Thomas Lingard, Unilever

Unilever is calling for net zero emissions by 2050. Thomas tells Climate Home that we need recognition of the speed and scale needed for decarbonisation. Thomas explains the importance of a long-term goal in giving a strong signal to businesses; he thinks phrasing is not so important for business instead they need concrete dates and data. Decarbonisation will be expensive and the only way to catalyse private sector funds is through a long-term goal that says to investors we need to solve this problem right now.