Sanjeev Gupta, billionaire owner of the last remaining steel mills in Scotland, said the UK should abandon the “outdated” EU emission rules after Brexit.
The call comes as the Boris Johnson government looks set to adopt a national emissions trading system (ETS), similar to the European Union’s ETS. It also coincides with the UK-France climate summit this weekend, which will lead to UN talks in Glasgow next year.
Gupta, executive chairman of the GFG Alliance, whose Paris-based subsidiary Alvance owns the UK’s only aluminum smelter at Lochaber, also called on Johnson to “put the meat on the bone” of his recently announced green-based recovery plan.
The owner of the Dalzell plate mill in Motherwell and the Clydebridge steel mill in Cambuslang have criticized the EU emissions trading system.