FirstFT: CBI chief urges strategy to counter green ‘arms race’

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Britain must launch a new green strategy to prevent business investment from bleeding into the US as a result of President Joe Biden’s massive green stimulus package, the head of the UK’s largest employers’ group has urged.

Tony Danker, director general of the CBI, has warned that the world has entered an arms race of subsidies that could hurt UK investment in green technologies if the government does not step in.

“I am really concerned that the current government is losing the race for green growth,” he told the Financial Times in an interview. It has become an aid arms race. We need to devise our own strategy.”

Brussels last week pledged “unprecedented” investments in clean technologies in a bid to counter the $369 billion US inflation bill. The groundbreaking legislation threatens to lure companies across the Atlantic by making what business leaders recently called “massive” spending commitments.

Dunker called for a package that would involve both deregulation and state funding to allow the UK to “outpace” rather than “spend” on other countries. Without it, he said, the UK was already lagging behind competing leading countries in investing in green technology that will be crucial for the future.

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AI may be able to flag and stop live broadcasts that violate the guidelines © FT montage

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