- Climate Neutral Now is an initiative launched by the UN Climate Change in 2015, aiming at encouraging and supporting all levels of society to take climate action to achieve a climate neutral world by mid-century, as enshrined in the Paris Agreement adopted the same year.
- To avoid the worst effects of climate change, science tells us that we must limit global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius, which is also the central goal of the Paris Agreement. To achieve this objective, relying solely on governmental action will not be sufficient.
The initiative therefore invites companies, organizations, governments and citizens to work towards climate neutrality by reducing their climate footprint thanks to a simple 3-steps method, whereby they shall:
- Measure their greenhouse gas emissions;
- Reduce them as much as possible; and
- Compensate those which cannot be avoided by using UN certified emission reductions (CERs).
Why become Climate Neutral Now?
- There is universal recognition that if we are to realize the central aim of the Paris Agreement to keep a global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels this century, we must all go further and faster in delivering climate action before 2020.
- Climate Neutral Now supports this objective, because it is an initiative that acts as a climate action tool: its work contributes to the objective of limiting the raise of the temperature by proposing an immediate and economically advantageous set of climate actions: measure, reduce and offset with trustworthy units, vetted by the United Nations. Committing to taking these three steps incentivizes behavioral changes within companies, organizations, individuals, i.e. consumers, whom in turn will drive the change within their industries and networks.
- Climate Neutral Now also plays its part in support to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), not only because it helps implementing the Paris Agreement, but also because it fosters financial investments in climate-friendly projects which contribute to changing and improving lives in communities: see these video examples to understand where the money used to purchase offset units goes to, and where these units (the CERs) come from.