Getting the green light

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Getting the green light

Published 8 julio 2021

We have recently supported a round table discussion with the Social Market Foundation, with delegates from the private and public sector, to consider how the route to net zero carbon can be scaled up. It was an instructive event, as views were exchanged on the size of the challenge, the investment required and ideas shared for swifter delivery.

Technology has a significant role to play as innovative ways are developed to use alternative power sources, to champion new forms of transport and measure effectiveness. What is though equally important is an evolution in the philosophy of our approach. Too often green initiatives make people’s lives more difficult. Restraints and controls make no appeal to hearts and minds. Innovation also needs to be applied to create approaches that bolster local economies and build a sense of community and partnership. Rewards rather than penalties should inform our thinking, with green bonds, green related savings schemes and other financial incentives to use building products less damaging to the environment are just some of the suggestions made in the discussion.

Collaboration, support and clarity are also critical to making a leap forward, in what is a shared goal for private and public sector, communities and individuals. Local government has a critical role to play, but financial limitations impede progress and councils struggle to find common contact points and support in central government. Overly complex requirements can make it difficult for private developers to engage with the ambitions of local authorities. An increased number of green partnerships and green alliances would support locally based private/public associations that develop practical, popular approaches that meet green ambitions and help improve co-operation for harder to implement measures.

The report of the event outlines the very practical suggestions that the group made.


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