Net-zero: we have the tools, now we need the ambition

Published:  12 August, 2020

By Michael Lewis, E.ON UK CEO

Crisis often brings people together and this has been exemplified by our nation’s united front against the coronavirus pandemic, supported by UK manufacturers answering the nation’s call for help in making vital medical equipment to save lives.

Manufacturers of all sizes have shown tremendous resilience and adaptability to rise to this challenge, but the fallout from this outbreak has undoubtedly taken its toll on large parts of the industry. According to the latest CBI SME Trends Survey, SME manufacturing output fell at the quickest pace on record in the quarter to July.

But while SME manufacturers navigate their way forward through the unprecedented circumstances of the pandemic, the biggest challenge facing us in the long-term remains the climate emergency, and the Government’s ambitious target of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. Ultimately, it will be the actions of industry in general, and manufacturing in particular, that will define our success in delivering on this.

Our latest report, conducted in partnership with Make UK, comes as we begin to look beyond the immediate effects of the pandemic and as businesses begin to map their recovery plans. It serves as both a timely reminder of the momentum growing across the manufacturing industry and a blueprint for how we can accelerate towards our green goals.

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