We need honesty from business to tackle climate change

Will they, won’t they? Companies gathered for last week’s business and climate summit agonised over whether governments in Paris later this year will deliver the commitments to cut emissions to avoid 2C of warming, and whether the policies to pursue targets will be agreed jointly with business.

There was fretting too about carbon pricing and whether eagerly sought cash for new technology would materialise. Reactions in the business community varied from those who thought it a lost cause without a strong, guiding and investing government hand, those who said they would show climate leadership regardless, and those who might see inaction as a blessing, leaving them to get on with business as usual.



Ron Mader