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BEIS asks for smart transport industry views on post-Covid-19 green recovery

Business Secretary Alok Sharma has asked the wider smart transport industry to submit its views on what the UK’s green recovery post-Covid-19 should look like.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) wants to form a closer level of engagement between the UK’s business community, academia and regulators in response to the pandemic.

The call for views follows a round table discussion that covered the topic of the green recovery on June 10.

This session was attended by over 20 organisations including the National Grid, the Committee on Climate Change, Octopus Energy and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

BEIS is now accepting written submissions to the questions set out below from other parties and individuals interested in the initiative to [email protected]. It said the responses would be used to help form future legislation.

Green recovery round table

How to capture economic growth opportunities from the shift to net zero carbon emissions over the next 18 months. This roundtable was held on June 10.

The questions participants were asked to address included:

  • Which areas of infrastructure investment should we prioritise for early action to drive economic recovery and support delivery of net zero and our broader environmental objectives?
  • What action should we take to align investment in the UK and globally with net zero and to protect natural capital?
  • What are the key regulatory barriers weakening incentives to invest in net zero, and how do we address them?
  • How can we more effectively support businesses across the economy in acting to access growing low carbon markets and support delivery of net zero? (e.g. innovation support, advice, regulatory barriers)
  • How can we help the UK’s carbon intensive sectors to transition to low/zero emissions while maintaining competitiveness?
  • What actions should we take to ensure local and regional economies can effectively contribute to the net zero target?

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