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Businesses pledge support for Ed Davey’s green agenda

M&S, Sony and Vodafone among household names promising to help drive forward Davey’s green agenda

A group comprising some of the UK’s largest firms has issued an open letter to recently appointed energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey, pledging to support efforts to develop “clean and affordable” energy and establish the UK as a leading green economy.

Household names such as the Co-operative, Kingfisher, M&S, National Grid, Sony, SSE, Thames Water, Unilever and Vodafone signed the letter alongside specialist green firms such as Climate Change Capital, Ecotricity, Good Energy and WSP. It was also backed by WWF and the Aldersgate Group of businesses, NGOs and MPs.

The letter welcomes Davey’s appointment and praises the “clarity and ambition” he provided in his first day in office, when he declared that the UK’s green economy was not just good for the planet but “good for the wallets purses, and pockets of every British citizen too”.

Specifically, the group promises to “support” Davey in his efforts to improve energy efficiencies across the UK, establish the UK as a “leading green economy” and “create the confidence for businesses to invest in renewable energy in the UK”.

The letter, which appears in a full page advertisement in today’s Telegraph, follows a letter last week from a group of green entrepreneurs similarly pledging to work with Davey to accelerate the development of the UK’s low-carbon economy.

However, it also comes just a day after the latest twist in the increasingly fractious media battle over the UK’s onshore wind farm policy. Earlier this month, around 100 Conservative MPs wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron protesting against subsidies for wind farms, and yesterday the Sunday Telegraph ran an investigation into how the wind industry uses lobbyists and environmental activists to try to protect subsidies for the sector.

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