“There is no time to lose in addressing the climate crisis and the need to deliver a net zero economy is not going away. However, in light of the current situation, it is right that Governments take all the necessary precautions to avoid the spread of COVID19, and the postponing of COP26 makes sense.
“It is vital that this delay doesn’t lead Governments to back down on their respective commitments to tackle the climate crisis. In fact, the extra year should be used to build further consensus between business, governments and communities on what delivery of net zero in a just and inclusive way looks like.
“As stimulus packages are being readied by Governments to mitigate the economic and societal impacts of the pandemic, we expect dealing with the climate emergency to be placed at the heart of all plans. To this end, WSP is working on a Manifesto for Net Zero Delivery which we will publish in the coming weeks, in which we will showcase what civil society, business, academia and the public sector are already doing to deliver this crucial agenda. We stand ready to assist BEIS and the COP26 Organising Committee to make the most of this extra year of preparation and ensure we can set in motion delivery of our joint Paris ambitions.”