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JLL’s Head of Sustainability comments on UK government proposals to deliver affordable energy and clean growth

Part of the Modern Industrial Strategy launched today

​LONDON, 23rd January, 2017 – Today, UK Prime Minister Theresa May launched proposals for a Modern Industrial Strategy aimed atimproving living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity. The plan will be underpinned by 10 strategic pillars.

Addressing the Government’s proposals to deliver affordable energy and clean growth, Sophie Walker, Head of Sustainability, JLL, said: “The need for long-term plan for the UK’s rapidly moving energy sector is paramount. I’m therefore pleased to see such an emphasis on business opportunities from battery technology, energy storage, grid technology and low emission vehicles throughout the Industrial Strategy. The UK Government certainly appears to have recognised that elements of the low carbon economy are already a huge engine for UK economic growth, business innovation and job creation. However, to make this affordable energy and clean growth ‘pillar’ work, not least in the real estate and construction sectors, it will require ongoing investment in renewable energy generation. It will also require businesses and the public to raise their voices as the next wave of all our infrastructure investments are set in motion - whether it be in housing, transport or energy. Only then will we see further green-collar jobs, lower emissions, and a generation reskilled. In the meantime, I eagerly await the publication of the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, which I hope will provide much needed long-term certainty for the investment community, and ensure we maintain our climate leadership role on the international stage.”