Consultation on Electricity Market Reform
Responding to today's announcement on reform to the energy market, Andrew Raingold, Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group said: "The introduction of a sufficiently stable, high and credible carbon price is essential to stimulate the required step change in investment for low carbon technologies. To maximise the potential growth and jobs benefits to the economy, the proceeds must be used to support low carbon energy projects."
AG support for open letter to Spelman on reporting emissions
Today the AG has supported an open letter to Caroline Spelman published in the Financial Times, initiated by two of its members, the Co-operative and WWF, calling for reporting of carbon emissions by companies to be made mandatory. The letter argues that this would reward the companies already taking a lead in the green economy and help all businesses to manage and reduce their GHG emissions.
Press coverage: the Green Investment Bank Summit
Business Green reported on the key discussions of the Aldersgate Group's 'Green Investment Bank Summit' (GIB), held in Bank of America Merrill Lynch's offices last night. The article reports Martin Donnelly, the BIS Permanent Secretary's comments the GIB could be making its first major investments before the end of next year. To read the full article, click here.
Press Coverage: Green Investment Bank essential for financing the green economy
An article in The Times today tackled the issue of how the burgeoning green sector is to be capitalised. The Aldersgate Group believes that the role of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) will be crucial, and Andrew Raingold, Deputy Director of the Aldersgate Group, was quoted: "The bank must have a clear mandate to leverage low-carbon investment and support the development of low-carbon and environmental industry, research and development, manufacturing, services and exports."
The full article can be found on page 10 of the document found on this link.
Position Statement on Green Investment Bank
A powerful group of big businesses, NGOs and cross-party MPs today urged the government to deliver a bold vision for the Government's Green Investment Bank (GIB). The creation of a GIB is a key pledge of the Coalition Government but there are concerns that government spending reductions could starve the GIB of the capital it requires to spark low carbon economic growth and a green jobs boom.
The "Green Investment Bank Position Statement", published today, states that this critical institution can help tackle the significant financing barriers to deliver investment in the UK's energy infrastructure and can stimulate growth and jobs.
AG letter: Big business demands mandatory carbon reporting
In an open letter to government ministers, published today, the Aldersgate Group argued that "a clearer, stronger signal is needed now for the introduction of mandatory carbon reporting in the UK that is consistent with international standards". Before the election, the Conservative Party outlined the benefits of carbon reporting and committed to bring forward the date that the largest companies are required to report them. The letter argues that the government should make this commitment before the end of the year. Under the Climate Change Act, the Government must legally put forward regulations for mandatory carbon reporting by 2012 or explain to Parliament why this has not been the case.
The letter has been published on the same day that WWF-UK and The Cooperative Financial Services publish a new report showing how oil companies are increasing the carbon emissions of their fuels by developing unconventional fossil fuels such as tar sands. 'Toxic fuels: toxic investments' provides the case for mandatory carbon reporting by highlighting how oil companies such as BP and Shell could face billions of pounds in future carbon liabilities as the cost of carbon rises.
AG responds to DECC Better Regulation Information Request
The Aldersgate Group (AG) has responded to the DECC information request on 'Reducing Red Tape'.
The Group's letter to Lord Marland reiterates AG's commitment to reduce the regulatory burden for businesses but urges caution to ensure environmental policies are not undermined by the drive to reduce red tape. Regulation is one of the few means of encouraging the economic recovery onto a more sustainable path and a sensible course of action given the current fiscal climate.
AG welcomes Committee on Climate Change report
The Aldersgate Group supports the report by the Committee on Climate Change, on meeting carbon budgets and ensuring a low carbon recovery, launched today.
Commenting on the report, Peter Young, Chairman of the Aldersgate Group, said: "We welcome the Committee's headline message that greater urgency is needed to meet carbon budgets. A number of the priorities identified by the Committee are also commitments in the Coalition Agreement, such as electricity market reform and the implementation of a carbon floor price. Prompt action will not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but will be vital for the economic recovery, boosting growth, jobs and competitiveness.
Peter's comments were quoted in the Guardian and the article can be viewed here.
Aldersgate Group welcomes Green Investment Bank Commissions proposals
The Aldersgate Group supports the report by the Green Investment Bank Commission, launched today.
Commenting on the report, Peter Young, Chairman of the Aldersgate Group, said: "The Commission's report is consistent with our own analysis which finds that UK climate targets will not be achieved without robust government intervention. We strongly support the establishment of a Green Investment Bank (GIB) to address market failures and rapidly scale up the delivery of a low carbon economy. If implemented quickly, this has the potential to be one of the cornerstone policies of the new government, leading to a more balanced and prosperous economy which the Chancellor underlined last week.
AG responds to DECC skills consultation
Today the Aldersgate Group (AG) submitted its response to DECC's consultation on "Meeting the Low Carbon Skills Challenge."
The response welcomed the development of a comprehensive low carbon skills framework but emphasised the need for the government to develop this strategy. The full response is attached.