Ed Davey forms European green alliance to help Cameron win global race

You might not think that the Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey was key to Prime Minister’s David Cameron’s plans to “win the global race”, but you’d be wrong.

Davey is a key proponent of the need to work with allies in Europe to drive through EU reforms that benefit Britain in the world, something we feel strongly about at British Influence.

While a Minister at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, he set up the Like-minded Group of EU ministers, to drive economic growth in the EU and cut back on red tape: David Cameron’s mantra at last week’s European Council summit.

Now the Secretary of State at DECC, Davey has set up the Green Growth Group (GGG) which is dedicated to driving forward a green growth agenda and tackling climate change.

Other EU ministerial members of the GGG include the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia and Estonia.

Davey has been working particularly closely with Philippe Martin, the French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, not least as Paris will host the UNFCCC climate change talks in December 2015 when a new global deal is set to be struck.

Davey and Martin are working closely on efforts to boost Europe’s low-carbon economy in order to tap into a global market worth almost £3.5 trillion and expected to be worth more than £4 trillion by 2016 amid fierce competition from emerging economies.

Today Davey launches a report called “Going for Green Growth” signed by all 13 European Ministers and will tell a Brussels audience it needs to “get its act together” to urgently agree an ambitious 2030 climate and energy framework in order to stimulate billions of pounds of “green growth”.

Over the last four years Europe’s low carbon market has grown by over 10%, over £70bn. It has been estimated that if the EU can build and maintain a leading position in clean technology, increased exports could contribute more than £20 billion a year to GDP this decade.

Meanwhile, Davey will say that the green economy boom of recent years has meant that an estimated 7.8 million Europeans were employed in the EU’s low carbon and environmental business sector in 2011 and the European Commission has estimated that up to 6.5 million jobs could be created or retained by 2020 through various green growth measures.

The economic focus on Davey’s green growth report, chimes with Prime Minister David Cameron’s comments in February of this year that: “We are in a global race and the countries that succeed in that race, the economies in Europe which prosper, will be those that are the greenest and most energy efficient.”

So there you have it: a Lib Dem Minister helping a Conservative Prime Minister to win the #GlobalRace through driving #EuroGreenGrowth. That’s got to be good #Coalition politics.

* Adam Nathan is Deputy Director of British Influence, the campaign to keep Britain in a reformed Europe, Director of the Our Biggest Market campaign, and a Lib Dem candidate in Blackheath.

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