Greensteel Council

The GREENSTEEL Council champions low-carbon and circular economy production methods across Britain’s metals sectors, and an industrial renaissance for the UK through sustainable industry.

The GREENSTEEL Council was created in early 2017 to champion a new, sustainable future for UK industry through implementation of low-carbon solutions for the steel and other metals industries in the United Kingdom.

The Council promotes sustainable production methods and a revitalisation of engineering and the economy in the UK through sustainable industry.

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 Edwina Hart MBE, 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”.

The Council has been seed-funded by the GFG Alliance, to support thought leadership and industrial innovation in the UK as a whole.  Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman of the GFG Alliance, 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. We are convinced a sustainable approach will provide the platform to re-establish the UK as a global industrial leader.”

Edwina Hart MBE

GREENSTEEL Council Chair

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

GREENSTEEL Council Member

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

GREENSTEEL Council Member

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

GREENSTEEL Council Member

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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