International climate change talks begin in Bonn

April 30th, 2013 Category: Building Management

The head of the UN’s climate change secretariat has issued a warning to governments around the world that they must do more to combat climate change.

Speaking in Bonn ahead of this year’s major climate summit, Christiana Figueres took the opportunity to warn governments of the threat of climate change and the need for urgent action. Global carbon dioxide levels are set to pass the 400 parts per million (ppm) milestone over the next few days, research data from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego has revealed, highlighting the need for action at both a governmental and business levels.

For businesses concerned about their carbon footprint, implementing simple changes in the workplace could significantly reduce the negative effects they are having on the environment. Changing to an environmentally-friendly cleaning company, for example, reduces the amount of toxins used in the day-to-day cleaning of the workspace.

Ms Figueres said pressure was mounting on governments to accelerate efforts to curb global emissions, although there was some optimism in the air that progress was being made on the negotiation front. The Least Developed Group of poorer nations recently  that they could be willing to accept binding greenhouse gas emission targets as part of a more ambitious 2015 deal, the Guardian has reported, with Indian officials also taking action.

A senior British government source told BusinessGreen: "One of the main causes for optimism is the fact there is definitely more focus on upping the ambition than there has been in recent years.” Although no major breakthroughs are expected this week, new proposals on a number of components from the proposed 2015 deal are likely to be ironed out.