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Prime Minister to Push Homegrown Clean Energy with Industry Leaders

  • Publish Date: Posted 12 months ago
  • Author: Steve Walia

​Rishi Sunak is to meet with clean energy industry leaders to stress the importance of home-grown clean energy sources. It is also expected that he will announce plans for funding. The meeting will take place this week as the government gets ready to announce new details for its plan to progress Britain's green industries.


Ministers are expected to give an update on the existing energy security plans and to announce support for new renewable technologies and carbon capture projects in the UK. Rishi Sunak will be present to meet top figures from all sectors of the energy industry - including oil, gas and nuclear as well as renewables, together with Grant Shapps, the Energy Security Secretary. The meetings will continue for a week.


The announcement follows questions for and criticisms of Mr. Sunak over fears that the government is softening its commitment to previous environmental promises and net zero policies. The perceived U-turn followed concerns over the new London ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ).


The government has also stated that it is planning to commit to new gas and oil licenses in the North Sea, despite objections from climate campaign groups. At the same time, there are plans to further revive the UK's nuclear energy industry, and Mr Shapps has already indicated his intention to make it a key part of the new net zero strategy, saying that it is vital for national security.


Climate change groups called on the government to further solidify their commitment to ending the reliance on fossil fuels and to make use of the UK's abundant renewable resources, particularly in wind power.


Private developers are hoping that likely announcements about renewables development support and incentives will continue to make the green energy sector a hotspot for further investment.