Net zero plans at risk from energy crisis as firms slam brakes on investments, CBI warns

Soaring costs put switches to lower-energy machinery, electric vehicles and green power in jeopardy – because ‘something has to give’

Rob Merrick
Deputy Political Editor
Wednesday 24 August 2022 00:23 BST
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The energy crisis is undermining the UK’s net zero climate plans as firms slam the brakes on vital CO2-cutting investments to pay soaring bills, business leaders are warning.

Bosses are preparing to halt switching to lower-energy plants and machinery, buying electric vehicles and installing wind turbines or solar panels, the Confederation of British Industry says.

No fewer than three in 10 firms told a new CBI survey that such spending will be “paused or halted entirely” unless the new government acts to cut industry costs dramatically.

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