October’s launch of the UK’s Clean Growth Strategy was, for green policy geeks at least, one of the most hotly anticipated events in the year’s political calendar. In some ways, it lived up to expectations, making sweeping promises across the entire UK economy that will almost get the UK back on track to meeting its legally binding emissions reduction commitments. But while the strategy scored well on plans for cross-sector co-operation and offered a strong over-arching narrative, it also contains so many reviews and consultations and promises to look again at certain issues that it amounts to an enormous body of work for the civil service. Deadlines have been set for these decisions, with many of the crucial consultations expected this year. In 2018, among other things, the government has promised first drafts of revamped building regulations, a development pathway for carbon capture, a fresh plan for the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), tighter standards for energy efficiency in the private rented sector, and a new plan for decarbonising the aviation industry.
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