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Tory government gets second chance on ‘greenest government’ pledge

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The new government has much to do if it is to help the green economy fulfil its potential on job creation

 

Professional bodies have cautiously welcomed the new Conservative government and say it has a “second chance” to put sustainable business at the heart of its future plans.

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) has acknowledged the last coalition government’s contributions to the environment; in particular it praises its actions on creating the Green Investment Bank and retaining the Climate Change Act. 

However, it also notes that the previous government was “roundly lambasted” for failing to live up to its pronouncement that it would be ‘the greenest government ever’.

It argues that additional commitments to carbon reduction targets will be required in the UN climate talks in Paris this December, and in the longer term, to secure investor certainty in low carbon technologies to meet 2020 targets.

IEMA has said that the new government “must put a green and sustainable economy at the heart of its future plans, supporting new jobs and enhancing business competitiveness”.

The professional body has also compiled a list of the top ten sustainability actions its members say the government must take. 

A poll of its 15,000 members found that one of the key actions must be to improve the UK’s poor air quality during the next parliament. Almost 9 in 10 of IEMA’s respondents say that this is a critical priority for the next government.

Meanwhile, the Aldersgate Group have welcomed the appointment of Amber Rudd as the new Secretary of State for the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

Nick Molho, executive director of the Aldersgate Group, said: "Amber Rudd's appointment at DECC is an excellent choice. She is in an ideal position to keep on growing the UK's low carbon sector, one of the fastest growing areas of our economy with a turnover that is already twice that of the UK's auto-manufacturing industry".

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