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BSRIA looks forward to outcome of Paris Summit on Climate ChangeDecember 2015


Julia Evans OBE, Chief Executive, BSRIA
BSRIA is looking forward to the outcome of the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which kicked-off in Paris yesterday until 11th December, bringing together world leaders to hammer out an agreement aimed at stabilizing the climate and avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.

In the run-up to Paris, industry business and investor leaders are demonstrating unprecedented support for robust action on climate. The conference is expected to be a turning point in the fight against climate change. The energy sector, accounting for some two-thirds of all global emissions, must be a top priority for action if we are to keep global temperature rise below 2°C.

For the first time at any UN climate conference, renewable energy solutions will be showcased in a series of high-profile events. High-level speakers will share their visions for a future powered by renewable energy. CEOs will describe what it took to get their companies to go for 100 per cent renewables; government leaders will describe their ambitious plans for scaling up renewable energy investments; and industry leaders will describe innovations and breakthroughs for faster deployment.

Julia Evans, Chief Executive, BSRIA, said: “BSRIA hopes the summit delivers a binding agreement which will deliver a new global climate document. Global warming is a real problem, as an industry we have the skills, technology and the desire to make a difference, we now need Government to set the direction to allow industry to play its part in leading this vital global challenge.

It was heartening to see last week’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review announcement by the Chancellor of the planned construction of 400,000 new homes which would lead to thousands of new jobs and apprenticeships being created in the sector. BSRIA trusts the decisions from Paris will ensure such prolific building meets all global emissions targets.

In an ideal world, industry would like to be able to demonstrate that renewable energy, together with energy efficiency, offers a realistic path to keep global temperature rise below 2°C. But recent government announcements have suggested a shrinking investment in renewables. We hope discussions in Paris will be the start of a ‘sea-change’ for this.”

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