18 November 2020
Josh Hardie, Acting CBI Director-General:
“This plan represents a clear statement of intent from the 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 is fully committed to delivering a green and sustainable recovery from the pandemic.
“From new wind farms and nuclear power stations, 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.
“Some proposals, 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 country are welcome. More, ambitious policy may be needed to support jobs in sectors such as automotive and deliver a fair, green transition.
“The build-up to COP26 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 the UK can lead the world in the technologies of the future and accelerate our response to climate change.”