Global gi­ants call for more ac­tion on cli­mate change

The Herald - - NEWS - JAMES HAMIL­TON

GLOBAL busi­nesses in­clud­ing Coca-cola and Sky have signed a state­ment call­ing on the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment to “seize the chance to re­new their po­si­tion as a cli­mate leader in the Cli­mate Change Bill” by 2050 at the lat­est.

It comes as a sur­vey of 300 busi­nesses, com­mis­sioned by WWF Scot­land, shows 53 per cent of Scot­land’s big firms – em­ploy­ing more than 250 peo­ple – be­lieve the re­quired and ur­gent re­sponse to cli­mate change presents an eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity.

Sam Gard­ner, deputy di­rec­tor of WWF Scot­land, said: “Busi­nesses are recog­nis­ing that to thrive into the fu­ture the chal­lenge of cli­mate change must be tack­led head on and em­braced.

“In or­der for busi­ness to thrive in the tran­si­tion to a net zero-emis­sions world they need clar­ity and con­sis­tency from gov­ern­ment.

“The cli­mate bill in front of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment is a wel­come op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide that frame­work but it must be strength­ened if it is to match the sci­ence and pro­vide the lead­er­ship that helps at­tract in­vest­ment and stim­u­late in­no­va­tion.”

Giles Bolton, Re­spon­si­ble Sourc­ing Di­rec­tor at Tesco, said: “As part of our am­bi­tion to of­fer healthy, sus­tain­able food for all we’re com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing the green­house gas emis­sions of the food we sell.

“This means re­duc­ing emis­sions in our own op­er­a­tions and sup­ply chain in line with the Paris Cli­mate

Ac­cord, while lead­ing the in­dus­try in tack­ling food waste.

“Clearly, there is more to be done and it is vi­tal we all work to­gether to keep up mo­men­tum on cli­mate change and car­bon re­duc­tion.”

Nick Brown, Head of Sus­tain­abil­ity at Coca-cola Euro­pean Part­ners, said: “Coca-cola has been work­ing in global part­ner­ship with WWF for over a decade to help con­serve the world’s fresh­wa­ter sup­plies, re­duce our car­bon emis­sions and en­sure that our agri­cul­tural in­gre­di­ents are farmed sus­tain­ably.

“As a lo­cal busi­ness in Scot­land, with a man­u­fac­tur­ing site in East Kil­bride which uses 100% re­new­able elec­tric­ity, we’re al­ready work­ing to halve green­house gas emis­sions from our core busi­ness by 2025.”

He added: “We wel­come the in­tro­duc­tion of a well-de­signed de­posit re­turn scheme in Scot­land and across the whole of Bri­tain.”

„ Cli­mate Change Pol­icy Of­fi­cer at WWF Scot­land, Sam Gard­ner.

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