Accelerating green innovation in the UK

Working with the Green Innovation Policy Commission


The Green Innovation Policy Commission (GIPC) is a business-led consortium set up and supported by Green Alliance and University College London (UCL) – specifically the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources and UCL Public Policy team. It brings together progressive businesses and leading academics to identify how policy can best support green innovation across the UK economy and reward the innovators, entrepreneurs and investors who generate value from the solutions to the global environmental challenges.

Over its two-year programme, the GIPC set out to:

  • Identify green innovation priorities across the UK economy, with a particular focus on hard-to-reach sectors, including road freight, buildings, heavy industry and food;
  • Inject new thinking on how policy can most effectively promote and support green innovation;
  • Create a new public dialogue between policymakers, academics, and business leaders on the challenges and opportunities around economic growth directed at green innovation.


Our work

Published in 2020, the GIPC’s final report detailed the results of its investigation, including sectoral analyses and advice to government and business.

We published a summary of the GIPC’s recommendations to policymakers.

The commissioners

John Cridland (chair)

chairman, Home Group

Paul Ekins (director)

professor, Resources and Environmental Policy, UCL

Angela Francis

chief Advisor, economics and economic Development, WWF

Ian Gardner

director & Arup fellow, global energy leader, UKIMEA Board, Arup

Peter Harris

vice president, International Sustainability, UPS

Richard Kirkman

chief executive officer & managing director, Veolia Australia and New Zealand

Mariana Mazzucato

professor, economics of innovation and public Value, UCL; founder and director, Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose, UCL

Nick Molho

executive director, Aldersgate Group

Benet Northcote

senior advisor, Seahorse Environmental

Jeremy Oppenheim

founder and senior partner, SYSTEMIQ.

Graham Southall

group commercial director, Northumbrian Water

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