Andrew Griffith MP has been appointed as the UK’s Net Zero Business Champion to support businesses’ make credible plans to reach the 2050 net zero goal.
The MP for Arundel and South Downs will work with COP26 President and Business Secretary Alok Sharma to support “as many businesses as possible” to commit to net zero targets by 2050 or earlier.
He will play a vital role over the next year in harnessing the potential of British companies as they launch new products, attract new investment and create new jobs.
The announcement comes as the UK is committed to build back greener from the coronavirus pandemic and a year ahead of the UN COP26 climate conference that will be held in Glasgow.
It follows last week’s appointment of Anne-Marie Trevelyan as the UK’s International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency.
Mr Sharma said: “I am very pleased to welcome Andrew Griffith today as our UK Net Zero Business Champion. His wealth of experience in business will be invaluable in supporting companies to embrace the opportunities of the green industrial revolution.
“I look forward to working with Andrew in our efforts to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and build back greener from the coronavirus pandemic.”
Mr Griffith, who served as the Prime Minister’s Chief Business Adviser between July and December 2019, is also a member of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee.
He added: “Business has a central role to play in making a successful transition to a low carbon economy.
“Our global leadership on climate change can open up new large and attractive sectors in the world economy in which British businesses will be well placed to succeed.”