Decarbonization Initiative

At the UN climate conference in Paris in 2015 (COP 22), Foundation 2° and the supporting businesses started the decarbonization initiative “Toward a 2° Economy.” With this initiative, businesses are calling for obligatory political measures to achieve a carbon-neutral economy.

In order to kick-start the Foundation 2° decarbonization initiative, the CEOs of leading German businesses met Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Federal Chancellery today. As part of the discussions, the CEOs presented her with the statement “German Businesses Are Moving Toward a 2° Economy,” in which they state very clearly their commitment to supporting the most ambitious targets of the German climate policy through their corporate action.

Making Germany a Paragon of Decarbonization

The aim of the initiative is to help Germany become a global paragon of decarbonization, as proclaimed by Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G7 summit in Elmau. The CEOs are preparing their businesses for a 2° economy and, as pioneers of climate policy in their industry, they are developing comprehensive strategies with ambitious climate protection targets and concrete examples for implementing the decarbonization of the economy. The spheres of activity here are, for example, the development of renewable energy, energy conservation, resource efficiency, sustainable mobility, and investment in climate protection.

Partnership between Enterprise and Policy

The business leaders involved in Foundation 2° see themselves as partners in the policy for ambitious climate protection. At the same time, they are calling for appropriate and reliable framework requirements so that they can successfully promote corporate climate protection. These include ambitious German climate targets for 2030 and an obligatory national strategy in order to initiate the decarbonization of the economy by 2050. This is the only way by which to guarantee planning and investment security for the businesses – and ultimately therefore their future competitiveness.