General Election 2024

ClimateTech Coalition Releases Analysis of Key Party Climate Pledges

The ClimateTech Policy Coalition, which consists of Startup Coalition, Tech Nation, techUK, Undaunted, Tech Zero and Cleantech for UK, represents hundreds of climate startups and investors. Today, the Coalition publishes an analysis of the key party climate pledges ahead of next week’s general election. The analysis covers the commitments made by the Labour Party, the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Green Party, SNP, Plaid Cymru and Reform UK.

You can find the full analysis here

Labour’s plan to put climate action at the heart of their industrial strategy is welcome, but the role of climate innovation within this is yet to be defined, particularly within their flagship GB Energy initiative.

The Conservative Party places significant emphasis on technology and innovation throughout their manifesto, and commits to delivering investment in Climate Tech despite the doubling down on a scaled-back “pragmatic” approach to net zero.

The Liberal Democrats are the only party to explicitly focus on governance and delivery through the machinery of government.

The Green Party and Plaid Cymru have the most ambitious net zero targets, but both lack detail in their manifestos as to how they would deliver on their goals, and do not discuss the underlying conditions to support ClimateTech innovation.

Sarah Mackintosh – Director, Cleantech for UK:

“This General Election is crucial for the UK’s clean industrial competitiveness. The global cleantech race is in full swing, and regardless of the political colour of the incoming government, it’s absolutely vital that we double down on unleashing the full potential of our homegrown innovative champions.”

Whoever wins the General Election next week, the ClimateTech Policy Coalition believes support for Climate innovators must be a priority.

Charlie Mercer – Deputy Policy Director, Startup Coalition:

“This analysis demonstrates that despite the noise, climate policy is front and centre of all the major political parties. The role of innovation and technology in these agendas, however, is less certain. After 4th July we will be ensuring that policies to unlock and accelerate the adoption of ClimateTech are prioritised, whoever wins.”

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