Nine out of ten companies failing to plan for low-carbon economy despite recognising need to tackle climate change

More than a third of business leaders do not see climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy as a concern

According to research 41 per cent of business leaders see climate change as only a “minor concern”
According to research 41 per cent of business leaders see climate change as only a “minor concern”

Nine out of 10 companies are failing to plan ahead for a low-carbon economy despite recognising they have a duty to tackle climate change, according to new research.

More than a third of business leaders (38 per cent) do not see climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy as a concern, while 41 per cent see it as only a “minor concern”, according to research by Aston University.

Craig Bennett, chief executive officer of Friends of the Earth

Figures from a survey, conducted by YouGov, suggest that 7 per cent have adapted their corporate strategy and future business plans to accommodate the issue, even though 66 per cent believe they have a responsibility to tackle climate change. A third of business leaders have admitted that their business has failed to adapt any of its plans so far.

Craig Bennett, chief executive officer of Friends of the Earth, has warned that firms that fail to adapt are in danger of missing out on the benefits of a low-carbon economy. He said: “Businesses worth their salt will already be talking about how they can adapt to the future challenges and expected opportunities of a low-carbon economy.

“But a lack of consistency from the Government, and George Osborne’s appalling leadership on climate change, are causing confusion in the business community.”

Aston University’s first Carbon Week starts on 2 November.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in