National Grid joins call for clean and inclusive recovery plan

National Grid’s CEO, John Pettigrew, has joined with other business leaders to sign a letter to the Prime Minister calling for a clean, inclusive and resilient recovery plan for the UK.

National Grid CEO John Pettigrew has joined over 200 business leaders in a call to action, asking the Prime Minister to ensure a clean, inclusive and resilient recovery plan from the COVID-19 pandemic. Published today, the letter seeks the alignment of the Government’s economic recovery plans with the UK’s wider social, environmental and climate goals.

Net zero and economic recovery go hand-in-hand

The letter states that “with the UK facing major economic and social concerns including the risk of high unemployment and rising regional inequality, we believe that an ambitious low carbon growth and environmental improvement agenda can do a lot to address these concerns, as well as make the UK economy better prepared to deal with future shocks such as those related to climate change.”

An economic recovery with the climate at its heart will be key to unlocking these opportunities.

About National Grid’s role, John says: “We’ve been working hard to play our part in keeping the electricity and gas flowing to the UK’s homes and hospitals throughout the pandemic, while continuing to deliver critical infrastructure projects that will ensure our energy networks are fit for the future.

We’ve estimated that the energy sector alone will need hundreds of thousands of new recruits as we work towards net zero and believe that an economic recovery with the climate at its heart will be key to unlocking these opportunities.

Find out more about our Net Zero Energy Workforce report which provides more explanation about the employment impact of a UK net zero future.

Visit our Journey to net zero Stories page on the National Grid Plc website to find out more about how we’re working to tackle the climate challenge.