An Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) workshop in Manchester city centre on 22 March will explore the sustainability implications of the government’s Industrial Strategy plans, which are currently out for consultation.
The event will look at the government’s proposals through a ‘sustainability lens’ and explore whether more needs to be done to position the UK for the transition to a more sustainable economy.
It will also be an opportunity for attendees to feed into IEMA’s response to the consultation, which will run until 17 April.
The proposed Industrial Strategy aims to address the long-term challenges to the economy by intervening across 10 key themes, one of which is “delivering affordable energy and clean growth”.
Energy costs, electric vehicles and energy storage are some of the key issues currently in the spotlight.
The proposals also suggest a move away from the widely accepted ‘trilemma’ approach to energy, which focused on the need for simultaneously tackling emissions, energy costs and energy security.
Instead, the paper says that two areas of energy policy now require a higher priority: the affordability of energy and the economic opportunities of energy innovation.
Among the issues government is looking for feedback on are the steps it should take to limit energy costs and how it might support businesses to realise cost savings through greater resource and energy efficiency.
The IEMA workshop will take place on 22 March at Friends’ Meeting House in Manchester city centre from 1 to 4pm. To register, click here.