Businesses urged to work with public sector on climate change

Businesses have been urged to forge more partnerships with public sector on climate change. According to Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Businesses have been urged to forge more partnerships with public sector on climate change. According to Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), businesses could be more proactive in their approach to combating climate change.

In a frank speech to business leaders at the CBI’s first International Green Business Dinner, which counted guests from Tata, Shell, Sainsbury’s and Jaguar Land Rover, Ms Figueres asked: “Are you exploring the possibility of innovative public-private partnerships?”

While admitting that businesses felt unable to be more “aggressive” without stronger market signals from policy makers, she said: “Business has the power to change consumer and supplier behaviour and turn it into a powerful vocal support that gives policy makers a clearer space in which to act.”The UNFCCC head asked businesses to look beyond seeing the challenge as “difficult or even impossible”, and instead try “To create a virtuous cycle of push and pull between public and private sectors to pave the road toward sustainability and a low carbon future.”