UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


ISR academics contribute to new Green Innovation Policy Commission

23 October 2019

UCL ISR academics join a new commission to boost green innovation across the UK.

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Over the past decade, the concerted push on the power sector to shift to low carbon has shown how well designed policy can help translate UK research excellence into new world leading industries. To move to a green economy, the UK now needs to replicate this type of innovation across all sectors.

In an effort to accelerate green innovation, leading businesses, including John Lewis and UPS, have joined forces with academics at UCL to launch the Green Innovation Policy Commission. This high level body will address the pressing need to accelerate low carbon development across the UK economy. The commission will particularly focus on so called hard-to-reach sectors, such as road freight, heavy industry, buildings and food. 

Over the next year the commission will stimulate new public dialogue between policy makers, academics and businesses on how to shift the UK economy towards the net zero carbon goal. The commission will report next year in advance of the UK hosting the UN climate conference COP26.

The commission is chaired by John Cridland, former director general of the CBI and current chair of Transport for the North and the Home Group. It is directed by UCL ISR Director Professor Paul Ekins.


  • Benet Northcote, director of corporate responsibility, John Lewis Partnership 
  • Peter Harris, international sustainability director, UPS
  • Richard Kirkman, chief technology and innovation officer, Veolia UK & Ireland
  • Mariana Mazzucato, professor in economics of innovation and public value, and director of the Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London (UCL)
  • Ian Gardner, director, Arup
  • Jeremy Openheim, senior managing partner, SYSTEMIQ
  • Graham Southall, group commercial director, Northumbrian Water 
  • Angela Francis, chief advisor, economics and economic development, WWF
  • Nick Molho, executive director, Aldersgate Group

The commission is supported by Green Alliance.

Visit the Green Innovation Policy Commission webpages here.