Families in Britain would be sent annual payments to offset the cost of higher gas bills and encourage a switch to green energy as part of plans under consideration in Whitehall. Proposals being discussed by senior government advisers would compensate households for increases in gas bills that will result from the drive to cut carbon emissions. The scheme would mean low and middle-income families being paid a set amount each year. It would be determined by how much the government raised from new carbon taxes. The money would be paid regardless of an individual’s emissions. This means those who continued to use gas would have any increase to their bill covered by the payment. However, those who switched to cheaper green energy would still get the full payment, meaning they could pocket the difference. The scheme is designed to fulfil Boris Johnson’s pledge to reach net-zero emissions without disproportionately imposing higher costs on consumers.
Times 9th July 2021 read more »
Prime Minister promises Heat and Buildings Strategy before COP26 as he concedes heat pump prices are ‘too high’ at present. Boris Johnson has conceded that providing the UK’s 25 million homes with low carbon heating while keeping costs down for homeowners will be “very difficult to pull off”, as he promised the government would publish its long awaited Heat and Buildings Strategy before COP26 in November. The Prime Minister yesterday faced a grilling from MPs on the Liaison Committee over the yawning gap between the government’s net zero ambitions and the detailed policies required to deliver on its goals, with the chairs of Parliament’s select committees highlighting the repeated delays to the government’s decarbonisation strategies for hydrogen and shifting away from fossil fuel gas heating.
Business Green 8th July 2021 read more »
The Government’s plans for engaging the general public with the net-zero transition and ensuring that impacts are socially fair have been “insufficient to date”, MPs are warning. The warning has been issued today (8 July) by MPs on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, in a new report following up on the Government’s response to the recommendations of the UK Climate Assembly. First formed in early 2020, Climate Assembly UK comprised 108 UK citizens, with the cohort designed to mirror the national population in terms of demographics such as sex, race, class, location and opinions on environmental issues. Members convened, virtually, for three weekends, to outline their priorities in the low-carbon transition and to develop policy recommendations that would have broad support among the general public and across Government.
Edie 8th July 2021 read more »