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TUC Climate Change Conference: Green is Good for Growth

Trades Union Congress (TUC)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM (BST)

TUC Climate Change Conference: Green is Good for Growth

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TUC Climate Change Conference

Green is Good for Growth

23 October 2012


The TUC’s annual climate change conference 2012 will focus on how to deliver a greener and stronger UK economy.

The independent Committee on Climate Change has recently reported that the government “must do more” if it is to have any hope of achieving vital carbon reduction targets. At the same time, with the UK economy facing a lost decade of stagnation, going green has potential to bring us huge economic benefits, securing the quality jobs and new investment that future economic success will depend upon.

Keynote addresses from the Business Secretary Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP and TUC Deputy General Secretary Frances O’Grady and panel debates between business, trade unions, campaigners and politicians will be accompanied by expert-led workshops on key strategic issues in green economic policy including the development of the Green Investment Bank and the scope for achieving a green industrial policy.  And we close with a Question to an MP’s panel: What makes a good green government?

This exciting conference will make the case both for greener growth, and for the economic benefits that this approach could bring.


10.00 - 10.15             Chair’s introduction:

10:15 - 11.15             Green Economy Panel: What does it take to grow a green      economy

11.15 - 11.35             Frances O’Grady, General Secretary Designate, TUC

11.35 - 11.55             Break

11.55 - 13.00             Panel Debate:  Leading Coalition and Labour MPs debate:

                                    What makes a good green Government?

13.00 - 14.00             Lunch



Meeting the green investment challenge

How much green investment do we need by 2020, and how can we get there? The new Green Investment Bank will bring welcome opportunities to support green growth, but will it be enough? What else needs to change to secure the private sector investment that we need over the next decade? This workshop will hear expert speakers debate the potential of the GIB as well as the wider policy shifts we need if new green technologies are to drive future growth. 



Building low carbon energy intensive industries

How do we develop and grow the world’s most efficient energy intensive industries? More than 800,000 people work in our energy intensive industries and their supply chains, and the products they produce - including steel for wind turbines, glass for double glazing and fibres for loft insulation – are vital if we are to build a low carbon future. Yet as plant closures continue the risks of us losing these industries to less energy efficient competitors increases. This workshop will hear business, union and Government speakers debate what more we can do to build the world’s greenest energy intensive industries.


Skills for a low carbon future

Where are our green skills gaps, and what should we do about it? Growing a green economy will depend on boosting the green skills of our workforce. But do we know enough about the skills we need? And how can we best engage with employees? This workshop will consider both the strategic and the practical issues we need to overcome if we are to deliver skills for a low carbon future.  


Debating a green economic future

How can industrial policy help deliver green growth? Everyone wants a green economy but there are many different views on how to get there. Do we need more regulation or less? What role can tax play in incentivising green growth? Is Government getting it right? In this session independent experts, business and unions will debate the solutions.


15.15 - 16.15            Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 


16.15                          Frances O'Grady closing remarks






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When & Where

Congress House
Great Russell St
United Kingdom

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM (BST)

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Trades Union Congress (TUC)

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The TUC brings together more than 5.5 million working people who belong to our 49 member unions. We support trade unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living. Every day, we campaign for more and better jobs, and a more equal, more prosperous country

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