EIT Climate-KIC joins business and civil society to call on governments to deliver on May 1st commitments

EIT Climate-KIC joins business and civil society in urging governments to honor their commitments to 1.5 – Climate-KIC

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November 12, 2022

As the official COP27 outcomes are finalized this weekend and national ministers arrive in Egypt, EIT Climate-KIC has joined a large number of organizations led by the We Mean Business Coalition in reaffirming their own commitment to limiting global temperature rise 1.5°C and urges governments to urgently ramp up delivery.

Kirsten Dunlop, CEO of EIT Climate-KIC says: “1.5 degrees is not a negotiable target, it is a threshold for humanity to thrive. It forces us to mobilize, act systemically, and connect innovative solutions and technologies so that the sum is greater than the parts. The 1.5 goal forces us to act in unknown and unexpected ways and to change the way we think. Because not only is it possible, we have no choice. ”


“As leaders in business, civil society, academia and communities around the world, we are committed to doing everything we can to limit global warming to 1.5°C and avoid dangerous tipping points. Every fraction of a degree of global warming matters.

We need governments, starting with the world’s most advanced economies, to keep them engaged to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5°C and move quickly to its delivery.

As climate negotiators meet in Sharm el-Sheikh for COP27 and world leaders gather in Bali for the G20, the science remains unchanged: 1.5°C is a limit, not a goal. We must make every effort to stay within this limit and avoid the worsening impact, suffering and costs that any transgression will entail. Already at 1.2°C we see the flooded villages of Pakistan, burning forests and cities of California, dried up rivers across Europe and parched fields in Somalia. Those who have contributed the least to climate change are the most vulnerable to its effects.

To meet this limit, we must all work together and tirelessly to halve global emissions by 2030. The 2022 UNFCCC NDC Synthesis Report shows that existing commitments are simply not enough: governments must step up their commitments and plans and implement them without delay.

Our commitment to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and the Glasgow Climate Pact is unwavering. Thousands of companies, unions, investors, cities, states and regions have committed to 1.5°C and are already taking science-based climate action: providing clean energy solutions, developing innovative financing mechanisms and building the resilience of vulnerable communities.

National leaders must show solidarity and decide where they stand. Decisions made in the coming days will determine our ability to build an equitable and resilient global economy. They will resonate around the world and across generations. There is no excuse for reversing the commitments made a year ago.

Every segment of society has an essential role to play in delivering 1.5°C. History shows us that people have the ability to innovate and solve immense challenges when we work together. The technologies exist and our goal is clear.

We stand ready to ensure a just transition and a just and inclusive future for all. We want to work with governments to build a lasting legacy based on our collective efforts to ensure 1.5°C. We are all in.”

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