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King's signs Paris Pledge for Action

Posted on 18/12/2015
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King’s College London has become one of the first UK universities and one of the first 1000 organisations worldwide to pledge support for the agreement on climate change made in France earlier this month by signing the Paris Pledge for Action.

The agreement is the first universal, legally binding deal agreed by world leaders to tackle global warming. The deal commits countries across the world to attempts to keep global temperature rises to ‘well below’ two degrees.

The pledge has so far been signed by over 900 leading global organisations and financial institutions including the Church Commissioners for England, London City and Microsoft and represents a unique opportunity for non-state actors to welcome the agreement and commit to implementing it.

By joining the pledge, King’s commits to playing its part in supporting the objectives set out at the COP21 conference. Leadership by non-state actors, such as universities, will be integral in sending a credible, coherent signal that the agreement can be met or exceeded.

President and Principal, Professor Ed Byrne, said upon signing the pledge: ‘As a global university, King’s is entirely committed to it’s world wide environmental responsibilities.

‘By signing this agreement, we show our support and commitment to continuing our work in sustainability and carbon management and urge all higher education institutions to sign and help ensure that the pledge objectives can be exceeded across the globe with ease.’

Speaking at the conference earlier this month, Laurent Fabius, President of the COP 21 UN Climate change conference and French Foreign Minister said: ‘The Paris Agreement allows each delegation and group of countries to go back home with their heads held high. Our collective effort is worth more than the sum of our individual effort. Our responsibility to history is immense.’

King’s has taken a proactive approach to reducing carbon emissions and limits its contribution on climate change. The aim is to reduce carbon emissions by 43 per cent by 2020 against a 2005 baseline. This will be achieved by taking measures including the installation of renewable energy sources, refurbishing buildings to a high standard of sustainability and encouraging staff and students to adopt positive behaviours.

For more information about the Paris Pledge for Action, visit the website: http://www.parispledgeforaction.org/

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