Autumn Statement 22: Green economy reacts to Hunt's plans

"Failure on energy"

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Business groups and green campaigners are left underwhelmed by an Autumn Statement that promised action on nuclear and energy efficiency, but little else.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt today (17 November) promised to place clean technologies and energy efficiency at the heart of the government's attempts to ensure the looming economic recession facing the UK is as short and shallow as possible. Announcing plans to approve the new Sizewell C nuclear power plant, increase energy efficiency funding from 2025, and retain clean tech R&D budgets, Hunt said the UK would continue to pursue energy independence as it strives to deliver on its climate goals. "We remain fully committed to the historic Glasgow Climate Pact agreed at COP26 including a 68% r...

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