MORE than 200 businesses across the UK have signed a letter to the Prime Minister urging him to build a fairer, greener and more resilient global economy.

Friends of Cop26, the climate summit which was due to be held in Glasgow later this year, welcomed the letter which asks Boris Johnson for a clear vision for government post Covid-19 recovery efforts.

Businesses have told the PM they are committed to ensuring that all possible efforts are made to save lives and tackle the current health crisis and resulting economic downturn.

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The letter asks that the economic recovery plans being developed align with the UK’s wider goals and deliver a clean, just recovery, that creates quality employment and builds a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient UK economy for the future.

It states: “With the UK facing major economic and social concerns including the risk of high unemployment and rising regional inequality, we believe that an ambitious low carbon growth and environmental improvement agenda can do a lot to address these concerns, as well as make the UK economy better prepared to deal with future shocks such as those related to climate change.

“A wide range of input, from academic experts to city leaders to official advice, has shown measures that cut greenhouse gas emissions and stimulate the economy have the potential to be more effective in supporting jobs and economic growth whilst also supporting our long term climate goals and delivering better outcomes in other key areas of public interest, such as public health and wellbeing.

“In addition, investments in industries and projects such as building renovation, offshore wind, electric vehicles, environmental improvements and low carbon industrial clusters have the potential to bring investment and job creation across multiple regions of the UK.

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“As businesses and business groups operating in the UK, we reaffirm our commitment to action on climate change and our determination to create a cleaner, competitive and inclusive UK economy.

“The current crisis, in moving us all away from business-as-usual, has already created shifts in how we operate, and we believe we must use the recovery to accelerate the transition to net zero.

“Efforts to rescue and repair the economy in response to the current crisis can and should be aligned with the UK’s legislated target of net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.”

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