“Fast and bold” climate action can drive global recovery, says CBI

The UK should look to become a global leader in climate action, creating new green jobs and lifting productivity post-pandemic, the Director-General of the CBI has said.

On 14 September, at the CBI’s first virtual Net Zero Conference, Dame Carolyn Fairbairn launched the CBI’s Green Recovery Roadmap which calls on government to take ambitious steps nationally, while using the rest of 2020 to reignite global efforts to reach net zero by 2050. The roadmap said that although positive announcements have been made in recent months, clear policy frameworks are lacking. It stressed the “clear urgency” for publishing the Energy White Paper and National Infrastructure Strategy.

It identified six priorities for government action, including accelerating the deployment of low carbon electricity generation and investment in grid system flexibility, along with an acceleration of the delivery of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and supporting demand side measures and investments in connected and autonomous technologies.

The roadmap also called for government to deliver jobs and energy savings by retrofitting homes and buildings to be more energy efficient and switch to low carbon heating; to take action to become a world leader in carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technology; to kickstart the development of a hydrogen economy in the UK; and to support the UK’s aviation sector in the development of sustainable aviation fuels.