Alok Sharma, the UK’s business secretary, has called for more of the country’s businesses to commit to becoming carbon neutral and investing in renewable energy provision at their organisations.
Renews.biz reported on his comments, after he asked more companies to sign up for the UK government’s initiative to switch to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050.
This is the target the government has set for the UK becoming a net-zero economy.
Speaking as part of an online COP26 business leaders event, Mr Sharma commented: “We need more companies to commit to 100 per cent renewable sources by 2050 at the latest, through the RE100 initiative and the Powering Past Coal Alliance.”
Companies that need assistance to assess their options may want to call in business energy consultants to help them work out the most appropriate options for transitioning to renewable power.
Mr Sharma pointed out that the UK has come a long way in terms of its renewable energy capacity, highlighting its rise to become one of the world leaders in offshore wind energy.
He also stressed that, while the Covid-19 pandemic has drawn focus from many business leaders “the climate crisis hasn’t taken any time off”, which is why it’s still essential for organisations of all sizes to consider how they can reduce their emissions.
UK100, a coalition of local leaders and businesses, has called on the government to invest £5 billion in a local energy stimulus package to support the country’s recovery following the pandemic and encourage the creation of more local, decentralised local energy projects.