Copenhagen Climate Deal Vital for British Business
The business world is being warned it stands at a ‘fork in the road’ ahead of a pivotal summit of world leaders to address climate change.
The warning comes from a key environmental group ahead of the UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen in December.
Steve Howard, CEO of influential NGO, The Climate Group says a positive conclusion to Copenhagen could create a new ‘industrial revolution’ in green goods and services and create huge opportunities for business. A failure to reach agreement, he warns, could have a major impact on all businesses.
"Every product, every business, every service will be affected… whatever your business, whether it’s making potato chips or banking, this touches on you. Talk to your government and see what you can do in your business strategy."
His comments come as the results of the third annual Climate Confidence Monitor commissioned by the HSBC Climate Partnership show a growing clamour from around the world that people are keen for their governments to tackle climate change with the same priority and level of investment as they’re putting into rebuilding the economy.
Consumer attitudes are being taken very seriously as nearly two thirds (65%) of people surveyed across the globe believe a new international deal to cut emissions is ‘very important’, according to the annual Climate Confidence Monitor. The 12 country study sends a clear message to governments preparing to attend the UN climate change summit in December to agree on a policy framework to tackle climate change before it affects not just the environment but small businesses too.
See the video with Steve Howard of The Climate Group, environmental adviser, Lord Stern and Francis Sullivan. Deputy Head of sustainability at HSBC.