Creation of UK Energy Supply Chain Taskforce

Creation of UK Energy Supply Chain Taskforce

27 May 2021

The Energy Industries Council (EIC) is today delighted to announce the creation of a new UK Energy Supply Chain (UKESC) taskforce, to be co-chaired by DIT Minister for Exports Graham Stuart, BEIS Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan and EIC CEO Stuart Broadley.

In a move which underpins the crucial role that the UK’s energy supply chain will play in helping the UK government to achieve their 2050 net zero ambitions, UKESC has been developed to help ensure that UK companies can more readily transition to the green economy.

Key to this will be to nurture the key technologies, skills and capacity that we already have across thousands of businesses, and to identify and support the rapid growth of competitive new capabilities to meet future energy needs.

This will allow expertise across the broad spectrum of energy technologies to be developed in the UK and then be exported widely to global markets, to help deliver the global drive to decarbonisation.

The taskforce will be technology-agnostic and will cover all energy sectors and all areas of the UK, recognising the work that is already moving at pace across the country, and will work in support of levelling up, building back better and existing sector deals.

The taskforce will provide a more amplified voice for the entirety of the UK energy supply chain, to help ensure their challenges, needs and opportunities are more directly incorporated into policy thinking.

Commenting on UKESC, and his role as co-chair, Graham Stuart, Minister for Exports, Department for International Trade said:

“The UK is leading the world in reducing emissions and charting a route to net zero. As well as being the right thing to do, being a world leader gives us the chance to develop the technologies and industrial capability in the UK which can then be exported elsewhere.

“The taskforce will be a joint enterprise between industry and government which will guide policy making so that as many jobs and businesses as possible are created in the UK. Domestic delivery and international sales are intertwined - and we will do everything we can to deliver both.”

Energy Minister and co-chair of the UK Energy Supply Chain Taskforce, Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:

“It is vital that we work hand in hand with industry as we build back greener to ensure UK companies can play their part in meeting our ambitious climate commitments. I am looking forward to engaging with our energy supply chain through this Taskforce.

“Working with industry will also guarantee we have a skills base fit for the future with jobs on the ground right across the country for generations to come. The government’s commitment to levelling up every corner of the UK and supporting key government policies like the North Sea Transition Deal will be central to the work of the UK Energy Supply Chain Taskforce.”

Stuart Broadley, CEO of the EIC, said:

“I look forward to working with Ministers from both Departments, and with stakeholders, innovators and business leaders from across the UK energy sector, to raise awareness of the world-leading capabilities of the UK supply chain and to further develop these in the future, not only to help the government deliver their net zero policies, but also to grow our export success.”

The secretariat will be provided by the EIC.

For further comment on this please contact Rebecca Groundwater on 07768332450.

Image caption: EIC’s EICSupplyMap database tracks thousands of world-class UK energy supply chain businesses and their detailed capabilities, across renewable, nuclear, oil & gas and energy transition sectors.

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