Our comments on the Clean Growth Strategy

Our comments on the Clean Growth Strategy

The new Clean Growth Strategy for the first time sets out how the Government will distribute in excess of £2.5 billion worth of investments to support low carbon innovation from 2015 through to 2021 - including up to £505 million from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's Energy Innovation Programme, which aims to accelerate the commercialization of innovative clean energy technologies and processes.

The UK government stated that it will publish next week, the Clean Growth Strategy, which will build on this success, while ensuring that the country moves towards becoming a low carbon economy.

"If it's serious about spreading growth across the country, while meeting decarbonisation goals, the government must take this issue seriously and give the North of England real powers to kickstart a local energy revolution".

Energy Institute CEO, Louise Kingham, said: "The strategy is really important for the UK's standing on the global climate change stage, as we look to the next round of United Nations talks hosted by Fiji in Bonn next month".

Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive of Energy UK, commented: "It is positive to see the ambitious targets to improve the energy efficiency in our homes and businesses".

The Government has also announced up to £577 million for new renewables projects and support for action to roll out a huge 10 gigawatts of offshore wind power in the 2020s.

There are also plans to establish a new network of forests and fund larger-scale woodland and forest creation.

"The world is moving from being powered by polluting fossil fuels to clean energy".

The 12-month study by the Northern Energy Taskforce - a group of leading public and private sector organisations and academics - sets out a "clean" growth strategy that it says could create 100,000 jobs through energy devolution.

Neil Carberry, CBI Managing Director for People and Infrastructure, said working towards decarbonisation by 2030 offers huge opportunities for the United Kingdom economy and is a vital part of an effective industrial strategy.

Climate Change and Industry Minister Claire Perry said: "By focusing on clean growth, we can cut the cost of energy, drive economic prosperity, create high value jobs and improve our quality of life".

The strategy is needed to address how the United Kingdom will get back on track to meet legally-binding targets to cut emissions in the 2020s, which it is set to miss by a wide margin, and meet further legal targets by 2032.

"It is now critical that business and the Government work together to ensure this strategy translates into action".

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