Greensteel Council

The GREENSTEEL Council is responsible for advising the GFG Alliance businesses on their green strategies, as well as promoting low-carbon production methods more widely across Britain’s metals sectors

The GREENSTEEL Council was appointed in early 2017 to support the implementation of low-carbon solutions for the steel and other metal production industries in the United Kingdom.

The Council is responsible for advising the GFG Alliance businesses on their green strategies as well as promoting sustainable production methods more widely across Britain’s metal sectors.

Its main objectives are:

  • Increasing the recycled and upcycled steel arising from the growing mountain of domestic scrap;
  • Supporting the investment in green energy that drives industrial revival;
  • Championing British engineering and the rebuilding of downstream industries using UK steel;
  • Delivering economic growth and powering the nation’s Industrial strategy through the revitalisation of steel and manufacturing.

Members of the Council include senior figures from the worlds of industry, science and politics, as well as a number of key business leaders from the GFG Alliance (for further information on the Council members please see below).

Mrs Hart, who chairs the Council, commented on its formation: “Our advice will be independent and based on solid evidence, and our clear objective will be the development of a more sustainable future for the metals industries in Britain”.

Sanjeev Gupta, executive chairman of the GFG Alliance also said: “The Council brings together an excellent team, offering a really valuable cross-section of experience and perspective, related to the metals and energy sectors. That combination will help guide the GFG Alliance in its realisation of the GREENSTEEL vision and encourage the wider industry to go in the low-carbon direction. We are convinced the green approach will provide the platform to re-establish the UK as a global industrial leader.”

Edwina Hart MBE

External GREENSTEEL council advisor

Edwina Hart served as a minister in the Welsh Government from its inception in 1999 until 2016, handling a range of portfolios including finance, regeneration, local government and finally business, enterprise and technology, a post she held between 2011-2016.

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Martin Lawrence

External GREENSTEEL council advisor

Martin Lawrence served as Managing Director of Energy Sourcing & Customers Supply at EDF Energy, responsible for all UK fossil generation, renewables and trading activities as well as all commercial operations.

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Julian Allwood

External GREENSTEEL council advisor

Julian Allwood is Professor of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Cambridge. He worked for 10 years for Alcoa, prior to developing an academic career, initially at Imperial College, and from 2000 in Cambridge.

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Chris McDonald

External GREENSTEEL council advisor

Chris McDonald is the Chief Executive Officer of the Materials Processing Institute. The Institute carries out industrial research and innovation in advanced materials, low carbon energy and the circular economy and has been supporting the materials, processing and energy sectors for over 70 years.

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Katie Perrior

GFG Alliance GREENSTEEL council member

Katie was the first female Director of Communications at No.10 Downing Street, working to the Prime Minister Theresa May MP.

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