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Climate change and the UK General Election: E3G available for comment

View of the Downing Street sign from the street, with a black lamppost and iron fence.
Downing Street seen from street-level. Despite a divisive political landscape, polling shows the British public support action on climate no matter their political allegiance.
  • Despite the divisive political landscape, public opinion remains firmly in favour of strong climate action in the election run-up.
  • Households are feeling the impact of the UK’s poorly insulated housing stock and over-reliance on fossil fuels, which has driven the cost-of-living crisis and undermined our energy security.
  • The public and industry will be looking for bold policies from the incoming government to maximise the economic opportunity of net zero and build a strong and resilient UK economy. 
  • E3G, the UK’s independent climate change think tank, is available to comment on how climate change has played into the UK election. 


Ed Matthew, Campaigns Director at E3G said: 

“By watering down UK climate policies and focusing on the costs of net zero rather than the benefits, Rishi Sunak has taken a massive gamble. UK households have just been through the biggest cost of living crisis in a generation, driven by the high cost of fossil fuels. The UK public overwhelmingly backs more ambitious action to build a clean energy system and failure by the Conservatives to respond risks the wrath of centrist voters. Rishi Sunak may have made one of the biggest strategic blunders of the election campaign.” 


Ed Matthew explains the importance of climate action and net zero for this election:

Available for comment 

E3G is following the election closely and will be available to comment in the following areas: 

Ed Matthew – E3G Campaigns Director 
Energy and climate across UK politics and policy   
+44 7827 157 906,     

Heather McKay – Senior Policy Advisor, Finance and Resilience  
UK sustainable finance, UK Net Zero Investment Plan   
+44 7955 597676,     

Juliet Phillips – Programme Lead, Energy Transition   
UK energy, housing, clean heat, power, industry and oil and gas   
+44 7548 097 061,    

Susanna Elks – Senior Policy Advisor, Power Sector Transition
UK power decarbonisation, electricity, market design, consumer impact, energy system governance  
+447577 110 942,   

Beth Walker – Senior Policy Advisor, Oil and Gas
UK fossil fuel phase-out (oil and gas) and international energy diplomacy  
+44 7827 968038,   

Laith Whitwham – Senior Policy Advisor, Industry and Carbon Capture
UK industrial transition and CCS, decarbonising steel, cement and carbon-intensive manufacturing generally  
+44 7808 045786,    

For enquiries email or phone +44 (0)7783 787 863 or contact one of our experts directly.     

Notes to Editors 

  1. E3G is an independent climate change think tank with a global outlook. We work on the frontier of the climate landscape, tackling the barriers and advancing the solutions to a safe climate. Our goal is to translate climate politics, economics and policies into action. About – E3G
  2. For further enquiries email or phone +44 (0)7783 787 863 
  3. Read E3G’s reactions to the party manifestos for the UK General Election. 
  4. Read more on how climate change is shaping the UK election landscape. 


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