Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland, the leader in the sustainable construction materials markets, has responded to the news that the Paris climate change deal will take effect from 4 November.
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) confirmed that an international agreement has been made, which commits countries to keeping the average global temperature from rising 2oC above pre-industrial levels by 2100.
In what US President Barack Obama calls a “turning point” in the fight against climate change, the fast ratification process saw 73 parties that account for nearly 57% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions commit to the deal.
Mike Chaldecott, General Delegate & Regional CEO, Construction Products, Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement marks a momentous decision made by the world that will positively impact generations to come.
“As an official sponsor of December’s COP21, which saw 190 countries reach a final agreement on the issue, we are dedicated to environmental protection and the development of sustainable habitats.
“The speed in which this significant conclusion was made just proves the gravity of what is at stake if we don’t act now. For the UK specifically, we would like to see long-term framework for investment in low carbon economy to ensure that we drive further reductions in UK emissions.
“With buildings estimated to contribute to one third of total global greenhouse gas emissions, it’s important to us, as manufacturers of building materials, to look to improve energy efficiency in buildings, both during product manufacturing and during its lifetime to reduce our impact on climate change.”
For more on Saint-Gobain’s climate commitments, visit http://www.saint-gobain.co.uk/about-us/corporate-social-responsibility/climate-commitments/