15 Jul 2009 05:07:03
How the UK government plans to meet its ultra-ambitious carbon targets
Today the UK Government has published its comprehensive plan for decarbonising the UK and maximising the economic benefits presented by the transition to a low carbon economy.
In order to achieve the extremely ambitious and challenging targets set out in the Climate Change Act 2008, the Government has today released four documents which explain how these targets can be reached. Please find a brief description of the documents below, together links so you can download them directly:The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan:
(a White Paper) which outlines how the UK will meet legally-binding 'carbon budgets', in particular a reduction in overall carbon emissions of 34% by 2020 and at least 80% by 2050. Making the transition to a low carbon economy will take strategic action by government and a comprehensive plan. This is that plan. It shows sector-by-sector what savings can be achieved and how every department across government will take responsibility. a particular figure of significance is that by 2020 40% of our electricity must come from low carbon sources. See:www.decc.gov.uk
Papers being published alongside the Low Carbon Transition Plan include:The Low Carbon Industrial Strategy:
This document produced by BIS (The Department for Business Innovation & Skills - previously called BERR, and prior to that the DTI) and DECC (The Department of Energy and Climate Change) sets out steps being taken to harness the jobs and growth opportunities across the UK economy in the shift to low carbon. http://www.LowCarbonEconomy.com are specifically referenced in the document as a online resource that showcases new environmental technologies. See:http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file52002.pdf The Renewable Energy Strategy:
DECC detail how the UK will hit its target of getting 15% of energy (electricity, heat and transport) from renewable sources by 2020. In order to achieve this, 30% of electricity must come from renewable energy sources (a five-fold increase from todays rate of ~5%), 12% of heat must be generated by renewables, and 10% of transport energy must be from renewables. See:www.decc.gov.uk Low Carbon Transport: A Greener Future
With greenhouse gas emissions from transport representing 21 per cent of total UK domestic emissions, this report sets out the contribution that transport must make to the UK's efforts in reducing emissions. It sets out the actions that need to be taken to deliver the necessary cuts in emissions and outlines how the Government is putting the building blocks in place for longer-term change for the period to 2050. See:http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/sustainable/carbonreduction/low-carbon.pdf
The Low Carbon Economy Ltd are impressed at the scale of the proposals in these papers. Without question this represents a paradigm shift in business as usual, and offers the first evidence we have seen in a very long time that the UK is serious about actually addressing the challenges we face in preventing runaway climate change - by putting in-place the necessary measures to create a sustainable low carbon economy in the timeframes required.