Building a low carbon country

Ed Miliband MP

Ed Miliband MP

The transition to a low-carbon economy will be one of the defining issues of the 21st century. This plan sets out a route-map for the UK’s transition from here to 2020.

Ed Miliband MP, 15 July 2009

Ed Miliband, Secretary of State of Energy and Climate Change, yesterday launched  a national strategy for climate and energy.

The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan is the government’s plan for how the UK will meet the cut in emissions set out in the budget of 34% on 1990 levels by 2020.

The government has placed transforming the country into a cleaner, greener and more prosperous place at the heart of its new economic plans. This document is their way of ensuring that the UK is ready to take advantage of the opportunities ahead.

Alongside the transition plan, three further documents were released yesterday:

The impact of the transition plan on the average energy bill has been considered. According to Ed Miliband yesterday, the plan will not increase average energy bills by 2015, compared to now.

By 2020, the impact of all climate change policies, both existing and new, will be to add, on average, an additional 8% — or £92 — to today’s household bills.

The Plan includes greater powers for the regulator Ofgem to protect the consumer and, following new legislation, new resources for discounts off the bills of some of the most vulnerable households.

In response to the release the Royal Society said:

The Royal Society welcomes the Government’s recognition that decarbonising electricity and transport and increasing energy efficiency are essential.  Moreover the UK can derive great benefit from taking a lead in innovative science and technology.  Any new investment by Government and industry is welcome.

John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace, said:

If this plan becomes a reality, it will create hundreds of thousands of green jobs and make Britain a safer and more prosperous country. This will be good for the British economy and, in the long-run, save householders money as we reduce our dependence on foreign oil and gas.

Here in the West Midlands the Observatory is preparing a to start a detailed study of the economic opportunities that the green economy presents to the region’s businesses. This work will be carried out on behalf of Advantage West Midlands and will also involve the City Region and local authorities.

One Response

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