18 November 2020
Angela McGowan, CBI Northern Ireland Director, said:
“This plan represents a clear statement of intent from the UK Government. It gives a springboard to the huge opportunities for UK-wide investment and green jobs that a true low-carbon economy can bring. Business in Northern Ireland is fully committed to playing its part in delivering a green and sustainable recovery from the pandemic.
“From new wind farms to hubs of low-carbon industry using carbon capture and hydrogen technologies, business investment will be key to making this vision a reality. Now Government and business must join forces to create clear pathways for sectors and communities to decarbonise, making the most of the diverse range of skills and expertise that exist in regions across the country. The CBI in Northern Ireland is delighted to have already started these conversations with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEARA) and we look forward to participating in their newly established Green Growth forum.
“Some of the proposals that we have seen this week from the UK government, including the phase out date for new petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles, are undoubtedly challenging. The promise of additional funding for the purchase and manufacture of zero emission vehicles, and the roll-out of charge points across the UK are welcome. More, ambitious policy may be needed to support jobs in sectors such as aerospace and deliver a fair, green transition.
“The build-up to COP26 in Scotland next year, offers a crucial moment for business and government to come together and get these plans in place. That’s a once in a generation platform to show that all regions of the UK can play their part in delivering the technologies of the future and accelerate our response to climate change.”