An ambitious blueprint to deliver the world’s first low-carbon industrial sector and over £1 billion to cut emissions from industry, schools and hospitals has been announced by the Business and Energy Secretary today (Wednesday 17 March). Building on the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution published last year, the new Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy sets out the government’s vision for building a competitive, greener future for the manufacturing and construction sector. Part of the government’s path to net zero by 2050, today’s measures will create and support 80,000 UK jobs over the next 30 years whilst cutting emissions by two-thirds in just 15 years. The new strategy will be underpinned by supporting existing industry to decarbonise and encouraging the growth of new, low carbon industries in the UK to protect and create skilled jobs and businesses in the UK, as well as giving businesses long-term certainty to invest in home-grown decarbonisation technology, such as that which can capture and store carbon emissions from industrial plants – rather than outsourcing industrial activity to high-emission countries around the world.
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The UK Government has today (17 March) revamped the Industrial Strategy to align manufacturing and construction efforts to the national net-zero target, with more than £1bn to funnelled into industry, schools and hospitals. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has confirmed the creation of a new Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy that aims to create the world’s first low-carbon industrial sector while supporting the public sector to decarbonise in alignment with the net-zero target set for 2050. Aiming to also support the manufacturing and construction sectors, the new measures set out plans to support 80,000 UK jobs over the next 30 years whilst cutting emissions by two-thirds in just 15 years. Longer-term, the Government believes a 90% cut in emissions will be delivered by 2050 compared to 2018 levels. The new strategy is built on an expectation that 20 Terawatt hours of the UK’s industrial energy supply will switch from fossil fuel to low-carbon sources by 2030, the Government anticipates that heavy industry will source 40% of its energy needs from low-carbon technologies. Last week, Kwarteng wrote to the 16 members of the Industrial Strategy Council, claiming that it would be disbanded in the coming weeks. The decision was criticised by green groups and MPs, including Shadow Business Secretary Ed Miliband.
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The UK Government has unveiled a new Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy that will spur rapid decarbonisation across industry, the public sector, construction and manufacturing. But do green groups believe the strategy will put the nation on course for net-zero by 2050? The Strategy links to the £1bn Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund and the £171m Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge and is expected to support 80,000 UK jobs over the next 30 years whilst cutting emissions by two-thirds in just 15 years. Longer-term, the Government believes a 90% cut in emissions will be delivered by 2050 compared to 2018 levels. As with many frameworks unveiled by this Government in recent months, the strategy has been broadly welcomed by green groups. But yet again, many are calling for more detail and clarity to ensure that some of the highest-emitting sectors in the UK can join the low-carbon transition by reaching net-zero by 2050 at the latest.
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