Press release

20 Apr 2021 London, GB

Hywel Ball, EY UK Chair, comments on the UK government’s new climate change commitments

Hywel Ball, EY UK Chair, comments on the UK government’s new climate change commitments

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Senior Manager, Media Relations, Ernst & Young LLP

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“News today revealing the UK government’s intentions to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035, bringing the forward the current target by 15 years, is an extremely positive step in the fight against climate change. It supports the UK’s ambition to be a global leader in the Green Industrial Revolution and builds on the Ten Point Plan to achieve decarbonisation and accelerate growth across clean energy, transport, jobs and innovative technologies.

“While targets for 2035 are welcome, businesses need clarity on the actions and targets for 2021 and beyond. We need to understand how to start changing our businesses today so that we begin the process of decarbonisation while maintaining competitiveness.

“To help address this gap, ahead of COP 26, EY is launching the Climate Business Forum, which aims to unlock the full potential of the private sector to drive change and support the transition to a net zero economy. Creating a commitment from business and an ask to Government, the Forum aims to set out the actions needed to progress the UK’s decarbonisation and growth ambitions, while at the same time positioning the UK and its economy as the leading light in the Green Industrial Revolution.”