British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, has spoken about the UK's commitment to leading the world's green revolution, pledging to make Britain a renewable energy superpower.
Speaking to the COP27 summit attendees, Sunak said that the UK is working with a base of international allies to hasten its transition to clean energy and to further expand its original ambitions. This, he explained, has been driven further by the energy crisis exacerbated by the conflict in Ukraine.
The switch to renewables is being flagged as a key method to reduce energy prices overall, not just in the UK but across Europe. Sunak stated his intention to ensure that the UK was at the front of the world's movement to combat climate change, as a superpower in clean energy.
He explained to delegates that only a third of global leaders had agreed to net zero when the current presidency began, with the figure growing to 90%. Now, the UK, which was the world's first major economy to legislate to achieve net zero, is working to slash its carbon emissions by 68% or more by the end of this decade.
He spoke about the challenges of pollution, energy security and rising energy prices, saying that they were all reasons to speed up efforts to go green and to diversify energy supplies by building clean energy resources - to ensure secure access, create new jobs and to drive economic growth.
The UK government has already invested heavily in offshore and onshore wind in recent years and built new targets into its energy strategy. The UK has also slashed its carbon emissions by more than 44% in the past thirty years, at a pace faster than any of the other G7 countries.