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“Clean Energy Superpower” Manifesto for UK Businesses

“Clean Energy Superpower” Manifesto for UK Businesses

The political landscape in the UK has recently undergone seismic changes, with the Labour Party's landslide victory in the UK election on July 4th marking a turning point for energy policy and climate action. The newly elected government’s manifesto, with its declaration to make Britain a "Clean Energy Superpower," presents a bold vision for achieving Net Zero emissions and transforming the nation's energy infrastructure. Here we look at the potential impacts of these policies on UK businesses, focusing on energy costs, environmental regulation, and the transition to Net Zero.

Energy Independence and Cost Reduction 

One of the cornerstone promises of Labour’s manifesto is the establishment of Great British Energy, a publicly-owned company dedicated to producing clean energy and accomplishing their mission of clean power by 2030. This initiative aims to reduce reliance on external energy sources, thereby enhancing energy security and lowering costs for businesses. By increasing the availability of cheaper, home-grown renewable energy, businesses can expect a reduction in carbon emissions and energy bills, which will free up capital for other investments and accelerate their sustainability journeys. It remains to be seen but it may also have opportunities for on-site generation project funding. 

Renewable Energy Investment 

Labour’s commitment to expanding renewable energy is extensive. The manifesto outlines plans to triple solar power, double onshore wind and quadruple offshore wind capacity by 2030. This aggressive push towards renewable energy not only promises a more sustainable, stable and affordable energy supply but also creates numerous opportunities for businesses in the clean energy sector. Companies can leverage their real estate for solar projects or invest in wind energy developments, potentially generating new revenue streams and reducing operational costs. Labour intends to further invest in carbon capture and storage, hydrogen power and marine energy, establishing their energy and climate policies in a new Energy Independence Act. 

Grid and Infrastructure Upgrades 

A significant barrier to the rapid deployment of renewable energy has been the outdated national grid infrastructure. Labour plans to address this by working with industry stakeholders to upgrade the National Grid, thereby eliminating bottlenecks that delay the connection of new renewable projects. For businesses, this means a more reliable and efficient energy supply, reducing the likelihood of disruptions and further lowering energy costs. Enhanced grid infrastructure will also support the electrification of industries, facilitating a smoother transition to sustainable operations. 

Energy Efficiency Improvements 

The manifesto’s Warm Homes Plan includes grants and low-interest loans to support investments in insulation, solar panels, batteries, and low carbon heating. While this plan primarily targets residential properties, businesses should advocate for similar support mechanisms for commercial properties. Improved energy efficiency in commercial buildings can lead to substantial cost savings and reduced carbon emissions, aligning with broader corporate sustainability goals. 

Regulatory Changes 

Labour’s proposed regulatory changes are designed to create a fairer energy market. The introduction of tougher regulations aims to protect consumers and businesses from poor service and high standing charges. This increased transparency and fairness in energy pricing can help businesses manage their energy expenses more effectively, ensuring they are not overcharged and can plan their budgets with greater certainty. Labour also supports introducing a carbon border adjustment mechanism to protect British industries as the nation decarbonises. 

Job Creation and Economic Growth 

Labour’s transition to a clean energy economy is expected to create approximately 650,000 high-quality jobs, particularly in sectors related to renewable energy and energy efficiency. This surge in employment opportunities can stimulate economic growth and provide businesses with a skilled workforce to support their sustainability initiatives. Additionally, direct investments through the National Wealth Fund will support energy-intensive industries to decarbonise, fostering industrial growth and innovation. Businesses should be aware of what exemptions are currently available and what may change. 

Incentives for Clean Energy Development 

Businesses involved in clean energy stand to benefit from various incentives outlined in the manifesto. For example, the British Jobs Bonus will allocate up to £500 million annually from 2026 to reward firms that create good jobs and build local supply chains. Such incentives can significantly reduce the financial burden of transitioning to clean energy and encourage more businesses to adopt sustainable practices. True customer, Oakland International, is a leading example of the benefits of a local supply chain and taking a sustainable approach across the whole business. 

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Ensuring Long-Term Nuclear Security 

Labour’s manifesto also includes measures to ensure the long-term security of the nuclear sector, extending the lifetime of existing plants and supporting the development of new nuclear power stations like Sizewell C and Small Modular Reactors. This approach provides a balanced energy mix, ensuring that nuclear energy continues to play a vital role in the UK’s energy strategy. For businesses, this means a stable and reliable energy supply that can complement renewable sources and support the overall transition to net zero. 

Managing Fossil Fuels and Phasing Out Coal 

The manifesto proposes a phased and responsible transition in the North Sea, recognising the ongoing role of oil and gas while committing not to issue new licences for exploration. Additionally, Labour plans to ban fracking and not grant new coal licences. These measures will drive a gradual shift away from fossil fuels, encouraging businesses to invest in cleaner alternatives and innovate in areas such as carbon capture and storage. 

Empowering Communities and Local Planning 

Labour intends to invite communities to propose energy projects, working with local leaders to ensure local benefits. This community-focused approach can foster greater public support for renewable energy projects and provide businesses with opportunities to collaborate on local initiatives, enhancing their corporate social responsibility profiles and building stronger community ties. 


Labour’s Clean Energy Superpower manifesto presents a transformative vision for the UK’s energy and decarbonisation future. For businesses, this means a landscape of reduced energy costs, enhanced regulatory support, and abundant opportunities for growth in the renewable energy sector. Sustainability and energy are intrinsically linked therefore, by embracing these changes and leveraging the support mechanisms available, UK businesses can not only significantly boost their own sustainability journeys, but also play a crucial role in the nation’s transition towards Net Zero. 


True can help UK businesses incorporate Labour’s new energy legislation with sustainability strategies to create a commercially competitive path to Net Zero.