We are living at a critical juncture in the history of our planet. The global agreement reached at COP21 in Paris last December is an unprecedented commitment to tackle climate change before a catastrophic rise in global temperatures. Now is the time to change fundamentally the way we use the world’s resources, and the opportunities are immense.
Of course it’s not only city planners, nor national governments that are charged with achieving the targets set at COP21. Action on climate change is something to which all of us – every company and every individual – must commit.
We at Philips are walking the talk. In two decades, we’ve cut our usage of non-renewable sources from 92% to 45% in 2015. We are adopting energy efficiency measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across our business. At COP21, I announced our pledge to shrink our carbon footprint to zero by 2020.
Zero carbon is a bold ambition, but a step that we know we must – and want to – take. The global transition to energy-efficient systems is not an ‘opt-in’ or ‘opt-out’ discussion. It is not something that we ‘might’ or ‘could’ do, nor something that can be postponed until a more convenient time. To save our planet for future generations, this is what we need to do – and we must do it now.