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New Phase for UNEP's Climate Neutral Network (UNEP)

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is closing its Climate Neutral Network (CN Net) and inviting members to join similar platforms that promote low carbon transformations in the public and private sectors.

emission vehicles.

Following Arendal's example, the Norwegian government is currently working on a pilot project on climate neutrality including 10 government institutions and agencies in Norway, employing more than 300,000 people.

The possible emissions reductions from this exercise are estimated at 600,000 tonnes of CO₂ equivalent.

After overseeing CN Net for three years, UNEP is now inviting members to contact three organisations - Caring for Climate, Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and the Climate Group. These organisations, who have signalled their enthusiasm to work with CN Net participants, offer similar platforms to foster commitment to climate neutrality in the private and public sectors, and support organisations in achieving their environmental goals.

"Many of the countries, cities, companies and other stakeholders have achieved a great deal during the life time of this campaign, and I would like to congratulate those who assisted in making CN Net a success in terms of outreach and in many cases in terms of real and tangible action", said Nick Nuttall, Acting Director of UNEP's Division of Communications and Public Information and UNEP Spokesperson.

"On behalf of UNEP, I would like to thank the participants of CN Net for their involvement and wish everyone all the best in their endeavours for the future towards accelerating and scaling up a pathway to a Green Economy".

The closure of CN Net follows discussion with participants on the most rationale way forward..

In October 2011, UNEP in collaboration with the city of Arendal, convened a 'webinar' to discuss options for the future. Following feedback from members, it was decided to close the platform and present the offer of handing over the campaign to the three platforms in order to better focus international and local efforts in this field.

For more information, please contact:

UNEP Newsdesk (Nairobi) on Tel. +254 20 7623088 or Email: unepnewsdesk@unep.org

Notes to Editors

Caring for Climate is a joint initiative of the UN Global Compact and UNEP. Caring for Climate has indicated that it would welcome corporate participants migrating from CN Net.


Contact :

Lila Karbassi, General Manager, Environment Leader, United Nations Global Compact, New York, NY 10017 USA, Tel: +1-917-367-3648, Email: karbassi@un.org

Kaveh Zahedi, UNEP Climate Change Coordinator, E-mail: kaveh.zahedi@unep.org

ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) has also indicated that it would welcome CN Net cities and local authorities into its low carbon initiatives.



Yunus Arikan, Manager, Cities Climate Center, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, Address: Kaiser Friedrich Str. No:7 53113 Bonn Germany, Tel: + 49 228 976 299 20, E-mail: yunus.arikan@iclei.org


The Climate Group - an independent, not-for-profit organization - has also indicated that it would welcome CN Net participants across the range of backgrounds.


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