Government’s long awaited proposals welcomed but still need more clarity

12th Oct 2017


Today marks the launch of the highly anticipated, long awaited, Clean Growth Strategy. Delayed as a result of June’s snap election, the strategy seeks to outline the ways in which we are to meet our 2032 decarbonisation targets. Whilst investing in reviews and proposing consultations, some will fear it ignores the urgency of decarbonisation, particularly the decarbonisation of heat. The fact that the strategy comprises fifty proposals and plans, means that there is enough in there for everyone in the industry to claim a win, but more is needed on how these wide range of intentions will be achieved.

There is an awareness that domestic heating requires decarbonisation but a welcome recognition too that industrial and commercial energy efficiency also needs to be addressed.

Amongst the 50 policies and plans outlined in the Clean Growth Strategy are proposals including a £557m boost for new renewable energy, a plan for carbon caption storage (CCS), and the introduction of green mortgages, in conjunction with mortgage lenders, to encourage improvements to the energy efficiency of housing.

Further, promising proposals include a £25 million project into the use of hydrogen as an alternative to gas, weighing up the regulatory standards that would be required.

Mike Foster, CEO of the Energy and Utilities Alliance, said:

‘There is a need to decarbonise at the least cost to the consumer and minimal disruption to households which we believe means utilising the existing gas network – negating the need to build new infrastructure. It is promising to see that the future role of gas has been included in the strategy.’

‘Heating and transport both lag behind power generation in meeting carbon reduction targets, and the Government can help by signalling the direction they expect to see – including decarbonised gas for heat and CNG for HGVs. We retain a quiet optimism that with the right mix of policies and the political drive to see them enacted effectively, emission reduction targets can be realised and this governmental strategy is a good step towards this.”