Delivering the UK’s end of the Paris deal on climate change will be harder after the UK voted for Brexit, according to Amber Rudd, secretary of state for energy and climate change.
The warning follows several warnings that corporates should confront climate risk and heed the Paris agreement.
Rudd was speaking a the Business and Climate Summit yesterday. She said: “Climate change has not been downgraded as a threat. It remains one of the most serious long-term risks to our economic and national security.
“I was lucky enough to lead the world-class team of British diplomats at last year’s Paris climate talks. Our efforts were central to delivering that historic deal.
“And, the UK will not step back from that international leadership. We must not turn our back on Europe or the world … So while I think the UK’s role in dealing with a warming planet may have been made harder by the decision last Thursday, our commitment to dealing with it has not gone away.”
Rudd said investment in renewables had lifted 42% since 2010.