The influx of global weather disasters over the last few decades has brought global warming to the forefront to most G7 countries and the rest of the world. In 2015 the Paris Agreement was signed by 196 countries to begin their efforts. Contractually in November of 2016 these countries had to outline how their country was to limit contributing factors to global warming. The goal is to decrease the world’s temperature by 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius (United Nations, 2021). In 2020 these countries submitted their proposals and goals for their country in accordance with The Paris Agreement (United Nations, 2021). The goals for this climate change action means that ALL businesses have guidelines to follow and bench markers to help their countries achieve these goals.
Highlighted goals for large manufacturing countries are listed below:
- To cut Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 40-45 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
- Committed to net-zero emissions by 2050
- Canada created the Pan-Canadian Framework in 2016 as it was projected that the country’s emissions were projected to increase by 12% above 2005 levels by 2030. This initiation has projected emissions below 19% in 2030- the largest project drop in emissions in Canadian history.
(Government of Canada, 2021)
United States of America:
- Create a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035 and net zero emissions economy by no later than 2050.
- Achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and to help limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
- Reach 100 percent carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035
- Reduce non-CO2 greenhouse gases, including methane, hydrofluorocarbons and other potent short-lived climate pollutants.
- Invest in innovation to improve and broaden the set of solutions as a critical complement to deploying the affordable, reliable, and resilient clean technologies and infrastructure that’s available today.
(The White house, 2021)
- Immediate target of an at least 55% net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
- Additional action needs to be taken and every sector will have to contribute as current policies are expected to only reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2050, and thus much more remains to be done to reach climate neutrality.
- The natural sink of forests, soils, agricultural lands and wetlands should be maintained and further increased and carbon removal technologies, such as carbon capture and storage and carbon capture and utilisation, should be made cost-effective and deployed.
- Will work to build a climate resilient society by improving knowledge of climate impacts and adaptation solutions; by stepping up adaptation planning and climate risk assessments; by accelerating adaptation action; and by helping to strengthen climate resilience globally.
- China’s President Xi Jinping has said his country will aim for its emissions to reach their highest point before 2030 and for carbon neutrality to be achieved by 2060. But, not how. (BBC News, 2021).
- China has not yet submitted a long-term strategy to the UNFCCC. The government had indicated its intention to submit one in 2020, while the responsible body, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, notes the document is already being drawn up
- Peak CO2 emissions by 2030, or earlier if possible; Peak CO2 emissions by 2030, or earlier if possible; Lower the carbon intensity of GDP by 60% to 65% below 2005 levels by 2030; increase the forest stock volume by around 4.5 billion cubic metres, compared to 2005 levels.
(Climate Action Tracker, 2021
- Vietnam plans to reduce 8% of its greenhouse gas pollution by 2030, and is aiming at 25% eduction with adequate support from the international community. (Vietnamnet, 2016).
- Boost the effective use of energies in construction, transport, illumination, electric devices, production and services; to encourage investment in recovering energy and heat in production and consumption for re-use.
- To invest in researching and exploiting wind, solar, geothermic, biological and biomass energies; to generate electricity from biogas, wastes and agricultural by products; to develop small-scale hydroelectric models to meet the demands of energy consumption on the spot;
- To research new tendencies, changes and models of development, especially in regional and global economic structures, in order to make full use of opportunities and minimize negative impacts of climate change on the environment.
(Socialist Republic Part of Vietnam, 2012).
How do we make this happen? The founders of The Innovation Lab Inc. developed “The Lab”, to assist in achieving the goals set forth in The Paris Agreement. The Lab is committed to doing as much bio based research, innovations, designs and manufacturing as possible in one space with bio based materials. This cuts out the carbon footprint of shipping items across the world to be developed and manufactured. The Lab works with a multitude of specialists in bio based materials and chemicals which achieves the low carbon/ negative carbon footprint without buying carbon offsets.
Government of Canada. (2021). Government of Canada confirms ambitious new greenhouse gas emissions reduction target. https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/news/2021/07/government-of-canada-confirms-ambitious-new-greenhouse-gas-emissions-reduction-target.html
The White House. (2021). Fact Sheet- President Biden Sets 2030 Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Target Aimed at Creating Good-Paying Union Jobs and Securing U.S. Leadership on Clean Energy Technologies. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/04/22/fact-sheet-president-biden-sets-2030-greenhouse-gas-pollution-reduction-target-aimed-at-creating-good-paying-union-jobs-and-securing-u-s-leadership-on-clean-energy-technologies/
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (2021). The Paris Agreement. (2021). https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/the-paris-agreement
Eupopean Union. (2020). Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL establishing the framework for achieving climate neutrality and amending Regulation. https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:52020PC0080
BBC. (2021). Why China’s Climate Policey Matters to All of Us. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwiS4KyuqfXyAhWOGFkFHbiIBlkQFnoECAsQAw&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.com%2Fnews%2Fworld-asia-china-57483492&usg=AOvVaw3Tc54SkwCB7ENzGwji6utx
Climate Action Tracker. (2021). China. https://climateactiontracker.org/countries/china/pledges-and-targets/
Vietnamnet. (2016). Vietnam Ratifies Paris Climate Change Agreement. https://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/environment/166483/vietnam-ratifies-paris-climate-change-agreement.html.
Socialist Republic of Vietnam Government Portal. (2012). National strategy on environment protection to 2020 with visions to 2030. http://chinhphu.vn/portal/page/portal/English/strategies/strategiesdetails?categoryId=30&articleId=10051159