UN Climate Change News, 1 December 2019 – A group of e-cyclists ended a 200-kilometer journey from Salamanca to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid this Sunday, having biked for almost a week to show support for the climate negotiations and to highlight the importance of addressing climate change with greater ambition and urgency.
The group is part of the cycling initiative, now in its fifth edition, “Moving for Climate NOW”, organized by energy utility Iberdrola with support from UN Climate Change.
This year, the team included more than 50 representatives of multilateral institutions, academia, NGOs, climate policymakers, businesses, youth and civil society. The cyclists were welcomed in Madrid by the UN Climate Change Deputy Executive Secretary, Mr Ovais Sarmad; the Commissioner for Climate and Energy Action of the European Union, Miguel Arias Cañete; the COP25 High-Level Climate Action Champion, Gonzalo Muñoz, and the CEO of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán.
The cyclists took with them to Madrid a “Manifesto to Combat Climate Change”, which calls for increased climate ambition and a shift towards scenarios that limit the increase in global average temperatures to 1.5ºC, which involves achieving zero net emissions by 2050.
“We appreciate the efforts of the Moving for Climate NOW cyclists because they send a very strong message to the world. And the message is: the fight against climate change requires participation from all segments of society. To bring a systemic change and address the climate emergency, we need governments, the private sector, institutions and individuals to work together in urgently scaling up their efforts to reduce emissions”, said Mr Sarmad.
Carlos Sallé, Energy Policies and Climate Change Director at Iberdrola, said: “Climate change causes exponential problems that require exponential solutions. For the past 20 years, Iberdrola has been taking action investing in clean energies, smart networks, and digitalisation, all of them pillars of a decarbonised energy model. Our support to Moving for Climate NOW is based on our deep belief that collective action achieves exponential results, so we need to work together to increase our climate ambition and our urgency to achieve a climate-resilient and low carbon economy”.
The “Manifesto to Combat Climate Change” brought to COP25 by the cyclists emphasizes, fundamentally:
- The urgency of uniting efforts in all areas and ensuring support measures for the most vulnerable;
- The importance of seeing the fight against climate change as an opportunity to build a sustainable economic model, rather than as a threat;
- The need to accelerate the energy transition by committing to renewable energy;
- The value of having nature as an ally, and
- The importance of mobilising resources to improve climate adaptation.
The expedition included participants from organizations such as the International Renewable Energy (IRENA), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the We Mean Business coalition, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), universities such the University of Salamanca and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, as well as several representatives of NGOs and companies such as Iberdrola and ScottishPower.
Members of the initiative have already travelled more than 3,700 kilometers since the first Moving for Climate NOW edition, which took them from Bilbao (Spain) to COP21 in Paris (France). The team also biked from Seville (Spain) to COP22 in Marrakesh (Morroco), from Paris to COP23 in Bonn (Germany) and from Vienna (Austria) to COP24 in Katowice (Poland).
Support to the UN Global Climate Action Awards
Iberdrola has also partnered with the UN Global Climate Action Awards to support this year’s winners under the “Women for Results” category. In particular, owing to Iberdrola’s support, representatives from four of these award-winning and women-led climate solutions have been funded to attend COP25 in Madrid, Spain. At COP25, representatives from each of these award-winning projects will be officially recognised and celebrated during an awards ceremony and a series of special events.
This year’s winners under the Women for Results category include:
- Campaign for Female Education’s Climate-Smart Agriculture Guides | Sub-Saharan Africa: Training young women from marginalized farming communities to become Agriculture Guides.
- Mothers Out Front | United States of America: A movement of over 24,000 mothers mobilising for a liveable climate for their children.
- Women’s Action Towards Climate Resilience in South Asia | Bangladesh, India and Nepal: Empowering women in low-income households to increase their climate resilience.
- Eco Wave Power | Israel, Gibraltar: A world-leading project generating clean energy from the ocean, co-founded and led by a female CEO.
About partnerships between UN Climate Change and non-Party stakeholders
The partnership with Iberdrola is part of a series of partnerships between UN Climate Change and relevant stakeholders to support climate action. The partnerships for COP25 with non-Party stakeholders are foreseen in the Marrakesh Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA).
The MPGCA was launched at COP22 by the Conference of the Parties, explicitly welcoming climate action of all non-Party stakeholders, including the private sector, to help implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement. All entities of society and business are strongly encouraged to scale up their efforts and support actions to reduce emissions, as well as to build resilience and decrease vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.
More information on partnerships at COP25 is available here.
For further information on UN Climate Change Partnerships, please contact:
Claribelle Poujol, Head of Resource Mobilization and Partnerships: +49 1520 9059820, email@example.com.
Iberdrola is a global energy leader, the number-one producer of wind power, and one of the world’s biggest electricity utilities by market capitalisation. The group supplies energy to almost 100 million people in dozens of countries including Spain, the United Kingdom (ScottishPower), the United States (AVANGRID), Brazil (Neoenergia), Mexico, Germany, Portugal, Italy and France. With a workforce of around 34,000 and assets in excess of €113bn, it achieved a turnover of €35bn and a net profit of €3bn in 2018.
Iberdrola is leading the transition towards a sustainable energy model through investments in renewable energy, smart grids, large-scale energy storage and digital transformation, to offer its customers the most advanced products and services. Thanks to its commitment to clean energy, Iberdrola is one of the companies with the lowest emissions and an international benchmark for its contribution to the fight against climate change and for sustainability.
More about COP 25 is available here.