Jean Lambert, the Green MEP for London, has visited the Greenwich Meantime Brewing Company, one of the capital’s largest independent breweries, to highlight the importance of local green businesses to a sustainable society.
The visit was a continuation of Jean’s ‘What is a Green Job?’ campaign, launched in February with the premiere screening of the ‘What is a Green Job?’ film at the Arcola Theatre, Dalston. The short film looks at how three London enterprises from across the city are using their successful businesses to contribute to a fairer society and a greener environment for all .
Jean, a member of the European Parliament Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and a Vice-President of the Westminster Beer Club’s EP Branch, has taken the campaign to Brussels to encourage the European Union to support green jobs and help to create a low carbon economy for future generations.
A true example of an ethical, green business, Meantime sources its raw materials from local suppliers in order to minimize the food miles associated with its products and seeks to recycle much of the by-products of its beer and brewing production by sending its spent grain and hops to local farms for animal feed . Committed to outreach work with the local community, Meantime also provides a number of brewery training courses, investing in the training and skills of the people of Greenwich.
Speaking during the visit, Jean said: “The change towards a sustainable economy is not only an ecological necessity but an important step towards securing fair employment and training opportunities for all. Meantime is living proof that it is possible for a thriving business to be commercially successful whilst simultaneously seeking to minimise its impact on the environment and contribute to the local community. It also produces very good beer!
“But this example of best practice cannot be expected to be the sole driving force for change. We need investment at the national and EU level to support and facilitate the transition to a sustainable society, so that every job can be worthwhile, every job a green job.”
Notes to Editors
1. ‘What is a Green Job?’ can be viewed on the Green Party YouTube Channel at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGSsAvSSQ14
2. For more information on Meantime’s ethical policy, please visit: http://www.meantimebrewing.com/corporate-pages/ethical-policies