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  4. Parliamentary Launch of TUC Report: Building our Low Carbon Industries

Parliamentary Launch of TUC Report: Building our Low Carbon Industries

25 Oct 2012

“Green and Growth: Energy Intensive Industries and the Low Carbon Future”

Monday 29th October 2012, 19:00-20:30
Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
House of Commons, London, SW1A 2LW

 

More than 800,000 people work in the Energy Intensive Sector and their supply chains, and Energy Intensive Firms are among the largest contributors to our GDP, with a combined turnover of £95bn in 2008 – 20 percent of UK manufacturing. But whilst UK Energy Intensive Industries have drastically improved their energy efficiency to help efforts to build a low-carbon economy, it is vital that policy maintains the sector’s global competitiveness. Off-shoring to less regulated and energy efficient regimes will only result in ‘carbon leakage’ – the phenomenon of exporting jobs only to import the carbon back and increase overall global emissions.

Therefore it is timely that the TUC and EIUG have compiled Building our Low Carbon Future, the first single report on the economic contribution of the sector as a whole to UK plc and emphasising the role that EII’s can play in the economy of the future.

One year on from the welcome announcement of a package of compensation for certain EII’s in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement last year, we would be delighted if you could join us for an evening discussing the future policy framework for Energy Intensive Industries.

Guest Speakers:

  • Frances O’Grady, General Secretary Designate of the Trade Union Congress.
  • Will Straw, Associate Director of IPPR for Globalisation and Climate Change, and author of Europe’s Next Economy, a report on European Energy Policy.

There will also be an update on issues currently affecting the EII sector provided by the Energy-Intensive User Group. We would welcome further contributions on these important topics from the floor.

Please RSVP to Simon Marsh or Alan Lockey.