CEO Andrew Mackenzie has endorsed drastic action to combat the issue of climate change, which he said was ‘indisputable’
Andrew Mackenzie, CEO of mining giant BHP, has announced $400 million (£320.6m) to tackle what he described as the existential risk of climate change.
During a speech in the UK, he pledged the firm will use the investment over the next five years to reduce its direct and indirect emissions, to fund new responses to global warming and develop technologies and strategies such as carbon capture and storage, direct air capture, renewables and reforestation.
In the talk, he endorsed drastic action to combat the issue of climate change, which he said was “indisputable”.
He noted carbon pricing was not enough to combat the threat of mass extinctions and major rises in sea level, suggesting a coordinated global response would be required, with no single solution immediately apparent.
The boss claimed even electric vehicles, renewable infrastructure and replacing single-use plastics have trade-offs and can cause environmental impacts elsewhere.