Raeya Arora: More climate commitments made
In 2020, more governments and companies committed to reaching net-zero carbon emissions in the coming decades. China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses and China announced its intention to be carbon-neutral by the year 2060. Japan, Hungary, Canada, South Africa and South Korea committed to similar goals by 2050. The European Union aims to become carbon neutral by 2050. Microsoft announced that they would commit to restoring more land than it uses and would zero out all of its historical emissions dating back to its creation in 1975. Oil companies such as ExxonMobil, BP, and Royal Dutch Shell also pledged to reduce emissions.
Riya Mehta: Cox Enterprises Accelerates Sustainability Goals by 10 Years
On January 1, 2021, Cox Enterprises announced that they have changed their goal to be carbon and water neutral from 2044 to 2034. The new Cox conservative strategy expresses the company’s zero environmental footprint goals by reducing, replacing and recycling within its own operations, along with developing new renewable projects and partnerships to offset impacts. By achieving carbon and water neutrality 10 years earlier, this will substantially reduce its total greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere, while also having a meaningful impact on both drinking water and water-related ecosystems. The Zero Waste to Landfill goal will retain its original target of 2024.
Dia Arora: US greenhouse gas emissions dropped to their lowest levels since WWII
In January this year a research group named Rhodium released greenhouse gas emission data for 2020. Due to the pandemic the air has gotten cleaner. The data shows how the US greenhouse gas emissions fell by 10.3% in the year 2020. This has been the largest drop in annual emissions in the post-World War II period.
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