The Society for the Environment (SocEnv) has welcomed Theresa May’s pledge for ratification of the Paris Agreement by the end of 2016 and the Government commitment to mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. SocEnv hopes it is a first step towards embedding the environment and climate change within the UK’s new business strategy.
SocEnv Chief Executive Officer, Dr Emma Wilcox, said: “We believe that the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy presents a great opportunity for the embedding of environmental damage mitigation and reversal within the heart of UK business and industrial strategy. The ratification of the Paris Agreement is a promising move towards doing so. We urge Government to not just base the industrial strategy upon our commitments to the Paris Agreement, but go beyond the targets set for the benefit of the environment and people’s wellbeing.”
SocEnv Chair, Dr Peter Matthews, said: “Whilst this is long awaited news, we are pleased that the Government has finally confirmed ratification of the Paris Agreement by the end of 2016. By doing so outside of the EU, it shows that the UK has a strong commitment to greenhouse gas mitigation beyond its previous obligations to the EU and that environmental protection will be as strong, if not stronger, in the future.”