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Environmentalists canvass exponential climate action

By EDU ABADE

Climate, as decision-makers and business leaders at the Stockholm+50, the Exponential Roadmap Initiative has highlighted the game-changers in energy efficiency, green energy, travel and transport, plant-based food, regenerative agriculture, protecting and restoring nature, as well as maximising positive impacts from digitisation.

Founder of the Exponential Roadmap Initiative, Johan Falk, in an e-mailed statement to The Trumpet, said: “We need to halve global emissions by 2030 and become nature positive at the same time to tackle climate emergency.

We have the answers in our hands–we just need sharper action. The solutions to halve emissions by 2030 exist in all sectors and many are scaling exponentially.

This is the moment to scale even faster and make a pull-in. The companies that realize that today are the winners of tomorrow.” As governments met at the United Nation’s (UN) Stockholm+50 conference, a consortium of the leading transformers and disruptors, all aligned with the 1.5°C ambition, have joined forces to accelerate action towards zero emissions and circular value chains.

High-Level Champion of United Kingdom at the United Nations (UN), Nigel Topping, said: “The good news is that climate action and demand for green energy is rising exponentially.

But it is not sufficient, I hope S+50 will spur action towards a breakthrough tipping point to exit the fossil energy crisis and towards a net zero emissions world”, says On her part, Chief Executive Officer of the We Mean Business Coalition, María Mendiluce, said: “We are seeing huge momentum from businesses taking action to cut their emissions and calling on governments to support them to go further and faster. We have the solutions across energy and nature to halve global emissions by 2030.

I hope S+50 can inspire businesses of all sizes and sectors–in collaboration with governments–to accelerate the scale up of these solutions at pace and leave no community behind.”

Within the Stockholm+50 Climate Hub, the Exponential Race to Zero events, hosted by We Don’t Have Time, Exponential Roadmap Initiative, United Nations’ Race to Zero and We Mean Business Coalition, will showcase examples of leading innovative, disruptive and transformative companies taking climate action in line with science.

The Exponential Race to Zero was spread across four days, focusing on Green Energy, Transport, Food and Land, as well as Digitisation-at the Exponential Climate Action Summit VI-Maximising impact with digitisation hosted by We Don’t Have Time, Ericsson and the Exponential Roadmap Initiative.

Founder of We Don’t Have Time, Ingmar Renzhog: said: “We Don’t Have Time gathers leaders from around the world to share climate solutions and thereby speed our necessary transition from a fossil-to a renewable economy. We hope our daily Stockholm+50 broadcasts reaching millions will inspire leaders within all sectors to act faster while we still have time.”

He explained that the series of events will focus on the game-changers in energy efficiency, green energy, travel & transport, plant-based food, regenerative agriculture, protection & restoring of nature and maximising positive impacts from digitization, adding that through these events, concrete actions will be identified to remove the blockers to enable scaling up faster and further to COP27 and step-up on exponential journey.

“We are witnessing the start of the Green Energy revolution. It is time to go all-in on green energy and energy efficiency to simultaneously exit the fossil energy crisis, meet national and international climate goals, as well as benefit the natural world.

“Smart energy efficiency solutions can cut emissions in 10 million factories from today. Electrification through wind, solar, storage, hydrogen, e-fuels, supported by digitisation can take us to a world that runs entirely on renewable energy, much faster than we think.

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In transport, solutions exist now and around the corner to cut transport emissions by 50-90 per cent before 2030, supporting net-zero goals,” he added. Renzhog stressed that there was the need to move to the next generation Food & Land value chains by 2030, insisting that the current food system was insecure and has severe impact on climate and biodiversity and that it was time to accelerate the shift towards regenerative agriculture and healthier, plant-rich food, as well as protect and restore nature, to become Nature Positive by 2030.

“The digital industry has a leadership role in racing towards net zero value chains, but also accelerating the movement to halve emission in all supply chains. Maximising impact with digitisation remain instrumental to halve emissions in all industries, to achieve the circular economy and to enable people and cities to make sustainable choices. “Halving emissions by 2030 in the Race to Zero is required to stay close to 1.5°C.

It is possible to cut 90% of emissions in many value chains but we need stronger policies and financial incentives to scale faster. It is urgent to immediately remove blockers, cut fossil subsidies, remove red tape on new infrastructure and embrace radical innovation.

“All companies and organisations should join the UN Race to Zero, take immediate action towards halving emissions by 2030 and spread this task throughout their value chains”. We can only reach net-zero together,” Falk stated.

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