The initial commitments that countries have made to Paris are not enough to avoid exceeding dangerous temperature limits – which currently brings us to a warming of 3oC or more. The special report on global warming of 1.5oC has revealed that even half a degree of difference in global temperature increase will have a profound impact on sea level rise, biodiversity and extreme weather events. At the same time, greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise at record levels. In addition, scientific evidence indicates that the window of opportunity to achieve the temperature targets set by the Paris Agreement is closing rapidly. This is why it is essential that the current process of improving the NVNP allow for faster and deeper reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the effects of global warming. To move towards a more sustainable future, the historic 2015 Paris Agreement set a target of limiting the average increase in global temperature to a level well below 2 degrees Celsius and continuing efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius. To achieve this goal, each country should prepare and report a defined national contribution (CNN) every five years. The NDCs contain goals, measures and policies and form the basis of national plans to combat climate change. It will also enable the contracting parties to gradually strengthen their contributions to the fight against climate change in order to achieve the long-term objectives of the agreement. Bezos and interest group Global Optimism unveiled the “Climate Pledge” on Thursday at an event in the country`s capital, with Bezos saying Amazon is the first to sign a promise to zero companies by 2040. This is ten years before the goal of the Paris International Agreement by 2050.
San Francisco: To combat climate change, the CEO of tech giant Amazon, Jeff Bezos, and Global Optimism announced “The Climate Pledge,” which is essentially a commitment to meeting the Paris Climate Agreement goals a decade earlier. The agreement is ambitious and offers all the instruments we need to combat climate change, reduce emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change. Since the launch of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, GlobeScan and SustainAbility have asked global experts every two years to assess progress in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. Since the release of our first report in 2015 and the second report in 2017, the urgency has increased. The International Committee on Climate Change (IPCC) has stated that we have only 10 years to halve emissions to avoid the dangerous effects of climate change and that the dangerous warming threshold is lower than expected, at 1.5oC. As part of the announcement, Amazon also announced that it has ordered 100,000 electric delivery vehicles, all of which will be on the road by 2030 – a step it says will save 4 million tons of carbon per year and represent the largest order for electric vehicles.