It is no surprise the trust has its critics. Set up in 2001 to use funds raised from green taxes to help businesses go green, it didn't classify as a quango, as the board was not appointed by the government, but was a private not-for-profit body with substantial government funding.
Over 10 years, the trust spent – or "invested" as Delay would rather – more than £700m of public money, helping companies become energy efficient, nurturing cleantech startups, and raising awareness with those TV ads.
It's not often you can say that someone saved the world -- and mean it literally...
But that's the case with F. Sherwood Rowland. It would be a shame if Rowland won the ozone battle -- but the rest of us lost the war for Earth’s survival.
1) British Airways website: "we have been long-standing supporter of emissions trading..This sits at the heart of our climate change policy"