CBI Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn used her speech at the business organisation’s “Low-Carbon 2020s” conference to call on the next government to trigger a “decade of climate action.”
On renewable energy, the CBI wants to see onshore wind farms being allowed to compete for Contracts for Difference, alongside offshore wind farms, as well as measures to stimulate the nuclear power industry.
When it comes to transport and heating, the organisation has called for large investments, especially to development an electric vehicle charging network that includes rural areas.
The business body has also called for the carbon dioxide emitted when creating products imported to the UK to be included in the UK’s greenhouse gas calculations, and to publish such figures alongside its regular gross domestic product updates.
“It would be a radically new way to measure growth and focus minds on our net-zero goal — with the fullest, clearest picture of our emissions footprint possible,” Fairbairn said.