The energy sector has been responding to the government’s Clean Growth Strategy.
Energy Institute chief executive Louise Kingham said: “Putting CCS back at the table and action to tackle emissions from heat, alongside renewables, nuclear and electric vehicles make this a credible plan… Hitting 57% emission reduction by 2030 in a cost-effective way, and realising the big industrial wins that come with that, calls for a no-surprises investment climate. This includes policies aimed at getting the best deal for billpayers, which must take a balanced, long-term view of consumer interest.”
John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK, said: “The strategy is on the right track but we need a more ambitious destination. Our small country could be a big power on low carbon solutions if we keep up the momentum, especially on energy efficiency and electric vehicles. The government’s punt on offshore wind has already paid off in spectacular style, and proves that clean technology, ambitious developers and government support are a winning combination.”
Louis Shaffer, distributed energy segment leader at power management firm Eaton, said: “The UK has dramatically reduced greenhouse gas emissions over the past two decades, in large part due to smart investment in renewable energy for electricity supply. However, a significant amount of the nation’s overall energy consumption still goes to generating heat, which in turn leads to significant carbon emissions… The Clean Growth Strategy’s focus on tackling the decarbonisation of heat will streamline the UK’s transition towards a clean and green environment. Its success will depend in no small part on the nation’s ability to embrace new technologies like energy storage which enable clean heat production.”
Lawrence Slade, chief executive of Energy UK said: “It is positive to see the ambitious targets to improve the energy efficiency in our homes and businesses. How this will be funded is critical and we will work with Government to shape a national energy efficiency programme that will help reduce energy bills and ensure we meet the targets set out today.”
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