Businesses call for climate promises to be fulfilled

Members of The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), including Anglian Water, Coca-Cola European Partners, IAG and Unilever, have penned an open letter Theresa May calling on the Government to fulfil the promises made in the Paris Climate Agreement and aim for net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.

The letter praises the work done by the Government and notes that in the almost 10 years since the Climate Change Act UK emissions have fallen by over 40 per cent while simultaneously the economy has grown by around 70 per cent.

However, pointing to the recent IPCC report, it asks for the Government to task the Committee on Climate Change for advice on reaching a net-zero emission target by 2050 at the latest.

In particular, the letter stresses the role of the Government in setting clear long-term goals that businesses can work to deliver, and the potential for the UK to help ‘set the direction of travel’ for businesses.

The letter was signed by CEOs from Anglian Water, Coca-Cola European Partners, Danone, IAG, Interface, Scottish Power, Signify UK & Ireland, SSE, Thames Water Utilities and Unilever.

CLG website.

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