Friday, 17 July 2009

UK Low Carbon Transition Plan

The UK government has published a White Paper setting out its plans to reach the UK's target reduction in emissions by 2020 (compared with 1990, but the figures used mostly relate to a 21% reduction on 2008 emissions, which is effectively the same thing)

I've shown the expected emissions in 2020 in the chart and the reduction this represents over 2008.

The headlines from the White Paper (which, together with the Annex is here) are:

• All major UK Government departments now have their own carbon budget and must produce their own plan. The budget has two parts, one representing a departments influence on reducing emissions from the economy and one reflecting the emissions from its own operations.

• 40% of our electricity is to come from low carbon sources by 2020 through:

- Producing 30% of electricity from renewables

- Funding up to four demonstrations of capturing and storing emissions from coal power stations.

- Building new nuclear power stations.

Also, Ofgem (the energy regulator) has the additional responsibility of security of supply.

• Making homes greener through:

- £3.2bn to help households become more energy efficient.

- Rolling out smart meters in every home by the end of 2020.

- Piloting “pay as you save” ways to help people make their homes greener

- Introducing clean energy cash-back schemes

- Opening a competition for the greenest town.

• Helping the most vulnerable by:

- Creating mandated social price support

- Piloting a community-based approach to delivering green homes

- Increasing the level of energy saving grants

• Supporting the development and use of clean technologies, including up to £120m investment in offshore wind.

• Cutting average CO2 emissions from new cars by 40% on 2007 levels, supporting the largest demonstration project in the world for new electric cars, and sourcing 10% of UK transport energy from renewable sources by 2020.

• A formal framework for tackling emissions from farming.

It's a comprehensive paper, with lots of details on emissions and expected reductions, so worth a look. But the only direct reference to something that will impact the ICT sector is around smart grids. The report says that the Government will later this year publish a high level vision for a future smart grid in the UK - the Grid National Policy Statement - for consultation

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