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Response to Clean Growth Strategy: "Worth the Wait"

Frazer Mackay, WSP's UK managing director of energy and industry, has responded to today's Clean Growth Strategy


“The new Clean Growth Strategy was worth the wait. Meeting our carbon targets is a public and private commitment and the Strategy provides a broad, over-arching plan of how it is going to meet them and the role the private sector has to play. There’s nothing to stop business working towards carbon neutrality, and we have set 2025 as our own deadline.

“It is reassuring to see Government confirm that innovation, sustainability and prosperity go hand in hand but it remains unclear exactly how it intends to get us to an all-electric future. With Brexit just around the corner, greater stability and clarity over clean energy auctions after 2020 is an essential first step for investors and developers.  However, we welcome today’s recognition of the potential of technology, from battery storage to hydrogen and electric vehicles, and look forward to continue helping drive this agenda forward”

“In certain areas, particularly energy efficiency and heating, Government’s ambition still lags behind. Recent announcements on banning petrol and diesel vehicles have provided momentum, but decarbonisation efforts still disproportionately focus on generation and transport over buildings, even though in places like London buildings contribute nearly 40% of NOx emissions. Our recent research showed replacing gas boilers with heat pumps in buildings can cut business costs, so this was a missed opportunity for a quick win on air quality and clean growth.”

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