Consultants AECOM and WSP have joined a new lobby group aimed at positioning the UK as a the world market leader in low carbon technology.
The Group, part of the Environmental Industries Commission, will lobby for ambitious, long term and enforceable carbon reduction and environmental management.
They say that it is important to establish the UK’s technology and skills base to create new business and, potentially, thousands of new jobs.
EIC’s Policy Director, Danny Stevens, said: “Establishing an ambitious carbon and environmental management policy framework that drives vast improvements in the way we manage our impact on the environment will have immediate economic benefits.
“Not only by improving the efficiency with which the economy consumes finite resources, but by establishing an exciting new sector with innovative, world leading technologies and services that will help guide the long-over due – and much talked about – transition to a low carbon, resource efficient economy.
“Through proper Government support, the UK’scarbon and environmental management sector has the potential to create thousands of new businesses, hundreds of thousand of new jobs and huge export opportunities for the UK.
“EIC’s newCarbon and Environmental Management Working Groupwill lobby harder than any other organisation to establish this policy framework. The Group give this crucial sector avoice in the corridors of power, building support for the environmental and economic case for effective carbon and environmental management policy measures,” he said.
Group priorities are:
- UK and EU Carbon Management Policy – covering the key legislative and regulatory drivers for carbon management across the economy, including the Carbon Reduction Commitment, implementation of Phase III of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and Climate Change Agreements
- Corporate Reporting – covering the key issues for improving carbon and environmental management in companies and across their supply chains, including corporate carbon reporting and assurance of corporate reporting
- Carbon and Environmental Management Systems - the Group will lobby on the key issues surrounding the use of environmental management systems, including their certification.
- Sustainable Procurement - the Group will lobby for substantial improvements to the Government’s sustainable procurement policies to help create a “credible market” for these products and services.
Early Members of the Group include: AEA Technology, AECOM, Baker & McKenzie LLP, ERM, ICF International and WSP.