Response to Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd's speech

Wednesday 29 June 2016

In response to the speech given this morning by the secretary of state for energy and climate change at the Business and Climate Summit, Sue Armstrong Brown, policy director at Green Alliance said:

“With her speech today, Amber Rudd has embodied the best of the Conservative political tradition, demonstrating that the government’s commitment to the protection of our green and pleasant land is undiminished, despite the fast changing geopolitical landscape. Green Alliance welcomes Rudd’s assurances that the UK’s energy priorities remain the same and that our country’s renewables sector will continue to grow in the years to come. Likewise, we applaud her refusal to relinquish the mantel of international climate leadership that the UK has worked so hard to achieve.

“The first measure of success will be the government’s adoption of the fifth carbon budget, promised tomorrow. This must be quickly followed by a robust carbon plan, to improve investors’ damaged confidence and to enable the UK to attract much needed infrastructure investment.”