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Published: December 10 2008 02:00 | Last updated: December 10 2008 02:00

From Mr Richard Lambert and others.

Sir, Reaching a global agreement on the replacement for Kyoto is critical to helping address climate change. We strongly urge Gordon Brown to continue to press for a robust and effective European Union climate change package ahead of the European Council meeting this week.

The economic downturn is no excuse. Without early action we will actually be worsening the long-term outlook for Europe’s economy. British business will play its part. We are pro-environment and pro-growth and reject the idea that the two are in conflict.

We want to see governments act to establish binding emissions reduction commitments for developed countries and deadlines for the main emerging emitters, such as China and India, to adopt binding commitments. A global price for carbon needs to be agreed, through measures such as emissions trading, and all major emitters should contribute to global emissions reductions. We need governments to support greater investment in low-carbon technologies and to encourage a greater focus on energy efficiency across all sectors.

Now is not the time for retreat, but to seize the opportunities that political change in the US and elsewhere offers.

Richard Lambert,
Director-General, CBI

Ben Verwaayen,
Chair, Climate Change Board and Chief Executive, Alcatel-Lucent

Marcus Agius,
Chairman, Barclays Plc

Iain Conn,
Group Managing Director, and Chief Executive, Refining and Marketing, BP

Tom Crotty,
Chairman, Ineos ChlorVinyls

Roelant de Waard,
Chairman and Managing Director, The Ford Motor Co

Andrew Duff,
Chief Executive, RWE npower

Andrew Moss,
Group Chief Executive, Aviva

David North,
Community and Government Director, Tesco

Kim Jones,
President and Managing Director UK and Ireland, Sun Microsystems

Sir John Rose,
Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce

Gavin Patterson,
Chief Executive, BT Retail

Steve Sharratt,
Chief Executive, Bio Group

James Smith,
Chairman, Shell UK, Royal Dutch Shell

Philippe Varin,
Chief Executive, Corus

Willie Walsh,
Chief Executive, British Airways

Andreas J. Goss,
Chief Executive, Siemens UK

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