Certainty and clarity of direction are critical to developing long-term business investment in low-carbon markets, the director general of the Confederation of British Industry.
Speaking in London next to former vice president of the US Al Gore, John Cridland said the world needs to keep up momentum on finding a global solution, by building on the UK’s “hard-won credibility as a climate leader”.
However, Cridland pointed out how government had sent mixed messages, and that businesses need to know it truly intends to tackle climate change.
Energy secretary Amber Rudd said at the time to BBC Radio 4: “"As costs continue to fall it becomes easier for parts of the renewables industry to survive without subsidies. We can't have a situation where industry has a blank cheque, and that cheque is paid for by people's bills."
“Business must be – and wants to be – part of the solution to tackling the global challenge of climate change,” Cridland said.
The green economy is an emerging market in its own right, brimming with opportunity, and the UK has built up real credibility on climate leadership and low carbon investment.
Yet, with the roll-back of renewables policies and the mixed messages on energy efficiency, the government risks sending a worrying signal to businesses.
Politicians and negotiators should be confident that business is behind them in securing a lasting climate deal.