Energy sector: Net zero must top next government's agenda

Energy efficiency, renewables and EVs should be top of next government’s priorities, Energy UK argues

Energy UK launches manifesto urging support for energy efficiency, heating, EVs, CCUS, and onshore wind as UK gears up for 12 December General Election

The UK energy sector has issued a clarion call for all parties in the upcoming General Election to place net zero policies at the top of their agenda, in order to “help kickstart a concerted drive to decarbonise the whole economy in a way that is affordable for customers”.

Top of trade body Energy UK’s newly released wishlist for the next government are policies aimed at boosting energy efficiency, enabling low carbon home heating, accelerating the rollout of electric vehicles, and increasing investment in renewables and carbon capture technologies.

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The manifesto follows the trade body’s recent call for the government to introduce a ‘net zero test’ to ensure all new policies support the statutory 2050 target as part of a consistent approach across Whitehall.

The industry body said it had led the way in tackling climate change, having seen the energy sector cut emissions by 62 per cent since 1990 thanks in large part to dwindling coal power and a surging renewables sector. But it argued that it was now time to go “further and faster” to meet the “huge but unavoidable” net zero challenge.

“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

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