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Aldersgate Group proposal recognised at corporate energy event

26th June 2013

The Aldersgate Group's proposal of labelling purchased electricity was one of three finalists at this year's Green Corporate Energy day.

Facing stiff competition from Energy Deck and Newform Energy, Andrew Raingold, Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, presented the concept of "Enable the Label", showing how an A-G labelling system for electricity could increase demand for low carbon electricity and thereby stimulate construction of additional capacity. 

Audience voting chose the winner, with 'Enable the Label' pipped at the post by two percentage points, by Energy Deck. Congratulations to both our fellow finalists!

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Energy market research opportunity

14th June 2013

The Aldersgate Group is looking for a supplier with excellent knowledge of the energy market and experience in economic modelling, to undertake a high profile research project.

This project will evaluate the benefits of an A-G labelling system for electricity in the UK. The work will be overseen by a group of Green Energy Leaders: BSkyB, BT, Cisco, Ernst & Young, HSBC, Reed Elsevier and the Retail Energy Forum. If you would be interested to find out more, please email Victoria Fleming-Williams for the full scope. Closing date is 12th July 2013.

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Evolving Energy: can people power drive an energy revolution?

10th June 2013

The Aldersgate Group hosted an event in partnership with the Trillion Fund in the run-up to the G8 summit to discuss the opportunities for transforming our present energy infrastructure to one that is low carbon.

World leaders may have taken climate change off the G8 agenda, but investing in a clean energy future remains a priority for business and society. This event discussed the huge economic opportunities for updating our models of energy generation, supply and ownership.

The lively debate included a panel of expert speakers including Vivienne Westwood (Vivienne Westwood Ltd), Greg Barker (Minister for Energy & Climate Change), Amory Lovins (Rocky Mountain Institute), Zoe Williams (Guardian) and Yvo de Boer (KPMG) among others.

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Design lies at the heart of new business models

6th June 2013

The Aldersgate Group (AG) have welcomed a new report by the RSA on the first six months of the Great Recovery project which investigates the role of design in the circular economy. As part of the project, the AG hosted a tear down workshop at the RSA with leading businesses to observe, debate, tear apart, re-build and co-create a wide variety of products. 

Andrew Raingold, Executive Director of the AG, said: "we welcome this report's emphasis on developing skills, facilitating collaboration and pushing policy. The businesses who joined us to tear down consumer products into their individual components were clear that design lies at the heart of new business models that eliminate waste. We look forward to continuing to work with leading businesses to explore innovative briefs that incorporate resource efficiency and closed loop principles at the outset."

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Businesses will now turn to Lords for energy policy certainty

4th June 2013

The Aldersgate Group and its business members are encouraged to see how many MPs recognise that a 2030 decarbonisation target is essential for driving investment and economic growth.

Andrew Raingold, Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, said: “Today’s Energy Bill debate in the House of Commons revealed growing momentum behind the target – including among Conservative backbench MPs who defended constituents’ interests in the face of party whips. Just 12 more votes would have secured the carbon free power sector that businesses have been calling for. This provides growing impetus as the debate moves to the House of Lords in a few weeks time."

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Businesses and investors urge MPs to vote for 2030 decarbonisation target

3rd June 2013

Two of the UK’s leading business and investor associations, the Aldersgate Group (AG) and the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), jointly call today on MPs to vote in favour of a target in the Energy Bill that would commit the UK to a near carbon free power sector by 2030.

Andrew Raingold, Executive Director of the AG, told the Guardian: "Businesses and investors have been loud and clear that such a target would not only reduce costs but provide greater certainty for companies to invest in the development of UK supply chains and jobs. It's a pro-growth and pro-deficit reduction strategy." 

Simon Howard, Chief Executive of UKSIF, said: "There is significant investor appetite for the UK to be a global leader in profitable low carbon energy solutions, providing the high quality innovation and jobs that the country needs to ensure a future economic recovery. We call on MPs to recognise this and vote in favour of enshrining the 2030 decarbonisation target in the bill."

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