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Blair welcomes moves on climate by China's air con and solar firms

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has welcomed moves by China based Broad Air Conditioning and solar energy specialist Suntech to commit to promoting a low carbon global economy.

Both firms alongside telecommunications giant China Mobile have joined The Climate Group – a London based independent, non-profit group which promotes partnerships between business leaders and governments.

Mr Blair is working with The Climate Group on an initiative titled ‘Breaking the Climate Deadlock’.

He said: “China is a vital ally in the fight against global warming.  I would like to congratulate China Mobile, Broad and Suntech for their bold and positive leadership. “I hope the commitments their chief executives make today will mobilise more global business leaders to cut emissions and realise economic benefits from advancing the global low carbon economy.”

By joining the group Broad - one of the biggest manufacturers of low-energy air conditioning units in the world - has committed itself to reducing corporate greenhouse gas emissions and helping to accelerate the development of a low carbon economy.

Yue Zhang, chief executive at Broad Air Conditioning, said: “Joining The Climate Group will help Broad better practice its corporate citizenship.”

Dr Zhengrong Shi, Chairman and chief executive of Suntech, said: “Joining The Climate Group is a tremendous opportunity for collaboration with some of the world’s brightest environmental minds in developing practical solutions to carbon reduction.”

The two company’s joined The Climate Group alongside telecommunications giant China Mobile.
Steve Howard, chief executive of The Climate Group, said: “China is fast establishing itself as a major global hub for low carbon investment, technology and leadership. 

'Today’s commitments are of national and global importance and significantly strengthen the global business axis
needed to address climate change.”

Changhua Wu, Greater China Director, The Climate Group said: “This announcement underpins China’s ambition to lead the clean revolution. I am hopeful that the level of industry leadership and engagement witnessed today will soon become commonplace for all Chinese businesses.”