Commenting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speech, outlining the government’s clean wind energy plans at the Conservative Party Conference today, BCC Director General Adam Marshall said:

“The Prime Minister’s ambitious commitment to clean, renewable energy will be appreciated by our business communities.

“Chambers in our coastal regions have been clear that offshore wind farms must integrate local firms into supply chains to support investment and jobs. This will be even more critical as local business communities try to restart and rebuild following the pandemic.

“Decarbonising electricity generation is crucial to the UK’s future, but it won’t happen without a route map that gives investors confidence. The Energy White Paper needs to be published.

“At the same time, businesses continue to face challenges in the here and now, and the economy remains on a knife-edge. The Prime Minister must take similarly bold measures to support jobs and improve the Test and Trace system to shore up business confidence in the months ahead.”