Tuesday, 11 October 2016

The Paris Agreement

Paul Polman has made big changes at Unilever since taking over in 2009. Unlike other CEOs, he not only thinks about the issues of climate change and sustainability, but actively campaigns on them too.

Only sustainable infrastructure - one that refuses to trade long-term sustainability for short-term gains - will bring about the transformative change we need. It is key to our ability to deliver the promises of prosperity and sustainability at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). And to our ability to realise the Paris Agreement on climate change, whose rapid entry into force this week is proof of our collective ambition to further limit global warming and preserve our future.
What he said obviously resonated with somebody at LafargeHolcim, Aggregate Industries' parent:

Of course, given that manufacturing 1 tonne of cement produces nearly 1 tonne of CO2, given that the cement industry alone is responsible for 5% of man-made CO2 emissions, LafargeHolcims’s idea of sustainability - being the world’s largest cement producer - is probably a bit different to Unilever’s.

But what a relief someone at LafargeHolcim is interested in sustainability. Because, once the Paris Agreement on climate change formally comes into force next month, no business in its right mind, no business that wants to be "part of the solution", would think to needlessly haul minerals 2.5 million polluting miles in Devon, would they?