Britain’s energy industry has welcomed re-elected Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledge “to make this country the cleanest, greenest on earth, with the most far-reaching environmental programme” and called on him to follow through on the Conservatives’ green manifesto promises.
Audrey Gallacher, Energy UK's Interim Chief Executive, said: “While Brexit will continue to dominate the political agenda – and there will be important issues to now focus on as we look to the future relationship with Europe – we must also quickly break the hiatus in energy policy, therefore it is welcome to hear the continued commitment from the Prime Minister to delivering net-zero emissions by 2050.”
The Renewable Energy Association added: “The new UK Government must be more ambitious and commit to wholesale systems change across energy, in particular for transport and waste, required to unleash the full potential of renewable energy and clean technology.”
But Claire Mack, Chief Executive at Scottish Renewables, warned: “Our industry still lacks the clarity it needs to progress in key areas: onshore wind and large-solar PVs’ access to the energy market, the future of renewable heat and a plan for small-scale renewables, among others.”
And RenewableUK Chief Executive Hugh McNeal added: “The voters have sent a clear signal that climate action must be a top priority, and the eyes of the world will be on the UK this year as we host the United Nations global climate summit, so this UK Government must take urgent action to get the UK on track for net zero.”