Peter Mandelson talks about the Politics of Climate Change

Speech  delivered by Business Secretary Lord Mandelson at the Policy Network event: ‘The Politics of Climate Change: Overcoming the political challenges of climate change – from economic crisis to business revolution’ London School of Economics, Friday 5th June, 2009

I think we’re entering a precarious time for mainstream politics in the UK. Cynicism and scepticism about politicians and politics in the UK is obviously pretty high. We badly need a core of positive ideas about the future in this country and for me climate change is at the heart of that.

Rebuilding political trust in Britain matters for its own sake. But it also matters because politics is the only way that we will be able to legitimately make the huge decisions that need to be made now to face up to challenges like climate change, or our global economic future. Politics is the mulitplier for the sense of collective renewal and endeavour. This morning I would like to say just a few things about how we do that, particularly in industrial policy.

The core challenge of climate change politics is getting people to connect their choices now with outcomes in the relatively distant future and in different parts of the world. It’s going to cost in the short term, there is no way around that. Continue reading


Matthias Machnig, State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment

Matthias Machnig, State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nuclear Safety and Nature Conservation, talks to Policy Network.

Greg Clark MP, UK Shadow Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change

Greg Clark, UK Shadow Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, talks to Policy Network about the politics of climate change. He was talking at the conference organised by Policy Network at the London School of Economics, on the 5th of June 2009.

John Podesta – the Politics of Climate Change

John Podesta, President of the Centre for American Progress and Co-Chair of the Obama Transition team, speaks about the need to put a price on carbon in the United States and investing in new technology and industries to achieve a clean energy future.

Stelios Haji-Ioannou, CEO of easyGroup – interview

Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the CEO of the easyGroup, speaks about business’s role in transitioning to a low carbon lifestyle at Policy Network’s conference on the Politics of Climate Change on June 5th 2009 at the LSE. He argues that business must be pro-active in running their business in a sustainable way, but people must also make choices, including consuming goods which use less resources and are more environmentally friendly. Stelios also argues that government’s tax the aircraft for take-off because it is the engine, not the passenger, that causes the pollution, encouraging airlines to scrap older aircraft.

Fiona Harvey, Financial Times – Politics of Climate Change

Fiona Harvey, Environment Correspondent for the Financial Times and Chair of the afternoon Plenary Session on ‘Seeking Global Frameworks to Reinforce Business and National Action’ is interviewed at the Policy Network’s conference on ‘The Politics of Climate Change’ on 5th of June 2009 at the LSE.

Andreas Goss, CEO of Siemens UK

Andreas Goss, CEO of Siemens UK, talks to Policy Network about what he thinks business can contribute to the transition to a low-carbon society.