On Tuesday 21st of February 2023, Alison Rose (Group Chief Executive Officer at NatWest) became the new Co-Chair of the UK’s Energy Efficiency Taskforce. This new role awards her the responsibility of leading the way to lower energy bills, reduce inflation and, most of all, cut national energy consumption by 15%.
Who is Alison Rose?
Alison Rose has been working with NatWest for 30 years, and over these three decades, she has fulfilled a variety of job roles. Throughout her career, she has gained experience in financing energy reform; in fact, NatWest has pledged to provide £100 billion of Climate and Sustainable Funding and Financing between 1 July 2021 and the end of 2025. This money will be used to assist families to invest in energy-efficient homes and to create skilled, green jobs. You can find out more about NatWest’s energy pledge on their website.
” I’m delighted to be co-chairing the new Energy Efficiency Taskforce, alongside Lord Callanan. Addressing the climate crisis is a team sport, and building vital partnerships between the public and private sector is the key to tackling this challenge at pace.
Improving energy efficiency will not only drive a lower carbon environment, but also deliver greater economic security through lower bills for people, families, and businesses right across the UK.”
– Alison Rose, Chief Executive Officer of NatWest Group
What will the Energy Efficiency Taskforce achieve?
The main goal of the Energy Efficient Taskforce is to help significantly cut national energy consumption over the next 7 years. Specifically, they aim to reduce total UK energy demand by 15% from 2021 levels by 2030 across domestic and commercial buildings and industrial processes. Some of the primary ways they will do this is by accelerating household insulation, as this will really soften the energy demand of domestic housing. Also, the Taskforce will focus on supporting the installation of boiler upgrades and improving the energy efficiency of businesses. All of these will play key parts in reducing the UK’s energy demand.
Should you get involved in the Energy Industry?
The UK’s green economy flourished in 2021, with employment and turnover levels at their highest since records began. Current ONS data reveals that 247,000 people now work in green industries. Also, the electric vehicle, energy efficiency and clean energy markets are growing rapidly, leaving the wider UK economy in its wake.
Due to this increase in work and demand, more and more people are deciding to get involved in the energy industry. If you would like to train in an energy-efficient role, please consider one of Energy Trust’s professional training courses. You can book your space online, or call on 0333 012 0002.