CBI calls for global climate change deal

British business leaders have called for an “ambitious” international deal on climate change, ahead of the UN Paris summit, which starts tomorrow (30 November).

Around 150 world leaders are expected to attend the COP21 talks on climate change, including US President Barack Obama.

Speaking ahead of the talks, the CBI’s Director of Business Environment policy, Rhian Kelly, said the leaders had the “full support of British business” to secure an “ambitious, lasting climate deal”.

“We all know there is no easy answer to climate change,” she added.

“But, business and industry are part of the solution - developing innovative new products and services, and leading the way in cutting emissions, to propel us towards a low carbon future.

“Firms need confidence to invest in this future though, so the Climate Change Conference is a golden opportunity to create the long-term frameworks that businesses crave. This means a clear sense of direction, support for carbon pricing that can drive investment and getting finance and technology flowing.

“So much effort has been put into agreeing frameworks ready for Paris, we simply cannot afford to fall at the last hurdle, and delay a lasting, global plan for climate action. All businesses, especially energy-intensive industries, will be looking for an international deal which helps create a level playing field, and that keeps the UK competitive,” said Ms Kelly.

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues