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UK government sets out vision for global climate deal

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Prosperity and carbon reduction can go hand in hand to boost the world economy, according to the UK government’s new vision for a global climate deal.

‘Paris 2015: Securing Our Prosperity Through a Global Climate Change Agreement’ explains why we need a global climate deal, why one is good for the UK and what it needs to look like when it is finalised in Paris next year.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The document says acting now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can help prevent the worst effects of climate change and can bring significant benefits to all countries. A global deal would make tackling climate change much easier as it would give a decisive political signal that the future is low carbon, opening new markets and reducing technology costs.

Commenting on the deal, Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey said: “You can go green and continue to prosper and develop – that is the strong message we will be taking to the global community in the coming months.

International support for change

“There is an increasing political will from big and small countries alike to tackle climate change both through domestic action and in the international negotiations. And it is not just governments who want a deal, there is wide spread support from businesses, NGOs and campaign groups both in the UK and internationally.

“I’m confident that the momentum is building to make Paris next year a decisive point in history. A moment when the world comes together and agrees action that will move it towards a safer, healthier and more prosperous future.”

The Paris 2015 document will be launched on 9 September at a joint event hosted by Aviva Investors and the Department Energy and Climate Change in the City.

Future legacy?

Mark Wilson, CEO of Aviva, added: “We can’t assume we have access to unlimited natural resources and that we can consume them without consequences. How we behave today risks leaving a terrible legacy for the future – not just for humanity as a whole, but also for long-term business success.

“So it’s vital that a legally binding global climate deal is agreed in Paris next year and I welcome the lead the UK government is taking, not least through today’s publication.”

UK climate change vision

The UK’s vision for the 2015 agreement is that it:

  • Delivers ambitious and fair commitments from all countries to reduce emissions;
  • Tracks progress, builds trust and facilitates increased ambition in the future;
  • Provides support to those who need it, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable to develop climate resilience.

The UK wants commitment from all countries to reduce their emissions however this does not mean that all commitments will be the same. Countries will need to make the low carbon transition in a way that reflects their national situation, the opportunities available to them, and both their relative past and future contributions to climate change.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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