United Kingdom to conduct next clean energy auctions worth GBP557m in 2019

Marco Green
October 12, 2017

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said: "This UK government investment is vital in realising the potential of less established renewable technologies, as well as providing Scottish jobs in the projects supported".

The government plans to spend £1 billion supporting the take-up of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEV) and around £900 million in smart, nuclear and renewable technologies to fill this gap.

On zero waste, the Strategy states: "By working in partnership with industry, we will be able to seek out opportunities to achieve even greater levels of recycling, improve the utilisation of our food and bio- waste and incentivise activities such as reuse, fix and remanufacturing - protecting our environment and strengthening our economy in the long-term. Many local authorities have introduced separate collection of food waste and we will work to support more so that the amount of food waste sent to land ll continues to decline".

But even with new policies and proposals that could be developed from the strategy, the document published by the Government shows the United Kingdom is likely to miss its carbon targets for the 2020s and early 2030s.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: "This Government is determined to leave our natural environment in a better condition than we found it".

The 12-month study by the Northern Energy Taskforce - a group of leading public and private sector organisations and academics - sets out a "clean" growth strategy that it says could create 100,000 jobs through energy devolution.

Image: UK to conduct next renewable energy auctions in 2019.

"The world is moving from being powered by polluting fossil fuels to clean energy".

Shaun Spiers, executive director of Green Alliance commented on the publication of the Strategy, saying it's a welcome move in the the right direction.

The strategy, which aims to cut greenhouse gases while boosting the economy and keeping bills down, sets out measures for housing, businesses, transport, agriculture and the power sector, and for making the United Kingdom a "world leader" in green finance.

"Going green is not only good for the environment: it is crucial for the future of the United Kingdom economy".

The new Clean Growth Strategy for the first time sets out how the Government will distribute in excess of £2.5 billion worth of investments to support low carbon innovation from 2015 through to 2021 - including up to £505 million from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's Energy Innovation Programme, which aims to accelerate the commercialization of innovative clean energy technologies and processes.

The taskforce also wants the region to be handed responsibility for its share of the UK's "carbon budget" in a bid to help it manage its former industrial base to create green projects and to eventually gain more powers over regulation in a move that could boost the regional economy by £15bn a year.

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