New PM must act now to support net zero targets

Barry White

In a bid to limit the rising costs of gas and fossil fuels whilst support the energy transition, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) and Climate Change Committee (CCC) has written to the new Prime Minister, Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, advocating the expansion of renewables.

The letter dated 7 September sets out the organisations’ joint positions on topics including energy security, fossil fuels and the role of infrastructure in delivering Net Zero.

The CCC and NIC recommend that the Government:

  • Develops credible policies for energy efficiency in buildings. Investing in efficiency now will provide meaningful reductions in the amount of energy wasted over the long-term and support the necessary transition to low-carbon heat.
  • Provides and promotes a comprehensive energy advice service.
  • Delivers a working market-based mechanism for low-carbon heat. This is the main policy the Government has put in train to deliver on its goal to grow the market for heat pumps.
  • Makes full use of new auctions for onshore wind and solar. Renewables are the cheapest form of electricity generation.
  • Delivers updated National Policy Statements for energy and acts quickly to resolve barriers to deployment of strategic energy infrastructure.

You can read the letter from Lord Deben, Chair of the Climate Change Committee and Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission at:

Today Parliament is holding a UK energy costs debate on government plans to deal with soaring energy bills and the cost of living faced by households and businesses.

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