At the end of 2015 the Paris Agreement endorsed the aim “to achieve a balance between anthropogenic emissions by sources and absorption by sinks of greenhouse gases in the second half of this century, on the basis of equity, and in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty”.
Since then, carbon neutrality has emerged as the key issue to address in controlling ongoing climate change and protecting human societies from its effects, and it has been taken up by many countries, organisations and businesses. The transition to carbon neutrality for businesses involves major questions and transformations.
In the last few years EpE member companies met within the Climate Change Commission to discuss the individual decarbonisation strategies they have implemented across their organisations. This publication sets out the questions raised and describes the solutions those companies have been striving to develop over time: how can each corporate player act on their own? Do they go it alone, and if they do not, with whom do they team up and how? What difficulties are to be overcome and how?
This booklet is designed both for companies that want to initiate and accelerate their move towards carbon neutrality, and for their various stakeholders who are aware of the systemic aspects and difficulties of that transition.