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Energy networks comment on Prime Minister's speech

30 June 2020

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Joshua Atkins

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Energy Networks Association

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In his speech this morning at the Dudley College of Technology, the Prime Minister has committed to building back better and building back greener to support the UK economy as the country eases out of lockdown. 

Following the Prime Minister's speech, David Smith, Energy Networks Association Chief Executive, said:

“We welcome the Prime Minister’s ambition to drive a sustainable economic revival and his commitment to a ‘New Deal’ national infrastructure plan. Our members are the very “industries and infrastructure that can turn the tide on climate change” which he previously described when setting out his ambitions for the green recovery, and they are foundational to almost every aspect of this transition.

"The energy networks will provide the ‘smart’ backbone to the national uptake of electric vehicles, a fully flexible energy system, the shift to a hydrogen economy and the decarbonisation of heavy industry. They are also uniquely placed to develop these projects and deploy investment almost immediately, increasing employment opportunities in traditional and future-facing jobs, if the right investment frameworks are in place.

"Speed is of the essence in our fights against Coronavirus and climate change, and it’s a speed which the energy networks stand poised with, ready for action on net zero whilst ensuring energy customers enjoy a fairer, greener future.”

About Energy Networks Association

We’re the industry body for the energy networks. Our members own and operate the wires and pipes which carry electricity and gas into your community, supporting our economy. The wires and pipes are the arteries of our economy, delivering energy to over 30 million homes and businesses across the UK and Ireland. To do this safely and reliably, the businesses which run the networks employ 45,000 people and have spent and invested over £60 billion in the last eight years.

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Press contacts

Joshua Atkins

Head of Public Affairs

Energy Networks Association

+44 (0)7436 142086

[email protected]

ENA press office

+44 (0)7792 220 974
[email protected]