Leading companies do not know where their energy comes from, according to the outcomes of an Aldersgate Group workshop held at the Green Corporate Energy Conference (hosted by The Crowd). The seminar found that organisations would make better energy purchasing decisions if they had better information. Despite some positive steps forward with the publication of a Defra consultation on the reporting of renewables, there is a lack of a comprehensive and transparent approach that can be clearly communicated to stakeholders.
Andrew Raingold, Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, said: "Companies have a right to know and account for the ingredients of the energy they buy. That is why many businesses are calling for an electricity label that would visually communicate the quantity and carbon emissions on their energy bill. We have it for cars and fridges but not the product with the largest carbon impact."
Mr Raingold was joined on the panel with representatives from BT, Npower and EDF. To find out more about the launch of the electricity label and how businesses can benefit, click here.
The Aldersgate Group have welcomed an announcement by Shadow Environment Minister Barry Gardiner that, if elected, Labour would undertake a ‘Stern Review' of resource security in a bid to better identify the escalating resource supply risks the country faces. Last year, the AG published a Business Statement strongly supporting Government Chief Economists' proposal to commission a robust and independent review into the impacts of resource security and climate change on UK growth.
Andrew Raingold, Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, said: "Resource insecurity is already having a tangible impact on growth and the Government must play its part to understand and safeguard future prosperity. Labour's commitment to a resource security review will be widely supported by the business community but cross-party consensus is essential to take this forward effectively."
Andrew Raingold, Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, has announced that he will be leaving the Aldersgate Group in the autumn. He has played a pivotal role within the organisation since he joined as the first employee in 2007, building the Aldersgate Group into one of the most influential and progressive voices in the environmental policy debate.
He said: "After seven hugely enjoyable years leading the Aldersgate Group, I feel the time is right for a new challenge and I will be focusing on interests in the charity sector. From small beginnings, I am extremely proud of the impact we have had at the highest levels of Government and business, driving forward our mission of action for a sustainable economy."
"The influence we have brought to bear in a number of critical areas of policy, such as mandatory carbon reporting and establishing the world's first Green Investment Bank, is credit to a prominent, active and progressive membership. It has been the utmost privilege to work alongside so many leading thinkers and manage such a talented team. The Group is in a very strong position to continue to provide the expert knowledge, influence and leadership that has become its hallmarks."
Andrew Raingold, Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, has said that a leap forward in policy delivery is still needed to meet the UK's climate targets and drive economic growth. Speaking to the Guardian, he said that data from the Committee on Climate Change shows that Britain has performed well in new wind generation as well as in improving the energy efficiency of residential buildings and new cars.
"But the pace of change overall has slowed," Raingold said, and "the cross-party consensus (at the time of the Climate Change Act) has fallen apart over the past few years... The UK in a strong position (in the green economy race) thanks to our world-leading legislation, but it's at risk of slipping behind competitors.