Grand Challenges missions outlined for Industrial Strategy

Jeremy Lefroy MP has welcomed recent work by the Government to outline what action will be taken to successfully deliver on the Grand Challenges that are so central to the new Industrial Strategy.

This Strategy aims to build a Britain fit for the future. The Grand Challenges – in artificial intelligence and the data revolution; the global shift to clean growth; the ageing society; and the future of mobility – are central to this aim: positioning the UK to succeed in the face of world-changing economic trends, and to be at the forefront of the new industries they create.

The Industrial Strategy White Paper made clear the intention to develop ‘missions’, where appropriate, to address specific problems important for the success of the Grand Challenges. Missions set inspiring and stretching targets to focus the efforts of industry, researchers and the Government. They accelerate innovation by taking deliberate steps to create and grow markets for new technologies and business models, as well as through support to research and development.

The first missions on each of the Grand Challenges aim to:

•              Use data, artificial intelligence and innovation to transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases by 2030

•              At least halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030

•              Ensure that people can enjoy at least five extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, whilst narrowing the gap between the experience of the richest and poorest

•              Put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles and for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040

These initial missions build on our existing strengths, increase our competitiveness, and address long-term policy problems. The Government will continue to work across Whitehall, with industry, academia and the public as it delivers these missions, develop possible new missions, and continue to make the most of the Grand Challenges.

If any businesses or constituents in Stafford would like to talk about this with Jeremy, please contact his Westminster office at jeremy.lefroy.mp@parliament.uk or 0207 219 7154.