SAINT-GOBAIN Signs Copenhagen Communique On Climate Change

Date: 1 October 2009
Leading international construction materials company Saint-Gobain has signed the Copenhagen Communiqué, a statement put together by The Prince of Wales' Corporate Leaders' Group on Climate Change which calls for an ambitious, robust and equitable global deal on climate change that responds credibly to the scale and urgency of the crises facing the world today.  Over 500 businesses from across the globe have signed up to pledge their support for the initiative.

The statement will today (22 September) be officially handed over to UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon before being conveyed to governments around the world.
Peter Hindle MBE, general delegate of Saint-Gobain in the UK, Ireland and South Africa, comments: "The Copenhagen Communiqué recognises that many of the technologies required to combat climate change are available today, acknowledging that others can be developed if the right incentives are in place. Saint-Gobain supports this stance and is committed to investing heavily in the development of new products and technologies, offering a wide range of solutions designed to deliver sustainable construction and living environments.
"The benefits of taking decisive action to address future challenges facing society in terms of energy, housing and the environment now will far outweigh the long term cost of inaction and we hope that the Copenhagen Communiqué will encourage the governments of developed countries to embrace new technologies and innovations to create the conditions for change on a global scale."
With an annual R&D budget of more than £350-million, Saint-Gobain leads the world in the design, production and distribution of materials for the construction industry. It registered over 300 patents last year alone and has pioneered developments in photovoltaic cell technology, low-E glazing and high-performance insulation. In February 2009 it was named on the Global 100 list of most sustainable corporations in the world.
Saint-Gobain's UK businesses, which include British Gypsum, Jewson, Saint-Gobain Glass, Isover and Weber, have worked together on many landmark projects including 30 St Mary Axe (‘the Gherkin'), the St Pancras international rail terminal and the O2 arena.

600450 SAINT-GOBAIN Signs Copenhagen Communique On Climate Change
Date: 1 October 2009

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