The science is clear that environmental action is more critical than ever before. We need to limit global warming to 1.5°C, in line with the most ambitious goal of the Paris agreement. Emissions are at their highest level; but they must be halved by 2030. By this date, the world will face a 40% shortfall in water supply; yet our withdrawals still increase. Staying within 1.5°C means urgently halting forests loss; but global deforestation continues unabated.
Nothing less than a transformation of the economy is needed. As powerful leaders for global change, Europe’s leading companies, investors, cities, regions and policymakers can make or break this historic transition.
The CDP Europe Awards brings together these actors at the highest level to discuss how our economy’s interrelated environmental goals can be achieved. Unique fireside chats and expert panels will stimulate debate on what action Europe’s leaders must and will do in 2020, to protect themselves from environmental risks and seize the opportunities of the new sustainable economy.
By presenting CDP’s A List and Climetrics Fund Awards to the companies, cities and investors championing action on climate change, water security and deforestation, the event will demonstrate the necessary pathway for a climate neutral and resource-secure future.