Eric Rondolat, CEO, Signify, said: “We can’t afford not to take bold climate action – it’s needed and it’s needed now. If the current crisis is like a bad dream, the nightmare of a climate crisis will prove far worse for humanity. Consider this. If we achieve an increase in 3% energy efficiency a year, driven by a similar 3% in renovation rates, and 3% increase in the use of renewables per year, then a carbon neutral world by 2050 is in reach. Crucially this requires an interim target of at least 55% GHG reduction in 2030, which also equally distributes the workload between the current and the future generation who have to make this a reality”.
Soprema Group: Pierre-Etienne Bindschedler, CEO, Soprema Group, said: “The Soprema Group fully supports this new ambition aiming at reducing by 55% the gas emissions by 2030.”
Sorgenia: Gianfilippo Mancini, Sorgenia, CEO: “The threat of climate change is real. We need urgent and concrete actions to lower the burden of human activities on the environment. As Sorgenia, we support a more ambitious EU 2030 target: only a sustainable business model can ensure social prosperity and speed up the energy transition. We are strongly committed to these goals.”
South Pole: Renat Heuberger, CEO, South Pole, said: “Climate change rages on, while we battle Covid-19. Hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, ice caps melting - all on record levels. The time for action is now. Through South Pole's Climate Journey, we help companies, [governments] and organisations turn this challenge upside down and seize the competitive opportunity that sustainability offers. But this can only succeed if the drivers are ambitious enough. That is why South Pole strongly endorses an increased EU GHG emissions reduction target for 2030 to at least 55%.”
SSE: Alistair Phillips-Davies, Chief Executive, SSE, said: “To secure a green recovery and put the EU on the path to net zero, an ambitious European Green Deal is needed. To put the right signals in place to drive investment in low carbon infrastructure, the EU should increase its 2030 climate target from 40% to at least a 55% reduction on 1990 levels in the run up to COP26.”
Statkraft AS: Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, CEO, Statkraft AS, said: “Statkraft fully supports Europe’s commitment to climate neutrality by 2050. We have already advocated for increasing the greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030 to at least 55% to align with a cost-effective trajectory to 2050. In our view, a strong ETS with an effective carbon price and a level playing field among energy carriers are essential going forward. We are convinced that renewable electricity and clean hydrogen are important to reduce emissions in all sectors and will contribute with our commercial activities in that respect. We also appreciate the holistic approach of the European Green Deal with the announced reforms of existing legislation and new initiatives – all under the umbrella of a just transition.”
Storebrand, Odd Arild Grefstad, CEO, Storebrand: "We strongly support polices that enable substantial investments in carbon neutral solutions in the years to come. Storebrand is one of 12 founding members of Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance, where we committ to transitioning our investment portfolios to net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. This is consistent with a maximum temperature rise of 1.5°C, and we believe this is the right investment strategy for us as an asset owner and for our customers.
SUEZ: Bertrand Camus, CEO, SUEZ said: “Facing the climate emergency requires, at the beginning of this new decade, both to raise the level of ambition of climate policies and commitments, and to strongly scale-up the implementation of low-carbon solutions. More than ever, the recovery of our economy must incorporate these elements to make our societies more sustainable and more resilient. I’m fully confident we can achieve these goals as I believe that the convergence of actions of public authorities and economic stakeholders targeting the low-carbon economy has never been as strong as now.”
Suma Capital: Enrique Tombas, Founding Partner, Suma Capital said: “Climate change is a top priority at Suma Capital. It was one of the pioneers in Europe in the creation of an Impact Fund to support the energy transition and circular economy. Suma Capital has a project to reduce its emissions by 30% by 2025 and to become carbon neutral.”
SuperNode: John Fitzgerald, CEO, SuperNode said: “We have the evidence of the damage that we inflict upon the Earth, and we have the capability to respond and reduce such damage. The real question is: do we have the compassion, leadership, selflessness, and wisdom to address climate change without further delay?”
Sustainable Value Investors: Daniela Carosio, Senior Partner, Sustainable Value Investors said: “We need to speed up the transition to a carbon-free economy. As SVI, we support Europe to increase the reduction target for 2030 and to be on the front line of this relevant worldwide endeavour.”