State Rep. Denise Provost, D- Somerville, has been invited by the British Consulate in Washington, D.C., to join a government delegation traveling to Great Britain this month. The purpose of the trip is for state legislators from the United States to learn about initiatives by the U.K. and European Union to address climate change through a variety of legislative and public-policy measures. Provost, representing Massachusetts, will join state representatives and state senators from Maine, Michigan, Washington and Oregon for an intensively scheduled program of meetings, briefings and site visits.
“Massachusetts is already a national leader in clean energy and promoting the green economy,” Provost said, “but there’s always more to learn about achieving a sustainable future. Britain, for instance, hosts the world’s largest offshore wind farm, as well as many based on land, even though their population density is far greater than ours. I think we have much to learn from their success.”
Great Britain’s Department of Energy and Climate Change will provide detailed information on its “Green Deal” for energy efficiency, which includes grid modernization and electricity market reform, its Green Investment Bank; low-carbon economic benefits, and transportation-sector transformation programs. One highlight of the trip will be a visit to the port city of Bristol, which was recently awarded the prestigious title of European Green Capital 2015 for its efforts to become a “green” city.
“Since my roots are in city government, I’m especially looking forward to finding out what Bristol is doing to make such an impact,” Provost said.