The inquiry, conducted by Carbon Connect, is part a new initiative bringing together senior industry figures and groups involved with setting the new carbon agenda and was launched today 29 June in London at an event supported by Veolia Environnement, the world leader in environmental services.
Lord Oxburgh, former chairman of Shell UK, and Dr Jack Frost, Director of Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells will be chairing the inquiry and will lead a steering group in the drafting and publication of policy recommendations, due to be published in early 2010.
Alongside the inquiry, Carbon Connect is hosting a series of high-level networking events bringing together key business leaders and policy makers to identify and debate the challenges.
Speaking at the launch, Ed Miliband MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said:”The science is telling us we need to act to avoid the most serious impacts of climate change, and we also know that taking action sooner brings with it energy efficiency savings and big industrial opportunity. It’s important that business and government work together so Britain can lead the industries of the future.”
Jean-Dominique Mallet, Chief Executive Officer for Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Plc said: ‘Our business involves a daily contribution to the preservation and protection of our environment, working closely with government, local authorities and businesses. We strongly believe in this issue and will support initiatives aimed at reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change.’
Vilhelm Oberg, Carbon Connect said: ‘The UK’s transition to a low-carbon economy presents both a challenge and an opportunity for UK business. By making the right decisions now, UK companies can stay ahead of the curve and become market leaders in environmental and low-carbon technologies. The challenge for Carbon Connect is to help make the UK the best locations in the world for developing environmental and low-carbon products and services.
Visit www.policyconnect.org.uk for further information.