Guest blog by Stuart Elmes, STA board member and Viridian founder and CEO. In October 2017 the UK Government published its Clean Growth Strategy, setting out the actions that it will take to reduce emissions, increase efficiency and help to lower the amount that consumers and businesses spend on energy, and putting clean growth at the centre of a modern Industrial Strategy. Leastways, that’s what the foreword written by Theresa May said it would do. A couple of months later, the Climate Change Committee (CCC), an independent body established by the Climate Change Act 2008 to advise government and report to Parliament on progress being made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, published its analysis of the measures proposed in the strategy. While welcoming the strategy and its ambition, the CCC identified significant gaps therein and predicted that – even if delivered in full – the policies in the strategy would still result in the UK missing fourth and fifth carbon budgets by a significant margin. The solar industry must hope that the government heeds its own adviser, because some of the gaps identified would provide a real boost for solar energy if properly addressed. But what should the solar industry make of the Clean Growth Strategy? Let’s take a look at the sections that are most relevant.
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