The COP 25, held from 1 to 13 December in Madrid, has been characterized, in addition to being the longest in history, by showing the greater commitment of the private sector to the fight against climate change recorded in recent years. This commitment has been made visible through various events within the Summit that the Spanish Network has had the opportunity to organize, co-organize and participate.
In this sense, the local network had an ambitious agenda that brought together both sectoral events and those concerning climate platforms, or international campaigns such as Business For Ambition 1.5.
In fact, this event was one of the major milestones of the COP 25. In it, Spanish companies gained special importance through the public signing of the agreement, the most ambitious of the United Nations aimed at the private sector. Specifically, 11 of them received recognition for adhering to this initiative, which already includes 177 companies worldwide. After this event, three other Spanish entities joined the initiative, bringing the total to 14.
At the sectoral level, the Spanish Network affected one of the most strategic sectors in the fight against climate change due to its high percentage of emissions, agrifood, responsible for 11% of GHG in our country. During the event «Climate challenge in the agrifood sector», companies of different sizes and branches of the sector such as Interporc, Agroamb, Auchan Retail España, Prosalus and Grupo Calvo were given a voice. They stressed the need to trace a sustainable agrifood transition that involves all links in the chain, using the help of technology to manage resources more efficiently. Food education and awareness of our diet were also discussed as one of the keys to adapting to the new demands of climate change, insisting on the prevention of food waste.
At the sectoral level, the Network Spain focused on one of the most strategic sectors in the fight against climate change due to its high percentage of emissions, agrifood, responsible for 11% of GHG in our country. During the event «Climate challenge in the agrifood sector», companies of different sizes and branches of the sector such as Interporc, Agroamb, Auchan Retail España, Prosalus and Grupo Calvo were given a voice. They stressed the need to trace a sustainable agrifood transition that involves all links in the chain, using the help of technology to manage resources more efficiently. Food education and awareness of our diet were also discussed as one of the keys to adapting to the new demands of climate change, insisting on the prevention of food waste.
Other relevant events were those organized around strategic SDG for the management and care of the environment, such as SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities and SDG 14: Underwater Life. Regarding the first one, a meeting was held at the Spanish Network’s stand called «New cities facing new challenges» in which Javier Cortés, UN Global Compact Cities Programme’s engagement director, participated together with representatives of partner companies, such as Sergio Colado from Nechi Group and Sara Perales from TYPSA Group. During the meeting, examples of leading cities in sustainability were presented and a general call was made to all the agents involved in 2030 Agenda to create resilient cities that are capable of overcoming the impacts of climate change efficiently.
Regarding SDG 14, the Spanish Network organized together with UN Global Compact the event «Advancing Sustainable Ocean Business to Support Climate Action», in which the Principles for a Sustainable Ocean were presented. On the eve of the major conference on the oceans in 2020, it is vital to highlight the role of the oceans on climate and the need for the private sector in all sectors to focus on underwater life as a key lever for action in contributing to sustainable development.
On the other hand, the organization also wanted to make visible the effects of climate change on human rights through a day inaugurated by Minister Reyes Maroto that was held on January 4 in Castellana Verde. The day continued at the COP with a meeting of experts at the stand that we shared with other business organisations. In this meeting, experts highlighted the urgency of taking effective measures in the fight against climate change without losing sight of the care of human rights, especially in the most vulnerable territories and with a view to just transition.
Finally, the minister was also present at an event co-organised by the Spanish Global Compact Network and 3M Spain «Business for the Greater Good», in which she claimed the role of science and business in combating climate change. In her words, «the ecological transition must be an objective of the State, but the responsibility for facing this challenge cannot only lie with governments, but also with companies that have the capacity to impact on different markets and key industries at a global level».
Among the events in which we participated, represented by the executive director, Cristina Sanchez, are those convened by the Community #PorElClima, of which we are the driving force. In this area, the 101 business initiatives for climate were presented and the I Climate Assembly was held. In the first case, we presented business examples of outstanding climate actions, which can be consulted here.
Within the framework of the Summit, we joined and promoted among our entities the #6DNow, the largest collaborative plantation in the history of our country and we personally joined the campaign with the planting of 126 trees, one for each new partner of the initiative in 2019.
On a permanent basis, we were in the shared stand of corporate climate action, along with other organizations in our country. From there, we were able to get in touch with citizens and entities from the public sphere and organised civil society, as well as bringing our climate actions first hand to strategic partners in order to increase their commitment.