Interserve Press Office | Jun 15, 2017
Interserve, the international support services and construction group, is among 21 international companies with operations in Europe that have written to European environment, climate and energy ministers ahead of the June Environment and Energy Council meetings, urging them to support a continued focus on action to tackle climate change.
The letter says that the EU must continue to demonstrate leadership on climate change in order to drive jobs, growth, and investment, and remain competitive with other major economies. It highlights the increasing ambition of emerging economies such as China and India and the need for continued leadership from the EU if European industries are going to survive in the competition for low carbon goods and services.
The letter is signed by companies that collectively represent over €300 billion in revenue, along with an investors’ association managing assets worth a total of €18 trillion. The signatories are: Acciona, Anglian Water, Covestro, DSM, Ecover, EDF group, EON, Ferrovial, Iberdrola, IIGCC, Ikea, Interface, Interserve, Mirova, Novo Nordisk, Philips, Sappi, Schneider Electric, Skanska, Stora Enso, Thames Water and Unilever.
Mat Roberts, Interserve’s Group Director of Sustainability Strategy, said:
“As a company that has been working hard to reduce our absolute carbon footprint for many years - as part of our Group-wide SustainAbilties plan - we believe It is vital that we see strong leadership from the EU in the ongoing battle to tackle climate change. We need European ministers to introduce policies that stimulate investment and innovation to deliver new and improved low carbon solutions to secure our sustainable future.”
Jill Duggan, Director of the Corporate Leaders Group and EU Green Growth Platform, said:
“This letter is a timely reminder that Europe’s leadership on climate is being challenged by the large emerging economies, and that a strong, ambitious policy framework is needed to help European industry transition to the low carbon economy required to meet the Paris Agreement.”
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