Vice-Chancellor, Prof Julia King, has been named by the Government as the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador.
She will join a select band of 24 business and education leaders appointed by the Prime Minister since 2008, to promote the UK’s excellence internationally, to inspire UK companies to export, and to encourage inward investment.
Julia said, ‘It is a great honour to be invited to become the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador. Reducing carbon emissions is absolutely critical for the future of this planet, and the UK has a major role to play in developing the technology to make this happen.
‘We have some outstanding, innovative businesses in this country who can become world leaders in low carbon technology, and I will be doing my best to help them achieve that.’
Prof King is the author of the King Review into Low Carbon Transport, which was published in March 2008, and a member of the Government’s Committee on Climate Change. She is also a Governing Board member of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Transportation, and as such is ideally placed to represent the UK’s low carbon businesses.
She is one of just five academics in the Business Ambassador network, the others being the Vice Chancellor of Cambridge University, the Provost of University College London, Dr John Hood the former Vice Chancellor at Oxford and Lord Darzi of Imperial College London.
‘I am very enthusiastic about being asked to play an ambassadorial role for the UKs low carbon businesses and technologies,' she said. 'I am proud that the UK is taking a leading role in addressing climate change mitigation, and see this as a major opportunity for business. It is great to be joining such a distinguished group of Business Ambassadors - an indication of the positive impact which Aston University makes on business and the economy.’
As Low Carbon Business Ambassador, Professor King will work with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to promote the UK’s excellence in this sector, and to ensure that all UK businesses, especially SMEs, are in a position to exploit overseas opportunities.
Business ambassadors’ roles typically involve representing the UK in high level meetings, leading missions, hosting overseas ministers and inward missions, lobbying, briefing ministers and ambassadors, and policy advice.