Comment on Public Accounts Committee net zero report

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By George Smeeton

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Commenting on a new Public Accounts Committee report on progress on net zero in the UK [1], Jess Ralston, Head of Energy at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said:

"The Government recently failed to secure more offshore wind farms at a time when British renewables would help boost our energy independence.

“By rowing back on net zero policies like the switch to electric cars and insulation rules for privately rented homes, whilst at the same time attempting to expand drilling in the North Sea, the Government is sowing seeds of confusion. That's not good for investment, as evidenced by the UK slipping down the rankings for green investment with Australia and France leaping ahead of us. [2]

“This Government says it wants to grow the economy and boost investment. A strong response to the US's Inflation Reduction Act and a clear industrial strategy in the Autumn Statement next week is a perfect chance for them to prove it. Companies are already making decisions to relocate to the States taking jobs and economic growth with them."

Notes to editors:

  1. The Public Accounts Committee report on progress on net zero is published on 15 November.
  2. UK slips in EY ranking of best countries for green investment:

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