Energy UK marks a decade of the Climate Change Act
Ten years to the day since the Climate Change Act was passed, Energy UK is marking the occasion by publishing a ten-point action plan setting out how the UK can continue as a world leader in tackling climate change.
The power sector has made a massive contribution in helping the UK’s carbon emissions fall to a level last seen in 1890 - thanks to the huge increase in the amount of electricity generated by low carbon sources over the last decade. The power sector has more than halved its own emissions since the Act was passed and low carbon sources now supply 51% of the electricity generated in the UK.
During this time the cost of renewables, such as wind and solar, has plummeted not only making clean energy increasingly cheaper but also boosting the UK economy with an estimated 400,000 people employed in low carbon jobs across the country.
Energy UK’s ten-point action plan therefore sets out areas where the industry and government can work together to continue and accelerate the UK’s progress in tackling climate change – such as rolling out a national energy efficiency programme, enabling other sectors like transport and heating to similarly slash emissions and ensuring that all low carbon sources, including the cheapest, can play a full role in further decarbonising the power sector.
Energy UK is also publishing ‘Energy and our Environment’, a publication of essays in which leading politicians - such as current energy Minister Claire Perry and former environment Secretary of State David Miliband - scientists, academics and regulators as well as figures from the energy sector and environmental groups, offer their different perspectives on how the Climate Change Act came into force, its influence in effecting the power sector’s transformation and the challenges that lie ahead both for the UK and the rest of the world.
To accompany this publication, Energy UK has also produced a short film where a group of 10 years olds from Micklem Primary School in Hemel Hempstead talk about why climate change matters to them.
The publication will be officially launched tonight at a Parliamentary event marking the anniversary held in partnership with the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group (APPCCG) and Policy Connect. Speaking at the event will be Dr Caroline Lucas MP (APPCCG Chair), The Rt Hon Claire Perry MP (Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth), The Rt Hon. Ed Miliband MP (former Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change), Lawrence Slade (Energy UK’s chief executive), Dr Emily Shuckburgh (British Antarctic Survey) and The Rt Hon. the Lord Deben (Chair of the CCC)
Energy UK's chief executive, Lawrence Slade said:
“Ten years on from the Act, it’s an appropriate time to reflect on the astonishing transformation that it has helped bring about in the power sector in particular, to a degree few thought possible at the time. It was a landmark and courageous piece of legislation which committed us to binding targets for reducing emissions and has made the UK a world leader in tackling climate change.
“As well as the environmental benefits resulting from this success story, decarbonisation has boosted our economy, with the investment and innovation seen over the last ten years giving clean energy an ever growing share of the power we use - at an ever falling cost.
“But as well as celebrating the achievements, we cannot lose sight that much more work and even greater challenges lie ahead. That’s why our ten-point action plan sets out the path that the UK needs to follow if we are to keep leading the way in tackling climate change.”
Notes to Editors
- Energy UK is the trade association for the GB energy industry with a membership of over 100 suppliers, generators, and stakeholders with a business interest in the production and supply of electricity and gas for domestic and business consumers. Our membership covers over 90% of both UK power generation and the energy supply market for UK homes. We represent the diverse nature of the UK’s energy industry – from established FTSE 100 companies right through to new, growing suppliers and generators, which now make up over half of our membership.
- Watch the latest Energy in the UK film here