Energy UK responds to launch of Road to Zero Strategy
Responding to the Government’s Road to Zero strategy, Energy UK’s chief executive Lawrence Slade said:
“We welcome this document as an important step setting out a crucial part of the Government’s drive to create a zero carbon economy. It highlights the huge environmental and economic benefits that will result from the UK leading the way on Electric Vehicles (EVs) - so it’s disappointing that it is not setting a more ambitious timescale.
“We - and many others right across industry and beyond - have made it clear that we are ready to go faster than the current 2040 deadline and seize the opportunity to help meet our emissions reduction targets and cut harmful air pollution in our towns and cities. In addition to the benefits of becoming a world leader in the technologies involved, EVs’ ability to store and supply electricity could have a transformative effect on the energy system itself.
“With rapidly improving vehicle performance and falling costs, it is essential that the infrastructure and regulation keep pace - so we welcome the Government’s support for enabling this. Put all this in place with measures that give choice to customers whilst enabling smart ways to manage demand on the grid and the EV roll out could happen much quicker than expected.
“We will continue to work with the Government and other sectors to push for an accelerated roll out that benefits both consumers and the economy.”