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


This discussion on the Clean Growth Grand Challenge is now closed. We will be opening a new discussion in due course. Find out more about the Clean Growth Grand Challenge or contact us on


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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This challenge is now closed. Thank you all for taking the time to contribute to the challenge.

  • The government is committed to working with industry in developing programmes to support the clean growth mission. Our Grand Challenge is a call to academia, business, industry and the general public to commit to work with us to maximise these opportunities.
  • We are therefore grateful for your feedback on, amongst other things, the role offsite construction, improved knowledge and skills, and renewable generation such as solar could play in helping us achieve the ambition of halving energy use in new buildings by 2030.
  • We also note views on the importance of ensuring performance assessments accurately reflect energy usage, and that it will be necessary to avoid the overheating of new buildings.
  • We will study this feedback carefully as we consider what measures will be required to deliver the mission, building on existing commitments government is taking forward such as encouraging offsite construction through the Construction Sector Deal, and providing support for upskilling, including through reforming the Construction Industry Training Board.
  • Your ideas and challenges are vitally important as we develop our thinking. The government will be making announcements on the buildings mission and further detail of how we will deliver it with industry in due course.


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