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Aldersgate Group calls for political parties to prioritise energy and resource efficiency in next Parliament

Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 | Author: Paul Sanderson

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A report published by Aldersgate Group has called for the next Parliament to tackle a range of environmental challenges including prioritising energy and resource efficiency.

The alliance of businesses, NGOs, industry associations and cross-party politicians calls for visionary leadership from the next Parliament to help build a growing, sustainable and resilient UK economy.

With the next general election in May 2015 delivering a Parliament that will last until 2020, when many of the UK’s environmental commitments are due to be met, Aldersgate Group is calling for ambitious leadership from all parties.

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Aldersgate Group executive director Nick Molho said: “As a business-led coalition with members drawn from a wide range of economic sectors, the Aldersgate Group is well placed to advocate policies that will benefit the UK as a whole.

“The outcome of the General Election in May is unpredictable, yet we know that voters are yearning for a positive vision to tackle the challenges we face as a country today. This report sets out how politicians, recognising the climate and resource challenges that we face, can go about creating an efficient, resilient and low carbon economy and deliver significant economic and social benefits for the UK.”

In the report Aldersgate Group Manifesto, Priorities for the next Parliament, it sets out six priorities it argues will address the current environmental challenges, while maximising economic benefits for the UK.

These are:

  1. Accelerate the move to a competitive low carbon economy
  2. Prioritise energy and resource efficiency
  3. Improve our understanding and the state of our natural capital
  4. Equip the UK’s workforce with the right skills to benefit from the opportunities offered by the transition to a sustainable economy
  5. Increase financial flows towards low carbon and other environmental projects
  6. Ensure the UK continues to benefit from progressive European environmental standards whatever the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

 View the full report at http://www.aldersgategroup.org.uk/reports

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