Media briefing: CBI Economics analysis pinpoints UK’s top 20 net zero economic hot spots


Mapping the net zero economy, by CBI Economics and The Data City, will be published on 31 January - Please note the contents of this briefing will be embargoed to the same date as the report launch, 00:01 GMT 31 Jan 2023.

What: Media briefing ahead of the publication of a new report by CBI Economics [1] and The Data City on mapping the net zero economy at national, regional and local level.

When: 11:00 – 12:00 GMT Thursday 26 January 2023

Where: Zoom webinar; please email to reserve your place.


  • Emma Pinchbeck, Chief Executive of Energy UK
  • Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the Climate Change Committee (CCC)
  • Henri Murison, Chief Executive of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership
  • The Rt Hon Simon Clarke, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
  • Tom Thackray, Programme Director – Decarbonisation, CBI
  • Jess Ralston, Head of Energy, the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU, Chair).


In his recent review, Chris Skidmore said that ministers should grasp the ‘historic opportunity’ presented by net zero and that more should be done to reap the economic benefits that the transition presents.

Quantifying the economic scale of net zero in the UK has, however, historically been difficult; but an upcoming new report by CBI Economics is set to reveal the scale of the UK’s net zero economy and its top 20 ‘hot spots’ around the country.

The report sets out how many tens of billions of pounds of Gross Added Value net zero business adds to the UK economy, how productive it is relative to economy as a whole, the number of jobs supported, and the regional and local distribution of this net zero economy.

Ahead of the report’s publication, this media briefing will therefore examine:

  • How and why the net zero economy is spread across the UK into ‘hot spots’;
  • How the UK’s net zero economy might fare in the context of a global race towards net zero in light of recent successes and disappointments, and;
  • What role does government and other institutions have in developing the net zero economy further.

If you would like to attend the briefing - or have any questions - please contact George Smeeton:, t: +44 (0)7894 571 153.

Notes to editors:

  1. The report, Mapping the net zero economy, by CBI Economics, will be published on 31 January.
  1. Emma Pinchbeck is Chief Executive of Energy UK. From 2016-2020, she served as Deputy CEO of the trade body RenewableUK, in which role she also sat on the Board and on the Board of Scottish Renewables. She holds several board advisory positions, including with Imperial College and Innovate-UK, and is a regular commentator on climate change and renewables in the media:
  1. Chris Stark has been Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change since April 2018. His previous role was Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government, leading the development of Scotland’s approach to emissions reduction and the accompanying energy system transition:
  1. Henri Murison is Chief Executive of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, which aims to transform the Northern economy, unlocking up to £100 billion by 2050 and creating 850,000 more jobs:
  1. Simon Clarke was Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities between 6 September 2022 and 25 October 2022. He was appointed previously appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 15 September 2021 to 6 September 2022:
  1. Tom Thackray leads the decarbonisation team at CBI, aiming to improve business connectivity and ensuring the UK maintains a secure, affordable and low-carbon supply of energy:

For more information:

George Smeeton, Head of Communications, ECIU, Tel: 07894 571 153, email: