Choose the UK for a Sustainable Future

The greatest transition facing us this century is the transition to a zero-carbon economy by 2050. 

The UK Government in Europe’s Clean Growth Campaign is an ambitious new programme of activity across Europe designed to maximise trade, collaboration and knowledge-sharing between the UK and European countries.  

In November 2021 the UK will host COP26 to drive global ambition on climate change to deliver on the Paris Agreement.

The UK was the first industrialised economy to make a legally-binding net zero commitment

The UK’s Climate Act, CfD policy and NetZero legislation lend the UK global credibility and our achievements in offshore wind, green finance, electricity networks and low carbon innovation provide significant opportunities for collaboration across the region. 

Clean growth presents the most significant economic growth of the 21st century. The cost of renewables and other low carbon technology has fallen far more than anticipated. It is already cheaper to build new renewable energy capacity (including four-hour battery storage) than to continue operating 39% of the world’s coal capacity. 

Solar and wind are already cheaper than coal power in two thirds of the world.  

Renewable technology is also scalable and therefore affordable and other renewables offer the chance to ‘leapfrog’ grid technology in the same way as mobile phone networks have leapfrogged landline technology. Clean growth presents a similar, perhaps greater opportunity. 

Working together, countries can develop zero emission solutions faster, increase economies of scale, and bring down costs more quickly. The UK is committed to working with all governments, civil society and businesses to accelerate climate ambition in the road to COP26.

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What does this mean for you?

The UK government supports businesses in delivering Net Zero 2050 across the UK and Europe. We are connecting European businesses with the UK’s world-leading expertise and to showcase exciting investment opportunities in the low carbon economy

  • If you are a European business, we can support your investments in the UK, and help you find the best clean growth solutions from the UK. Our events and roundtables will connect UK and European businesses and policy-makers to collaborate for a clean economic recovery, share commercial opportunities, and promote UK-Europe strengths on clean growth to help deliver the green industrial revolution.
  • If you are a business that cares for future generations and the concerns of your customers, we help you on your Net Zero journey. In the run up to COP26 and beyond, and through the UK’s Presidency of the G7 in 2021 we will work with you to make credible pledges to deliver a Net Zero future. For example, by signing up to the UN Race to Zero campaign, or other priority campaigns of COP26.
  • If you are a UK business, we support you on your export growth plans. Your drive, passion and innovative spirit is the driving force behind the UK’s position as a global leader in clean growth. We are creating the platform to connect you with European business, policy makers and governments to expand your network, meet buyers, increase your overseas market knowledge.

Get your copy of Build Back Better: Our plan for growth

Following the UK Government’s Ten Point Plan and the National Infrastructure Strategy, the policy paper "Build Back Better: Our plan for growth" sets out the government’s plans to support growth through significant investment in infrastructure, skills and innovation, and to pursue growth that levels up every part of the UK, enables the transition to net zero, and supports our vision for Global Britain.

Why UK?


in Europe and 3rd globally for growing and scaling-up business


in G7 for research, impact and reach


in G20 as a globally connected economy


in G20 for ease of doing business for growing and scaling-up business


in the global innovation index


largest economy with a market of 66.8 million potential customers

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