Media briefing: the new Government – what now on energy, climate and the economy?

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Energy costs and energy security were a key theme in the election debate and the new Government faces multiple challenges in stabilizing bills that are due to increase again ahead of the winter, while also accelerating the deployment of renewable energy. What immediate steps need to be taken to ensure progress is made?

A lack of growth was a common concern with many parties pointing to green as the most critical sector to reviving the economy. But how will that be achieved?

The new Government will also find itself part way through a transition to green farming subsidies with an agricultural sector struggling with the aftermath of an extreme wet winter that has damaged yields and incomes. What do farmers need to see from the new administration?

Our expert panel will unpick these challenges, set out the potential solutions and provide pointers on what to watch out for in the first few days and weeks of the new Government.

The panel:

  • Emma Pinchbeck; Chief Executive, Energy UK [1]
  • Louise Hellem; Chief Economist, CBI [2]
  • Sarah Merrick: Chief Executive, Ripple Energy [3]
  • Martin Lines; Farmer and CEO of the Nature Friendly Farming Network [4]
  • Peter Chalkley, Director, ECIU (Chair)

Notes to editors:

  1. Emma Pinchbeck is the Chief Executive of Energy UK, a position that she has held since July 2020. She is an expert in whole-economy decarbonisation and the energy transition.
  2. Louise Hellem is Chief Economist at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), and a member of its Executive Committee. Building on the insights from members, she shapes the CBI’s overall view on economic and fiscal policy and leads the CBI’s discussions with senior politicians and policymakers in these areas. Louise also oversees the CBI’s economic consultancy business CBI Economics.
  3. Sarah Merrick is Founder and CEO of Ripple. She set up Ripple. She has worked in the wind energy industry for 18 years. Prior to setting up Ripple she was Head of Public Affairs for Vestas, the world's largest wind turbine manufacturer.
  4. Martin Lines is a farmer and contractor in South Cambridgeshire, growing mainly arable crops on his family farm and rented land. He has a special interest in farm conservation management, currently running a SFI agreement and has Countryside Stewardship schemes on land he rents and manages. He also supports the delivery of Stewardship schemes for a number of other farmers.