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Andrew Raingold sets out priorities for GIB at Westminster Forum

23rd June 2011

Alongside keynote speakers BIS Minister Mark Prisk and Shadow Minister Luciana Berger MP, Andrew Raingold set out funding priorities and environmental objectives for the Green Investment Bank at the Westminster Forum.

New appointments for the Aldersgate Group

22nd June 2011

Two new Directors have joined the Board of the Aldersgate Group, to reflect the Group's expanding size and breadth in membership. Rob Lambe, Managing Director of Re-Thinking Local Carbon at Willmott Dixon and Steve Wallace, Head of Environment at National Grid were both confirmed at the Group's AGM in June.

Meanwhile Terry A'Hearn, Global Director at WSP Environment & Energy has agreed to lead the Group's "Best Value Regulation" workstream. Terry spoke at the launch of the Aldersgate Group's most recent report, "Dealing with Deficits".


Natural Environment White Paper seeks to value nature

7th June 2011

The AG welcomes the aspirations of the Government's Natural Environment White Paper, the first for over 20 years, which seeks to value the economic and social benefits of a healthy natural environment properly while continuing to respect nature's intrinsic value.

The white paper will inform a new initiative by the AG on the economic benefit that will arise from effective policies to protect biodiversity and promote the more efficient use of natural capital. This will be led by AG Director Ian Dickie.


Powerful business alliance welcomes 4th carbon budget

17th May 2011

In a letter authored by Peter Young, Chairman of the Aldersgate Group, an alliance of the UK's largest businesses and environmental groups has welcomed the Government's commitment to a legally binding target to reduce carbon emissions. They state that strong and clear action on climate change is essential for long-term economic growth, jobs and competitive advantage.


Andrew Raingold on the benefits of mandatory carbon reporting

11th May 2011

Andrew Raingold, Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group helped to launch Carbon Smart's latest report on sustainability assurance in 2010. To see the edited highlights of this event, click here.


All large companies must report their carbon emissions

11th May 2011

Defra has launched (11th May 2011) a consultation on measuring and reporting GHG emissions by UK companies, setting out a range of options for mandatory carbon reporting (click here for the consultation document). The Aldersgate Group believes that the Government must introduce regulations for all large businesses to report their carbon emissions. 

Strong carbon targets will stimulate growth and jobs

11th May 2011

The Aldersgate Group (AG) has called on the Government to accept the recommendations from the Committee on Climate Change, on the Fourth Carbon Budget. The AG believes that robust and clear action on climate change, based on the science, is essential for long-term economic growth, jobs and competitive advantage. 


UKGBC and BPF call for better regulation of non-domestic buildings

10th May 2011

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) and British Property Foundation (BPF) have written to key government ministers calling for Display Energy Certificates (DECs) to be mandatory for private sector buildings. The letter is supported by a wide range of representatives from business and civil society, including Peter Young, Chairman of the Aldersgate Group. To read more about the campaign, visit the UKGBC website here

AG responds to consultation on measuring national wellbeing

30th April 2011

The AG has responded to the consultation from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on measuring national wellbeing.

The AG response argues that measurement affects the decisions we make, so if the wrong things are measured the wrong decisions are likely to result. The Group welcomes the goal of moving "beyond GDP" and argues that the movement to understand the value of natural system services to our socio-economic activities is a powerful concept that should be a driver for higher environmental standards, leading to increased economic performance and wellbeing.

Download new Aldersgate Group brochure

4th April 2011

The Aldersgate Group (AG) has produced a brochure that outlines the Group's objectives, mission and work themes, along with some quotes from key stakeholders.

Budget 2011: GIB that can borrow now would grow jobs, not the deficit

23rd March 2011

Budget 2011 set out a plan for growth, but did not include a comprehensive green growth strategy to drive a dynamic economic recovery. The Aldersgate Group believes that a Green Investment Bank that can borrow from the start should be at the heart of the growth plan to ensure that the UK is a more balanced economy, that 'makes things' instead of just importing them.

Business leaders call for action on green growth to create jobs and reduce the deficit

21st February 2011

The Aldersgate Group today urged the Chancellor to set out a comprehensive green growth strategy in next month's Budget. This would help reduce the budget deficit and drive a dynamic economic recovery by increasing output and creating jobs. 

AG supports Green Investment Bank letter

1st February 2011

The Aldersgate Group today lent its support, along with that of many of its members, to a letter to David Cameron published in the Guardian. The letter, signed by a large number of companies, organisations and NGOs, called for the Green Investment Bank to be a bank and not just a fund, with a funding of at least £4bn. 

The new politics of climate change

19th January 2011

Andrew Raingold, Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, joined a debate on 19th Jan, organised by the Fabian Society, "The New Politics of Climate Change - where are we?" With the Coalition's pledge to be the ‘greenest government ever' tempered by increased budgetary limitations for both state and individual, the seminar sought to look at the priorities and obstacles for the Government in this agenda.


Long-term focus for corporate Britain

12th January 2011

The AG partnered with Forum for the Future and UKSIF to convene a round table with senior-level representatives from investment institutions and large (mainly FTSE 100) businesses to debate the BIS consultation "A long-term focus for corporate Britain."

Click on the pdf to read a short summary of the main points discussed.