Energy UK launches ‘Pathways to a low carbon future’
- Energy efficiency needs to become a national priority for policy makers and funded through general taxation
- Long-term vision and a predictable policy environment are necessary to secure investment
- Heat, transport and the power sector should all work together and policies need to be coordinated accordingly
In a new report, ‘Pathways to a low carbon future’, published today, Energy UK sets out industry’s vision and recommendations to the Government on the steps necessary towards the country’s transition to a low carbon economy.
Energy UK, and its members, stress the importance for all sectors to work together –transport, heat and power – under a holistic policy approach to ensure the country will meet its climate targets at least cost to consumers. This will also help to make the transition quicker and more effective.
In the report, Energy UK highlights that making UK homes more energy efficient should become a national priority for policy makers with delivery funded through general taxation to avoid a disproportionate cost falling on the fuel poor. More energy efficient homes will benefit all consumers as they will need less energy to keep their homes warm.
The report, ‘Pathways to a low carbon future’, identifies heat as the biggest challenge for decarbonisation at large scale and one that needs a clear direction from Government.
Lawrence Slade, chief executive of Energy UK, said:
“Our new report highlights the need for a long-term, certain and holistic policy framework that will ensure the UK meets its carbon targets at the least cost to consumers.
“As the report from the Committee on Climate Change found only last month energy efficiency measures have already been cancelling out the low carbon policy costs for the typical household. The industry believes that energy efficiency should be a national priority to make the transition to a low carbon economy more affordable for both consumers and businesses.
“To tackle climate change we need to have an honest debate about benefits and costs. All sectors including heat and transport need to work together and play their part in the same way the energy industry has done for decades.”
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