Transition to net zero gives UK ‘shot at redemption’ after deindustrialisation


    oris Johnson is set to announce that new homes built in England will have to have electric car charging points as business leaders will hear that reaching net zero gives the UK “a shot at redemption”.

    The Prime Minister will announce in a speech to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) annual conference on Monday that fresh laws will see new homes, supermarkets and workplaces compelled to install charging points.

    And buildings undergoing largescale renovations will also be told that the points must be installed as part of that work.

    File photo dated 4/2/2020 of electric vehicle charging points at Tynemouth. (Owen Humphreys/PA) / PA Wire

    The move is another step towards the banning of the sale of petrol and diesel cars in the UK by 2030.

    And it comes as the CBI’s director general Tony Danker said clusters of economic activity will have to be created or built on, in different parts of the UK, with a concentration on reaching net zero.

    Mr Danker will tell the conference that the UK has had to live with the consequences of offering little more than ”benign neglect”.

    He will say: “The truth is that the UK suffered from de-industrialisation. Since the 1980s, we let old industries die – offering little more than benign neglect for what got left behind – it was an economic policy that was ambivalent about levelling down.”

    He will say: “We’ve spent the past decades living with these consequences, but now we’ve got a shot at redemption, a chance to regenerate with nascent industries, such as biotech, space and cybersecurity, emerging in all parts of the country.

    “Even more with net zero, which creates a once in a generation opportunity for the UK’s industrial heartlands to lead in this new industrial revolution as they did the last. In hydrogen. Off-shore wind. Carbon Capture. Electric Vehicles and batteries, and other net-zero solutions.

    File photo dated 05/08/21 of Prime Minister Boris Johnson onboard the Esvagt Alba during a visit to the Moray Offshore Windfarm East, off the Aberdeenshire coast. (Jane Barlow/PA) / PA Wire

    “A chance for these places to be world-leading again. If this isn’t levelling up, I don’t know what is.”

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