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        TIME TO WALK                                                                                                                Signify is the new company name of Philips Lighting. We are
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        THE CLIMATE TALK by Harry Verhaar                                                                                           to a safer, more productive and smarter world.

               onversations about the climate crisis play out very differently today than they would
               have just ten years ago. Thanks to the efforts of the UN, organisations such as The
       CClimate Group, the media, and, not least, a group of educated and vocal Gen-Zers,
        public debate has become much more widespread and far more demanding. Climate has
        taken its place as the most pressing issue on the agenda of many of the world’s governments.

        Outside of a few dwindling pockets of naysayers, human-
        effected climate change is no longer up for debate. Indeed,
        humanity’s impact on the planet can hardly be contradicted
        when the evidence is so tangibly all around us, most visibly
        through weather anomalies and natural disasters. Amid
        public outcry at the burning Amazon, an area of forest the
        size of the Netherlands has been devastated by forest fires
        in Siberia. And in Greenland, the delicate balance has been
        distorted, and currently around 300 megatonnes of extra
        meltwater is released each year from declining glaciers.
        That’s equivalent to 40 years’ worth of drinking water for
        today’s world population, in one year alone.

        The time for action
        The scale and nature of this crisis is huge and unprecedented.
        The challenge: the climate crisis is the first crisis we have to
        resolve before it fully unfolds. There can be no question that
        the time for talk is over. Now we need to see urgent action in
        line with what climate science demands.
        Four years have passed since the Paris Agreement. It seems
        barely credible that, after signing up to this commitment,
        leaders are continuing to debate what needs to be
        committed to and when. This lack of resolve should be both
        an international embarrassment and a public outrage. We
        teach our children that they have fixed ambition levels and
        deadlines for schoolwork that are static and non-negotiable,
        yet as adults in society, we fail to hold our leadership to
        the same standards. I don’t believe that the public needs
        parenting. But business and political leaders are here to
        serve public ambition. It is high time that our political leaders
        embrace and confirm that the required ambition level is                                                                   to be spent on perspiration, by which I mean, rolling up our   As businesses, we can afford to do even better, and we
        (global and national) carbon neutrality and the deadline is                                                               sleeves and getting the job done.                   encourage companies to aim for carbon neutrality at latest
        at latest by 2050. This is the legacy the next generation                                                                                                                     by 2030. In ten years’ time, what we now consider best
                                                                                                                                  So, let’s put a line in the sand and commit to something
        deserves, and we must set about achieving it now.                                                                                                                             practice must be common practice.
                                                                                                                                  quantifiable. Global carbon neutrality by 2050 is
                                                                                                                                  achievable if governments make this a priority target, set   To demonstrate this in action, we like to use the 3% rule. If we
        Meaningful targets                                                                                                        meaningful milestones, and cast this ambition level into   achieve an improvement rate of 3% energy efficiency each
        The Climate Group is driving a series of first-class                                                                      law. Governments must enable regulatory frameworks and   year, driven by a similar 3% in infrastructure (mostly building)
        programmes; among them, the LED Light Savers program,                                                                     hold themselves continually and consciously accountable.   renovation rates, combined with a 3% increase in the use of
        RE100, EV100; and from the World Green Building Council,                                                                  Political leaders can apply the third part of the 10/20/70   renewables per year, we will be well on the way to achieving a
        the Net Zero Carbon Buildings program. These initiatives turn                                                             rule by creating Net Zero Carbon Building programmes   carbon-neutral world by 2050.
        talk into action and have Signify’s unequivocal backing. We                                                               for government buildings, by converting all public building
        can make sure the climate neutrality ambition delivers results                                                            electricity consumption to renewable energy, and by joining
                                                                                                                                                                                      Good for business
        by holding our time and efforts to what I call the 10/20/70                                                               EV100 and switching ministerial car fleets to EVs. These
                                                                                                                                                                                      There’s no doubt that having zero-carbon operations
        rule. That means spending 10% of our time and effort in                                                                   actions will create case studies, jobs, and a positive example
        inspiration, creating awareness and education on why we                                                                   that enhances public engagement and support. Not least, we   will be good for business as consumers become more
        need to become carbon neutral. 20% of our efforts should                                                                  shouldn’t underestimate the learning that will help to fine-  aware and B2B customers hold their supply chains under
        be on aspiration, defining more closely what we’ll do, and by                                                             tune policies and financial instruments so that these deliver   closer scrutiny. At Signify, we’re taking this so seriously
                                                            Signify CEO, Eric Rondolat, speaking at the UN Climate
        when. But the majority of our time, the remaining 70%, has                                                                better results in shorter periods of time.          that sustainable operations is more than just a public
                                                            Action summit
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