UK at vital crossroad for climate & environment says May: The UK is at a critical crossroad for our climate & the environment, according to Theresa May, in a speech after being named the new Chair of the Aldersgate Group.
The former Prime Minister & MP for Maidenhead will assist the non-profit’s continuing work to help in fulfilling the country’s net zero emissions & nature restoration goals while preserving a strong and competitive economy.
The organisation mentions 2021 as being a “critical year for the climate, environmental & economic recovery agenda” and emphasises Theresa May’s record of performance on climate issues makes her highly appropriate for the role. The UK became the 1st major economy to preserve the net zero 2050 goal in law under her leadership
She will begin the role tomorrow, succeeding former Labour MP Joan Walley, who has chaired the Aldersgate Group over the last 6 years.
Mitie, the Co-operative Group, Wessex Water, CMS & Octopus Energy have newly become members of the Aldersgate Group, & the body is working on 3 main projects paving the way to COP26 to investigate the future of green finance, enhance the circularity of resource use & waste as well as spead up the decarbonisation of heavy industry.
Theresa May stated: “I am joining the Aldersgate Group to champion the business case for decarbonising the UK economy, improving resource efficiency, and investing in the restoration of nature because we are at a crucial crossroad for our climate and the environment. As Prime Minister, I was proud to lead the UK to be the first major economy to enshrine the net-zero emissions target into law and publish a strategy to overturn the decline in nature within a generation. It is vital we now accelerate our progress towards these ambitious targets and develop clear delivery plans.”
Executive Director, Aldersgate Group, Nick Molho added: “We are delighted to welcome Theresa May as our new Chair at this critical time for the Group and the environmental agenda. Decisions made in the next few years will determine whether the UK economy is on a credible pathway towards net zero emissions and whether the country is on track for overturning the decline in its natural environment within a generation.
“Mrs May’s unrivalled experience and her passion for the climate, environmental and clean growth agenda will be a huge asset to the organisation. As a Group, we would like to give our profound thanks to our outgoing Chair Joan Walley who has been an inspiring leader and a key part of the Aldersgate Group’s success over the past six years.”
UK at vital crossroad for climate & environment says May