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CP Group joins global race for zero carbon emissions

Oct 01. 2020
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By The Nation

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) released its report on “Commitments to Net Zero Double in Less Than a Year” during this year’s Climate Week held in New York from September 21 to 27.

In the release, UNFCCC said more governments and businesses across the world committing themselves to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. Currently 22 regions, 452 cities, 1,101 businesses, 549 universities and 45 of the biggest investors have committed to the cause.

New institutions that have joined the “race to zero” include the Australian state of New South Wales, logistics giant Brambles, automaker Ford, buildings materials company LafargeHolcim and Thailand’s agri-food giant Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group.

These companies will lend a hand in limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Suphachai Chearavanont, chief executive officer of CP Group, was quoted on the UNFCCC website as saying: “CP Group has a role to play in reducing the agriculture sector’s carbon footprint and encouraging consumers to adopt more sustainable food choices. With our commitment for net zero emissions within our operations by 2030, we aim to meet this opportunity by leveraging innovation and working closely with all our partners and stakeholders.”

The CEO also spoke with Nigel Topping, a high-level climate champion for Climate Action COP 26, on the challenges of alleviating global warming problems and achieving net zero carbon emissions.

Suphachai said to help the agricultural sector transition to net zero carbon, efficient, energy-saving farming practices will have to be adopted. He also said that reducing food waste will require support from consumers and partners across the supply chain, while new technology will help empower farmers leading to a neutral carbon footprint.

“I have been motivated by the fact that the global threat of climate change is real, recognising that the bio-sphere we live in is extremely fragile. Here in Thailand, we have seen first-hand its impact on agriculture, tourism as well as human health. We have digitised our operations to unlock both sustainable practices and business value. Our supply chain management is more transparent and integrated. I truly believe that CP Group has the scale, skills and most importantly, ‘the mindset to lead and succeed’.”

Also joining the commitment to reduce their carbon footprint were Microsoft president Brad Smith, LafargHolcim’s chief executive Jan Jenisch and L’Oreal CEO Jean-Paul Agon.

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