On Wednesday 10 July, the Committee on Climate Change issued its Progress Report on UK efforts to prepare for the impacts of climate change. WSP UK Director of Sustainability, David Symons, comments:

“There is no time to waste. Today’s welcome report shows the need for faster action to both support delivery of the net zero target and to prepare for climate change. It recognises that targets alone do not deliver results and the scale of action required is unprecedented. Much of the UK’s existing and planned infrastructure will still be in place in 2050, and nearly one million homes will need to be retrofitted every year between now and 2050.

“With a year to go before the UK hopefully hosts the world’s leaders for COP26, and a new Government about to be unveiled, the timing is perfect to demonstrate that Government is about more than setting ambitious goals for the future, and as much about setting a sustained pace of delivery across all sectors. Every day that passes without tangible action to mitigate climate change contributes to increasing the severity of its impacts. For this reason, we support the CCC’s call for Government to embed a net zero philosophy across all levels of Government, to mandate businesses to disclose the financial risks they face from climate change and to take the public onboard this transition.

“With only one out of 25 of the headline policy actions put forward by the CCC last year deemed to be met, it may be time for Government to unleash the full potential of the UK’s engineers, planners and inventors on a national project of climate action.

“There are reasons to be cheerful. With the public and business community very much on board, policymakers will find very few obstacles  as they move to the critical phase of delivery and implementation of the net zero target across all sectors of the economy.”



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