The UK signs up for Paris climate agreement

The UK Government have been true to their word and have signed the Paris Climate Agreement, having previously committed to signing it before the end of 2016.

The agreement basically commits countries to taking action to hold temperature rises to well below 2 Degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels - and to try to stabilise emissions at a level which would see a temperature rise of no more than 1.5 Degrees Celsius.

The agreement was put before both the House of Commons and the House of Lords and received no objections and so today the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson signed it.

“This earlier-than-expected adoption of the agreement is a welcome sign that politicians around the world are catching up with those of us who care passionately about our environment,” explains Martyn Reed, Managing Director for Elmhurst Energy.

Elmhurst Energy says it will continue to engage with Government to maintain the highest possible standards and make the UK the leaders in energy efficiency.

This also comes in a rather turbulent week, where the US President –elect Donald Trump campaigned against this agreement during his long winded period of campaigning. But yesterday John Kerry (US Secretary of State) stated, at the UN convention in Marrakech, that the US would press ahead with the united nations in moving forward on this vital agreement and that the outgoing Obama administration would fight to ensure that Donald Trump does not withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement.

In a very passionate speech aimed at Donald Trump he stated;

“I ask you on behalf of billions of people around the world. Do your own due diligence before making irrevocable choices. No-one has the right to make decisions that affect billions of people based solely on ideology or without proper input.”

Elmhurst welcome the UK signing the Paris Agreement, we know we have come a long way in terms of energy and climate change, but we still as a nation have a long way to go. We hope to see some decent long term strategies to help us achieve the goals. The chopping and changing of many recent policies has left a vacuum for energy efficiency policies in the UK, and we need to treat ‘energy efficiency’ as a vital part of the climate change push.


For more information:

UK signs Paris Agreement:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38014611

John Kerry in Marrakech:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/nov/16/john-kerry-we-will-fight-to-keep-us-in-the-paris-climate-deal

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