UK Commits to World Leading Cost-Effective Sustainability

AN ambitious strategy setting out how the UK is leading the world in cutting carbon emissions, combating climate change while driving economic growth, has been published.

The Clean Growth Strategy: Leading the way to a low carbon future’ was released by the UK’s Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark. The blueprint builds on the UK’s strong progress so far. Carbon emissions in the UK have fallen and national income rose faster and further than any other nation in the G7 – since 1990, emissions are down by 42% while the economy has grown by 67%.

The UK government’s strategy sets out how the whole country can benefit from low carbon economic opportunities through the creation of new technologies and new businesses, which creates jobs and prosperity across the UK while meeting our ambitious national targets to tackle climate change.

Clark commented on the strategy: “This government has put clean growth at the heart of its Industrial Strategy to increase productivity, boost people’s earning power and ensure Britain continues to lead the world in efforts to tackle climate change.

The UK Climate Change and Industry Minister Claire Perry added: “The impact of the Paris agreement and the unstoppable global shift towards low carbon technologies gives the UK an unparalleled opportunity.

“By focusing on Clean Growth, we can cut the cost of energy, drive economic prosperity, create high-value jobs and improve our quality of life.”

The UK government say that every action that they take to cut emissions must be done while ensuring the economy remains competitive. The actions the UK government take to reduce carbon emissions, through support for renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, have helped to reduce average consumer energy bills and more than offset the cost of government support for low carbon technologies, and the costs of key technologies such as offshore wind are plummeting.

For the first time, the UK government is setting out in this Strategy how over £2.5 billion will be invested to support low carbon innovation from 2015 to 2021, as part of the largest increase in public spending on science, research and innovation in over three decades. This funding covers programmes delivering low carbon energy, transport, agriculture and waste.

Friday 20th October 2017

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