Tackling climate change in the new economy: is your business ready?
The UK's transition to a low-carbon economy will require the Government, businesses and consumers to work together to reduce emissions. Decisive action must be taken to make fundamental and long-lasting changes to how we work and live.
The next steps must be to ensure the policies and tactics for tackling emissions are framed within the context of an increasingly competitive business and civil environment. Significant investment is required in technology, energy generation and transport, among other areas and these must be delivered cost effectively with a clear return both in terms of energy savings and financially.
The uncertainty leading from the lack of a global climate change agreement should not be a hindrance to the efforts made by the UK to its commitment to cut emissions by 80 per cent in 2050. Organisations that have already grasped the nettle of the low-carbon economy in developing new green products and services and improving energy efficiency are one step ahead of their competitors.
This work must continue through Government, business and consumers to achieve the 2050 target. Transforming the way we work and live is the key to sustainable growth and we must bring low-carbon into people's everyday lives.
- Richard Lambert, director-general, CBI
- Irwin Lee, vice president & general manager, Procter & Gamble UK & Ireland
- Mark Elborne, president & chief executive officer, GE, UK, Ireland & Benelux
- Rt Hon Chris Huhne MP, secretary of state for Energy & Climate Change
- Ben Page, chief executive, Ipsos MORI