A coalition of New Hampshire businesses has released a report urging other local companies to take action on climate change. The group is looking to re-frame the issue as a financial risk.
The report flows from a closed door meeting where representatives of around 100 New Hampshire businesses were invited to come and talk climate change.
“Basically to complain about a bunch of things we saw in the state in terms of dealing with increasing weather events that affect our business,” says developer and hotel owner Steve Duprey, co-chair of the group.
He argues there’s a strong business case for dealing with global warming. “I mean if you don’t have power for three or four days and you have 90 rooms sold for $120 dollars a night and everybody checks out, if you don’t think that really impacts the bottom line, you’re missing what’s happening.”
The report urges the state to diversify its energy mix and increase investment in energy efficiency, as well as prepare for more big storms.