Energy industry urges government to build back greener ahead of COP26

Nine energy trade association are calling on the government to drive net zero action

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A group of nine energy trade associations has today urged the government to build back greener ahead of the COP26 in Glasgow this November.

In a joint announcement, the consortium, which includes among others the Energy Networks Association, Energy UK, Nuclear Industry Association, Renewable UK, Solar Energy UK and Scottish Renewables calls for strategic investment in the so-called least-risk technologies and infrastructure.

They also ask for clear targets of renewables and a framework to deliver 40GW offshore wind, 40GW of solar, 30GW of onshore wind, 2GW of floating wind, 5GW of green hydrogen electrolyser capacity, and 1GW of marine energy.

The group also calls for a clear plan to restore nuclear capacity at least to current levels.

The energy industry is also highlighting the need for a regulator with a clear mandate for action on climate change.

A Heat and Buildings strategy that encourages customers to go green should also be prioritised, according to the group.

David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, said: As we count down to COP26, there is little question over the UK’s ambition on climate change, now the focus must be on delivery.

“The UK’s energy industry has done the heavy lifting so far and has tangible plans to not only fully decarbonise power, but also support the decarbonisation of heat, transportation and industry – plans which we want to work with government to deliver.

“The energy networks are at the heart of unlocking this green growth, turning climate plans into climate action and helping to provide a cleaner, greener future for all.”

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