To help drive decarbonisation in the UK, the government has committed to publishing a Net Zero Strategy. In its response to the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) Progress Report from June, the government yesterday (15 October) announced its plan to publish the decarbonisation strategy ahead of next year’s COP26 event. “The strategy will set out the government’s vision for transitioning to a net zero economy, making the most of new growth and employment opportunities across the UK. These will raise ambition as we outline our path to hit our 2050 target,” wrote energy secretary Alok Sharma energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng in their foreword to the response. Beyond this, the government’s report responded to every part of the CCC’s report, celebrating progress made already and highlighting some key areas of development. This included the reintroduction of Pot One Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions, which will see solar as well as onshore wind able to compete for the subsidy for the first time since 2015.
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The government has announced plans to publish a “comprehensive” Net Zero Strategy ahead of next year’s COP26 climate summit that will outline how it intends to decarbonise the economy while harnessing “growth and employment opportunities” over the next three decades. The government confirmed the plans for the new policy document late last night, as it published its official response to the annual progress report produced over the summer by its independent climate advisors, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). The move is set to be welcomed by business and environmental groups, which have long argued that an over-arching net zero decarbonisation strategy would provide clear investment signals and help ensure all government departments prioritise climate action. The government has not formally updated its official decarbonisation strategy since 2017, which was adopted before the UK increased its long term emissions target from 80 per cent cuts by 2050 to net zero. As such, the government has faced growing criticism in recent months, with green groups warning the country is not on track to meet either its medium or long term emissions targets. Frustrations have mounted further over the government’s failure to publish a raft of climate-related policy documents that remain in the pipeline, such as the Energy White Paper, National Infrastructure Strategy, and promised 10 point ‘green recovery’ plan, ro name but a few. But in its 156-page response to the CCC’s ‘bumper’ progress report, the government yesterday confirmed a raft of new deacrbonisation strategies are on the way. Specifically, it said it would publish a Hydrogen Strategy in Spring 2021 and a Biomass Strategy in 2022 that would set out how it intends to ramp up the low carbon fuels’ respective production and use across the UK. The newly-announced strategies will join a number of other policy documents already in the pipeline that are expected to form the bedrock for how the UK can meet its legally-binding 2050 net zero ambition. In its response to its climate advisors, the government reiterated its timeline for a series of other net zero policy documents, confirming it would publish the long-awaited Energy White Paper and National Infrastructure Strategy this autumn, and the Transport Decarbonisation Plan and Heat and Buildings Strategy before the close of the year.
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The UK Government has responded to the latest Committee on Climate Change (CCC) progress report, pledging to publish a “comprehensive” strategy that will detail how all parts of the economy will decarbonise in line with the national net-zero emissions target for 2050. Responding to the report, the Government has revealed that a national net-zero strategy will be published before the COP26 climate summit in November next year. The Government is confident that this strategy will create “new business opportunities and up to two million green jobs by 2030 across all regions of the UK”. “We are pleased to announce today that, in addition to ambitious plans across key sectors of the economy, including an Energy White Paper, Transport Decarbonisation Plan and Heat and Buildings Strategy, we will publish a comprehensive Net Zero Strategy in the lead up to COP26,” Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Alok Sharma and Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth Kwasi Kwarteng noted in the report.
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The UK government is to publish a Net Zero Strategy in the lead-up to the COP26 United Nations climate talks in Glasgow, scheduled for November 2021, it said in an Oct. 15 response to the Committee on Climate Change’s 2020 progress report to parliament. Among initiatives to be detailed in the upcoming Energy White Paper, meanwhile, is a cross-government biomass strategy to look at how biomass should be sourced and used across the economy. The strategy itself would be published in 2022, the government said. The White Paper would also include initial findings of a review of policy on the future UK offshore oil and gas licensing regime, the government said. “We have committed to deliver a transformational North Sea Transition Deal within this parliament,” it said. The deal, which is at an early stage, is to focus on how the oil and gas sector can deliver low carbon energy technologies such as hydrogen and carbon capture and storage, while reducing emissions from domestic offshore oil and gas productio
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