New green economy council meets

A new Green Economy Council, made up of business leaders and government ministers, met for the first time on 16 February

A new Green Economy Council, made up of business leaders and government ministers, met for the first time on 16 February.

It was convened to speed the UK’s shift to a low-carbon economy and will advise government on how emissions can be cut while reducing the cost to business and avoiding regulation.

The meeting, chaired by business secretary Vince Cable, discussed the government’s “green economy roadmap”, due to be published in the spring.

Dr Cable said: “We need to minimise the burdens on business and industry during this transition, while we create the... Conditions for green growth and investment in the green economy.”

The council’s 23 members come from a cross-section of business, including high-technology firms such as IBM, Siemens and Syngenta. Other members include Ford’s UK chairman Joe Greenwell, Kraft Foods president Nick Bunker and the managing director of Shanks, Ian Goodfellow.

Also onboard are Peter Young, chairman of the green growth lobby group the Aldersgate Group, deputy director general of the Confederation of British Industry, Neil Bentley, and deputy general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, Frances O’Grady.

They will meet ministers from the departments for environment (DEFRA), energy and climate (DECC) and business (BIS) about three times a year.

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