Smart energy takes centre stage

Paul Reeve looks at the role of clean energy in the UK’s recently published industrial strategy

The UK government recently published a white paper that aims to tackle the productivity problem and boost growth. Industrial Strategy: Building A Britain Fit For The Future highlights four ‘grand challenges’ for government and industry: 

• Maximising the advantages to UK industry of a global shift to clean growth • Being a world leader in shaping the future of mobility  • Putting the UK at the forefront of the artificial intelligence and data revolution • Harnessing innovation to help meet the needs of an ageing society.

These challenges have clear implications for low-carbon energy. The strategy shows the UK’s ‘clean economy’, supported by the Paris carbon-reduction commitments, could grow at four times the rate of its GDP. This potential has put low-carbon energy innovation, and smart energy in particular, centre stage. 

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