UK cross-party announcement: climate policy must be ‘red line’ issue, says The Climate Group

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14 February 2015

LONDON: Today leaders of the UK's major political parties made a rare cross-party announcement that they will work together to tackle climate change and drive a low carbon economy irrespective of the UK election results this May.

Current UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Labour leader Ed Miliband and Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg released a joint statement that warns climate change is not just one of the most serious environmental and security threats in the world, but is a huge risk to the UK economy and its future prosperity.

In the statement the leaders promise to work together across party lines to find a legally binding global climate deal at COP21 in Paris this year which will limit temperature rises to below 2C, and to accelerate the transition to a competitive, energy efficient low carbon economy. They also want to put an end the use of unabated coal for power generation.

The Climate Group says businesses want the UK political parties to make climate change a red line issue in any post-election coalition or confidence and supply negotiations.

Mark Kenber, CEO of The Climate Group, comments on today's joint statement: “This is potentially a very significant moment. Businesses are keen to see political leadership across the board which gives them the certainty they need to make long term investment decisions around clean energy and technology.

"Businesses will now be looking to the parties to see specifically what they will do to support and incentivize low carbon investment, and to help ensure a strong outcome at the international climate negotiations in Paris later this year.

"One thing is for sure: low carbon energy policy has to be a ‘red line’ negotiating issue in any post-election coalition or confidence and supply negotiations."

He added that the UK and other governments are required to submit their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) by the end of March as part of the international climate treaty process. “This is a chance for the current government to follow up on this cross-party agreement and clearly state its intentions.”

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