The Government has launched a Clean Growth Strategy in a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The strategy has been outlined to help build a lower-carbon future for the UK.
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), compiled the document which you can download and read the full piece here. To save you time of reading all 165 pages then this article which has been put together by business gas specialist, Flogas Britain will summarise the strategy's key points and what they mean for UK homes and businesses.
United Kingdom's climate change commitment
To start with, it's important to understand the background legislation because it's the reason why the strategy was created
The UK had introduced the Climate Change act in 2008 and became the first nation in the world to produce a legally binding carbon reduction target. The purpose of the target, was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050 comparing levels in 1990.
BEIS figures were published in March 2017, which revealed that UK is progressing heavily towards the target with a 42% drop of overall carbon emissions since 1990. The government acknowledges that there's still plenty of more work to be done regards of the satisfying results.
How will the strategy help?
The Clean Growth Strategy in a nutshell, aims to accelerate the pace of ‘clean growth' in two ways: By decreasing emissions and by increasing economic growth and with that in mind, the two guiding objectives that are outlined by the strategy are:
1. Meeting domestic commitments at the lowest cost possible to the UK taxpayers, consumers and businesses.
2. Enhancing social and economic benefits for the UK from this transition
To be able to make this vision a reality, the government has promised to introduce lower-carbon processes, systems and technologies across the nation, and do so in the most cost-efficient way possible for businesses and homes alike.
Six key areas will be focused on by the strategy's proposal which make up 100% of the UK carbon emissions:
· Improving business and industry efficiency (25 per cent of UK emissions)
· Improving Homes (13 per cent of UK emissions)
· Speed up the shift of low-carbon transport (24% of UK emissions)
· Providing clean, smart and flexible power (21% of UK emissions)
· Leading the public (2%)
The executive summary with a list of 50 pledges can be found here.
Home and business actions
The government will be encouraging and supporting homes, businesses and industrial operations to by minimise their carbon footprint in a variety of ways. The main focus will be to reassess the fuels that are used for jobs like heating, cooking and powering industrial and manufacturing processes and instead consider using cleaner, greener alternatives.
Not only does this mean increasing the uptake of renewable technologies such as heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar panels. Cleaner conventional fuels will be recommended to use instead of more polluting fuels. For off-grid homes and businesses the Clean Growth Strategy sets out specific plans to phase out high-carbon forms of fossil fuels like oil. Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), is the lowest-carbon conventional off-grid fuel, so conversions to this will play a key part of replacing oils in rural areas of the country.
The most popular choice of fuel will be natural gas buildings connected to the mains network. This is not only because it's affordable and accessible but it's also because it's the lowest-carbon fossil fuel available. Flogas, which specialises in highly competitive mains gas is predicting this part of their business to grow from strength to strength.
The strategy supporters
The strategy is receiving plenty of support from key industry figures since it's been unveiled.
Lee Gannon who is Flogas Managing Director said: “Through the publication of its Clean Growth Strategy, the government has made clear its intention to reduce carbon emissions from off-grid UK homes and businesses. Natural gas is affordable, versatile, widely available and – most importantly – emits significantly less carbon than the likes of coal and oil. As such, it will continue to play a central role as the UK works towards cleaning up its energy landscape. We look forward to working alongside policymakers and wider industry stakeholders to make the Clean Growth Strategy the success that it deserves to be.”
Trade body Oil & Gas UK are also giving support and the Upstream Policy Director, Mike Tholen said “Oil & Gas UK welcomes the government's commitment to technology in the strategy, especially with regards to carbon abatement measures such as carbon capture, usage and storage. Oil & Gas UK looks forward to working with the government to see how these technologies can further reduce emissions across the economy.”
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