Prime Minister Theresa May’s new Conservative minority government has used the Queen’s Speech to reiterate its commitment to the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change.

The speech also pledged “measures to help tackle unfair practices in the energy market to help reduce energy bills”, but stopped short of mentioning the price cap promised in the Tory manifesto.

James Court, Head of Policy and External Affairs at the Renewable Energy Association, said: “We welcome the Government’s continued ambition to be global leaders in the electric vehicle industry.

“The proposed Automated and Electric Vehicle Bill will support the development of a more universal strategic charging infrastructure across the country which will help to accelerate the adoption of these new vehicles.

“Our priority now is for Government clarity around the future of the Industrial Strategy and the Clean Growth Plan.”

Industrial Strategy praised

Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director at trade body RenewableUK, added: “We welcome the UK Government’s commitment to a new modern Industrial Strategy.

“Wind, wave and tidal energy are new industries that are already creating highly-skilled, high-paid jobs, exporting around the world.

“Renewables can and should be the engine room of the UK Government’s flagship Industrial Strategy, driving our low-carbon economy.”

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