The UK government must commit to “critical” EU 2020 targets on reducing emissions and transforming energy infrastructure regardless of Brexit, a group of 30 businesses, environmental and energy related organisations have said.

In a letter to the new secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, Greg Clark, the group argued that EU laws and regulations on energy and buildings have played a vital role in enabling the UK to reduce its emissions. The group added that the combination of EU and UK laws have also served to give businesses, investors and consumers “the confidence to begin putting the UK on the path towards a low carbon future.”

Commenting on the letter on 15 July Dr Joanne Wade, CEO of the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE), said: “Following the referendum, it is now critical that government restores this already-eroded confidence by giving an assurance that, until the terms of leaving the EU are in place, all relevant EU directives and targets are still in place and the UK government is legally obliged to continue them.”

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