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Lord Mandelson gets taste of direct action

At the Low Carbon Industrial Summit in March – hosted by business secretary
Lord Mandelson and climate change secretary Ed Miliband – the government hopes
to create a “multi-trillion pound global market” on the back of a low-carbon
economy.

Lord Mandelson says he is optimistic that shifting to this model will create
an economic opportunity for the UK in two ways – by becoming more energy
efficient and “making the UK the best place in the world to locate or build a
low-carbon business, demonstrate or manufacture a low-carbon vehicle, recruit a
low-carbon venture capital expert or environmental consultant,” says Mandelson.

“The UK must show a greater sense of urgency if it is to rise to the
challenges and grasp the opportunities that lie ahead,” says Richard Lambert,
Director-General of the Confederation for Business and Industry.

But not everyone was convinced by Lord Mandelson’s commitment to the green
cause. As he walked into the summit, Mandelson had a cup of green custard thrown
at him by an environmental campaigner protesting against the third runway at
Heathrow.

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