Gov told to lead with green

Posted on 19 Jan 2011 by The Manufacturer

The Carbon Trust fronted Green Growth Alliance's open letter to government which calls for priority on low carbon technology


The Prime Minister is right to make economic growth his priority for 2011. However, the United Kingdom will enjoy a healthy, long term recovery, only if business leaders put the environment at the heart of corporate strategies.

In the past, UK plc has too often regarded “sustainability” as an optional add-on, rather than an essential element of corporate and national economic success.

We have been changing. During the recession, costs worth hundreds of millions of pounds have quietly been cut through improved energy efficiency.

However, unless “green” business practices are taken to a new, higher level, Britain’s recovery could be compromised, as the economy is choked by rising energy costs and out-of-date thinking.

Globally, the low carbon economy is already worth some £3,000 billion annually and is forecast to grow by at least 4% a year over the next five years.

To capitalise on this opportunity, firms in every sector must go beyond cost-cutting to invest in genuine green growth.

This means retailers greening their supply chains, manufacturers shifting to lower carbon products and financial services providers seeking new low carbon, sustainable growth opportunities through the way they invest.

Worryingly, new research by the Carbon Trust reveals that only a third of business leaders say their companies are currently working on greener products and services. We must do better.

The coalition government can help by removing regulatory barriers and by providing the right incentives to low carbon investment but, ultimately, it now is up to business to show leadership.



Marc Bolland, Chief Executive, Marks & Spencer

Richard Evans, President, PepsiCo UK and Ireland

Dalton Philips, Chief Executive, Wm. Morrison Supermarkets PLC

Jeremy Darroch, Chief Executive, British Sky Broadcasting Ltd

Lord Sharman, Chairman, Aviva

Ronan Dunne, Chief Executive, O2

Ian Cheshire, Group Chief Executive for Kingfisher

Mark Elborne, National Executive for North Europe, GE

Don Jordison, Managing Director of Threadneedle Property Investments

Mark Fairweather, CEO, Allied Bakeries

David Camp, Chief Executive, Stanhope plc

Terry Last, Chief Executive, Tarmac

Adam Fowle, Chief Executive, Mitchells & Butlers

Gonzalo Galindo, President, UK Operations for CEMEX UK

Paul Kelly, External Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility Director, Asda

Paul Lazarevic, Managing Director, RLtec

Simon Harvey, Managing Director, Benchmark Software

Chris Kirkby, Managing Director, Magnomatics

Chris Smith, Managing Director, G-volution

Mark Boocock, Managing Director, Econotherm

Herbert Piereder, Chief Executive Officer, Applied Superconductor

Peter Bance, Chief Executive, Ceres Power

Jonathan Luke, Chief Executive, Senselogix

David Palmer-Jones, Chief Executive, SITA UK

Martin McAdam, Chief Executive, Aquamarine Power

Patrick Dempsey, Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants

Martin Wright, Managing Director, Marine Current Turbines

Des Crampton, Chief Executive, Checkmate SeaEnergy

SB Cha, Chief Executive, ACAL Energy

Kevin Hurst, Marketing and Communications Director, Veolia Environmental Services”