IPCC climate change report endorsed

Neil Schofield
Neil Schofield

A leading industry spokesperson has endorsed a report issued by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which calls on government to take “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented” steps to cut emissions by 45%.

Neil Schofield, head of government affairs at Worcester Bosch, said that the industry can play its part in reducing carbon emissions from domestic heating but argued that “the time for change is now”.

Neil said: “We have available to us the technologies needed to make a significant difference to the carbon emissions of the UK. A lack of political will however, has long been a barrier to tangible reductions in our carbon emissions.

“The private sector has done a lot and continues to do so. Be it, developing renewable technologies or investing in feasibility studies of alternative fuel sources such as hydrogen. We call on the government departments to do more and support practical and realistic alternatives that will be financially viable and will work in the properties we have in the UK.

Neil added: “We cannot do this alone. Around the world, governments must sit-up and take note of the looming 2030 deadline. We cannot and should not push this message off the news agenda. Other political issues pale into insignificance when climate change is on the agenda – it is high-time that the government took serious steps towards carbon-reduction.”