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Smart regulation would cut costs and drive innovation

29th July 2011

AG's new lead for best-value regulation, Terry A'Hearn, calls for smarter regulation that would cut costs, simplify compliance, and spark “genuine business sustainability innovation”. In an article in ENDS, Terry draws on his 20 years’ experience in the Australian state of Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority (EPAV) to argue for the introduction of an "environmental driving license" and greater use of civil sanctions.

Reproduced with permission of The ENDS Report, the UK journal and website for environmental business and policy.

MPs call on Treasury to stop giving green taxes a bad name

7th July 2011

The Aldersgate Group's evidence on environmental taxation was referenced in an Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into Budget 2011 that was published today. The AG argued that the fair fuel stabiliser was a missed opportunity to reduce taxes on income rather than to pay for a decrease in Fuel Duty and that greening the economy should be at the heart of the Government's plans for growth. The AG's Executive Director, Andrew Raingold, appeared as a witness before the inquiry.

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AG urges MEPs to strengthen EU climate change targets

4th July 2011

The Aldersgate Group (AG) has written to all UK-based MEPs to urge them not to undermine the Government’s commitment to increase the EU emissions reduction target to 30% by 2020. A crucial vote in the European Parliament is expected at lunchtime tomorrow.

Andrew Raingold, Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, said: “A 30% carbon reduction target would provide greater certainty for businesses to invest in tomorrow’s technologies, boosting innovation and creating jobs. This is vital if the EU is going to be at the forefront of a green industrial revolution and is not the enemy of competitiveness, as some have claimed. In fact, many of Britain’s biggest businesses are urging MEPs not to undermine the Prime Minister’s commitment to a 30% carbon reduction target.”