The AG supports the findings of a new progress report by the Committee on Climate Change which finds that an acceleration in the pace of emission reductions is required.
Andrew Raingold, Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, said: "The Government should not hide behind carbon reductions that are a direct result of the recession. Much greater urgency is required if the UK is to meet its ambitious climate change targets and lead a green industrial revolution."
To read the CCC's 3rd progress report, click here.
Alongside keynote speakers BIS Minister Mark Prisk and Shadow Minister Luciana Berger MP, Andrew Raingold set out funding priorities and environmental objectives for the Green Investment Bank at the Westminster Forum.
Two new Directors have joined the Board of the Aldersgate Group, to reflect the Group's expanding size and breadth in membership. Rob Lambe, Managing Director of Re-Thinking Local Carbon at Willmott Dixon and Steve Wallace, Head of Environment at National Grid were both confirmed at the Group's AGM in June.
Meanwhile Terry A'Hearn, Global Director at WSP Environment & Energy has agreed to lead the Group's "Best Value Regulation" workstream. Terry spoke at the launch of the Aldersgate Group's most recent report, "Dealing with Deficits".
The AG welcomes the aspirations of the Government's Natural Environment White Paper, the first for over 20 years, which seeks to value the economic and social benefits of a healthy natural environment properly while continuing to respect nature's intrinsic value.
The white paper will inform a new initiative by the AG on the economic benefit that will arise from effective policies to protect biodiversity and promote the more efficient use of natural capital. This will be led by AG Director Ian Dickie.
Andrew Raingold, Executive Director at the AG, chaired a conference for the University and College Union that called on the Government to turn green skills policy into practice. This examined how the learning and skills sector could implement national low carbon policies and had a practical focus of contributing to action plans to help key players respond to the skills agenda.
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