Tony Blair meets Florida Governor Crist and addresses CEO roundtable on climate change

18 January 2008

MIAMI, FL - The °Climate Group today convened a meeting between former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and Florida State Governor Charlie Crist to discuss climate change.

During the meeting, Blair outlined the contributions already made by leading companies and governments in tackling global warming and expressed hope for a new international deal on climate change once the existing Kyoto protocol expires in 2012. Praising initiatives introduced by Florida's Governor, Mr Blair said, "The prospect of that international deal is greatly enhanced when people are prepared to take this type of bold and innovative leadership at a state level here in the US."

Governor Crist said Blair's own pioneering leadership on climate change "is enormously helpful to us, to our administration, what we're trying to do to keep the ball moving down the field."

In the absence of a Federal climate change program, states like Florida and California have launched their own policy initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions. Last year, Governor Crist signed a series of executive orders committing Florida to cutting its emissions of greenhouse gases. Orders include cutting emissions from utilities to 2000 levels by 2017 and to 80 percent of 1990 levels by 2050, setting new energy-efficiency standards for state buildings and cars and requiring that 20 percent of Florida's electricity is sourced from renewable sources.

While in Miami, Mr. Blair also addressed a roundtable meeting with CEOs and influential business leaders to discuss leadership on climate change and hear firsthand of corporate best practice.

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