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Companies need long-term clarity from the UK Government to speed up their transition to net zero

13 January 2023, 13:01 GMT 1 min read

Helen Clarkson, CEO of Climate Group

Helen Clarkson, CEO of Climate Group, said:

“We welcome Chris Skidmore’s Net Zero Review and his timely findings about the economic opportunities of net zero. 2022 showed us the urgency of transitioning to net zero and away from fossil fuels: flooding in Pakistan, drought in the Horn of Africa, the energy crisis because of the Ukraine war, heatwaves in the UK, dried up riverbeds in Europe and the US – the impacts of climate change are everywhere.”

“Companies we work with, as well as many others, are already taking important steps to transition away from fossil fuels, and toward a net zero future. But they need long-term clarity and certainty from the UK and other governments, to be able to confidently speed up their transition, and by extension the transition of the United Kingdom.”

“So, the UK Government must go full throttle and invest in innovative renewable energy projects, break down barriers to electric driving by upgrading the grid and infrastructure, stimulate zero carbon steel and concrete - all of which will drive new green technologies and jobs. That will boost the economy and position the UK as a global leader in the net zero future. Every purchasing decision, every investment decision, and every policy decision of this government must have climate front and centre – it can’t afford not to.”

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