IGEM welcome a new report from the National Engineering Policy Centre, calling for greater investment in the UK’s net-zero capacity to secure a low carbon economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. The report urges policy makers to make bold moves in five key areas to avoid being locked into a high carbon future. IGEM fully support the report’s recommendations to make the best use of the UK’s existing assets and infrastructure and to mobilise a workforce that can meet the technical needs of the UK’s net-zero future.
Head of Technical Services and Policy, Ian McCluskey says “The UK is at a crucial turning point, where we have the opportunity to set the trajectory of our economic recovery, to one that prioritises a green recovery and capitalises on the good work already underway to develop solutions for decarbonising heat, transport and industry. This approach is needed now to deliver net zero and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, it also brings significant potential for job creation across the country and policy makers must seize the opportunity to redeploy and invest in our technical workforce, to reduce unemployment and ensure the skilled resources for our low carbon future are in place.”