How can the new government help decarbonise heavy industry?

Prime minister Boris Johnson promised to make the UK the ‘greenest country on Earth’ following his party’s general election victory. But when it comes to cleaning up heavy industry, the new government has a lot of work to do.

While EU capitals may have welcomed the Conservative Party’s resounding victory in last week’s general election for the certainty it brings to the next phase of the Brexit saga, what it means for heavy industry is altogether less clear.

Prime minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly highlighted his commitment to the UK’s goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But he was elected on the back of a manifesto that is light on detail when it comes to ramping up emissions cuts - and that pales in comparison to the climate policies put forward by Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens. 

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