UK government and industry form energy supply chain task force


UK government and industry leaders have come together to form a task force aimed at alleviating the challenges facing the country’s energy supply chain. The UK Energy Supply Chain Working Group, with the Energy Industries Council (EIC) as its secretariat, will provide an amplified voice to the entire UK energy supply chain and a means for the government to work directly with industry in a coordinated manner that will help keep the pace and scale of change going, developing a coherent plan for clean growth in the UK on short, medium and long term timescales, responding to UK decarbonisation commitments and ambitions.

“There are now permanent and real threats to the UK’s energy supply chain, unless long-term capacity and competitiveness strategies are implemented to protect them,” a statement from the EIC. “The UK energy supply chain needs a clear ‘seed and root’ plan to develop and implement, in order to ensure a healthy and sustainable capacity to meet the demands of the UK and the UK. export in all technologies, and this plan must involve all key stakeholders across the increasingly integrated energy supply chain.

The past year has seen an unprecedented period for the UK energy industry. The impact of COVID-19, the resulting collapse in oil prices, increased government and societal policies and pressures for decarbonization, and a supply chain that is still recovering from the devastating oil crash of 2014, have all highlighted the fragility of the UK’s energy security, capacity and competitiveness. .

The working group will establish links with each energy sub-sector, including oil and gas, civil nuclear, renewable, conventional, energy transition and circular economy, and each strategic energy initiative of the UK, such as the Hydrogen Advisory Group, the North Sea Transition Deal and industry clusters.


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