Anand Mahindra and Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders urge credible net-zero commitments

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 12 Jun 2021


Anand Mahindra: “We must widen the arc of climate action among the corporations of the world. A marketplace for low carbon technologies and climate funds will create a virtuous cycle."

Anand Mahindra, Chairman of the Mahindra Group, is among more than 70 global members of The Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders, who called on G7 leaders on Thursday to accelerate credible net-zero and climate commitments, policies and actions and urged them to work together with the private sector for bolder actions on shared ambitions within a more ambitious policy framework.

The Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders, hosted by the World Economic Forum, is the largest global CEO-led community in the world committed to climate action. It was founded in 2014 to support the Paris Agreement and corporate climate action by setting ambitious targets, reducing their own emissions, and inspiring others to do the same.

The Alliance, in an open letter to the G7, stated that the issue of environmental risk has never been higher on economic or political agendas. “With the ongoing challenge of the COVID pandemic, it is easy to forget that climate change is an immediate and growing threat to people, ecosystems, and economies – with our current trajectory leading us to potentially irreversible outcomes. To avoid the worst impacts of climate change we need to limit warming to 1.5deg C, which will require nearly halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and reaching net-zero by 2050. This drastic departure from today’s emissions growth trajectory requires bold action across private and public sectors five months before COP26 in November.”

The Alliance is looking to governments to accelerate the transition before COP26 in Glasgow later this year. Action from governments can accelerate further action from companies. Businesses are ready to move fast and boost investments to create a sustainable future. To decarbonise at the speed and scale required to achieve net-zero by 2050 at the latest, The Alliance calls on world leaders to:

- Publish ambitious and 1.5 degrees C-aligned Nationally Determined Contributions that halve emissions by 2030.
- Commit to net-zero by 2050, underpinned by robust policy roadmaps and interim targets
- Ensure that developed countries meet and exceed their $100B commitment to support developing countries mitigate and adapt to climate change, and ensure the major development finance institutions also commit to science-based guidelines across their lending portfolios

Members of The Alliance have made clear commitments and are working to transition their businesses to net-zero. Greater collaboration between business and government on achieving our net-zero ambitions can help accelerate this process for the benefit of our economies and societies.

Anand Mahindra, Chairman of the Mahindra Group and signatory to The Alliance, said: “We must widen the arc of climate action among the corporations of the world. A marketplace for low carbon technologies and climate funds will create a virtuous cycle. Governments and corporates must work together to achieve this.”

The Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders, the largest global CEO-led community in the world committed to climate action, is open to companies from any country and industry. CEOs meet twice a year to exchange ideas and best practices and to build consensus. It is the only CEO-led community aiming to drive change spanning the supply chain. To join this group, CEOs make credible commitments spanning their supply chains, declare emissions, set reduction targets, and collaborate with others to do the same.