UK Government in a difficult position ahead of COP21

The UK Government stands in a “slightly more difficult” position ahead of the COP21 conference in Paris. That’s the view of Michelle Hubert, Head of Energy and Climate Change at […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The UK Government stands in a “slightly more difficult” position ahead of the COP21 conference in Paris.

That’s the view of Michelle Hubert, Head of Energy and Climate Change at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

She told ELN recent announcements on energy policy by the Tory administration have created “a lot of uncertainty” in the markets.

Speaking at the Beyond Paris conference in London this week, she said: “The government has done a lot of change in policies in the past few months.

 

“What we really want to see is the government put forward its positive agenda in the next few months so it restores trust within the markets but also positions itself well going into Paris.”

Ms Hubert believes an agreement for businesses to reduce their emissions will be reached at the COP21 conference later this year

She added: “For business what we want to see is an agreement that puts us on the right trajectory for all countries to reduce emissions.

“We’ve said before we don’t think Paris is going to get us a global carbon price, we do think it should remain a long term ambition and then something on climate finance as well.”

Former US Vice President Al Gore said he is “puzzled” by the UK Government’s green energy policies.