Green economy  |  Events  |  29.11.2013

Building Our Green Economic Future

Ensuring the UK's speedy economic revival and responding to the climate crisis present a double challenge - but the solutions are linked. There is the urgent need to create good, skilled, well-paid jobs - but a truly sustainable economic recovery must tackle climate change. London's Green MEP Jean Lambert is to host a public conference on the role of the environmental sector in job creation and UK economic revival next week.

DATE: Friday, November 29, 2013 from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM (GMT)
VENUE: Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, WC1B London

The 'green' sector is already worth £25.4bn a year - and employs more than 163,000 people in London alone, according to a recent report from the London Assembly.

This one-day conference invites trade unions, European policymakers and leading industry figures to discuss which could be the common strategies to meet the economic and environmental challenges in the UK and how to help deliver the EU commitment to a low-carbon future. 

The first panel debate will also host a keynote by the European commissioner Laszlo Ander, who will be presenting the Commission’s plans to strengthen the social Europe.


  • László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
  • Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary (Trades Union Congress)
  • Andrew Raingold, Executive Director Aldersgate Group
  • Maria McCaffery, Chief Executive, RenewableUK
  • Stephen Radley, Policy Director at EEF
  • Terence Hogarth, Warwick Institute for Employment Research
  • Andrew Warren, Director, Association for the Conservation of Energy
  • Sue Ferns, Director of Communications and Research, Prospect
  • Reinhard Bütikofer, MEP (Germany) 

The event, which will take place at the TUC Congress Centre in London next Friday, November 29, is free - but places are limited, so it's necessary to register in advance.