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UK needs clean energy ‘upgrade’

BEIS Secretary sets out industrial strategy at Tory conference

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The UK's energy infrastructure needs an “upgrade” to ensure resilient and clean supplies, BEIS Secretary Greg Clark said in his keynote speech at the Conservative Party conference.  

Clark said the UK has low carbon energy systems that lead the world but is suffering from a failure of successive governments to replace its aging power stations.

The BEIS Secretary said the marrying of climate change objectives and low carbon technologies would be at the forefront of the UK’s new industrial strategy.

“Our global leadership in combatting climate change, which will maintain and take forward, now presents us with a massive opportunity to enjoy industrial success,” he added.

Clark singled out Siemens UK chief executive Juergen Maier, who was sitting in the audience at the Birmingham conference, praising its “fantastic investment” in offshore wind in Hull and the Humber and “creating jobs galore”.

The Tunbridge Wells MP said the strategy would build on the UK’s strengths but would also tackle sectors where “completion is sluggish and incumbents most dominant”.

“An economy that works for everyone must ensure that those with market power don’t use it against consumers, especially those vulnerable to exploitation,” he added.

Clark also announced the former Conservative MP, Asda chief executive and ITV chairman Archie Norman has been appointed as lead non-executive director at BEIS.

Image: Greg Clark (BEIS)

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