Ray Atelly, president and chairman of council of Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), has said sustainability practices engaged by corporate organisations do not offer excuses for abusive practices.
In a statement, Atelly praised King Charles III and President Bola Tinubu for joining in the crusade to save the planet by finding time to attend the COP 28 at the UAE.
“We believe that sustainability practices can be localised in ways that do not offer excuses or license for abusive practices,” he said.
He said it aligns with the policy thrust of the NBCC which sees the protection of the environment as something that must be done by all, especially the business community of both countries.
He expressed delight over the in-depth discussions the president and King Charles III had in Dubai, saying it would advance the serious climate challenges facing many African economies.
“King Charles has always been a staunch advocate of environmental protection. It has been his lifelong passion. On the other hand, Tinubu is emerging as a leader with a strong interest in climate change and environmental matters.
“The partnership between both countries on this front, amongst others, will bode well for the economies and peoples of both nations & should be encouraged to grow for adoption & impact,” he added.
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The statement noted that the chamber believes leading corporate organisations should do a lot more in reducing greenhouse emissions and help raise awareness about its dangers to the local environment, to desist from degrading the environment in ways that will ultimately lead to human tragedy in years to come.
“We believe the awareness this gesture has created will go a long way in drawing attention to this danger facing our planet.
“Our Going Green Project is on at NBCC. Through this, we plan to reduce our carbon footprints and to cut over to healthier power sources. We are also encouraging our 400-strong corporate membership to join in this crusade and help create a Green Wave across our corporate landscape through Energy Transition programs of their own.”