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Business, climate change and the credit crunch

07 November 2008

Matthew Farrow, Head of Environment Policy at the CBI will tonight deliver the annual National Assembly Sustainable Energy Group Phil Williams Memorial Lecture at the Wallace Lecture Theatre in Main Building.

The lecture is entitled Commerce and Climate Change: Taking Care of Business or Fuelling the Carbon Crunch?

Mr Farrow argues that effective action on climate change will require a co-ordinated, practical approach from policymakers, business and society. The economic downturn will prove an additional challenge. The CBI is warning that some hard political and business choices will have to made but is clear that taking strong positive action on carbon emissions remains in the interest of UK business and society.

He will tell the audience, "When the dust has settled from the economic downturn, the threat of climate change will still be with us, which is why it remains a priority for business."

The event is organised by the National Assembly Sustainable Energy Group, a cross-party forum on sustainability in Wales, and is sponsored by the Carbon Trust, The Environment Agency Wales and by Morgan Cole solicitors/law firm. It will be introduced with a foreword from Jane Davidson, Assembly Government minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing and will be chaired by Jenny Randerson, Assembly Member for Cardiff Central.

Dr Peter Randerson of the School of Biosciences, who organised the University’s hosting of the event, said: "Cardiff University's research and teaching interests have a strong environmental dimension. My own School, Biosciences, has done a lot of work on renewable energy crops and the impact of climate change on biodiversity. The University's Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society looks at all aspects of sustainability, including the economic dimension and corporate responsibility. Matthew Farrow's talk on the carbon impact of business dovetails perfectly with many of our research interests."

The lecture is free and open to staff, students and the public, with a reception in the VJ Gallery from 6pm and the talk starting at 6.30pm. No booking is required. For further information, please contact NASEG on 01654 705000.


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