Top companies in the United Kingdom are committing to a new coalition that will connect the growing domestic and international market for green energy products.LONDON, England, UK, 2001-08-17 [SolarAccess.com] Top companies in the United Kingdom are committing to a new coalition that will connect the growing domestic and international market for green energy products. The Business Council for Sustainable Energy has been created to bring together the key players in the energy sector and to develop an effective dialogue with government that will strengthen Britain’s strategic agenda for sustainable energy in advance of the World Summit on Sustainable Development. The Council brings together major businesses in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency and combined heat and power (cogeneration). A key goal of the Council will be to advance business action on sustainable energy before the World Summit (Rio +10) is held in Johannesburg next September. It will also focus on ensuring the market for sustainable energy is effective by providing a new forum for dialogue between the energy industry in the U.K., government and other stakeholders. It will also promote the policies, investment and commitment needed to secure market growth and sustain long term business planning. “Innogy is committed to delivering innovative solutions to the global challenge of climate change in both production and supply,” says Brian Count, Chief Operating Officer of Innogy Plc and a founding member of the group. “The new Council will enable companies such as mine to play a full and effective part in working with the government to develop a market for sustainable energy that is both commercially focused and delivers real value for all stakeholders.” Other supporters include Powergen, TXU Europe, Scottish Power, Shell, BP, United Utilities and the Lattice Group (owners of Britain’s national gas supply company). “I am delighted that some of the biggest U.K. energy companies are supporting the Council, which will provide a new voice for progressive businesses to work with government and other stakeholders on sustainable energy,” says the group’s chief executive officer David Green. “The G8 Renewables Task Force Report shows how important renewable energy technologies will be, and recommends ways to reduce the barriers to renewables by putting in place national and international policy frameworks to support the commercialization of renewable energy technologies.” “Business has a vital part to play, and the U.K. Business Council for Sustainable Energy is committed to helping make sure this happens,” he adds.