Open letter to PM David Cameron 10-06-15
Duncan Price, Director for Sustainability at BuroHappold provides his view on the open letter to the PM published in today’s Financial Times.
Working with WWF-UK and 80 other UK businesses including Cisco, E.on, John Lewis, SSE, and BT, BuroHappold is signature to an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron. The letter published in today’s Financial Times calls on the new administration to take decisive action to combat climate change and build a low-carbon economy. Specifically to
- Seek a strong global climate deal in Paris this December which limits temperature rises to below 2°C,
- Set an ambitious 5th carbon budget to drive forward UK emissions reductions (covering the period 2028-32)
- Establish a long term framework for investment in the low carbon economy, giving UK industry a much needed clarity over what is expected in terms of low carbon development and boosting the confidence of green investors
Coming together with a real clarity of purpose, we’re calling for a new approach to governance that places low carbon growth and the responsible management of natural capital at the heart of economic policy. The days of businesses passively stating green credentials through CSR are behind us and our drive for change is becoming central to how we do business and the choices we make in terms of who we do business with. We’re now living these changes every day and it’s time that those who govern the UK follow suit.
The UK must commit to strong national policies and in so doing, provide confidence to other countries that it is possible to deliver a global deal to limit climate change to no more than two degrees. The government needs to set out a comprehensive transition plan to increase energy resilience and reduce carbon emissions. This should include the respective roles for energy efficiency, low carbon electricity and low carbon heat. We need an energy policy that embraces distributed generation, demand management and storage and brings clarity of intent on e-mobility and electric heat.
The government should designate energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority and make sure it becomes one of the 40 projects in the £100bn budget to enable the National Infrastructure Plan. We need to recognise the multiple benefits that this can bring for the UK including jobs, growth, lower bills, improved health and energy security.
As WWF-UK Chief Executive David Nussbaum recently said ‘British business shows it is ready to step up. From construction and energy to retail, the best British enterprises know that green growth is the future. They take on board that it’s no longer credible to base a sustainable economy on fossil fuels, so the government should put us on track for a low carbon world.’