The Climate Neutral Network, a new U.N. program designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has enlisted its first signatories: Costa Rica, Iceland, New Zealand and Norway, along with the four cities and five companies.
The sole U.S. participant is Interface Inc., a 30-year-old Atlanta designer and manufacturer of modular and broadloom carpets, panel fabrics and upholstery.
The initiative is meant to demonstrate the "art of the possible," when it comes to going carbon neutral, according to Achim Steiner, executive director of the U.N. Environmental Program. It will test and highlight strategies for reducing carbon emissions.
The CN Net is also in for the long haul and equally aimed at mobilizing a broad-based response demonstrating that a transition to a low, even zero, carbon future can be a reality if inspiring and practical actions can be federated around the world, Steiner said.
Costa Rica has set the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2021, and Norway by 2030. Iceland is aiming for a 75% cut by 2050, and New Zealand wants 90% of its electricity to come from renewable sources by 2025.These cities and corporations are also taking part:
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