Exponential climate action needed at Stockholm +50

Anna Almberg

May 30, 2022

As decision makers and business leaders meet for Stockholm+50, the Exponential Roadmap Initiative will shine a light on the game-changers in energy efficiency, green energy, travel & transport, plant-based food, regenerative agriculture, protecting & restoring nature and maximizing positive impacts from digitalization.

“We need to halve global emissions by 2030 and become nature positive at the same time to tackle the climate emergency. We have the answers in our hands – we just need sharper action. The solutions to halve emissions by 2030 exist in all sectors and many are scaling  exponentially. This is the moment to scale even faster and make a pull-in. The companies that realize that today are the winners of tomorrow”, says Johan Falk, founder of Exponential Roadmap Initiative

This week, as governments meet for the UN’s Stockholm+50 conference, a consortium of  the leading transformers and disruptors, all aligned with the 1.5°C ambition, are joining forces to accelerate action to zero emission and circular value chains.  

“The good news is that climate action and demand for green energy is rising exponentially. But it is not sufficient, I hope S+50 will spur action towards a breakthrough tipping point to exit the fossil energy crisis and towards a net zero emissions world”, says Nigel Topping, High-Level Champion of United Kingdom, UN.

“We are seeing huge momentum from businesses taking action to cut their emissions and calling on governments to support them to go further and faster. We have the solutions across energy and nature to halve global emissions by 2030. I hope S+50 can inspire businesses of all sizes and sectors – in collaboration with governments – to accelerate the scale up of these solutions at pace and leave no community behind”, says María Mendiluce, CEO of the We Mean Business Coalition. 

Within the Stockholm+50 Climate Hub, the Exponential Race to Zero events, hosted by We Don’t Have Time, Exponential Roadmap Initiative, United Nations’ Race to Zero and We Mean Business Coalition, will showcase examples of leading innovative, disruptive and transformative companies taking climate action in line with science. The Exponential Race to Zero will be spread across four days, focusing on: Green Energy, Transport, Food & Land as well as digitalization- at the Exponential Climate Action Summit VI- Maximizing impact with digitalization– hosted by We Don’t Have Time, Ericsson and Exponential Roadmap Initiative. 

“We Don’t Have Time gathers leaders from around the world to share climate solutions and thereby speed our necessary transition from a fossil-to a renewable economy. We hope our daily Stockholm+50 broadcasts reaching millions will inspire leaders within all sectors to act faster while we still have time”, says Ingmar Renzhog, Founder We Don’t Have Time. 

The series of events will focus on the game-changers in energy efficiency, green energy, travel & transport, plant-based food, regenerative agriculture, protection & restoring of nature and maximizing positive impacts from digitalization. Through these events, we will identify concrete actions to remove the blockers to enable scaling up faster and further to COP27. It is a step-up on an exponential journey. 

We are witnessing the start of the Green Energy revolution. It is time to go all-in on green energy and energy efficiency to simultaneously exit the fossil energy crisis, meet national and international climate goals, as well as benefit the natural world. Smart energy efficiency solutions can cut emissions in 10 million factories from today. Electrification through wind, solar, storage, hydrogen, e-fuels, supported by digitalization can take us to a world that runs entirely on renewable energy, much faster than we think.

In Transport, solutions exist now and around the corner to cut transport emissions by 50-90% before 2030, supporting net-zero goals.

We need to move to the next generation Food & Land value chains by 2030. The current food system is insecure and has a severe impact on climate and biodiversity. This is the time to accelerate the shift towards regenerative agriculture and healthier, plant-rich food, and protect and restore nature, to become Nature Positive by 2030.

The digital industry has a leadership role in racing towards net zero value chains, but also accelerating the movement to halve emission in all supply chains. Maximizing impact with digitalization is instrumental to halve emissions in all industries, to achieve the circular economy and to enable people and cities to make sustainable choices. 

“Halving emissions by 2030 in the Race to Zero is required to stay close to 1.5°C. It is possible to cut 90% of emissions in many value chains but we need stronger policies and financial incentives to scale faster. It is urgent to immediately remove blockers, cut fossil subsidies, remove red tape on new infrastructure and embrace radical innovation. All companies and organisations should join the UN Race to Zero,  take immediate action towards halving emissions by 2030 and spread this task throughout their value chains”. We can only reach net-zero together, says Johan Falk

Don’t miss the Exponential Race to Zero at the Stockholm+50 Climate Hub:

The Exponential Race to Zero is a series of broadcasts between May 31st- June 2nd, hosted by We Don’t Have Time, Exponential Roadmap Initiative, United Nations’ Race to Zero and We Mean Business Coalition, within the Stockholm+50 Climate Hub

We bring together leading transformers and disruptors – all aligned with the 1.5°C ambition – collaborating with peers towards zero emission and circular value chains.

Don’t miss the four days (below). See full STHLM+50 Climate Hub program. To join any sessions, email anna.almberg@exponentialraoadmap.org.

For interviews with Johan Falk, founder Exponential Roadmap Initiative, contact Anna Almberg, Press contact, Exponential Roadmap Initiative, anna.almberg@exponentialroadmap.org, +46709816782

 

Overview of the program 

MAY 31

Exponential Race To Zero – Green Energy

Welcome to our first day of daily broadcasts during the Stockholm+50 week. Today’s theme, Green Energy, is part of the Exponential Race to Zero series— brought to you live from SPACE arena in Stockholm with world leaders like Arunabha Ghosh, Nigel Topping, Johan Rockström, and 1.5°C aligned front-runners like Ørsted, ABB, Alfa Laval, Vattenfall, Liquid Wind, Microsoft and Gurīn Energy.

  • Section 1: A Systemic Transformation
  • Section 2: Energy efficiency goes exponential
  • Section 3: Green Energy Revolution
  • Section 4: Taking away the blockers

JUNE 1

Exponential Race To Zero – Transport

Welcome to our second day of daily broadcasts during the week of Stockholm+50. Today’s theme, Transport, is part of the Exponential Race to Zero— brought to you live from SPACE arena in Stockholm with 1.5°C aligned front-runners like Polestar, H2 Green Steel, VIA, Scania, Alfa Laval, Havi, Scan Global Logistics and many others.

  • Section 1: Net-zero transport by 2030
  • Section 2: Personal mobility 
  • Section 3: Goods Transport
  • Section 4: Removing the blockers

JUNE 2

Exponential Race To Zero – Food & Land

Welcome to our third day of daily broadcast during the week of Stockholm+50. Today’s theme, Food & Land, is part of the Exponential Race to Zero— brought to you live from SPACE arena in Stockholm with world leaders like Johan Rockström and Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen and many others.

  • Section 1: Nature positive by 2030
  • Section 2: Scaling plant-based food & cutting food waste
  • Section 3: Regenerative agriculture
  • Section 4: Protection and restoration of nature
  • Section 5: Removing the blockers

JUNE 3

Exponential Climate Action Summit VI – Maximizing impact with digitalization

Hosted by We Don’t Have Time, Ericsson and Exponential Roadmap Initiative

Welcome to our fourth day of daily broadcasts during the week of Stockholm+50. Today’s theme, digitalization, is part of the Exponential Climate Action Summit IV— brought to you live from SPACE arena in Stockholm with 1.5°C aligned front-runners like Ericsson, Google, BT Group, Netflix and many others.

  • Section 1: Healthy planet- the role of digitalization
  • Section 2: Digital Journey––Past, Present & Future
  • Section 3: The Net Zero Value Chain in ICT
  • Section 4: 1.5°C Supply Chain Leaders
  • Section 5: Showcasing action through digitalization

 

About the Exponential Roadmap Initiative: 

The Exponential Roadmap Initiative is for innovators, transformers and disruptors taking action in line with 1.5°C, with the mission to halve emissions before 2030 through exponential climate action and solutions. The Exponential Roadmap Initiative is an accredited partner of the United Nations’ Race To Zero and a founding partner of the 1.5°C Supply Chain Leaders and the SME Climate Hub. 

We Don’t Have Time

We Don’t Have Time (to wait) is the world’s largest communication platform for climate solutions, enabling millions of people, business and leaders to reward climate solutions.

UNFCCC Race to Zero Campaign  

Race to Zero is the UN-backed global campaign rallying non-state actors – including companies, cities, regions, financial and educational institutions – to take rigorous and immediate action to halve global emissions by 2030 and deliver a healthier, fairer zero carbon world in time. All members are committed to the same overarching goal: reducing emissions across all scopes swiftly and fairly in line with the Paris Agreement, with transparent action plans and robust near-term targets. 

About We Mean Business Coalition

We Mean Business Coalition works with the world’s most influential businesses to take action on climate change. The Coalition is a group of seven nonprofit organizations: BSR, CDP, Ceres, Climate Group, CLG Europe, The B Team and WBCSD. Together, we catalyze business and policy action to halve emissions by 2030 and accelerate an inclusive transition to a net-zero economy. Find out more at wemeanbusinesscoalition.org.  

About the SME Climate Hub

The SME Climate Hub is an initiative of the We Mean Business Coalition, the Exponential Roadmap Initiative, and the United Nations Race to Zero campaign. In collaboration with Normative and the Net Zero team at Oxford University, the SME Climate Hub provides tools and resources for SMEs to make a climate commitment, take action and measure their progress towards emissions reductions.​ This partnership allows SMEs to join the United Nations Race to Zero — an international campaign that brings together an unprecedented coalition of real economy actors and 120 governments committed to achieve net-zero emissions by no later than 2050.

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