You read it here first.

25th Jun 2018

 

Two weeks ago I recalled my visit to the GMB Annual Congress where I spoke about the future role of gas. I confessed to you all that I used an old trick, learned from Mr S of Worcester, who always asked the audience what they used to heat their homes whenever the green fundamentalists were in full flow.

Well you never guess what, but it’s catching.

Last week EUA sponsored an event by our good friends at Policy Exchange to mark the 10th anniversary of the UK’s world-leading Climate Change Act. The speakers crossed the political divide and then some – Energy Minister Claire Perry, former Secretary of State Ed Miliband, former Minister Lynn Featherstone and Chris Stark the new CEO of the Climate Change Committee. It was an “A-List” panel.

There was a broad consensus about the progress to date and the need to go further and faster. It was almost a love-in amongst politicians from across the floor, which was good to hear. The Minister told us how she judged policy initiatives on the basis of carbon reduction; costs to consumer and UK industry competitive advantage. We’re very happy with that.

But she went further.

That’s right, in challenging the old-fashioned all-electric scenario for homes, she asked the audience (and it was packed) who cooks on gas? Who uses gas to heat their homes and provide hot water? Classic lines, that I’m going to say, you read here first.

She spoke warmly of hydrogen for both heating and transport (especially trains and ships) and the UK being again a world leader in the thinking around it. Indulge me now for a moment. When an erstwhile all-electric lobby group declared themselves to now be “technology neutral” you know the rules have changed. You read that here first too.