With the recent acceptance of the Paris Agreement, which officially put the agreement into effect, and the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) expected to pave the way for the next phase of its realization, the world’s businesses have begun to show a collective commitment to doing their part in reducing the world’s emissions. As the world’s governments plot new support schemes and legislation intended to realize the ambitious reductions targets they set out in the Paris Agreement, private sector businesses have begun to coalesce in wider movements.

Among the most significant of these efforts include the We Mean Business Coalition, whose business and investor members amount to over 600 and have signed on to long-term climate goals and set a path towards leading low-carbon development. Part of this Coalition’s efforts include the RE100, a renewable energy focused group of companies committed to reaching a target of 100% renewable power. Similarly, the We Mean Business Coalition and Climate Group supported EP100, embracing energy efficiency as a key component of a sustainable future, joins businesses leading the transition to cleaner energy. Both the RE100, currently standing at 83 companies, and EP100, continued their expansions during the COP22, engaging companies throughout the world as their members now include organizations in both Western as well as Eastern countries.

Initiatives such as these are crucial means of driving business towards a sustainable future as they allow businesses to learn from each other and spur them on towards increasingly ambitious goals.

See the companies in the We Mean Business Coalition 

Read more on the RE100’s renewable energy goals and the EP100 project’s energy productivity efforts 

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