Mrs Green talks a load of rubbish

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Janez Potocnik has a natter with Mrs Green

Janez Potocnik has a natter with Mrs Green

Today I’m meeting Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment for a ’round table’ discussion.

Our intimate little group will include representatives from Business Green, Guardian Sustainable Business Forum and Forum for the Future. We’ve all been chosen for our “interest and specialist knowledge in the area of resource efficiency and the issues surrounding a sustainable lifestyle.” Who knew!

The aim of this particular round table is to garner insights that may be translated into actionable steps.

In particular Commissioner Potočnik wants to hear from us some of the challenges faced in today’s society to encourage people and businesses to make more sustainable choices. This covers overconsumption, recycling, reusing and waste.

I wonder if I’ll find anything to say…

We’re also going to be discussing how businesses can produce ‘greener products’, how sustainable investment and innovation can be encouraged, incentives that can support the consumption of ‘resource efficient’ products, and a proposal to replace labour taxation with green taxes.

According to his PA, as the DG Environment attempts to step up its actions to protect, preserve and improve the environment for present and future generations, today’s event (there is a conference after our round table) attempts to find conclusions to the resources situation that Europe faces, the methods used to promote the efficient use of resources, and the importance of adopting a common approach.

As well as chatting with us, Commissioner Potočnik will be participating in the Green Alliance Conference where speakers include Vince Cable MP, secretary of state for business, innovation and skills; Caroline Spelman MP, secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs and Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP.

I’d better go and gather Arthur and his knights.

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. say what you write—
    say what you do—
    oh, and wear comfortable clothes…breathe easy!

    you are spokesperson for neglected or abused resources, and able to share
    the scope of the problems can be large…but solutions may be small and multiplied by time, demographics and finances.

    taxes must target waste and encourage full use of any and all products..
    reader’s love, no waste.

  2. Jane says:

    How about adding selfishness, laziness and lack of vision to the list of challenges! Oh and ignorance in the true sense of the word.

    Well done and I hope you had and will have good discussions and idea exchanges.

  3. Layla says:

    OMG LOL!! :))

    WOW, you are SOO BRAVE!! :))

    How did it go?? :)) I’d LOVE to know!!

  4. Jen says:

    Well done, and how exciting that your commissioner is so engaged! Face to face meetings can make a real difference, and you definitely deserve to be at the table. Let us know how it goes!

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