Mary Creagh, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, referenced the Aldersgate Group's (AG) study into the costs and benefits of carbon reporting in a Parliamentary debate on green growth yesterday. She said that "taking just one of the options, option 3, Aldersgate found that DEFRA had overestimated the total costs by up to £4.6 billion and underestimated the benefits by £980 million."
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The Aldersgate Group (AG) welcomes a new BIS publication, "Skills for a Green Economy", which demonstrates the Government's recognition of the importance of training and skills in managing the transition to a resource efficient economy. Particularly, the report reflects a similar assessment of Britain's skills requirements with the AG's 2010 publication, Mind the Gap (see right).
John Edmonds, who leads the AG's workstream on skills, said: "The challenge for the Government is now to move from analysis to delivery. This will mean facing up to the central policy dilemma which is graphically described by BIS.
"At the moment Britain's skills policy is demand led. This requires British business to give clear messages to training providers. However "Skills for a Green Economy" recognises that many businesses are very uncertain about their future skill needs. To help resolve this problem, BIS argues sensibly for the provision of more readily available information to guide business decision makers but, given the size of the task and the need for early action, there is a case for the Government also considering a more interventionist approach."
The Aldersgate Group (AG) was referenced three times in the Environmental Audit Committee's (EAC) Carbon Budgets report: 1) The AG's recommendation that greater transparency of the UK's total carbon footprint would enable the carbon budgets to manage global climate change more effectively; 2) The AG's suggestion that to improve delivery of the carbon budgets, an independent body should monitor progress against the Carbon Plan and link the achievement of targets to annual performance reviews of senior civil servants; 3) The AG's view that when taking into account reasons for the geographical shift in manufacturing production, carbon leakage is only a genuine threat to a limited number of sectors.
To read the full report and AG's evidence, please see right.