Regulatory bodies should be given more responsibility for ensuring delivery of infrastructure under the government’s long-awaited National Infrastructure Strategy aligns with the UK’s net zero emissions target. That is one of the key recommendations contained in a major new report from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), which sets out its vision for how the government could galvanise private sector investment behind a sweeping infrastructure programme that would both drive a recovery from the coronavirus crisis and put the UK on track to meet its climate targets. The CBI’s calls for a clearer net zero mandate for regulators also comes ahead of a crucial decision for energy regulator Ofgem as it weighs up a new set of price controls for network operators. Leading network operators have argued they need a more generous price control regime to help draw in the investment required to deliver a new wave of smart grid and green gas technologies.
Business Green 7th Sept 2020 read more »
A fifth of Britons intend to rely less on driving and more on walking and cycling as lockdown continues to ease – with the figure rising to 40 per cent London. A nationally representative survey of 2,000 people also found that 48 per cent of Brits want to work from home in the long term, in part to reduce the carbon footprint of their commute – a number which increases to 64 per cent in London. Meanwhile, 53 per cent of millennials say a company’s approach to sustainability is a key consideration for them when looking for a job, according to the survey by Targus, the recycled laptop bag and tech accessory maker.
iNews 6th Sept 2020 read more »