London, 5th October 2021: The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) has today set-out the measures required to help ensure that the UK’s Energy Intensive Industries continueoperating this winter.
The EIUG has today called on Government and Ofgem for the immediate implementation of several emergency measures to help to ensure that the UK’s Energy Intensive Industries (UK EIIs) continue to operate this winter.
The measures are set out in a press release published today and EIUG Chair, Dr Richard Leese, commented:
‘We have already seen the impact of the truly astronomical increases in energy costs on production in the fertiliser and steel sectors. Nobody wants to see a repeat in other industries this winter given that UK EIIs produce so many essential domestic and industrial products and are intrinsically linked with many supply chains. Now is the moment for Government and Ofgem to take preventative action.’
EIUG Contact: Amrik Bal, Director Energy Intensive Users’ Group (BalA@eiug.org.uk)
Notes to editors:
The EIUG represents the UK’s Energy Intensive Industries (EIIs) including manufacturers of steel, chemicals, fertilisers, paper, glass, cement, lime, ceramics and industrial gases. EIUG members produce materials which are essential inputs to UK manufacturing supply chains, including materials that support climate solutions in the energy, transport, construction, agriculture and household sectors. They add an annual contribution of £38bn to UK GDP, supporting 200,000 jobs directly and 800,000 jobs indirectly around the country.
These foundation industries are both energy and trade intensive – remaining located & continuing to invest in the UK and competing globally requires secure, internationally competitive energy supplies and freedom to export without tariff barriers. However, inward investment, growth and competitiveness have been hampered for years by UK energy costs higher than those of international competitors. In some cases, investment, economic activity & jobs have relocated abroad, leading to a subsequent increase in imports.