Climate change is a global issue and, though business is focused on reducing its environmental impact, there is only so much firms can do alone. Business and government must work together - enabling low-carbon solutions to change the way we work, travel and power the economy.
Driving this fundamental and societal change requires immediate action and long-term policy support from government. By working together, business and government can unleash the potential of low-carbon power; support the switch to low-emission vehicles; and develop low-carbon solutions for heating. We’re calling on the government to put policies in place that enable business to reduce emissions further.
Develop policies to support low-carbon power, including ending the block on onshore wind, financing nuclear power and developing carbon capture technology
Encourage the uptake of low-emission vehicles by building the charging infrastructure and creating incentives for consumers
Develop a long-term strategy for low-carbon heating of buildings and improving energy efficiency
To avoid the most devastating effects of climate change, the UK has set ambitious emissions targets which business and government must work together on to achieve.
Though the UK’s power sector is now 50% renewables and nuclear, more progress can and will be made. Without a lift on the block on onshore wind – the cheapest of all energy sources – and a clear financing strategy for nuclear projects, business is prevented from taking the next steps.
There is also not yet the economy of scale to make it easy for businesses to switch to low emission vehicles. The government must work with industry to create the right charging infrastructure and develop incentives, like grants, to encourage the mass consumer switch.
Additionally, if businesses are expected to heat their buildings in a more energy efficient way, long-term strategic clarity is needed from government.
These policies must be developed now if business is to make a significant difference in time.
"Our energy system is going through profound change at the moment. Industry needs to work with government so we can continue to invest with confidence as we move to a low-carbon economy, where our energy comes from a wide range of sources and businesses and households are in more control of the energy they use."Carl Ennis, Managing Director, Energy Management, Siemens PLC
Renewable alternatives are great for the planet - and phenomenal for business and our economy too. Low-carbon solutions can drive significant economic growth, export opportunities and national cost savings.
The UK low-carbon economy could grow by an estimated 11% per year between 2015 and 2030 – 4 times faster than the rest of the economy
Low-carbon products could deliver between £60 billion and £170 billion in exports by 2030
A smart, more local and flexible grid with cheaper storage could save £8bn and keep energy requirements down
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Stepping up to the challenge
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Government announces Clean Growth Strategy
Government launches new low emission vehicle strategy
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Joint government-industry Offshore Wind Sector Deal announced
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Committee on Climate Change recommends net-zero target by 2050
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UK net-zero 2050 target announced by government
Building a low-carbon Scotland
London electric vehicle infrastructure plan welcomed by CBI
CBI recommendations for government Energy White Paper
London Climate Action Week: we talk green finance and sustainability
Building ambition on energy efficiency
Decarbonising the Humber
Harnessing trade policy to support our climate goals
The Low-Carbon 2020s – a decade of delivery
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CBI responds to BEIS consultation on amendments to the Contracts for Difference scheme (AR4)
Priorities for a green recovery following the coronavirus pandemic
Government delivers on energy efficiency pledge with £3bn funding package
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Net-zero: the road to low-carbon heat
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This campaign is led by the CBI's Infrastructure and Energy team.
Contact Tom Thackray, Director of Infrastructure and Energy, to find out about the change UK business urgently needs to reach a low-carbon future and how you can support it.