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Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder and Programme Director of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity, with 70 staff and over 100 partner organisations, including some of the world’s leading companies.Jonathon was appointed by the Prime Minister as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission in July 2000. This is the Government’s principal source of independent advice across the whole sustainable development agenda. In addition, he has been a member of the Board of the South West Regional Development Agency since December 1999, and is Co-Director of The Prince of Wales’s Business and Environment Programme which runs Senior Executives’ Seminars in Cambridge, Salzburg, South Africa and the USA. In 2005 he became a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water, and a Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy. He is also Vice-President of the Socialist Environment Resources Association (SERA).

He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90); co-chair of the Green Party (1980-83) of which he is still a member; chairman of UNED-UK (1993-96); chairman of Sustainability South West, the South West Round Table for Sustainable Development (1999-2001); a Trustee of WWF UK (1991-2005).

Blog posts by Jonathon Porritt

'FiT for the 21st Century?' - Not by a Long Chalk!

February 3rd, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

Ten days ago, I highlighted the degree to which the UK is now so profoundly out of kilter with the post-Paris agenda. I really don’t suppose you need any further confirmation of that analysis (as a, no doubt, devoted reader of this blog!), but one has come immediately to hand in the last couple of d...

Seeking all (young!) energy entrepreneurs!

January 25th, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

Ever since I finished The World We Made (more than three years ago now), I’ve been obsessed with the sheer speed of change regarding solar and other renewable energy technologies. It’s almost impossible to keep up with each new development/breakthrough/innovation – and I was indeed like the proverbi...

The post-Paris scene, part 7: A Polluted Postscript

January 23rd, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

On my last morning in Abu Dhabi, looking out of the window of one of this bewildering city’s multiple high-rise hotels, I watched a blanket of sea mist flooding in across the city until all was engulfed. As it cleared away, over the next hour or so, a brown toxic haze took its place all along the hori...

The post-Paris scene, part 4: Oil and gas: still hanging in

January 21st, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

So where does all that upbeat, excitable buzz around renewables leave the oil and gas companies?Well, they’re still hanging in there, with exhibition stands as bullish and brazen as ever, continuing to take the line that their mainstream market positions remain unchallengeable.And, to be honest, they seemed far mor...

The post-Paris scene, part 3: Renewables industry: in festive mood

January 21st, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

As you can imagine, there was still quite a lot of post-Paris pixie-dust being sprinkled around in Abu Dhabi. At the first World Future Energy Summit, nine years ago, conventional oil-drenched thinking about renewables was still dominant: it would remain a slow-growing, uncompetitive niche player fo...

The post-Paris scene, part 2: Gro Harlem Brundtland

January 21st, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

Mrs Brundtland has featured pretty large in my life.I first met her (at some kind of a conference) in 1988, just one year after the publication of Our Common Future – more familiarly known as the Brundtland Report. I don’t think any other single report has had such a profound and prolonged impact on...

The post-Paris scene, part 1: the Zayed Future Energy Prize

January 20th, 2016 by Jonathon Porritt

Back in Abu Dhabi for the ninth World Future Energy Summit, and the eighth Award Ceremony for the Zayed Future Energy Prize, which I’ve been involved in from the start as a member of the Selection more...