We must now consider targeting particular carbon intensive goods and power supplies which are imported and carry a large transport and transmission footprint.
The UK needs a state-of-the-art ‘gigafactory’, and it should be built here in the West Midlands alongside our established automotive cluster.
We are taking a massive step forward by introducing new Environmental, Social and Governance regulations, or ESG for short.
With average household energy bills around £1000 a year, it would be a cut of about £50 per year per family.
The Government’s combination of pro-shale rhetoric and highly restrictive regulation could almost be calculated to please nobody.
When we account for how much energy we use at home, British families are not facing ever-rising bills for gas and electricity.
No less than the ERG, the group of three sees everything through the prism of Brexit – which, let it not be forgotten, they voted to support themselves.
Other countries manage to do this far better than we do; it is not right that Britain should fall behind on such a simple act.
Britain has a proud environmental record. Here is another opportunity to lead the world.
A third of consumers internationally are now choosing to ‘buy from brands they believe are doing social or environmental good’.
There are a number of sensible policies that can be implemented to give the industry a jump start that don’t involve direct subsidy.
Voters, economic reality and climate change all press for further action. Here’s what we could and should do to make our land even greener and more pleasant.
The tactic is the product of a generation of failed energy policies. But imported supply is set to become more expensive, not less.
To hit our decarbonisation targets, to restore a once-proud industry, and to support renewables, we need to expand conventional and innovative nuclear technologies.
Plus: As I bask by a sun-illuminated swimming pool on holiday in Spain, I reflect on how the Spanish respond if you try to fiddle your water supply…