More than 100 companies, local governments and private organizations launched a group Friday to push for a carbon-free society and to help raise Japan's presence in the global fight against climate change.

The Japan Climate Initiative plans to work with fellow non-state actors in other parts of the world to overcome the challenges of global warming and delivering on the commitments within the 2015 Paris accord, which aims to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions effectively to zero in the latter half of this century.

Members said the group will work with similar organizations around the world, including the "We Are Still In" movement in the United States that was created after President Donald Trump announced last year that Washington will pull out of the Paris agreement.