09 May 2023
by Craig Melson

Government and industry launch Net Zero Council

techUK is excited that a new 'Net Zero Council' has been launched to accelerate collaboration between government, industries and financial institutions on the net zero transition. techUK is involved as one of many sectoral trade associations in the Broadway Initiative with secretariat services for the new group provided by the Broadway Initiative, Alderstage Group and the Green Finance Institute.

The new council is co-chaired by Minister Graham Stuart and Co-op CEO Shirine Khoury-Haq, and we're very keen to engage with the council to promote and highlight the role of digital tech in delivering huge decarbonisation benefits across the economy. The government pledged to introduce sectoral net zero roadmaps for the heaviest emitting industries, and these can be major catalysts for accelerating adoption of the digital solutions needed meet the net zero challenge.

Broadway Initiative Convenor Edward Lockhart said: “The formation of the new Net Zero Council is a giant step on the journey to net zero. For the first time it brings together leadership from across business sectors, finance and the relevant government departments. In doing so, it creates the mechanism capable of giving businesses vital clarity and consistency to design a low carbon future that works for us all. To be successful the Net Zero Council must be inclusive and open in the way it works. Thanks to all the business groups who have worked alongside the Broadway Initiative to bring this collaboration together. Let’s make the most of it.”

Full information about the Net Zero Council:

  • The full membership of the Net Zero Council is: Siemens, the Federation of Small Businesses, the National Grid, Rolls Royce, HSBC, Octopus, Impax Asset Management, Cemex, Atkins, Severn Trent Water, Electron, SSE, NatWest, Barratt Developments and Lloyds of London.
  • Business association members of the Broadway Initiative include: Federation of Small Businesses, British Chambers of Commerce/East Lancashire Chamber, CBI, IoD, Make UK, British Retail Consortium, Carbon Capture and Storage Association, Cold Chain Federation, Country Land and Business Association, Environmental Services Association, Food and Drink Federation, Home Builders Federation, Mineral Products Association, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Tech UK, UKHospitality, Water UK. 

techUK – Committed to Climate Action

By 2030, digital technology can cut global emissions by 15%. Cloud computing, 5G, AI and IoT have the potential to support dramatic reductions in carbon emissions in sectors such as transport, agriculture, and manufacturing. techUK is working to foster the right policy framework and leadership so we can all play our part. For more information on how techUK can support you, please visit our Climate Action Hub and click ‘contact us’.

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Craig Melson

Associate Director for Climate, Environment and Sustainability