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UK must be global CC leader 14 September 2020

UK must become global leader in tackling climate crisis, says CBI (via The Guardian)

By Rupert Jones

Britain needs to step up and become a global leader in climate action, creating a number of green jobs and boosting productivity to help the economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the CBI will say on Monday.

Launching the organisation’s “green recovery roadmap”, the CBI’s director–general, Carolyn Fairbairn, will call on the government to take ambitious steps nationally and use the rest of this year to reignite global efforts to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Its recommendations to the government include creating jobs and energy savings by retrofitting homes and buildings to be more energy–efficient, pumping money into the development of sustainable aviation fuels, and kickstarting the creation of a hydrogen economy in the UK as part of efforts to find new, cleaner ways to heat the UK’s homes and businesses.

In the run–up to the autumn budget a growing number of organisations are putting forward their demands and wishlists aimed at stimulating job creation, supporting millions of households at risk of unemployment or financial difficulty and tackling the climate emergency.

Fairbairn is expected to say that this feels like a time of fiercely competing goals, with the world facing two seemingly separate yet fundamental problems: Covid–19 – the biggest health crisis in living memory – and climate change, the defining challenge of the modern era.

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