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Bosses unclear on climate change strategy

Few senior executives have a clear strategy for dealing with climate change, according to a new survey.

Most executives responding to the YouGovStone survey on behalf of KPMG, said they were unaware the government had committed itself to a 60 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

And half of bosses from the 200 FTSE 350 and similar-sized private firms believed the government was not doing enough to instruct them on how to tackle climate change.

But the study found an increase in the number of executives of the view that climate change was a 'significant issue'.

The figure rose 52 per cent in May last year to 85 per cent six months later.

A total of 70 per cent of interviewees said cutting greenhouse gas emissions was the most important method of dealing with global warming.

Nearly eight out of ten said businesses and individuals needed to change lifestyles.

Only 40 per cent said they felt they had a good understanding of the issue.

Slightly less (36 per cent) said they had only a vague or no understanding.

Six per cent said they did not believe climate change was taking place.

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