Labour will unveil plans to create a carbon-neutral energy system by the 2030s including insulation upgrades for every home in the UK and enough new solar panels to cover 22,000 football pitches. The party will set out its fast-track climate strategy on Thursday after adopting plans to work towards a net-zero carbon economy two decades ahead of the government’s legally binding 2050 target. The plan includes 30 recommendations to tackle emissions from the energy system, including home energy efficiency upgrades such as insulation and double glazing that will focus first on damp homes and areas suffering fuel poverty. The party also plans to install 8m electric heat pumps to help wean Britain off its use of gas heating, and build another 7,000 offshore and 2,000 onshore wind turbines to help clean up the UK’s electricity supply. Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow business secretary, said the report would kickstart Labour’s Green Industrial Revolution – but the next five years will be crucial. “The Labour party has among the most ambitious climate targets in the world and is the only party turning their targets into detailed, credible plans to tackle the climate and environmental crisis,” she said. “The recommendations in this report could put the UK on track for a zero-carbon energy system during the 2030s, but only if rapid progress is made early on. The next five years are therefore crucial.” Rebecca Newsom, head of politics at Greenpeace UK, said “the bold report” showed the scale of investment that will be required to deal with the climate emergency. “The report is right to say that we can’t hit net zero if we don’t immediately get on with delivering lots more renewable power, insulating homes and buildings and trialling at scale the potential solutions to heat decarbonisation. This all costs money, but investing more now will bring enormous benefits,” she said.
Guardian 23rd Oct 2019 read more »
Britain needs to install 2,300 electric vehicle chargers every day until 2050 in order to hit its climate targets, an analysis has suggested. About 1,700 heat pumps also must be installed every day and electricity networks need to be upgraded to cope with the extra power demand at a total cost of £286 billion, according to a report by Capital Economics, a consultancy, for Scottish Power. Scottish Power is one of Britain’s biggest energy groups, operating regulated power networks, wind farms and supplying gas and electricity to about three million households. It is lobbying to be allowed more regulated investment sooner to upgrade its electricity networks ready for the transition to a low-carbon economy. Only about 180,000 electric vehicles are on the road at present, but the report says that this will need to rise to 35 million by 2050 to hit the targets. Every household with a driveway or somewhere to park a car – estimated to be 22.7 million by 2050 – will need their own car charger at a total cost of about £19 billion, the report says. Only about 230,000 households have chargers today. In addition, the report estimates that 2.6 million public and business charging points will be needed at a cost of £27 billion. Heat pumps, which are powered by electricity to draw warmth from the environment, are seen as likely replacements for gas boilers, which heat about 80 per cent of UK homes. The report estimates that installing these would cost £192 billion.
Times 24th Oct 2019 read more »
Scotland will need to install around 400 electric vehicle charging points and domestic heat pumps every day for the next 25 years to reach its 2045 net zero climate target, according to a new report from electricity providers. This is part of 4,000 that will need to be fitted per day across the whole of the UK. The Zero Carbon Communities report, commissioned by ScottishPower, details the changes Scotland and the UK will need to make in order to cancel out greenhouse gas emissions and sets out what this will mean for society. It warns plans and investments must be put in place now for decarbonisation goals to be met and calls for more power to be devolved to local communities so they can make decisions tailored to their specific needs. It also advises that all future regulation should have climate targets at its core. Demand for electricity is forecast to double as the nation switches to greener transport and heating. Keith Anderson, chief executive of ScottishPower, added: “We know electricity demand will more than double as we move away from the fossil fuels that power our cars and heat our homes today. We all need to do more to address climate change, and this campaign sets out how we think government and the regulator can help communities drive their own transition to zero carbon. More power needs to be devolved locally so that communities have a stronger voice in plans to decarbonise their neighbourhoods.”
Scotsman 24th Oct 2019 read more »
Scots face a bill of £16 billion to switch our nearly two million obsolete gas heating boilers to environmentally friendly heat pumps. according to a major new report. The cost is just one of several consumers, businesses and the government will face as the country aims to reach zero-net carbon by 2045. Work carried out for ScottishPower also suggests another £3.6 billion will have to be spent on installing two million electric car charges, nearly 200,000 of them in public places, and another £5.2 billion bolstering the electricity network to meet new demands. However, it also believes that 10,000 jobs could be supported by a giant decarbonisation drive as Scotland does its bit to tackle the climate emergency. Engineers will be needed to instal 150 electric vehicle charging points and 150 heat pumps every day for the next 25 years. ScottishPower has launched a campaign called Zero Carbon Communities to spell out some of the realities on a local level, from city to city and town to town.
Herald 24th Oct 2019 read more »