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Government urged to support companies developing low-carbon products

The Government need to do more to support UK businesses developing low carbon technologies according to the cross-party Energy and Climate Change Committee.

Energy & Climate Change Select Committee chair Tim Yeo said: “Entrepreneurs developing exciting new sustainable technologies sometimes need help to bridge the ‘valley of death’ and bring products to market.

“We were surprised and disappointed to hear businesses and academic partners, among others, express continual frustration at the lack of consultation surrounding the Government’s new low carbon strategy.

“These innovators could hold the key to getting the UK over the line on our carbon emissions targets, but it’s going to be much harder for them to do that without better co-ordination to get us all pulling in the same direction and making better use of limited public funds.

“It is unsatisfactory that four years after the NAO criticised DECC’s support for businesses developing innovative sustainable technologies, the Government still hasn’t tackled the poor communication and coordination between its low carbon innovation group and businesses and broader innovation partners.”

The Energy and Climate Change Select Committee scrutinised the Government’s performance in supporting firms developing new products for the £3.4 trillion international low carbon good and environmental services sector - following up on a National Audit Office report that had been critical of the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) record in 2010.

The Committee found that there has not been enough progress since then and the resources allocated by the Government to support companies do not match its level of policy ambition in this area.

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