UK news update November 2020

The UK government has announced the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, totalling investments of £12 billion. The ten points are focused around key areas for investment and policy measures, including greener buildings, green finance and innovation, and offshore wind • The Zero Carbon Heating Taskforce publishes new report on financial pathways to low carbon heating • BEIS and the Heat Network Industry Council launches website to connect heat network industry operators and suppliers • Read more about sustainable heating and cooling developments in the UK in the November news update


The UK government announces Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution

The recently announced Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution represents an investment of £12 billion coupled with policy measures to support the UK government’s stated goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The plan aims to support 250,000 jobs by 2030, and reduce carbon dioxide equivalent emissions with 180 million tonnes between 2023 and 2032. The ten key points around which the plan is built are:

  • Advancing offshore wind – by quadrupling current supply by 2030 which would be enough to power every home in the UK
  • Driving growth of low carbon hydrogen – made possible by carbon capture and storage infrastructure
  • Delivering new, advanced nuclear power – through investments in next generation nuclear technology for small and advanced modular reactors
  • Shift to zero emission vehicles – by ending sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, and investing in EV infrastructure
  • Decarbonising public transport – through investments in rail and bus services, segregated cycle lanes and low-traffic neighbourhoods
  • Low carbon aviation and maritime – through R&D investments in sustainable fuels and improved airport and seaport infrastructure
  • Greener buildings – by moving away from fossil fuel boilers over the next 15 years, replacing them with lower carbon and more efficient alternatives. The plan aims for 600,000 heat pump installations annually by 2028, but leaves open the option of pursuing a hydrogen- or electricity based heating system
  • Investing in carbon capture, usage and storage – with the ambition of capturing 10 Mt of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent of 4 million cars’ emissions, yearly by 2030
  • Protecting the natural environment – by the creation of new protected areas
  • Stimulating green finance and innovation – by raising total R&D investment to 2.4% of GDP by 2027, and launching the £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio which will focus on homes and bioenergy among other things

The plan is intended to support a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, whilst creating jobs and strengthening the economy. Further plans to reduce emissions across major economic sectors in the UK will be announced in 2021.

See the full Ten Point Plan here

Read more in article by The Guardian here

The National Infrastructure Strategy will hold a central role in the success of the Ten Point Plan.


The Green Finance Institute releases report on financial pathways to zero carbon heating

The Zero Carbon Heating Taskforce, part of the Green Finance Institute’s Coalition for the Energy Efficiency of Buildings, has recently published the report Financing Zero Carbon Heat: Turning up the Dial on Investment.

The report presents market insights and assesses barriers and opportunities for accelerated investments in zero carbon heating, including 12 demonstration projects to unlock investments.

Read the full report here


Heat Network Exchange website launched to connect suppliers and operators

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Heat Network Industry Council have jointly launched a website to overcome challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic. The website aims to connect operators and suppliers in the heat networks sector to help keep networks running, and offers businesses the opportunity to post specific requests for services or equipment.

Visit the Heat Network Exchange website

Read more in article by ADE


Vattenfall partners with Viridor to capture EfW heat, and launches ESCo with Midlothian Council in Scotland

The partnership between Vattenfall and Viridor aims to capture heat from Viridor’s EfW facilities, and subsequently distributing heat using Vattenfall’s adjacent heat pipe infrastructure

Read more about the partnership here

Midlothian Council and Vattenfall launched a 50/50 joint venture in February this year to supply low carbon heating in the east of Scotland, which has now formally taken the shape of an energy services company (ESCo). Shawfair town on the edge of Edinburgh will see the first project from the ESCo, with a low carbon district heating network.

Read more in the press release by Vattenfall here



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