Labour’s policy for the future direction of our energy system can be summed up by the three Ds – decarbonisation, decentralisation and democratisation. Not exactly the snappiest of slogans, I know, but what do I mean by each of them? Well firstly, we clearly need to maintain a steady route of our energy systems towards a process of decarbonisation. We are committed to making sure that the UK meets its climate change targets set both by the recent Paris accords, and by our own Climate Change Act. And we know that energy use – by which we mean of course all energy: heat, electricity and transport – accounts for something like 70% of our greenhouse gas emissions. We are in the process now of contemplating our energy obligations under the Fourth and Fifth Carbon Budgets – Parliament has adopted the Fifth Carbon Budget running up to and beyond 2030 without, on present policies, having the ability to meet the energy goal of achieving an overall carbon output of below 100gms/kWh.
Alan Whitehead’s Blog 3rd March 2017 read more »
The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has expressed its concern over the gaps between the UK’s decarbonisation ambition and current policymaking, on the same day that the Treasury faced criticism from MPs for failing to improve its approach to environmental sustainability. In a review of the Government’s forthcoming Industrial Strategy, the BEIS Committee warns that progress against the Fifth Carbon Budget, which requires UK emissions to be 57% lower between the period of 2028 and 2032, compared with 1990 levels, should not become secondary to affordability. The Committee welcomes the “explicit commitment” to meet future carbon budgets set out in the Industrial Strategy green paper, but notes that “we are deeply worried that the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has identified significant gaps between our ambition and our current policy delivery”.
Edie 3rd March 2017 read more »