17-Dec-2015 Paris / France
Henkel signs Paris Pledge for Action
Henkel joined major cities, regions, companies and investors from around the world in signing the Paris Pledge for Action – a collective statement by non-state actors to ensure that the level of ambition set by the Paris agreement on climate change is met or exceeded.
This past weekend at the 21st annual United Nations Climate Change Conference – also known as COP 21 – in Paris, 195 nations reached an historic agreement to limit global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius and to take action and invest towards a low carbon economy. The Paris Pledge for Action calls for non-state actors to take immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to a safe level and build resilience against those changes already occurring even before the agreement takes effect in 2020. The full statement can be read here.
Henkel signed the Paris pledge to show its firm commitment to reduce energy consumption and related CO2 emissions – in its operations and in its collaboration with partners along the value chain. In 2014, the company already reached its energy reduction target of 15 percent per production unit for the five-year period from 2011 to 2015, improving its energy consumption by 20 percent. New ambitious targets for the period from 2016 to 2020 will be published on February 25, 2016.
The pledge also marks the culmination of Henkel’s climate campaign that started at the end of October with the climate challenge, which invited employees to make their own personal contribution to climate protection. Before COP 21, Henkel had already signed the CEO Climate Leaders statement to express industry support for governments to take decisive action against climate change.
About the Paris Pledge for Action
The pledge is supported by the COP21 French Presidency and uniquely incorporates under one roof a diverse range of entities that are already committed to quickly mitigate emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The more than 800 signatories of the pledge include private sector organizations such as Adidas, Allianz, Fujitsu, HSBC, Microsoft, and Vattenfall; global cities such as Barcelona, New York, Johannesburg, Jakarta and Mexico City; and regions such as Cross River State (Nigeria), Kathmandu Valley (Nepal), Rio de Janeiro state (Brazil) and California (United States).