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14 January 2019

GLOBAL COMPANIES URGE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT TO STEP UP ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

 

+ 11 household name corporations call for Scotland to end climate emissions by 2050

 

+  Scotland’s big businesses say tackling climate change is a business opportunity

 

Global organisations including Coca-Cola, Tesco, Alexander Dennis and Sky have today (Mon 14 Jan) signed a statement calling on the Scottish Parliament to ‘seize the chance to renew their position as a climate leader in the Climate Change Bill’ by 2050 at the latest. [1]

 

It comes as a survey of 300 businesses, commissioned by WWF Scotland, shows that 53% of large firms in Scotland (employing more than 250 people), believe the required and urgent response to climate change presents an economic opportunity. [2]

 

Responding to the findings Sam Gardner, Deputy Director of WWF Scotland, said:

 

“These polling results are striking and show that the Scottish spirit of adapting and innovating in response to global challenges is alive and well in our business community. Businesses are recognising that to thrive into the future the challenge of climate change must be tackled head on and embraced.

 

“Tackling climate change means developing new, innovative products, increasing efficiencies and developing business models that are aligned with a climate safe future.  Customer are increasingly looking to businesses to demonstrate their stake in a better, safer future, and forward-thinking organisations are responding with greener options for consumers.

 

“In order for business to thrive in the transition to a net zero emissions world they need clarity and consistency from government.  The climate bill in front of the Scottish Parliament is a welcome opportunity to provide that framework but it must be strengthened if it is to match the science and provide the leadership that helps attract investment and stimulate innovation.”

 

  • Giles Bolton, Responsible Sourcing Director at Tesco said:

 

“As part of our ambition to offer healthy, sustainable food for all, we’re committed to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of the food we sell. This means reducing emissions in our own operations and supply chain in line with the Paris Climate Accord, while leading the industry in tackling food waste. Clearly there is more to be done and it is vital we all work together to keep up momentum on climate change and carbon reduction.”

 

Nick Brown, Head of Sustainability at Coca-Cola European Partners said:

 

“Coca-Cola has been working in global partnership with WWF for over a decade to help conserve the world’s freshwater supplies, reduce our carbon emissions and ensure that our agricultural ingredients are  farmed sustainably.  As a local business in Scotland, with a manufacturing site in East Kilbride which uses 100 per cent renewable electricity, we’re already working to halve greenhouse gas emissions from our core business by 2025.

 

“We welcome the introduction of a well-designed deposit return scheme in Scotland and across the whole of Great Britain in order to enable a true circular economy for our key packaging materials – so we can put more recycled content back into our packs, reduce waste and improve resource efficiencies.”

 

Colin Robertson, Chief Executive of Alexander Dennis said:

 

“As the supplier of the widest range of low and zero emission buses in the UK, we are helping to improve street level air quality in the towns and cities where our buses operate.”

 

Ends

 

Notes to Editors

 

[1] Business statement https://www.wwf.org.uk/sites/default/files/2019-01/WWF_Herald_Ad_print.pdf

 

[2] The survey of 300 Scottish businesses was conducted by Censuswide on behalf of WWF Scotland in October 2018, the sample included 150 businesses with over 250 employees and 150 SME businesses.

 



 

 

Total

Company size

 

 Is the required response to climate change a risk or an opportunity for your business?

 

 

 

Less than 250 employees

250 or more employees

Base

 

 

300

150

150

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q3

It is an opportunity

 

127

47

80

 

 

 

42.30%

31.30%

53.30%

 

It is a risk

 

95

36

59

 

 

 

31.70%

24.00%

39.30%

 

I don't know

 

78

67

11

 

 

 

26.00%

44.70%

7.30%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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