Wednesday 26 October, 1-3pm, Committee Room 6, House of Commons

 

Merging business, energy, and industrial strategy into a newly formed department (BEIS) creates an opportunity to wholly embed decarbonisation into the UK’s industrial and business policy, making low carbon growth “business as usual”.

The government’s previous low carbon industrial strategy, launched by BIS in 2010, delivered some commendable projects, such as the cross- department Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) programme and increased funding for offshore wind and tidal research, providing a boost to an industry in which the UK is now a global leader. PRASEG believes that BEIS is well positioned to develop a new, much more ambitious and further reaching Low Carbon Industrial Strategy that addresses the country’s energy and infrastructure needs. This strategy would support not only the 250,000 jobs that currently exist in the low carbon economy, but create thousands more skilled jobs in manufacturing and engineering and more broadly across supply chains, including the associated low carbon services that the UK excels in.
The strategy will also need to address the £100bn government has stated will need to be spent on upgrading the UK’s energy infrastructure by 2020. This session will look at how the government can ensure best value from this investment, ensuring it creates new UK jobs and opportunities for home grown industry to thrive, securing the UK’s status as a leader in low carbon growth for decades to come.

Speakers:

Paul Nowack, Deputy Secretary- General, Trade Union Congress

Barnaby Wharton, Senior Policy Adviser, energy and climate change, CBI

Angela Francis, Senior Economist, Green Alliance

Rachel Cary, Head of Stakeholder Engagement, DONG Energy

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