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Member Values Charter commits to job creation and achieving net zero

RenewableUK has published a Member Values Charter, developed by our Shadow Board, setting out our joint vision and the principles which underpin our member companies’ activities and shared ambitions for the future, including the creation of thousands of new jobs across the UK. Offshore wind alone is expected to employ 27,000 people in the UK by 2030.

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The Charter, which was drawn up after a consultation open to all of our members across the renewable energy sector, states: “We know that this decade will be the most important in the fight against climate change. We are optimistic, but we need to go further, faster”. It focuses on three key themes of our shared vision, our people and our ways of working.

The document highlights the fact that RenewableUK’s four-hundred member companies are leading the transition to a future energy system powered by renewable electricity, and that we are strongly committed to bringing benefits to local communities, the economy and the environment. The Charter highlights our support for the Government’s target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050 and expresses our belief that we can meet this sooner.

The Charter reaffirms our member companies’ commitment to creating job opportunities and developing new and emerging talent which will shape the next generation of our workforce. The document contains a pledge to treat everyone working in the renewable energy sector openly, fairly and with respect, promoting increased diversity, inclusion and equality within our workforce and across the wider supply chain.

This work presents a united industry vision that stresses the need for a collaborative approach and developing best practice to tackle the global challenge of climate change. Our members will approach this challenge with agility and creativity, finding innovative solutions to deliver our vision. The Charter also contains a commitment that the industry will work sustainably and develop strategies to reduce emissions from our activities in line with the net zero target.

The Shadow Board was formed in December to provide a greater range of views on key issues to RenewableUK’s main Board. 

RenewableUK Shadow Board member, Gail Clark, Managing Director at OceanIQ, said: “We need to step up the pace of action on climate change. That’s one of the main reasons why thousands of us are working in renewables – we’re taking practical action against the biggest long-term threat to our way of life. To go faster, we’ll need thousands more workers in highly skilled jobs to build the clean energy system of the future and support a green economic recovery. This charter makes clear RenewableUK’s commitment to making this industry the best career option for future generations who are looking to make a real difference, by both tackling climate change and supporting local economies and communities”.

RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Melanie Onn said: “In his landmark speech this month, the Prime Minister made it clear that renewables are at the heart of this country’s energy strategy and that wind power will become the backbone of our energy system by the end of this decade. The renewable energy industry already has a strong record of delivery and we will play a central role in helping the Government to achieve its legally-binding net zero emissions target by 2050.

The pace of change in this sector is extraordinary and this Charter clearly sets out how the industry is going to approach the next stage of transforming our energy system. We’re setting out our commitment to ensuring that everyone who works in this sector is treated fairly and supported to fulfil their potential, and that the industry is collaborating to accelerate the transition to net zero.” 

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