Japan, US and Mexico team up to banish climate change

Influential figures from business, regional government, higher education and civil society will lead the initiative

By Jonny Bairstow

Influential figures from business, regional government, higher education and civil society in Mexico, Japan and the US are partnering to help meet international climate obligations.

The Alliances for Climate Action group aims to help achieve the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) prediction that current commitments made by non-state actors have the potential to at least halve the emissions gap for 2℃ and reduce the emissions gap to 1.5℃ by as much as a third.

It is made up of the Alianza para la Acción Climática de Guadalajara, the Japan Climate Initiative and the We Are Still In scheme in the US.

The former is made up of more than 35 Mexican entities, including the University of Guadalajara, the State Government of Jalisco and energy company Fortius, have committed to working directly with the national government to accelerate implementation of its pledge to reduce 22% of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, said: “These initiatives are clear examples of businesses, local leaders and national governments working together in what I call a new kind of inclusive multilateralism that is critical to achieving the long-term health of the planet, humanity and all forms of life.

“If we follow the example of these coalitions I believe we can be successful in accelerating ambition to make the Paris Agreement a reality.”

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