UK unveils new Industrial Strategy

The UK Government has unveiled its new Industrial Strategy to boost the economy and see the country embrace technological innovations on its route to decarbonisation. As part of the announcement, it has committed to investing a further £725 million over the next three years in the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), to help respond to […]

UK’s Clean Growth Strategy: Industry responds

The UK Government has set out its Clean Growth Strategy to boost national income and output whilst simultaneously cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The plan aims to ensure an affordable energy supply for businesses and consumers, increase productivity, create jobs and help protect the climate and environment. It highlights the importance of collaborating with industry to […]

Energy UK sets out key principles for next government

The trade body for the UK gas and electricity industry has laid out key principles it suggests the political parties must adopt as part of their general election manifestos. Energy UK believes a well-functioning retail market must be one where competition drives innovation and improvements in customer service, where consumers engage to get the best […]

More support and robust strategy to boost UK nuclear

The UK’s nuclear industry will excel thanks to increased government support and a robust industrial strategy. That’s according to the Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Greg Hands, who said these factors, along with a raft of new trade agreements, will make the UK the leading international partner of choice in the civil nuclear […]

MP says ‘Industrial Strategy must exploit marine resources’

  The government’s Industrial Strategy needs to exploit the wealth of resources and expertise available in the marine energy sector. That’s according to James Heappey, Conservative MP for Wells, who spoke to ELN yesterday at RenewableUK’s 2017 Wave and Tidal Conference. He emphasised the importance of the Industrial Strategy’s strong commitment to clean energy technologies in generating growth, improving productivity and […]

Major firms urge government to focus on environment

More than 50 businesses have called on the government to focus policy decisions around the environment. Firms including Skanska, Heathrow, Thames Water and Carillion attended a meeting set up by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Natural Capital Coalition and the WWF. The companies discussed the implications and opportunities presented by the government’s expected […]

EVs research, development win share of £15m fund

Electric vehicles (EVs) research and development projects have been granted a share of a £15 million fund. Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark made the announcement today, building on the launch of last week’s Industrial Strategy green paper. The funding will support 125 projects covering a wide range of themes, including rapid charging for EVs […]

Brexit ‘could allow UK to reset and future-proof policies’

Brexit offers a chance for the UK to reset its industrial strategy and ease the transition to a green economy. That’s according to The Prince of Wales’ Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), which has released a discussion paper to inform a government consultation commencing today. The group brings together 24 leading businesses from across Europe, including Unilever, GSK, 3M, Tesco, Sky and EDF. It argues […]

Theresa May’s Industrial Strategy to support energy and transport

Theresa May is to unveil a new Modern Industrial Strategy today, with plans for the biggest investment in industries including transport and energy. The Prime Minister will use her first regional Cabinet meeting in the North West to launch the proposals, which she hopes will drive growth and create more high-skilled, high paid jobs and […]

Greg Clark: UK needs clean energy ‘upgrade’

The UK needs an infrastructure upgrade that is resilient and supports clean energy. That’s the view of Greg Clark, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary, who was addressing the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this morning. He believes Britain has low carbon energy systems “that lead the world” but also a “failure of successive governments […]