Industry reaction: What do green groups want from Liz Truss as Prime Minister?

(, 5 Sep 2022) Liz Truss has been named as the UK’s next Prime Minister and faces a massive to-do list in order to respond to the energy crisis, but how do green groups think the incoming Conservative leader should deal with rising energy prices?

It looks set to be a frantic few weeks for Liz Truss. She is set to be formally unveiled as the next Prime Minister on Tuesday (6 September) and will then set about creating a cabinet to deliver on her visions.

Truss has pledged to “deal” with the energy crisis, with some reports stating that a plan – featuring a price freeze – could be introduced as early as this week.

How the energy crisis is dealt with though, remains to be seen. Here, edie rounds up the key messages to new Prime Minister from green groups.

The energy crisis

Unsurprisingly, many green groups are calling on Truss to outline measures to champion energy security through renewable and low-carbon solutions.

RenewableUK’s CEO Dan McGrail said:

“Firstly, it’s vital that she should re-commit to the ambitious targets set out in the Government’s Energy Security Strategy, which will move us further and faster towards energy independence. That means more than quadrupling our offshore wind capacity to 50GW by 2030 – including 5GW of innovative floating wind. We need to remove the barriers in the planning system which are unnecessarily delaying offshore wind development, and upgrade our grid so that we can connect new offshore projects more quickly.

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