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Government is now lagging behind energy companies in the green transition

Public policy must catch up with private sector initiatives if the UK is to meet its targets

By Nick Butler  

Extinction Rebellion protestors march through Whitehall. Photo: Om1/Zuma Press/PA Images

Against expectations, the corporate sector has overtaken government in the seriousness of its commitment to the energy transition. In the UK the government’s grand commitments to deliver zero net emissions by 2050 still have no grounding in detailed policy. Perhaps Dominic Cummings, in his battle against the old culture of Whitehall, will spare a moment to shake up the structures which are failing to produce a viable energy policy.

Across Europe, the major energy companies by contrast are embracing…

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