Unilever calls for more ambitious energy and GHG emissions targets
London / Rotterdam / Brussels, 14 October 2014 - Unilever, together with ten other companies, calls upon the European Member States to adopt an ambitious position on energy efficiency, renewables and climate change on 23 and 24 October, including a binding greenhouse gas emissions reduction target way beyond 40%, a binding 40% renewable energy target and a binding 40% energy efficiency target by 2030.
At the October summit the EU Member States will decide on the EUs position for the Paris UN Climate Change Conference (COP) to be held in 2015. The objective of the Paris UN Climate Change Conference (COP) in September 2015 is to achieve, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, a binding and universal agreement on climate, across the world.
Paul Polman, Unilever CEO: “We know that the economic cost of inaction is now greater than action. For the UN Climate Change Conference to be a success next year in Paris, Europe needs to set itself bold targets on greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency that are an example to the rest of the world.
“The recent New Climate Economy Report clearly states that investing in energy efficiency and renewables makes sound business sense. Our politicians must show leadership. We need clarity, confidence and courage from them - without the right policy frameworks and political signals, even the most determined business action will not reach the scale we need to make a real difference.”
Marc Potma Unilever Corporate Media Relations +31 61137 5464 Marc.Potma@unilever.com