De-carbonisation of the UK transport sector

30 October 2019

UK plans to accelerate de-carbonisation of transport sector

The United Kingdom’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have failed to maintain their high levels according to Dermot Nolan the CEO of OFGEM, who sis planned to speak at the ELN at Energy UK’s annual conference on the 16th of this month.

Despite Brexit dominating our nations’ political scene for the past year (some may argue..3 years), the environment and climate change are also at the forefront of discussions globally and hence important also to the UK.

The climate action roadmap is set to be just one of many envirnomentally friendly proposals put forward the following year. The expectation is also that the 2040 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be brought forward to 2035 in an effort by the UK government to reach its net zero emissions target by 2050.

“We want to work with industry and communities around the country to develop this plan – to make our towns and cities better places to live, help to create new jobs, improve air quality and our health, and take urgent action on climate change.”

Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, said:

Dermot Nolan, CEO of OFGEM also notable added a few days later:

while the regulator needs to ensure the energy market moves towards cleaner and greener business models, it also needs to avoid becoming a policymaker because it doesn’t have the mandate to do so.

Dermmot Nolan – OFGEM

Furthermore, the UK government also hopes to reveal a large change in the battery manufacturing industry by cutting red tape in the planning system for energy storage projects larger than 50MW. This is expected to provide a platform for energy companies to build bigger batteries faster, at lower costs and whilst helping to make use of more of the UK’s renewable electricity projects which have stagnated the past few years.

In other relevant news, the government has proposed applying tougher minimum energy efficiency standards for rented workplaces which could put British businesses in line for savings of around £1bn a year on their energy bills.

The business secretary, Andrea Leadsom said

..”the government would build on Britain’s track record on climate action, and “will keep on going further and faster to ensure our action meets our ambition”.

Andrea Leadsom, Business Secretary

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