Following the launch of its net zero package at the Conservative Party Conference, the government has been warned far more is needed to reach the 2050 net zero target.
On 28 September, Energy UK Chief Executive, Lawrence Slade, issued a response to the package – which includes a boost for electric vehicles and housing standards – and said that the industry wanted to see action that would “really shift the dial”. Slade called for a government-funded national energy efficiency programme and measures to tackle complex areas, including the decarbonisation of heat. These, he explained, were “critical to achieving our climate targets”.
Slade noted that the power sector had been “world-leading” when it comes to reducing emissions and there was an opportunity to continue the UK’s global leadership, but the policy framework to allow the necessary innovation and investment was urgently needed. Slade added: “We are keen to lead further progress and look forward to hearing more from the Government on the net-zero agenda and working in partnership to deliver benefits for the environment, customers and the wider UK economy.”