top of page

In Conversation with Jennifer Young, UK Consul-General and Deputy Trade Commissioner North America

Updated: Aug 5, 2022

UK Consul-General and Deputy Trade Commissioner North America and Consul-General Toronto Jennifer Young, joined us for a lively conversation on Wednesday December 16, 2020, below a summary of her conversation with Martin Buckle, BCCTC Vice President.

Ten point plan for Green Industrial Revolution

  • Offshore wind: Producing enough offshore wind to power every home, quadrupling how much the UK produces to 40GW by 2030 (including 1GW of floating offshore wind).

  • Hydrogen: Aiming to generate 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for industry, transport, power and homes, developing the first town powered entirely by hydrogen by the end of the decade.

  • Carbon capture: £1bn to become a world-leader in technology to capture and store harmful emissions away from the atmosphere, with a target to remove 10MT of carbon dioxide by 2030. Two carbon capture clusters by the mid-2020s, with another two to be created by 2030.

  • Nuclear: Advancing nuclear as a clean energy source, across large scale nuclear and developing the next generation of small and advanced reactors.

  • Electric vehicles: Ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 - ten years earlier than planned - with hybrid cars to follow in 2035, and £1bn to transform the UK’s national infrastructure to better support electric vehicles. This will put the UK on course to be the first G7 country to decarbonise road transport.

  • Public transport, cycling and walking: £2bn to add cycling and walking infrastructure and investing in zero-emission public transport of the future.

  • Jet Zero and greener maritime: Supporting difficult-to-decarbonise industries to become greener through research projects for zero-emission planes and ships.

  • Homes and public buildings: £3bn to make homes, schools and hospitals greener, warmer and more energy efficient, with an ambition to install 600,000 heat pumps by 2028.

  • Nature: Protecting and restoring the natural environment, including planting 30,000 hectares of trees every year.

  • Innovation and finance: Developing the cutting-edge technologies needed to reach these new energy ambitions. Sovereign Green Bond. Mandatory disclosure of climate risk by 2025. Green finance standard.

Upcoming British Consulate Toronto activity:

UK-Canada Summit on Solid State Batteries (Feb 22-24, 2021)

  • On February 22-24, together with the National Research Council of Canada and UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Faraday institution, and the British High Commission will be hosting the first ever UK-Canada Summit on Solid-State batteries.

  • The virtual Summit will bring together leading researchers, industry stakeholders, policy makers, and funders to discuss and develop a concrete plan for collaboration on the development, commercialization, and deployment of solid-state battery technology. Leading researchers and companies from Ontario will also be represented

UK-Canada ZEV Conference (first week of June, 2021)

  • Given the importance and significance of the automotive manufacturing and innovation ecosystem in Ontario, one of the priority campaigns that we’re focused on here at the British Consulate General Toronto is zero-emission vehicles (ZEV).

  • Ontario and the UK both have world-class automotive manufacturing and innovation ecosystems. There is a significant opportunity to work closer together to accelerate automotive innovation as well as working together to achieve our collective climate goals.

DIT Canada – Trade and Investment overview

  • Teams based in offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, and partial resource in Montreal

  • In partnership with OCO Global we support UK companies to export to or set up in Canada.

  • Within priority sectors, focus on business development and account management activities, contributing to trade policy and identifying and resolving market access barriers, market education, industry/policy dialogue and visibility through G2G and B2G engagement, promoting UK thought leadership

Campaign sectors:

  • Defence & Security Exports - DSE (including Cyber Security)

  • Food & Drink

  • Infrastructure/Rail (includes related tech solutions)

  • Creative Industries (limited)

  • Financial Services, including Fintech

Secondary sector:

  • Nuclear

Investment Services

•Free, confidential and bespoke

•Assistance for companies looking to establish a UK presence for the first time (organic expansion or acquisition)

•Support existing investors with their expansions in the UK

•Assist with expansions from the UK into Europe, ME, Africa and Asia


bottom of page