« The most vulnerable people in conflict areas are the hardest hit by climate change and are among the most neglected by climate action. We call for a reversal of this trend. And we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment, for example by halving our greenhouse gas emissions compared to 2018 levels. We are engaging with the Climate Action Accelerator to achieve this. »
PRESIDENT OF THE ICRC
« It is action that changes humanity’s beliefs. It changes our own beliefs when we act and it changes the beliefs of others. You are powerful agent of change serving humanity. Your understanding of what to do and why is transformative to so many. Thank you. »
FOUNDER OF PROJECT DRAWDOWN
Acknowledging the historic climate crisis unfolding and the latest scientific warnings and consensus surrounding it,
Aware of its gravity, of the existing and future human impacts, and of the imperative need for all actors tions to place their action within a sustainable environmental framework that ensures the well-being of current and future generations,
Based on their values and environmental commitments, partners of the Climate Action Accelerator initiative share the following objectives.
We initially prioritize 3 specific service sectors. Why ?
The highest amplification potential
They have the highest amplification potential, in terms of trustfulness, reach - local, national, international - and connectedness, as they provide care, protect, generate knowledge, and prepare future generations. They rank among the five most trusted sectors in society, and are often viewed as role models, acting with integrity. Their leadership on climate action is most likely to inspire emulation by others, and throughout society.
Each of these sectors makes sizable contributions to GHG emissions
Globally, the healthcare sector represents 5% of total emissions – the world’s fifth-largest emitter if it were a country, of which 70% are attributable to supply chains, which are a leading source of emissions for aid organisations, transporting relief items around the world. They can also reduce their carbon footprint by “building back better”. In the education sector, energy consumption and travel are a leading source of emissions. Increases in international student mobility have emerged as a major source of GHGs, contributing more than the annual emissions of many countries.
Solutions are easily transferable, with adaptations, across these three sectors
They represent major service sector organizations with missions of public interest. The service sector plays an increasing role in economies around the world and is responsible for a growing share of direct and indirect emissions, attributable to a variety of factors (buildings, food, transport, digital, supply chain, waste, land management). These are key climate action levers to curb emissions from the demand side of the equation. Based on similarities among these three sectors, the Climate Action Accelerator will activate the same fundamental levers for climate action, allowing cross-sector fertilization, synergies and economies of scale.