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Reactive comment on floating offshore wind innovation funding announcement

25th January 2022

Reacting to the UK Government's £31m floating offshore wind innovation funding announcement, Nick Molho, Executive Director at the Aldersgate Group, said: “Following on from the significant amount of offshore wind projects selected at the ScotWind Leasing round last week [1], today’s announcement is a reminder of how long-term targets and stable policy support can accelerate innovation across the renewables industry. Building on the jobs already created by the offshore wind sector in areas such as Hull, the Solent and Scotland, the geographic spread of the projects receiving innovation funding today highlights that the renewables sector – and low carbon industries more broadly – can drive investment and job creation in multiple parts of the country and be a key part of the levelling up agenda.”

[1] Crown Estate Scotland, ScotWind offshore wind leasing delivers major boost to Scotland’s net zero aspirations

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Reactive comment on the UK's Third Climate Change Risk Assessment

17th January 2022

Responding to the publication of the UK’s Third Climate Change Risk Assessment, Signe Norberg, Head of Public Affairs and Communications at the Aldersgate Group, said: “The publication of the UK’s third climate change risk assessment is a clear reminder that unmitigated climate change comes with significant costs to the UK economy. The report rightly emphasises the need for urgent and co-ordinated action to both reduce emissions and adapt the UK’s economy and infrastructure to the levels of climate change we are already locked into. In practice, this means that the Government’s work on implementing the Net Zero Strategy, enacting long-term nature improvement targets under the Environment Act, and creating the next National Adaptation Plan all need to be carried out at pace and in a joined-up way.
 
Investing in a healthier natural environment is key to making the UK more resilient to the impacts of climate change and it will be critical that the Government puts forward ambitious and credible targets under the Environment Act as well as a new and comprehensive Environmental Improvement Plan later this year. The UK must also continue its efforts to deliver rapid emission reductions across the economy and beyond just the power sector. As set out in the Aldersgate Group’s Net Zero Strategy Policy Tracker, key policy gaps remain in crucial areas, such as energy efficiency, agriculture and land use, and skills. [1]
 
The Government is right to want to increase awareness of climate risk at the local level in future assessments but this ambition must be paired with further financial and policy support for local authorities, so they can play a significant role in tackling climate change.”
 
[1] The Aldersgate Group published its assessment of the UK’s Net Zero Strategy in October 2021. Click here to download the briefing. 

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