Before Cancún, business sets the paceUnited Kingdom
No one is holding their breath for Cancún. The politicians attending are unambigious that we should not get our hopes up, and as Chris Huhne, the energy and climate change secretary, has explicitly said: "No one expects a binding deal to come this December".
The most optimistic assessment for 2010's UN climate change conference in Mexico, is that it might create the right atmosphere for something to happen the following year in Cape Town. The pity is how needlessly slow this pace is. We need agreement and we need action that keeps pace with what is happening in business.
The Copenhagen summit last year did not slow down businesses. In the board rooms of London, New York, Shanghai and Mumbai, companies are discussing how to achieve sustainable growth and harness the low-carbon shift as an economic driver. That is why so many are already taking action ahead of the politicians. Across national borders, in every industry, changes are happening to the way we all work and live. New markets and supply chains are becoming available as people change the way they make and use energy, how they design and build infrastructures, how they transport themselves and their goods. It is all happening around us right now, every day in every way.
Because there is so much being done, so much potential being unlocked, there is also plenty to plan for. We have a proper chance for businesses from different sectors, from the young innovators to multinationals, both British and overseas, to work out together what can be delivered. We need dialogue between everyone to make sure we head down the right road. We need the right decisions made and the right pathways in place. Businesses and government need a platform to talk about the opportunities ahead and the policy framework for action and growth. Business needs its own Cancún. That is why the CBI is hosting a climate change summit on 17 November in London.
It will be a broad day. Before heading off to Mexico, Chris Huhne will be attending to lay out the government's plans and hear what is needed of him. The Indian environment minister, Jairam Ramesh, will explain what his country can do for businesses and what it needs from an international deal. The key people from industry, science, politics, from NGOs and more will come together. From telecoms to the auto industry, from building firms to energy suppliers, they will come together to decide how low-carbon opportunities are best harnessed and how to make sure they are a positive driver for growth.
These are the people that will decide our future: the politicians that set the framework and the businesses that will actually deliver the change. Cancún is unlikely to achieve the change that we need. But that is politics. In business there is another story. I am optimistic that November 17 will be an agenda-setting day.
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