‘COVID-19 has not knocked the UK off its net zero progress – it has focused efforts on going green’

The pandemic has meant that the entire UK has been able to focus on the issue of net zero and work together on ensuring a green economic recovery, says Mike Hughes, Zone President, Schneider Electric UK & Ireland

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COVID-19 has meant that the entire UK has been able to focus on the issue of net zero and work together on ensuring a green economic recovery, says Mike Hughes, Zone President, Schneider Electric UK & Ireland.

Speaking to future Net Zero founder Sumit Bose about the role the platform has played in its inaugural year, he noted that despite his initial concerns that the shift towards increased corporate and political sustainability would be knocked off course as a result of the pandemic, he was pleased to see that the issue of decarbonisation was rising back to the top of many business agendas.

He added that the government has done a “great job” of using the issue of net zero to stimulate the economy and drive green infrastructure projects, accelerate renewable energy adoption and encourage the construction of new smart building – he said these developments meant it “is a very positive time for our industry” and noted that he still strongly believes the future of the world is “electric, digital and sustainable”.

Discussing the launch of future Net Zero and its role in the sector, he said: “I think the platform is positioning itself very well on a topic that is going to be a key topic for the next ten to 15 years – the topic of net zero has I think been the winner of COVID, if I’d like to put it that way, because I think it’s a topic that the entire country has been able to focus on, it’s an ambitious journey, it’s a technological journey.

“A lot of the characteristics that the government is talking about, the reinvention of the country, I think that net zero is really the place where you see that coming together so I think the platform has been great to keep that at the front of everybody’s minds and start to make people more aware of the opportunities and the challenges that are coming from that transition.”

 

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