Speaking to Gas Today, Deloitte partners of Sustainability Services, Paul Dobson and Shailesh Tyagi, both spoke of the positive but business-minded attitude that is coming out of the COP 21 discussions.
“There is clearly a pragmatic approach – and although there will be those either at or on the fringes of the conference who would like to turn off coal tomorrow, that’s neither a realistic nor practical approach. We are in the midst of a transition and nations and businesses are ready to get onto that transition road,” Mr Dobson said.
“The energy mix is what is needing to change. And it is; although it will take time. The COP is about balance, and putting us on a forward trajectory. It’s the energy mix that will adjust over the coming years and gas will have a key role to play in that mix as the lowest emission fossil fuel.
“National governments are taking a more positive outlook towards this, and businesses are much more on board. Look at ‘We Mean Business’ for instance. It is a global pledge, and a who’s who of large companies both local and global that are wanting to join forces with state and national governments to do the right thing together. Things are moving in the right direction. What’s going to be the right answer? No one’s sure but there is a lot more positivity around getting to that two degree world.”