World efforts to tackle climate change are “way off track”, the head of Britain’s main business lobby group said Monday after a G7 pledge to step up action.
Tony Danker, director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, also urged the UK government to speed up greener housing, energy and transport measures to help meet its carbon-slashing goal.
The assessment comes after the Group of Seven rich nations on Sunday vowed to deliver a “green revolution” that cuts emissions, halts and reverses biodiversity loss, and reaffirms their pledges to go carbon neutral by 2050.
Britain, which hosted the weekend G7 leaders’ summit, will also anchor the COP26 UN climate gathering in Glasgow in November.
“We’ve now got just under five months to go until the UK hosts COP26,” Danker told the CBI’s virtual climate conference.
“We have what remains of this decade to fundamentally reshape the world economy, halve carbon emissions and limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees.
“The scale of this challenge has always been seismic… The world has no room for failure. The climate crisis is worsening and currently we are way off track.”
The CBI also argued that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson must adopt a new buildings strategy to make homes more energy efficient, citing as an example the use of hydrogen boilers.
It called for more investment in offshore wind plus carbon capture and storage. “Put simply: the best way to inspire global action on decarbonisation is to lead the charge right here at home,” Danker added.—APP