How can we maximise the advantages of a cleaner, greener UK?


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The global move to low carbon, resource-efficient economic growth is one of the greatest industrial opportunities of our time. It has the potential to transform many sectors of the economy, including power, transport, construction, energy-intensive industries and agriculture. The UK is already playing a leading role in providing the technologies, innovations, goods and services for this Clean Growth future. But we can and want to do more.

The UK has led on decoupling emissions from economic growth. Between 1990 and 2017 the UK reduced its emissions by over 40 per cent, while growing the economy by more than two-thirds. There are now almost 400,000 jobs in low carbon businesses and their supply chains. We have significant strengths in sectors such offshore wind, electric vehicles, and Green Finance, but there are still huge opportunities for further growth. By one estimate, the low carbon economy in the UK could grow 11 per cent per year between 2015 and 2030. Clean growth can also save householders money. Reductions in household energy use since 2004 save typical dual-fuel households around £490 per year.

Through identifying Clean Growth as a Grand Challenge within our Industrial Strategy, we have put it right at the heart of our economy. Through this we will seek to maximise the opportunities for UK industry from the global shift to Clean Growth.

However, for us to succeed, it is not only government that must take action. Our Grand Challenge is a call to academia, business, industry and the general public to commit to work with us to maximise these opportunities.

On 21 May 2018 the Prime Minister announced the first Clean Growth Grand Challenge mission: To at least halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030

To begin, we would like to hear your thoughts on the following: How can our construction industry use its existing strengths to halve energy use in buildings?

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