Jean has responded to the UK Government’s Building Our Industrial Strategy green paper.
You can read her submission to the consultation here. It focuses on the following key issues, which the current proposals do not sufficiently address:
- A 21st century industrial strategy must put climate change and resource limits at its heart.
- The strategy’s overarching objective should be the transition towards a sustainable zero-carbon economy that affords genuine and more equitably distributed prosperity to the country.
- There needs to be greater recognition of the potential of the green economy – for jobs and economic renewal.
- In accelerating the transition towards a zero-carbon future, innovations and transformation in three sectors will have the greatest impact. These are: energy, transport and buildings.
- A regional focus is needed.
- We need to create secure jobs, not just any jobs – and especially in those regions with high levels of insecure employment.
- A broader range of indicators of success is needed than GDP growth.
- Concerns about productivity need to be broadened to focus on improving resource productivity/resource efficiency and strengthening the ‘circular economy’.
- We need a central, strategic role for public funding.
- Brexit and our regulatory environment. The EU27 is the second largest economy in the world (after the US) and it is inevitable that UK-based industry will seek to trade with the EU27 on favourable terms. This will only be possible if our economy and regulatory environment is kept in step with the EU27. We need to keep pace with EU standards in a broad range of areas, such as environmental and emissions standards, product safety, energy efficiency, labelling and animal welfare. We need to maintain a clear commitment to the precautionary principle.
- We need a flexible migration policy.
- There is need to foster social partnerships, work with trade unions and include workforce participation in industry.