Escarus Project Director A. Ece Sevin, who stated that the picture did not change in 2021 in the Global Risk Report, which identifies the risks that pose the greatest threats to the world, stated that climate change-related issues pose a great threat, and that efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions play an important role in reducing climate-related risks. He said he played a role.
Saying that it will not be enough for organizations to take action only to reach the targets set for the reduction of emissions on a global scale, Sevin stated that Zero Emissions Day is an important opportunity for individuals to be involved in the movement to reduce emissions.
In the Global Risk Report, which identifies the risks that pose the greatest threats to the world in terms of probability and impact every year, climate change caused by human activities and related risks are at the top of the list in recent years. Escarus (TSKB Sustainability Consultancy Inc.) Project Director A. Ece Sevin, who pointed out that the picture did not change much in the 2021 report and that four of the five most likely risks to occur were identified as issues stemming from climate change, said that efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will help mitigate climate-related risks. underlined that it plays a key role.
Saying that it would not be enough for organizations to take action only in order to reach the targets set for the reduction of emissions on a global scale, Sevin continued by adding that Zero Emissions Day is an important opportunity for individuals to be involved in the movement to reduce emissions. Referring to what can be done on this special day, which has been celebrated on September 2008 every year since 21 with the motto of “giving the planet one day of rest a year” in different countries of the world, Sevin said: can contribute to the emission reduction process. This individual awareness that we will reach on September 21 and the small changes we will make in our lifestyle will only be effective when it spreads throughout the year and creates social and institutional habits.
“More ambitious steps are needed”
Sevin said, “Emission reduction, which is an integral part of the fight against climate change; increasingly occupying an important place in the agendas of governments, international organizations and private sector players. In this regard, many governments and companies are announcing decarbonization or net zero emission commitments. However, in order to reach the target of keeping the average temperature increase in our world below 2 degrees compared to the period before the industrial revolution, which was targeted in the Paris Agreement, the steps need to become more ambitious.
“There was a 2020 percent reduction in emission values in 5,8”
Sevin stated that there was a 19 percent decrease in global emission values in 2020 due to quarantine measures and disruptions in production activities due to the COVID-5,8 outbreak, but this decrease will decrease by 2021 percent by the end of 4. Sevin said that this decline was due to the lack of long-term goals and practices.
Sevin continued his words, “Although the social life and production process that started to become normal caused emission values to approach the past, the lessons learned from the pandemic process prompted the world to take more decisive steps in the fight against climate change. The concept of 'green recovery', which takes into account environmental factors in the recovery process after the pandemic and aims to make the positive impact on nature permanent, is among the priority issues for many organizations.
“Long-term carbon neutral commitments of countries are of great importance”
Sevin, in line with this, that the USA becomes a party to the Paris Agreement in 2021; He underlined the importance of France, Germany and the United Kingdom's announcement of net-zero greenhouse gas emission targets for 2050, and that Korea's carbon-neutral commitments for 2050 and China for 2060. Evaluating the statements of the private sector on this issue as critical, Sevin said; He stated that the Climate Commitment initiative, which includes the goal of 115 companies, including Unilever, Amazon and Microsoft, to be zero carbon by 2040, is a projection of the global effort to combat climate change.