Britain’s energy trade union Energy UK has proposed a series of policies for the next government.
The recommendations will help Britain to meet it’s 2050 net-zero emissions target at the lowest possible cost to energy consumers, according to Energy UK.
Energy UK proposes the implementation of a fully government-funded National Energy Efficiency Programme to boost the rollout of home energy efficiency solutions.
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This will help reduce both carbon emissions and customer energy bills, whilst also funding trials for large-scale clean heating and ensuring that building standards are updated.
The trade-body is also calling on the government to increase investment in lowest-cost energy technologies by allowing these to participate in Britain’s Capacity Market and Contracts for Difference programmes, with a further call for funding of large-scale carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) and nuclear projects.
The policy recommendations also suggest bringing the phase-out date for fossil-fuel powered vehicles by moved forward from the current 2040 target, government subsidisation for the upfront purchase of electric vehicles (EVs), and the increased deployment of the underlying infrastructure to assist the decarbonisation of the transport sector.
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Given energy poverty levels in the UK, the policies further suggest that Winter Fuel Payments, which subsidise energy costs for the elderly, are used to ensure that the energy transition is just for all public consumers most in need.
Energy UK Chief Executive Lawrence Slade said: “Public concern has put climate change at the top of the media and political agenda and with the net-zero target in place, policies to enable a huge and unprecedented transformation right across our economy must head the next government’s programme of action.
“Our sector has helped the UK lead the way in reducing emissions but rather than sit back and admire our work, we need to go further and faster without any delay if we are to meet this huge but unavoidable challenge.”