04 November 2011, UK -- Atkins has joined some of the UK’s leading companies in calling on the Government to reaffirm its commitment to the low carbon economy in its Plan for Growth and Autumn Statement. The group of companies, including Anglian Water, National Grid and npower, have all signed up to a call from the Aldersgate Group urging the Government to remove growth barriers that are discouraging greater investment in the green economy.
The Aldersgate Group is one of the UK’s leading business forums campaigning for a sustainable economy and it argues that the Government’s prosperity plan must also reposition the country to take greater advantage of low carbon opportunities.
The Group says: “An effective transition to a sustainable economy will lead to economic value and investment being more secure and less vulnerable to resource price shocks. This will boost the economic recovery, create jobs, increase resource security and help make Britain more globally competitive.”
Nick Roberts, managing director of Atkins’ environment business, said: “We are in a highly competitive global market where the most innovative companies and countries are positioning themselves to take market share in low carbon innovation. The UK is in an excellent position to compete, due to our breadth and depth of engineering talent, but the Government can help by providing the political assurance that will encourage investment in these developing industries.”
The Aldersgate Group’s statement highlights six areas that it would like to see addressed in the UK Government’s imminent Plan for Growth and Autumn Statement:
- Streamline the climate change and energy policy landscape to raise ambition, reduce complexity and provide stronger, clearer signals for organisations to invest in energy efficiency;
- Set out clear rationale and objectives to meet the Government’s commitment to increase the proportion of tax revenue accounted for by environmental taxes;
- Ensure the sectoral growth reviews and enterprise zones are driving forces to meet the Government’s vision for a green economy;
Put the Green Investment Bank at the forefront of the growth strategy by ensuring it can borrow from capital markets when operational and commit to pass legislation by 2012;
- Following the publication of Skills for a Green Economy, work with business to develop a comprehensive action plan to address green skills gaps;
- Enhance the role of public procurement and increase support for research, development and demonstration (RD&D) to drive innovation.
The full statement, and list of signatories to the Aldersgate Group statement, can be found at http://www.aldersgategroup.org.uk/news/2011.