The shackles are off! UK can lead world with green revolution as Brexit ends EU rules

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The UK officially left the European Union in January this year and Brexiteers have celebrated being free of rules imposed on by the bloc. Referenced in the Brexit deal was extensive references to the importance of tackling the “existential threat to humanity” posed by climate change.

The Government pledged to be carbon-free by 2050 as the threat of climate change continues to grow around the world.

Now, a green entrepreneur has said post-Brexit Britain needs to “play to our strengths” in the fight against climate change.

Jo Bamford, the Executive Chairman of Ryse Hydrogen and Wrightbus, told Express.co.uk: “What I do think Brexit does is give us an opportunity to be free of some of the rules of Europe and allows us to push parts of our economy that we couldn’t do when we were part of the European Union.

“We have done a brilliant job of vaccine and vaccine rollout. Britain does well as med tech. Maybe we should focus on med tech.

“But we also need to have our foot in green energy.

“We’ve got lots of wind and lots of water, those are the things that make hydrogen.

“We need to have a foot in the green energy revolution.

“And we can now do that in a post-Brexit world.”

Mr Bamford went on to say the UK can look at countries such as Germany, Japan and South Korea to “model” themselves and “play on our strengths”.

He continued: “If you look at countries to model yourself on, Germany has very strong manufacturing proposals, South Korea does the same, Japan does the same.

“And I think we should do more of that.

“Play to our strengths a lot more.”

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In December, Mr Johnson announced a new ambitious target to reduce the UK’s emissions by at least 68 percent by 2030.

He said at the time: “We have proven we can reduce our emissions and create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process – uniting businesses, academics, NGOs and local communities in a common goal to go further and faster to tackle climate change.

“Today, we are taking the lead with an ambitious new target to reduce our emissions by 2030, faster than any major economy, with our Ten Point Plan helping us on our path to reach it.

“But this is a global effort, which is why the UK is urging world leaders as part of next week’s Climate Ambition Summit to bring forward their own ambitious plans to cut emissions and set net zero targets.”

Business and Energy Secretary and COP26 President Alok Sharma added: “Tackling climate change is the one of the most urgent shared endeavours of our lifetimes, demanding bold action from every nation to prevent catastrophic global warming.

“As a country, we have demonstrated we can both rapidly cut carbon emissions, while creating new jobs, new technologies and future-proof industries that will generate economic growth for decades to come.

“The UK’s new emissions target is among the highest in the world and reflects the urgency and scale of the challenge our planet faces.

“I hope other countries join us and raise the bar at next week’s UN Climate Ambition Summit, and ahead of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow next year.”

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