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UK ratifies Paris climate deal

Britain has completed the ratification process of the Paris Agreement to reduce CO2 emissions, officials said on Friday. 

world Updated: Nov 19, 2016 21:50 IST
Prasun Sonwalkar
Members of international delegations pose for a group photo outside the COP22 climate conference in Marrakesh on November 18, 2016.
Members of international delegations pose for a group photo outside the COP22 climate conference in Marrakesh on November 18, 2016.(AFP)

Britain has completed the ratification process of the Paris Agreement to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, officials said on Friday. 

The Paris agreement provides a framework for governments, businesses and investors to keep global warming well below 2°C, pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C. 

Welcoming the completion of the parliamentary process that facilitated ratification, business secretary Greg Clark said: “The Paris Agreement sends a clear signal that cutting emissions globally will not only help countries respond to the impact of climate change, but it is also compatible with economic growth.”

Nick Hurd, minister of state for climate change and industry, who has been negotiating for the UK and promoting British business at the 22nd UN climate change Conference of the Parties (COP22) in Marrakesh, said: “The UK is ratifying the historic Paris Agreement so that we can help to accelerate global action on climate change and deliver on our commitments to create a safer, more prosperous future for us all.” 

COP22 in Marrakesh, Hurd said, was an important milestone that marked the shift from aspiration to implementation. 

“We are going to use this positive momentum to grow the UK low-carbon sector, which is already worth over £46 billion, as we continue to provide secure, affordable and clean energy to our families and businesses,” he added.