Bad policy is to blame for heavy industry’s woes


Energy and Environment

Andy Mayer writes for CapX

In the Media

Julian Jessop quoted by

Commenting on calls to bail out energy-intensive industries, Andy Mayer, Chief Operating Officer at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:

“One consequence of the government’s commitment to Net Zero has been to make British energy much more expensive. Now, the very same industries based in communities at the heart of the ‘levelling up’ agenda are being rendered uncompetitive.

“The government has attempted to solve this problem with various tax exemption schemes. But these have acted as little more than a sticking plaster.

The steel, base chemicals, glass and paper sectors had previously been viewed as a serious long-term investment. Now they resemble twitching corpses, destined for one of two fates: another bailout, or nationalisation.

“Instead, the government could implement a single low price of carbon across the economy that only rises when other countries agree to match it. This would avoid damaging competitiveness.”