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The Climate Neutral Network – Partnering for Climate Neutrality

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By: Stuart Roberts, UNEP

The Climate Neutral Network (CN Net) is an initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for the showcasing of strategies and initiatives to reduce carbon footprint, promoting the global transition to low-carbon economies and societies…

CN Net is a web-based platform for companies, organizations, cities and states to showcase their climate neutral strategies and to share information and ideas with other participants. CN Net provides global exposure for its participants’ commitment to the environment, through events and other opportunities at international climate forums.

CN Net participants have set some of the most ambitious climate neutral strategies in the world. A range of these were presented in the UNEP publication “A Case for Climate Neutrality – Case Studies on Moving Towards a Low Carbon Economy”, which is available here.

Here are just some examples of how CN Net participants are pioneering innovative and ambitious climate action:

Costa Rica aims to be climate neutral by 2021, when it celebrates 200 years of independence. The iconic Fujifilm Group has made a lasting contribution to culture, science and technology. It has embraced the goal of climate neutrality by setting challenging emissions reduction targets at its six factories in Japan. The city of Arendal on Norway’s south coast is a serious contender for the title of world capital of climate neutrality, becoming the hub of a wide network of businesses, sporting bodies and even music festivals that have adopted climate initiatives. The region of Wenjiang in south west China aims to become a ‘zero carbon emission’ city by 2015, through a greening program and emissions monitoring. Over 450 high-polluting enterprises have been either shut down or upgraded since 2000. The UK-based entrepreneurial charity BioRegional embraces a ‘local and sustainable’ philosophy, including ensuring that its office premises use renewable technologies. A 2007 waste audit found that BioRegional staff produce just over one kilogram of waste per week – a fraction of the London office average. French development NGO Planète Urgence offsets all emissions from its operations, provides financial incentives for employees to reduce their emissions, and carries out reforestation projects in developing countries. US-based climate consulting company ClearSky Climate Solutions committed to reducing its emissions by 5% from 2009 to 2010, with a variety of simple but effective policies, including offering employees a reduced carbon price to offset their personal carbon footprints. UNEP has the United Nations lead in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and was the first intergovernmental organization to join the Network.

CN Net also actively partners with like-minded agencies and organizations to promote the cause of climate neutrality around the world. Current partnerships include: Establishing a CN Net European hub with Grid Arendal UNEP Collaborating Centre; establishing a CN Net Chinese Regional Hub with Jia Cui (China) Environmental Promotive Center (JCEP); a collaborative partnership with Associates of the Earth (Japan); a strategic partnership with ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability; and a climate data aggregation agreement with The Low Carbon Economy/ Low Carbon World. CN Net will be showcasing member success stories, and revealing some new CN Net initiatives, at a CN Net Breakfast Forum at the B4E event in Mexico City, 4-5 October.

Please contact CN Net’s recently appointed focal point, Stuart Roberts, to discuss your agency’s or organization’s activities and potential to work with CN Net or visit the Climate Neutral Network website.