More than 150 companies have signed up to the Science Based Targets initiative to limit their carbon dioxide emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.

The businesses represent 27 countries and a range of sectors.Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s, car manufacturer Toyota and European retailer Metro are among the 41 companies that have joined the initiative since the Paris Agreement was unveiled in December.

Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s, car manufacturer Toyota and European retailer Metro are among the 41 companies that have joined the initiative since the Paris Agreement was unveiled in December.The initiative is a partnership between four organisations – the Carbon Disclosure Project, the United Nations’ Global Compact initiative, the World Resources Institute (WRI), and environmental charity WWF.

The initiative is a partnership between four organisations – the Carbon Disclosure Project, the United Nations’ Global Compact initiative, the World Resources Institute (WRI), and environmental charity WWF.Demand exceeds capacity

Demand exceeds capacity

Cynthia Cummis, Deputy Director of Greenhouse Gas Protocol within WRI’s Climate Program, said: “The enthusiasm companies have shown to setting ambitious climate targets is very encouraging.

“Our technical reviewers cannot keep up with the number of targets being submitted.

“This is a great problem to have and a clear indication that the Paris Agreement was a turning point for climate action.”

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