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[greenyes] Climate Disruption - UK Business Leaders Call for Action

Industry chiefs' environment plea
By Roger Harrabin
BBC Environment Correspondent

A group of Britain's leading industrialists has written to the prime
minister urgently demanding long-term policies to combat climate change.
The heads of the 12 leading firms say climate change is a huge challenge
that needs serious investment by business.

But they say they cannot invest because they are not sure what future
government policies on climate will be.

The letter is signed off by the heads of BP, Shell, HSBC Bank, BAA, John
Lewis, Scottish Power and more.

Between them the firms employ tens of thousands of people and have a
turnover of £452bn.

Catch 22

The letter has been arranged through the Prince of Wales Business and
Environment programme. The business leaders say they are very concerned
about the prospect of dangerous climate change and support the government's
target of reducing CO2 emissions by 60% by 2050.

They regret that industry and government are currently caught in a Catch 22.
Governments are nervous of clamping down on climate change emissions for
fear of a backlash from business.

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) successfully lobbied against
proposed cuts last year. They said the measure would harm British business.

The Department of Trade and Industry and the prime minister have so far been
backing the position of the CBI.

But in their letter the business leaders say they believe emissions cuts of
60% can be achieved in the UK without damaging competitiveness if firms use
energy more wisely and harness new technology.






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