Britain has ratified the historic Paris Agreement that
aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by shifting away from fossil fuels to
limit global warming, its Climate Change and Industry Minister Nick Hurd said
here on Thursday.

With this, Britain becomes the 111th country to ratify the
Paris Agreement that came into force on November 4 when more than 55 countries
as well as countries representing more than 55 per cent of global greenhouse
gas emissions ratified the deal.

“The UK is ratifying the historic Paris Agreement so
that we can help to accelerate global action on climate change and deliver on
our commitments to create a safer, more prosperous future for us all,”
Hurd told reporters here.

“COP22 in Marrakesh is an important milestone which
marks the shift from aspiration to implementation. We are going to use this
positive momentum to grow the UK low-carbon sector, which is already worth over
46 billion pounds, as we continue to provide secure, affordable and clean
energy to our families and businesses,” he said.

Hurd, here to attend the ongoing 22nd session of the
Conference of Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change with over 25,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries, said on
the sidelines of the summit that the Britain’s ratification has sent a powerful
message to the global community that “we are ready to fight climate
change”.

During a meeting on climate finance, Hurd said: “We
have to be clear that this $100bn is a stump – it’s clearly not enough we need
to mobilise significantly more money than that. We have to turn the billions
into trillions.”

Hailing Britain’s decision to ratify the Paris Agreement,
British charity Christian Aid’s International Climate Lead Mohamed Adow said
that the country that dominated the first industrial revolution is now
positioning itself to capitalise on the second.

“During a week in which the international climate
negotiations have experienced the shock of the US elections, this backing by
America’s oldest and strongest ally shows that support for global action to
tackle climate change remains resolute,” he said.

Adow said ratifying the Paris Agreement is also a
recognition by the first country to industrialise that it has a duty to help
and protect the very poorest and most vulnerable people in the world suffering
the effects of climate change.

“We expect the UK to know back up this ratification
with concrete actions that will rapidly cut its emissions in all sectors,”
he added.