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Business momentum building on climate

Business momentum building on climate

Momentum is building in the run-up to Paris and business is now more engaged in climate discussions than ever before, according to the Sustainable Business Council (SBC) and BusinessNZ.

SBC Executive Director Penny Nelson and Head of Climate Change Policy at BusinessNZ, John Carnegie, both addressed the Climate Change and Business conference in Auckland.

“We’ve got some big choices to make about how we move towards a low-carbon, high growth economy. Business clearly has a role to play in getting there and are now leading that discussion,” said Penny Nelson.

“We won’t achieve the Government’s climate targets and beyond unless we have a plan. Climate change is everyone’s responsibility – business, government, consumers. We need to work together and support each other if we’re going to make a difference,” she said.

John Carnegie from BusinessNZ says there are now a number of strong leaders on climate among the business community.

“The number of businesses working to reduce their emissions suggests they are now embedding their climate responses into the way they work. Over the next two days a large number of business leaders are meeting to talk about what we need out of COP21 in Paris, and the action we need to take on climate change through to 2020. Business unequivocally supports a price on carbon and that will be part of our discussion.”

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