IMechE: ‘The challenge now is to bring this all together into a practical and deliverable plan’

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Engineering Policy Advisor Matt Rooney said: ‘The challenge now is to bring this all together into a practical and deliverable plan with joined-up thinking across the whole energy system’

The Prime Minister has set out the UK’s ten point plan to tackle climate change, deliver net zero and launch a “green industrial revolution“.

Boris Johnson says the new plans will create and support up to 250,000 British jobs while allowing the UK to “forge ahead with eradicating its contribution to climate change by 2050” in the lead-up to the COP26 climate summit being hosted in Glasgow next year.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Engineering Policy Advisor Matt Rooney said: “The Prime Minister’s 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution is a collection of the various policies on decarbonisation that the Government has been working on for some time. The challenge now is to bring this all together into a practical and deliverable plan with joined-up thinking across the whole energy system.

The proposed “task force net zero” is potentially an effective way to oversee this unprecedented energy transition, but in order to be effective it must be well-resourced, include professional engineering expertise, and meet with the Prime Minister and relevant Secretaries of State on a regular basis.”

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