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UK must use its domestic and trade policy to lead by example on climate change

24th September 2020

Reacting to the Prime Minister’s remarks later today at a United Nations Climate Action Roundtable, Nick Molho, Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group said: “It is positive to see the Prime Minister use this platform to call for rapid and transformational commitments on nationally determined contributions and climate finance, progress against of which will be vital to the success of COP26 in Glasgow.

But to be impactful on the global stage, the UK must demonstrate in the coming months that it is making genuine progress against its own net zero target by introducing further policies in areas such as carbon pricing, building decarbonisation and the rapid phase out of petrol and diesel vehicle sales [1]. Negotiating trade agreements that are consistent with and supportive of the UK’s climate and environmental goals will also be essential to the UK’s credibility on global climate policy [2].”

—ENDS—

[1] The Aldersgate Group will publish a new report on 5th October, Building a Net Zero Emissions Economy: next steps for government and business, which will set out detailed policy recommendations for all key economic sectors in this parliamentary term to put the UK on a credible pathway for its net zero emissions target.

[2] The Aldersgate Group published a policy briefing on 24 June, making the case for aligning the UK’s trade policy with its climate and environmental goals and setting out key measures to be taken in the Trade Bill and future trade agreements. The briefing is available at: https://www.aldersgategroup.org.uk/latest#uk-trade-policy-must-be-aligned-with-environmental-and-climate-goals

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Clean growth key to deliver new viable jobs

24th September 2020

Reacting to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s economic update, Signe Norberg, Public Affairs Manager at Aldersgate Group, said: “We welcome the new measures announced today by the Chancellor to safeguard jobs and businesses over the winter months. To deliver the “new opportunities” and “viable jobs” the Chancellor wants to see created across the economy, the Government must align its upcoming stimulus measures and policy interventions to support growing investment in low carbon solutions and infrastructure. Areas such as renewable energy, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, industrial decarbonisation and nature restoration deliver high economic growth multipliers in the short and long term. [1] This can help put UK businesses in a competitive position in the growing global market for low carbon goods, which is expected to be worth more than £1 trillion a year by 2030. [2]”
 
Signe Norberg added: “It is also vital that the Government looks to introduce further support and training to equip the current and future workforce with the skills that are required for this transition. As set out in our forthcoming report on skills [3], a national ‘low carbon skills and levelling up strategy’ is urgently needed. Sustainability urgently needs to be embedded across the educational curriculum, alongside reforms to apprenticeship standards and T-levels. Together, this will support the Government’s vision for “building back better” and ensure the UK can capitalise on the markets of the future.”

—ENDS—

[1] Dimitri Zenghelis and James Rydge (2020) Rebuilding to Last: How to Design an inclusive, resilient and sustainable growth strategy after COVID-19. This report was commissioned by the Aldersgate Group and is available here
 
[2] CCC (2017) UK business opportunities of moving to a low carbon economy
 
[3] The Aldersgate Group will be releasing a briefing on skills in mid-October, which will set out what a credible UK wide skills strategy should look like and where businesses and educational institutions most need support from the policy and regulatory framework.

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We're recruiting! Office Manager (part time)

21st September 2020

The Group is looking to hire a highly motivated Office Manager (part time). The successful candidate will join a small Secretariat of seven in a newly created part time role to provide administrative support to the Secretariat, Board and membership and ensure the smooth running of the office.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide events support: manage event logistics, including sending invitations and supporting the RSVP process;
  • Data management: process membership applications, arrange members’ onboarding process and handle the membership and stakeholder database;
  • Website maintenance: keep the website up to date (using a content management system), working closely with the Strategic Communications Officer;
  • Finances: manage the relationship with the Group’s accountant regarding tax and financial accounts, the invoicing of members, handle expenses and supplier invoices, tracking membership payments and managing staff salaries and pensions;
  • Team support: act as the first point of contact for queries (internal and external), supervise all administrative activities that facilitate the smooth running of the office and manage diaries.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 9am on Tuesday 6 October. Applications received after this time will not be considered. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide individual feedback on applications. Successful applicants will be invited to interview on w/c 12 October. See the full job description for more details.


We're recruiting! Senior Strategic Communications Officer

21st September 2020

We are looking for a highly motivated Senior Strategic Communications Officer. The successful candidate will join a small Secretariat (of seven) to manage all strategic communications, media outreach and events of the Group.

This is an exciting time for the Aldersgate Group. The Group has been heavily involved in the setting of the UK’s net zero target, the development of the first Environment Bill in over 20 years and the government’s flagship strategies on clean growth, green finance and resource efficiency. We also continued to build on our track record of influencing EU policy such as through the development of the Circular Economy Package. Currently, the Group is undertaking a major programme of work to ensure that the UK government’s economic recovery package and trade policy are in line with the UK’s climate and environmental targets. The Group is also engaging with the EU Commission to help shape the implementation of the Green Deal and the EU’s recovery strategy. 

Please email your CV (max two sides) and covering letter (max one side) to Signe Norberg (signe.norberg@aldersgategroup.org.uk). The closing date for the receipt of applications is 9am on 12 October. Applications received after this time will not be considered. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide individual feedback on applications. Successful applicants will be invited to interview on week commencing 19 October 2020.


UK Citizens And Businesses Both Ready To Crack On With Achieving Net Zero Emissions

10th September 2020

Reacting to the launch of Climate Assembly UK’s report, Nick Molho, Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, said: “Today’s report, which follows growing business calls for an environmentally sustainable recovery [1], shows that there is extensive public support for cracking on with efforts to achieve net zero emissions and for aligning the UK’s economic recovery strategy with its net zero target. Despite the hardship brought about by the COVID-19 crisis, the Government benefits from a unique context whereby both the public and the business community desire clear leadership and policy interventions to put the UK on a credible pathway to net zero emissions.”
 
Nick Molho added: “The Government should in particular take note of the specific recommendations made by members of the Climate Assembly with respect to road transport, buildings, power and product standards, which are all areas where the UK needs to achieve substantial emission cuts in the near future. Through a combination of clear regulations (such as energy and resource efficiency standards), greater devolution of political and financial autonomy to local bodies, and support measures for the most vulnerable in society, government action could play a significant role in putting the UK on a credible path towards a just and timely transition to net zero emissions.”  
 
The Aldersgate Group will shortly publish a report, that sets out businesses’ key policy priorities for this parliamentary term to put the UK on track for net zero emissions [2].

—ENDS—

[1] On 1 June 2020, around 200 business leaders – including several Aldersgate Group business members - wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and called for an economic recovery plan aligned with the UK’s net zero target and other environmental goals. More information is available here
 
[2] The Aldersgate Group will launch a new report on 5th October, Building a net zero emissions economy: Next steps for government and business, looking at key policy interventions required in key economic sectors during this parliamentary term to put the UK economy on track for net zero emissions by 2050.

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