Clean Growth Strategy and Draft Energy Bill Insight
Yesterday BEIS published a stream of long-awaited policy, consultations and draft legislation documents with the Clean Growth Strategy topping the agenda for environmental campaigners across the UK.
The Clean Growth Strategy, as often joked by Claire Perry, had a very long gestation period, as well as numerous name changes, before its launch yesterday. The build up was worth it though.
There was no major headline announcement- a frustration felt by the media present- however the big stories include 50 new polices on ambitious commitments to carbon capture and storage, strong proposals on energy efficiency, green finance and clean tech.
Other significant news is that the Clean Growth Ministerial Group is being reinstated to monitor the implementation of the Clean Growth Strategy’s policies. A clear steer from No10 on the importance of this agenda. Perry also announced a new annual Green Great Britain Week to celebrate the successes the UK has achieved thus far and to help inspire action for the future.
We certainly have a lot to celebrate. BEIS confirmed yesterday that the UK is the leading G7 country reducing its emissions whilst growing the economy, we have already reduced our emissions by 40 per cent and the UK is the global leader in offshore wind. Interestingly, Perry emphasised that the US pulling out of the Paris Agreement has actually bolstered global climate action. With these successes, we can confidently lead on climate diplomacy.
Perry should rightly be thrilled this morning given the reception she has received from the left and green community who have heralded the Strategy for its high level ambition. “The Tory grown-ups have won. Everyone in the UK from those in cold homes to those on polluted streets and in flooded towns, will benefit,” writes Damian Carrington, the Guardian’s Environment Editor.
Greener UK’s chair Shaun Spiers spoke at the launch adding that the Strategy places the UK firmly on a high standard post-Brexit and reframes climate action as a great economic opportunity, not a painful struggle.
We now have to wait until January for the Committee on Climate Change’s analysis on the Clean Growth Strategy’s impact on the UK’s 2030 carbon targets. This will be Lord Deben’s first priority as the newly re-instated, highly respected, Chair of CCC.
It’s notable that this new strategy is not a plan like the previous one published by Sir Ed Davey during his time at DECC. Perry wants this strategy to outline the government’s aims whilst leaving room for new technologies to enter to market. A welcome move from industry.
The government’s draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill was also published, to make good on the Prime Minister’s promise to make the energy market more fair. From discussions at the CGS launch, this was seen as backward step from the innovation and vision shown by Perry yesterday, the Conservatives’ climate champion.
To read Maitland Green’s whole insight on The Clean Growth Strategy and Draft Domestic Gas and Electricity Bill please click here.