techUK submits views on the future of energy and climate change policy

Protection of single market product rules, retention of the UK’s influence on European product standards and the confidence to improve the effectiveness of some relatively ineffective EU energy efficiency measures are among the key asks in two recent submissions by techUK to inquiries being run by the Energy and Climate Change Committee exploring the implications of leaving the EU on energy and climate change policy.

In the submissions, techUK stresses its support for ambitious action on climate change. Climate change policy must retain the same level of ambition but leaving the EU could provide an opportunity to focus and develop a more UK-centric strategy for decarbonising our energy system and how we encourage companies to deliver improvements in operational energy efficiency. techUK also sets out support for linking with the European Emissions Trading System – but with some modifications to exclude low emitters.

The submission also outlines what needs to remain in step with Europe. The eco-design Directive has played in cutting energy consumption and delivering cutting the cost of energy for consumers by eliminating the most inefficient products from the market and setting energy consumption standards for remaining products. We warn that if the UK fails to be aligned with regulatory developments in Europe, the UK could become a dumping ground for inferior products.

We also warn of the impact of losing influence in the development of product standards, using the example of the UK’s leadership in smart grid development. If European standards are inconsistent to those adopted in the UK we risk reducing the associated economic benefits: an estimated potential £13bn of Gross Value Added, £5bn of potential exports to 2050; and 9,000 jobs to 2030.

To read more, please download the reports below.

The views outlined in the submissions reflect current thinking within techUK, however, we will be further refining and developing our arguments as the UK’s negotiating strategy becomes clearer and as more of our members develop their own thinking on the implications of the referendum on their business. If you would like to be involved in future discussions on these issues, please do get in touch.

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