The national energy strategy – driving forward clean-air initiatives. The Government recently announced the sale of new diesel and petrol cars will be banned from 2040 in the UK .
National energy strategy
The Government has also set aside £255m to help local authorities develop policies to improve air quality in towns and cities. Possible measures include banning diesel-powered cars and vans from some centres during peak hours within the next two years. Furthermore, punitive daytime ‘toxin taxes’ to discourage their use could also be introduced.
A similarly-timed but apparently contradictory announcement, however, stopped electrification of the Midland Main Line. As a consequence new diesel-powered trains for routes through Derby, Nottingham and Leicester would be introduced for the foreseeable future. Derby and Nottingham are thought to be leading the ‘toxin tax’ charge.
The Chamber reacted to the announcement by calling on Government to create a proper, fully-costed, cohesive 50-year energy strategy. This, in turn, would ensure the UK remains at the forefront of green technology. Moreover, the Chamber is now asking East Midlands businesses to take part in research. This research could help shape a national energy strategy through lobbying activities.
QES: Quarterly Economic Survey
Chris Hobson is the Chamber’s Director of Policy. Chris said: “Energy costs, security and availability perennially rank among the top concerns of our members. We have been saying for some time that the UK needs a proper, costed, 50-year energy strategy. And now we are inviting regional firms to take part in our Quarterly Economic Survey. This will allow us to collate information to help drive this initiative.
“The East Midlands has the potential to lead the world in the field of the new technologies that will be needed to deliver the Government’s clean air pledges. The Government has to make sure the businesses that will drive the technology get all the support they need.”
The Chamber’s Quarterly Economic Survey for quarter three of 2017 is currently live and is asking firms across the region how much of their turnover is currently generated by supplying low carbon goods or services and to what extent firms have invested this year to reduce their carbon footprint.
The results will feed into future work carried out by the Chamber to encourage Government to invest in a 50-year energy strategy. Take part in the national energy strategy survey now.
Not only does taking part in this survey enable you to have your say but bmi regional is also offering two return flights from Birmingham to Nuremburg in the prize draw for completing the Q3 QES. The winners will be advised on 14 September with the tickets valid until 31 March. Earlier this year, bmi regional created a new hub at Birmingham Airport. At that time, it launched three new European routes from the UK’s second city to Graz, Gothenburg and Nuremberg. As a result, this provides much improved connectivity to and from the East Midlands.