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Energy is essential for the UK's economy to function and grow. Ensuring that we maintain a secure, affordable and low-carbon supply is vital to British business. Additionally, we must continue to use energy more efficiently across our homes and industry. The CBI is lobbying for government to provide a long-term, stable policy framework to enable continued business innovation and investment in the UK's low-carbon transition.

Top priorities

  • Securing investment – A secure, sustainable and affordable energy supply is essential to any advanced economy. To achieve this in the UK, we must attract £100 billion of private sector capital across a range of fuels and technologies, and we are pressing for a long-term policy framework to secure this investment.
  • Managing costs – Many firms and households face increasing energy costs. For energy-intensive industries that compete internationally, these costs may make them less competitive. It is essential for the CBI that policy supports these businesses in the low-carbon transition. In particular, energy efficiency must be a key part of the solution.
  • A vision for the future – If we are to have a low-carbon world, we need a clear plan for how we are going to get there. In Stepping up to the challenge, the CBI looks at how technology will change the way we work, how businesses operate, and how we can build this into decisions and investments being made now.

Policy issues affecting the industry

  • Decarbonisation – Moving to a low-carbon energy system, while ensuring continued investment in a secure and affordable supply.
  • Infrastructure – The CBI has set the agenda of the National Infrastructure Commission. We outlined 8 business priorities for the Commission and are actively lobbying to ensure that the Commission has the powers to hold government to account.
  • Industrial strategy – Government and industry must work together with a shared- vision of long-term growth, driven by greater global competitiveness and export success.
  • Digital – Maintaining the UK’s position at the forefront of the digital revolution to make networks, businesses and homes more responsive to energy supply.
  • Devolution and regional growth – Ensuring that the national, regional and local infrastructure agendas all reflect the needs of businesses.
  • Transport – With revolutions taking place in how we power and use vehicles, our energy networks need to be up to the task of managing this transition while cutting emissions.

How to get involved

  • Come to our events – As a member you’ll receive invites to exclusive events throughout the year with high profile speakers from business and politics.
  • Influence our policy – We have a number of forums for members to input into our policy-making process.
  • Join our network – Receive a regular newsletter on key issues that we are working on and receive exclusive invitations to Energy and Climate Change Network events.

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What our members are telling us:

Carl Ennis
Managing Director, Energy Management, Siemens PLC

"Our energy system is going through profound change at the moment. Industry needs to work with government so we can continue to invest with confidence as we move to a low-carbon economy, where our energy comes from a wide range of sources and businesses and households are in more control of the energy they use."

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