Guest Blog by Woon Tan
Sir Gregory Winter, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge and serial entrepreneur believes that for cleantech to become mainstream, the sector needs game-changing innovation. Sharing his decades of entrepreneurial experience, Greg was speaking at 'Futures 2018: Cambridge Cleantech Annual Conference', hosted by Cambridge Cleantech, which brought together thought leaders, senior businesses and leading academics in the sector.
In Britain and beyond, businesses large and small are getting on with a rapid transition to renewables, despite mixed messages coming from the UK government.
Some examples of positive messages from the UK Government are: approving the Fifth Carbon Budget in June; Nick Hurd, the Minister for Industry and Climate Change, stating in September that “I am very keen to work with business to ensure that the Emissions Reduction Plan is credible and sufficiently substantial”; and then in October, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, promising to “upgrade” the UK's clean energy system. There was, however, a lack of specific policy pledges from Clark, and the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant has been approved and even more surprisingly, in February 2017 the government suggested that it will either take away subsidies or increase taxes on renewables.
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