Green Economy Council

The Green Economy Council brings together business leaders from a cross-section of industries and sectors, including Ford, Centrica and IBM, to advise government on green and green growth policies such as infrastructure, innovation and investment. It will also help reduce unnecessary regulation.

Role of the group

The Green Economy Council was formed in January 2011 to support the government on the transition to a green, low carbon economy. It works with 3 departments: Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to minimise costs for business and maximise opportunities.


The membership of the Green Economy Council is currently being reviewed.

Review of sustainability in industrial strategy

The Green Economy Council has recently concluded its review of sustainability in industrial strategy following a recommendation made by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) in its inquiry ‘Sustainability in BIS (November 2013)’. A copy of the summary note and its conclusions is available for consultation on the EAC website