Contents on this page

–  KEIDANREN Chairman’s comments on US withdrawal from Paris Agreement

–  MEDEF: Paris Agreement – French businesses more committed than ever

–  Ai Group response to US Paris announcement

–  BusinessEurope: US decision to leave climate negotiations is a severe setback

–  BDI: Major setback for international politics

–  CBI: Our comments on US climate change announcement

–  AiG Joint statement: Paris Agreement remains in Australia’s interest – Australian Climate Roundtable

–  IBEC: Irish business remain committed to Paris Agreement

–  B20 Germany: Statement by Kurt Bock to the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

June 5, 2017

KEIDANREN Chairman’s comments on US withdrawal from Paris Agreement

President Trump has announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, but the US business community has shown willingness to proceed with its own efforts to curb greenhouse gases (GHGs). Japan and the US have world-class environmental technologies, and need to explore ways of cooperating to reduce global GHG emissions. I understand that various partnerships are already under way in fields including renewable energy, nuclear power, and coal-fired thermal generation, and such industry- and enterprise-level initiatives will become more important than ever.


June 2, 2017

MEDEF: Paris Agreement – French businesses more committed than ever

The US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change is disappointing. The course must be maintained at all costs to fight climate change while preserving business competitiveness.

This decision changes the situation and it is hard to determine all its consequences. Either way, the cooperation processes already engaged must be continued and further developed. Beyond the US withdrawal at the federal level, the continuation of the involvement and commitment of American businesses and local entities is going to be essential in the fight against climate change.

French businesses take as theirs the welcome message that the President of the French Republic adressed to all those who would like to work on concrete solutions for climate. France and Europe have plenty of skills and sectors of excellence that will be valuable in this fight.

MEDEF President, Pierre Gattaz stated, “We do not give up. Let’s continue our committment in favour of a sustainable development of our planet, reconciling respect for the environment, well-being for our fellow citizens and development for our businesses. France has all the assets to succeed along with those working in favour of concrete solutions for climate.”

Source: MEDEF

June 02, 2017

Ai Group response to US Paris announcement

“The United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement creates damaging uncertainty for businesses worldwide. It makes it even more important for the Australian Government to provide clear climate policy that upholds our trade competitiveness and underpins long-term investment,” Australian Industry Group Chief Executive Innes Willox said.

“The global challenge of climate change needs a global response, and the Paris Agreement remains the best and only framework on offer to coordinate action by advanced, emerging and developing economies.

“The ramifications of today’s announcement will take time to play out; early signs are that other major economies, including China, India, Europe and Canada, will remain firmly committed both to the Agreement and their own national targets. The Australian Government has confirmed our own participation.

“The announcement nevertheless represents a major increase in uncertainty around international tensions, trade disputes, and the United States’ global role.

“Major investments in Australian industry and energy hinge on how Australia and the world choose to respond to climate change. Without a clear case for long-term investment we will wind up with an energy system that is simultaneously insecure, unaffordable and high-emitting.

“Without confidence in widespread international action we face long-term risks to trade competitiveness. The Paris Agreement is a key part of the answer.

“The Australian Government’s decision to stay in the Paris Agreement will reduce the uncertainty facing Australian businesses. However, it remains critical that the design of Australian climate policies upholds our trade competitiveness.

“Just as China, Europe and others do, Australia should be able to reduce emissions without damaging our trade-exposed industries. This is a central consideration in the current national review of climate policy.

“The United States has left open the possibility of rejoining the Paris Agreement or negotiating a new climate agreement. We can only hope that they find a way to work with the world on this issue and avoid wider damage to trade and investment,” Mr Willox said.

Source: AiG

June 02, 2017

BusinessEurope: US decision to leave climate negotiations is a severe setback

EU should stay committed to implementing Paris Agreement

US President Donald Trump has announced to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. The deal brokered in Paris in 2015 was seen as a landmark for coordinated global climate efforts.

BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer commented:

“We regret President Trump’s decision that marks a severe setback for the global efforts to protect our climate. Loosening the commitment from the US, a major economy that alone counts for 14% of global emissions raises severe questions on the world’s capacity to avoid climate change. Despite the US decision, moving backwards on climate protection is not an alternative. The EU should stay fully committed to implementing the Paris Agreement. We hope that the US decision will not have spill-over effects on the commitment from other countries especially major economies. The EU, which already has the world’s most ambitious emission reduction effort, cannot shoulder what other major economies have committed to deliver. We therefore call on EU decision-makers to engage as soon as possible in a dialogue with the EU business community to assess the implications of the US decision.”

Dialogue with the US on energy and climate issues needs to continue. Other forms of cooperation will have to be found. Europe’s business community will continue to deliver sustainable and yet more cost-efficient business solutions – inside and outside Europe’s borders.

Source: BusinessEurope

June 02, 2017

BDI: Major setback for international politics

Following the decision of the US President to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, BDI President Dieter Kempf underlines the importance of global cooperation. Unreliability and unpredictability are poison for the global solutions we need.

“The decision of the US President to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement is a major setback for international politics. The isolationist course adopted by Donald Trump in climate policy stands in contradiction to the investment strategies of many companies in the US and worldwide that support the Paris Agreement.

European policymakers have to react calmly and cool-headed. Europe and Germany in particular, have very ambitious climate targets. German industry will continue to support these targets in the future. But it would be wrong to step up our own reduction targets in reaction to the US decision.

Protecting the climate is only possible with global cooperation. Unreliability and unpredictability are poison for the global solutions we need. The G20 states that continue to support the Paris Agreement must now cooperate even more closely and show that climate protection and economic productivity can grow hand in hand.”

Source: BDI

June 02, 2017

CBI: Our comments on US climate change announcement

We responded to President Trump’s announcement that the USA will withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

Michelle Hubert, CBI Head of Energy and Infrastructure, said:

“The Paris Agreement is a climate deal agreed by the world’s leaders that puts us on a sustainable low-carbon path and which can provide the framework for business to invest with confidence.

“It’s disappointing that President Trump has signalled his intention to withdraw the United States from the Agreement, but now is the time for governments to affirm their commitment to it by turning global ambition into national reality. By investing and innovating, British businesses will be at the heart of delivering a low-carbon economy, and will want to see domestic policies that demonstrate commitment to this goal.

“As other nations start to play a greater role and increase their ambition, the UK needs a level playing field for carbon costs, so that our energy intensive industries can compete effectively in a global, low-carbon marketplace.”

Source: CBI 

June 02, 2017

AiG Joint statement: Paris Agreement remains in Australia’s interest – Australian Climate Roundtable

The Australian Climate Roundtable welcomed continued bipartisan commitment to the Paris Agreement.

The Roundtable brings together representatives and advocates for a broad swathe of the community, including the Australian Aluminium Council, the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Australian Council of Social Service, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Australian Energy Council, the Australian Industry Group, the Business Council of Australia, the Investor Group on Climate Change, The Climate Institute and WWF-Australia.

The many sectors of Australia’s economy and society represented by the Australian Climate Roundtable need a climate and energy policy framework that has broad support across the political spectrum and is both scalable and durable.

Ratification of the Paris Agreement supports these shared objectives by demonstrating Australia’s clear commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over time.

The Paris Agreement is a substantial improvement on past agreements because it requires meaningful, transparent and regularly updated commitments to limit emissions from emerging economies like China, as well as from advanced economies like Australia.  The Agreement has attracted strong participation and support worldwide, and is a useful tool to spur and sustain global efforts over coming decades as the world transitions towards net zero emissions. Its success in limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees is firmly in Australia’s interests.

Consistent with the principles and articles of the Agreement the Roundtable also calls for policy that:

  • recognises that most countries, including Australia, must eventually reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero;
  • prevents the unnecessary loss of competitiveness by Australia’s trade exposed industries;
  • delivers investment certainty and supports the efficient deployment of capital
  • provides a credible basis for planning and investment by the energy sector and energy consumers, maintains energy security and avoids sovereign risk;
  • does not place unnecessary burdens on business or disadvantage vulnerable workers, households and communities; and
  • assists the successful transition of communities that are especially vulnerable to climate change policy.

The 2017 Review of Australia’s Climate Change Policies and the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market together constitute a vital opportunity to provide a credible basis for planning and investment, particularly by the energy sector and energy consumers; maintain energy security; and avoid sovereign risk. Failure would see a less efficient transformation, continued investment uncertainty, higher electricity prices and lower international competitiveness. The ACR urges all governments and all stakeholders not to let this opportunity pass by.

The Australian Climate Roundtable and its members look forward to working with Government and Opposition to implement the policies to achieve any short-term and long-term commitments under the Paris Agreement.

Source: AiG

June 01, 2017

IBEC: Irish business remain committed to Paris Agreement

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has reaffirmed its support for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change following the decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw the country from the historic accord.

Commenting on the decision, Ibec Senior Energy and Environment Executive, Conor Minogue stated: “The 2015 Paris Agreement is a truly historic agreement and it marks the first serious global effort to confront climate change. Today’s decision, while regrettable, should not derail ongoing efforts to implement the accord. The Irish business community remains fully committed to their EU obligations under the agreement. Ibec will continue to work with the Irish Government and partners in Europe to ensure a cost effective and equitable transition to a low carbon economy.”

Source: IBEC

June 02, 2017

B20 Germany: Statement by Kurt Bock to the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

“I deeply regret the decision of the US President to withdraw the Unites States from the Paris Climate Agreement. As Chair of the B20 Energy, Climate & Resource Efficiency Taskforce, representing 97 businesses from 22 countries and diverse economic sectors, I can say that the Business 20, the official business dialogue to the G20, supports the Paris Climate Agreement and its implementation. We must now ensure that all other stakeholders live up to their commitments. These are already ambitious.

The other 19 members of the G20 cannot compensate for US commitments of greenhouse gas emissions. They should rather use the Summit in Hamburg in July to increase their cooperation on climate protection and confirm their remaining strong commitments. The Paris Climate is set to establish a consistent and predictable framework, which is necessary to foster market-oriented and cost-effective approaches to reducing CO2 emissions. In this way, we seek to ensure that the best solutions will be found to address climate change and its consequences, while guaranteeing competitiveness, economic growth, and jobs through business innovation.”

Source: B20 Germany

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