British business committed to climate change
British business is committed to tackling climate change - but a UK initiative on the matter will only succeed if it is jointly prioritised by the government, consumers and companies, a new report states.
The CBI Climate Change Task Force report is the end result of around ten month's intensive work by 18 chairman and chief executives from some of the UK's largest companies. It states that 2020 carbon emission targets are likely to be missed - but that goals set for 2050 are achievable, if a greater sense of urgency is adopted.
Companies will have to substantially change their business models to meet requirements - but if we act now, the cost of the needed measures will come in at £100 per household by 2030.
"Today the CBI Task Force has demonstrated its commitment to tackling climate change," Ben Verwaayen, Task Force chairman, said.
"This is a call to action to the wider business community whose support we need, an offer of partnership with government, and a commitment to empower consumers. They are key to any solution because of their power to demand environmentally friendly goods, and their influence on government as voters.
"We need to support the consumer with better information and more choice. We have to involve our employees and we must report transparently our own carbon footprints. This is not just a challenge, it is also the chance to become leaders in a new low carbon economy. In business, in government, as consumers and citizens we are all part of the solution."
Article Date: 27 November 2007
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