Government unveils sweeping strategy for deep emissions cuts across United Kingdom economy

13 October, 2017, 09:20 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • The government has published its Clean Growth Strategy

The new strategy is claimed to ensure that the whole country can benefit from new technologies, jobs and businesses that are good for consumers, the environment and the economy.

From offshore wind to electric vehicles, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's (Beis) clean growth strategy details how £2.5bn worth of funding will be dolled out by 2021 to tackle carbon emissions.

The WWF also commented on the published strategy, with head of energy and climate, Gareth Redmond-King saying: "The strategy's ambition is to be welcomed, however the details fall short of what we need to lead the United Kingdom to a green and prosperous future". The government will also invest £900 million in smart systems and demand-response technology, as well as nuclear and renewables. It's as big a change as the move from the age of steam to the age of oil and Britain is showing the way.

The long-awaited plan was presented to Parliament this morning, following an earlier launch event in London's Olympic Park at which climate change minister Claire Perry declared the world is "seeing a global unstoppable shift towards clean technology solutions". "By focusing on Clean Growth, we can cut the cost of energy, drive economic prosperity, create high value jobs and improve our quality of life".

The UK Government has announced new funding worth up to £557m for the next round of renewable energy auctions, scheduled to take place in spring 2019.

The news was welcomed by industry groups, especially those representing the "less established" technologies likely to compete for the next auction.

The UK Government has set out its Clean Growth Strategy to boost national income and output whilst simultaneously cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

"This announcement secures cheap, home-grown, clean energy for the UK".

RenewableUK, which speaks for the wind and marine renewables industries, welcomed the strategy and the commitment to the development of a Sector Deal for offshore wind, but said that "what's missing is clarity on how the lowest-cost technology, onshore wind, can deliver for United Kingdom consumers".

The government in the United Kingdom has published its long-awaited and much anticipated Clean Growth Strategy, which includes a "sector deal" for offshore wind that could see more than 10 GW of new offshore wind capacity developed. This wonderful cost reduction is a reminder of what innovative industry can deliver when backed by competitive auctions. "However, what's missing is clarity on how the lowest-cost technology, onshore wind, can deliver for United Kingdom consumers".

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