Following Rishi Sunak's announcement that some of the Government's key net zero policies were to be pushed back, many in the industry reacted in disbelief.
The UK has long led the decarbonisation charge globally, with the country seen as a beacon of what can be done with the right policy in place. It came out of hosting COP26 optimistic that it would spur a global push for net zero.
However, despite its reputation as being bullish on net zero, that was all on the line following Sunak's announcement. He announced delays to the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles, while no longer forcing landlords to make necessary energy efficiency improvements in their rented properties.
At the time of the announcement, Ford UK's Managing Director, noted that all they asked for from the Government was "ambition, commitment and consistency," arguing that "a relaxation of the 2030 date could undermine all three."
Now that the dust has settled since the announcement, we're joined by Tom Callow, Head of Corporate Communications at myenergi, to explore what impact Sunak's changes will actually have on the industry. Will this delay the UK's transition to electric vehicles, or has reaction to the changes been blown out of proportion given the decision to maintain the ZEV Mandate.
You'll find out in this episode of Powered On, as well as a general overview of the UK's direction of travel when it comes to net zero.