Thought leaders call for greater ambition for Green Investment Bank

28th October 2014

The Aldersgate Group launches a new report today (28th October), at a high profile event in central London with Secretary of State Vince Cable to mark the GIB’s first two years of operation.

The report highlights the GIB’s impressive achievements but urges the next Government to increase the power and remit of the GIB to ensure it provides the necessary support to the UK’s growing green economy.

All contributors congratulate the GIB’s achievements and welcome the cross-party support that has provided it with firm foundations. In its short lifespan the Bank has demonstrated that investment in green infrastructure can be profitable, has drawn in new sources of private sector capital and contributed to the UK’s position as one of the world’s most attractive destinations for private sector green investment.

Peter Young, Chair of the Aldersgate Group and one of the editors of the report said: “The GIB’s achievements are all the more remarkable considering the restrictions within which it has operated. The government must now broaden the Bank’s remit into new sectors and grant it the ability to borrow, by issuing new products such as green bonds and ISAs. This will widen its impact, increase its leverage and allow the general public to invest in the clean, green industrial revolution that is essential to secure our future wealth and wellbeing.”