63% of energy companies moving abroad

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26th Feb 2024

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Mollie Pinnington

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The UK energy sector is facing a potential crisis, with a recent report by the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) revealing that a significant portion of companies are considering or have already moved their investments overseas. The report, released on February 26, 2024, highlights the concerns of energy firms regarding a lack of supportive policy frameworks in the UK, hindering their sustainability goals.

According to the UKSIF survey, 63% of respondents, which represents a substantial portion of the industry, are either actively pursuing investment opportunities abroad or have already done so.

The report cites the absence of favourable policies as the primary driver for this outward movement. Companies are seeking more supportive environments that encourage and facilitate their sustainability objectives. This could include factors like:


  • Clear and consistent regulations that promote renewable energy development and investment.
  • Financial incentives such as tax breaks or subsidies to make sustainable technologies more affordable.
  • Streamlined permitting processes to expedite the development and deployment of renewable energy projects.

The potential consequences of this trend are far-reaching. The loss of investment could hinder the UK's progress towards its net-zero targets and hamper the development of a sustainable energy infrastructure.

Additionally, this could lead to a job market decline within the UK's energy sector, impacting local economies.

The UKSIF report serves as a wake-up call for policymakers. It underscores the need for a reassessment of current energy policies to create a more supportive and attractive environment for domestic companies investing in sustainable energy solutions. Addressing the concerns raised by the industry is crucial for ensuring the UK remains competitive in the global energy transition and achieves its long-term sustainability goals.

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