- A little less conversation, a little more action -GRI CEO
- Do more to roll out renewables in Asia – HSBC’s Herweijer
- Need to see a sense of urgency – Roche’s Hoffmann
LONDON, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Less talk and more action on decarbonising the energy system should be the main focus of world leaders at the next round of climate talks, speakers at the Reuters IMPACT conference said.
November’s COP28 conference in Dubai is seen as a crucial opportunity for governments to accelerate action to limit global warming and preserve nature, yet to-date most countries are nowhere close to reaching net-zero carbon emissions.
“What we want to see, all of us, is a real sense of urgency about reducing CO2 emissions,” Roche Vice-Chair Andre Hoffmann said.
“We are going to get to (a) position where we really need to show results. We need to show action, and I’m not sure that what I’ve read so far of the COP28 will be strong enough for that.”
Speaking on a separate panel on Thursday, Eelco van der Enden, chief executive of the Global Reporting Initiative agreed: “I would suggest that they stick to the words of the late and great American philosopher Elvis Presley: a little less conversation, a little more action.”
Despite rapidly falling prices for renewable energy, Roche’s (ROG.S) Hoffmann said much faster action was needed.
“This is not just the time for good intentions, it’s a time for decarbonising our energy production system.”
With cutting edge climate tech such as sucking carbon out of the air set to play a big role in the discussions in Dubai, Celine Herweijer, chief sustainability officer at HSBC