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By Marie Greaves, Communications Assistant

More than 200 leading UK businesses, investors and business networks, including Lloyds Bank, Asda, Siemens, Aviva, Sky, Mitsubishi and Signify are calling on the Government to deliver a Covid-19 recovery plan that builds back a more inclusive, stronger and more resilient UK economy.

Ambitious low carbon growth

The letter, published in the Financial Times on 1st June and signed by 213 businesses, investors and business networks, states: ‘With the UK facing major economic and social concerns including the risk of high unemployment and rising regional inequality, we believe that an ambitious low carbon growth and environmental improvement agenda can do a lot to address these concerns, as well as make the UK economy better prepared to deal with future shocks such as those related to climate change.

‘[…] The current crisis, in moving us all away from business-as-usual, has already created shifts in how we operate, and we believe we must use the recovery to accelerate the transition to net zero. Efforts to rescue and repair the economy in response to the current crisis can and should be aligned with the UK’s legislated target of net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.’

Ron Cowley, CEO, Active Building Centre said: “We applaud the tremendous amount of effort going into the post-COVID construction sector recovery: and at the Active Building Centre we’re focused on ensuring that as we build back better, we do so with equal imperatives around low carbon and low impact.

Much of the world has shifted on its axis recently, but a constant has been climate change: Active Buildings combine the twin benefits of low carbon buildings and smart, local energy systems, and deployed as a bridgehead, they’ll help foster this green recovery.”

Read the full article and letter on the Corporate Leaders Groups’ Website