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Banner protest calls on Darling to back green technology

Greenpeace campaigners scaled the Bank of England to unfurl a banner to call on Chancellor Alistair Darling to invest heavily in green technology.

The banner carried the slogan “Green is Good” and Greenpeace believes green centred investment will boost the UK’s flagging economy, improve the nation’s energy security, create hundreds of thousands of green-collar jobs and make UK industry a leader in cutting-edge low carbon technologies.

Greenpeace said the Government should:

* Set up a Green Investment Bank to finance innovative green industries and large-scale infrastructure.

* Ensure renewable technologies are manufactured in the UK and installed using British know how.

* Make Energy efficiency a priority with every building in Britain insulated.

Greenpeace's executive director, John Sauven, said: “The government, along with the private sector, must invest in a cleaner, more secure future for the UK – and the time to do that is right now.

'Kick-starting the economy with green investment – which would be clever, clean and courageous – is backed by Barack Obama, the CBI, the UN, Deutsche Bank and other major corporations.

“Doing so wouldn’t just help the Government to escape the recession – it would also help us to finally escape our dirty and expensive twentieth century energy system.

'It's not just the UK economy and our energy security that will benefit from an investment in green energy. Hundreds of thousands of green-collar jobs will be created in the UK. We’ll become a world leader in cutting edge low carbon technologies. And we’ll lead the way in tackling climate change and securing the future of our planet.'