On Friday, all the local authorities in Gloucestershire set a significant milestone by signing an agreement to work together on a county-wide project to tackle transport decarbonisation and achieve Net Zero emissions by 2045.
UK100 Chief Executive, Polly Billington, was invited to be a part of the panel at the official launch of Rt Hon Chris Skidmore OBE MP's Mission Zero Net Zero Review at King's College London on Monday alongside the Climate Minister, Graham Stuart MP.
Responding to Ofgem's new five-year vision for Britain's energy network, which comes into force on April 1, 2023, Polly Billington, Chief Executive of UK100, calls it a "significant win" for local leaders.
The UK government has advanced a raft of new policies since 2020 to accelerate Net Zero. But many critical policy gaps remain, including in skills development and local delivery. Both need a more coherent, comprehensive approach.
With households already beset by a cost-of-living crisis, it's impossible to see how many families will cope with an annual average energy bill increase of over £1,500. We are looking down the barrel of a bleak winter across Britain.