Green conservatism

Stimulate green thinking within the philosophical tradition of British conservatism
Green conservatism
The Green conservatism project was part of Green Alliance’s Green Roots programme. It aimed to stimulate green thinking within the philosophical tradition of British conservatism. 
 
The Green conservatism advisory group was made up of both independent experts and individuals involved in the Conservative party:
 
Lord Howard – patron 
Laura Sandys, MP for South Thanet – co-chair 
Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park 
Dan Byles, MP for North Warwickshire and Bedworth, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Environment Group
Ben Caldecott, head of government advisory, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Adrian Gahan, former energy and climate change policy adviser to the Conservative party 
Guy Newey, head of policy, Ovo Energy 
Adam Corner, research associate, Cardiff University 
Peter Franklin, former adviser to Greg Clark MP as financial secretary to the Treasury
 
“I welcome the opportunity to act as patron for Green Alliance’s Green conservatism project. Conservatives understand the duty we have to be custodians of our planet and this project is ideally placed to explore how our political tradition can ensure that future generations enjoy the same natural riches we enjoy today.” 
Lord Howard
 
A short discussion paper summarises the historical and philosophical relevance of the environment to British conservatism.

Green conservatism: Better resource productivity for a resilient economy
Britain is a trading nation open to global markets and has grown its economy using natural resources from around the world. This means the country is now more exposed than other economies to fluctuations in global prices

This pamphlet, produced in consultation with a range of Conservative MPs including Greg Barker, Zac Goldsmith and Tim Yeo, set out four key commitments for the government to make to address the long-term neglect of resources by politics.

It argues that the UK can maintain an open economy, tackle environmental impacts and be more resilient if it addresses resource productivity. It can also do its bit to reduce the carbon emissions and other impacts caused by resource extraction.

"With the cost of resources sky rocketing in recent years, and no sign that trends will or can be reversed, there is no responsible alternative to becoming more efficient with the resources we use. This will be a defining challenge, and those companies and nations that fail to meet it will be left at a huge disadvantage."
Zac Goldsmith MP

"This pamphlet clearly highlights the importance of strengthening our understanding and management of our natural resource use and dependency. It is not only the right thing to do for the environment but for business and national security too."
Dan Byles MP
 
We would like to thank the Ashden Trust, Shroder Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Foundation for their support of this work.

Green conservatism: protecting the environment through open markets
How can we ensure real competition in resource markets, and avoid concentrated market power? How can we truly encourage enterprise and open up markets to communities, citizens and other new entrants to enable diverse ownership? And how does this play out in sectors such as energy, carbon trading, food, waste, housing and transport?

This pamphlet set out to answer these crucial questions by bringing together contributions from conservative thinkers and independent experts it looks at how the market can deliver solutions to our resource and environmental constraints. 

"Too often, the environment is seen as a peripheral issue in politics, but for the public it is the real world. It is the bill through the letterbox and the view through the window."
Lord Howard of Lympne

 

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