Green business lobby lays out priorities for new Government
The new Government must not lose sight of the environmental agenda as it seeks to rebuild the wounded economy.
This is the central message of the latest report from business and environment lobby group the Aldersgate Group which lays out what it believes should be the Government’s priorities for the first 100 days in office.
“If reducing our financial deficit is a key priority for the new Government, addressing our environmental deficit should be too,” says Aldersgate chairman Peter Young in the report’s introduction.
“Indeed the urgency is even greater as prevention is always more palatable than the cure.”
The priorities according to the group are:
Mr Young acknowledged that Government has made some heartening progress already in several areas but warned that we needed to crank up the pace of transition.
“The storm is brewing and we are nowhere near putting a roof over our heads,” he said.
He also said that the flattering figures from the recession, which has led to a substantial drop in carbon emissions, should not be used as an excuse for inafction.
“No-one should use the reduced emissions caused by the recent recession as evidence of less urgency to act,” he said.
“Quite the contrary, this is an opportunity to accelerate the transition by building new jobs and consumption habits which are sustained by realistic demands on our climate and resources.
“Low carbon investment is still a good proposition even in financially stringent times.”
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