Green Alliance honoured at Green Ribbon AwardsMay 2016
Green Alliance was awarded 'Best environmental campaign by a non-governmental organisation' at the 2016 Green Ribbon Political Awards for our work in securing the party leaders' climate agreement in February 2015.
Our report Greener London, produced by a coalition of the UK’s leading environmental groups, aimed to raise the profile of environmental issues in the London mayoral election by setting out 20 practical actions for how the next mayor could help make the capital a greener, fairer and better place to live and work.
The challenges in the report were posed to four of the mayoral candidates, Zac Goldsmith, Sadiq Khan, Sian Berry and Caroline Pidgeon at our Greener London Hustings in March, chaired by LBC’s James O’Brien.
Overall, the candidates responded very positively to our challenges, all making new green commitments on solar power, the appointment of a green infrastructure commissioner and cleaner transport. And, after his election as mayor, one of Sadiq Khan’s first major announcements was a promise to act on the capital’s air pollution.
We were invited by the Offshore Wind Programme Board to discuss our conclusions; and, in a survey of senior industry executives carried out for the Committee on Climate Change, our concept of ‘commit and review’ was strongly endorsed.
The new government, in line with our recommendations, has since announced it will extend the Levy Control Framework into the 2020s. In particular, it committed to supporting 10GW of offshore wind, so long as industry cost reduction continues, as well as to spending £730 million of annual support on renewable electricity projects over this parliament.
Government commitment to phase-out unabated coalNovember 2015
The government announced in November 2015 that it will phase out the use of unabated coal fired power. This was part of the cross-party pledge, convened by Green Alliance, that the Prime Minister signed in February 2015.
In September 2015, in association with CBI, our Beyond Paris event brought together over 400 leaders in environment, politics and business to discuss what a good climate deal in December 2015 could mean for Britain and the world.
The former US Vice President Al Gorereceived a standing ovation for his speech in which he expressed his disappointment at the loss of low carbon policies in the UK and challenged the government to maintain its climate leadership position. JohnCridland, Director-General of the CBI spoke of the business desire for action and policy certainty and, in her speech, LorettaMinghella, CEO of Christian Aid, stressed the UK’s responsibility to the world’s poorest to act on climate change.
In the discussion which followed, chaired by the BBC's ReetaChakrabarti, questions from the audience were answered by a panel including Ben Goldsmith, Chair of the Conservative Environment Network; AndrewBonfield, Global Finance Director, National Grid; Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE, Green Alliance chair; and Michael Jacobs, Senior Adviser, The New Climate Economy.
Watch the full video or highlights of this event on YouTube or you can read our summary on Storify.
This report, based on focus groups with 37 young professionals in their early to mid-twenties, looks at the attitudes of young adults to finance and sustainability, and the implications for the savings sector.
Green Alliance brought the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition together in a cross-party agreement to tackle climate change. David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband signed a pledge in February 2015 to seek a climate change deal which limits temperature rises to below 2 °C, sets carbon budgets according to the Climate Change Act and accelerates UK’s transition to an energy efficient and low carbon economy.
On 20 November 2014 we celebrated our 35th anniversary with over 400 senior figures from politics, civil society and business, with speeches from special guests Ed Miliband MP and Oliver Letwin MP. Click here to view coverage of the event.
We also launched Green Alliance's new 2015-18 strategy and announced our new chair, Dame Fiona Reynolds.
To mark our 35th birthday we asked 35 people to tell us what they have most valued about working with us, including politicians, former interns, our partners in business and the third sector, and ex directors of Green Alliance. See what they said.
Climate Leadership Programme for MPsSeptember 2014
Green Alliance's Climate Leadership Programme was launched in 2009. In the initial phase, we worked with over 50 Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs from the 2010 intake of candidates on developing a deeper understanding of climate change and, especially, what it means for their role and policy at the constituency and national level.
Green Alliance research into the impact of rising global commodity prices on inflation for UK consumers concluded that only reliable way to protect the UK economy against these resource price shocks in future is to improve radically the efficiency of our resource use and reuse, reducing dependency on foreign imports.
This was endorsed by the Commons Environment Select Committee in its inquiry Growing a circular economy.
Liberal Democrats support to the green agendaNovember 2013
Nick Clegg set out his party’s approach to the natural environment, energy bills and the green economy at Green Alliance’s first Leadership Lecture in November 2013.
Describing it as one of his “most important speeches of the year”, he used it to reassert the Liberal Democrats’ commitment to the green agenda and announced government support for the development of ultra low emission vehicles and a new pollinator strategy for bee protection.
Assessing the impact of EU climate and energy policyOctober 2013
The EU climate commissioner, Connie Hedegaard, was the main speaker at Green Alliance's October 2013 debate about EU 2030 climate and energy policy package, attended by energy experts and business.
Green Alliance presented analysis and proposals for a strong policy package. In line with our recommendations, the UK stated that Europe should commit to a 50 per cent greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030.
He committed to putting it at the heart of Labour’s growth plan, and to re-establishing European leadership on climate at a Green Alliance debate with the Financial Times chief economic commentator Martin Wolf.
Increasing political competition on the environmentSeptember 2013
Labour and the Liberal Democrats are increasingly competing on environment policy, stimulated by the Green Standard, a joint assessment by the UK’s leading environmental organisations co-ordinated by Green Alliance; while the Green Roots project led to in depth examination by all three parties of the links between their political philosophies and environmental issues.
Green Alliance is leading the thinking on effective policy making for a more resource resilient circular economy. The first report of the Circular Economy Task Force, a group of eight major businesses convened by Green Alliance, outlined the underlying environmental causes of resource risks to the UK in Resource resilient UK.
Putting sustainability at the heart of developmentMarch 2013
The UN High-level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda, co-chaired by David Cameron, put sustainability at the centre of the post-2015 development framework, as a direct result of Green Alliance’s advocacy.
New money for energy efficiency communicationsNovember 2012
The government announced a new £2.9 million communications campaign to promote the Green Deal as the result of Green Alliance’s analysis of the need for better public communications on energy efficiency, supported by a consortium of major companies, including ASDA and Kellogg’s
The extent and strength of the UK’s green economy was publicised for the first time through Green Alliance’s analysis and infographic which were used by MPs to make the argument for a low carbon economy and to support the ‘green is working’ campaign by environmental organisations.
The world's first renewable heat incentiveNovember 2011
The government launched the world’s first Renewable Heat Incentive, providing long term tariff support for business and the public sector for generating and using renewable heat. The momentum that led to this was created by Green Alliance work between 2007 and 2010, involving a large coalition of businesses, trade associations and parliamentary bodies.
The government reformed the way it made decisions on transport proposals, to identify the benefits of low carbon projects. The Department for Transport acknowledged the influence of our review of the appraisal system, carried out with the Campaign for Better Transport, and adopted many of our recommendations.
A historic decision by the government committed the UK to reduce CO2 emissions by 50% on 1990 levels (the Fourth Carbon Budget). This decision was secured following a strategic campaign co-ordinated by Green Alliance.