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Department of Energy and Climate Change 15 July 09 - Press Release - UK at forefront of a low economic revolution

A comprehensive plan to move the UK onto a permanent low carbon footing and to maximise economic opportunities, growth and jobs was published by the Government today.

The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan plots out how the UK will meet the cut in emissions set out in the budget of 34% on 1990 levels by 2020. A 21% reduction has already been delivered - equivalent to cutting emissions entirely from four cities the size of London.

Transforming the country into a cleaner, greener and more prosperous place to live is at the heart of our economic plans for Building Britain’s Future and ensuring the UK is ready to take advantage of the opportunities ahead.

More than 1.2 million people will be in green jobs

7 million homes will have benefited from whole house makeovers, and more than 1 households will be supported to produce their own clean energy

40% of electricity will be from low carbon sources, from renewables, nuclear and cl

We will be importing half the amount of gas that we otherwise would

The average new car will emit 40% less carbon than now.

The Transition Plan takes a cost effective route to reducing carbon and keeps the o on the consumer to a minimum. Today’s plan will not increase average energy bills compared to now. By 2020, the impact of ALL climate change policies, both existin will be to add, on average, an additional 8% - or £92 - to today’s household bills. S billion has been spent tackling fuel poverty, assisting millions of households in the includes greater powers for the regulator Ofgem to protect the consumer and, follow legislation, new resources for discounts off the bills of some of the most vulnerable

The Transition Plan is the most systematic response to climate change of any majo economy, and sets the standard for others in the run up to crucial global climate ta Copenhagen in December.

The UK Low Carbon Industrial Strategy, published alongside, sets out a series of a government interventions to support industries critical to tackling climate change. It and businesses in the UK at the forefront of massive global opportunity by targeting industries and regions where the UK has competitive or commercial advantage, inc

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offshore wind, marine power and carbon capture and storage. This includes the firs from the £405m funding for green industry and technology announced in the Budge

Also published today are the Renewable Energy Strategy which maps out how we UK’s target of getting 15% of all energy (electricity, heat and transport) from renew and the Government’s Low Carbon Transport Plan which sets out how to reduce ca

emissions from domestic transport by up to 14% over the next decade.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband said:

“The UK was the first country in the world to legislate for carbon budgets. It was a d change in approach. This is a transition plan for Britain, a route-map to 2020, with c savings expected across every sector and a carbon budget assigned to every gove department alongside its financial budget.

“Renewables, nuclear and clean fossil fuels are the trinity of low carbon and the fut in Britain. Under our plans we will get 40% of our electricity from low carbon energy more in the years afterwards.

“Our plan will strengthen our energy security, it seeks to be fair to the most vulnera industrial opportunity and it rises to the moral challenge of climate change.

“In five months, the world must come together at Copenhagen and follow through o commitment of world leaders last week to stop dangerous climate change. Today w shown how Britain will play its part.”

Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said:

“The strategies we are launching today outline the government’s vision for achievin carbon future for the UK, reshaping the way we live and work in every element of o is a challenge that every economy is facing, and we are determined that by setting now Britain positions itself to benefit both economically and environmentally from th

“The UK is already the sixth largest economy for low carbon goods and services, g £3 trillion and growing, and today the government is outlining how its support for th will ensure our businesses and our workforce continue to lead the way. We must co

dynamism of the private sector with a strategic role for government to deliver the be innovation, growth and job creation in the UK.”

Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis said:

"Transport accounts for a significant amount of our domestic emissions. Therefore this sector has to be front and centre of efforts to meet our obligations and commitm tackle climate change. Our strategy sets out a long-term vision for a fundamentally

transport system in our country, where carbon reduction is a central consideration i do business.

"If we are to safeguard the future of transport then we must also safeguard the env it impacts upon - I am determined to do that."

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The UK is the first country in the world to set itself legally binding ‘carbon budgets’. Climate Change Act 2008 emissions of greenhouse gases are constrained in each five year period. The Transition Plan sets out how we will cut emissions by 34% on

by 2020 from the main emitting sectors - power, homes, workplaces, transport and on the way to achieving a reduction of at least 80% by 2050. Every government de today been allocated its own carbon budget, as the Government pilots a new syste alongside financial budgets.

Departments will have to live within these when taking major policy decisions and m buildings. Failure could have real financial implications for Government.

An outline of announcements contained in the documents published today:

Around 50% of the annual emissions cuts between now and 2020 will be achieved greening of the electricity mix. We expect 40% of the electricity we use in 2020 to c carbon sources - 30% from renewables, the rest from nuclear (including new build coal. We need to all-but eliminate carbon from electricity by 2050.

New today:

Up to £6m to start development of a ‘smart grid’, including a policy road map next s

DECC to take direct responsibility from Ofgem for establishing a new grid access re 12 months.

Launch of the new Office for Renewable Energy Deployment in DECC to speed up renewables in the UK.

£11.2m to help regions and local authorities prepare for and speed up planning dec renewable and low carbon energy whilst protecting legitimate environmental and lo

The final shortlist of the schemes for the Severn Tidal Power feasibility study is con three barrages (including the Cardiff-Weston barrage) and two lagoons. Three inno schemes have also won funding to support their development.

A consultation covering the changes to the existing Renewables Obligation, such a the life-time of the RO to at least 2037 and the introduction of a 20 year limit on sup it capable of delivering some 30% of our electricity from renewables.

Approval for the UK’s largest biomass power station on Teesside

Around 15% of the annual emissions cuts between now and 2020 will be achieved homes more efficient and supporting small scale renewable energy. There are mas savings to be made - in a poorly insulated home, up to £1 out of every £3 spent on being wasted.

New today:

THE POWER SECTOR

HOMES AND COMMUNITIES

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We aim to place the energy suppliers’ social programmes on a statutory footing wit resources when the current voluntary agreement ends in March 2011.

Strengthening the energy regulator Ofgem’s powers to protect the consumer.

‘Pay as you save’ pilots helping people make their whole house greener by using th made on energy bills to repay the upfront costs, backed by up to £4m from low carb investment funding. An eventual national roll out could create 34,000 jobs.

Consultation on the shape and rates of a new ‘clean energy cash-back’ scheme (F to be in place by April next year. People and businesses that generate their own el low carbon sources will be paid for doing so. A similar scheme for renewable heat w April 2011.

Extending the current CERT energy efficiency programme by a year to 2012. Along of 20%, total help under the scheme will total £3.2 billion.

A new personal carbon incentive scheme to challenge people on a voluntary basis energy, through the Government’s Act on CO2 campaign.

Challenging 15 villages, towns or cities to be testbeds for piloting future green initia

Around 10% of the annual emissions cuts between now and 2020 will be achieved greater efficiencies in our workplaces. By 2050, our offices, factories, schools and h to reduce emissions to almost zero. Jobs and business opportunities will be create sectors outside the energy sector and help will be needed to support all businesses energy efficient.

New today:

Up to £120m from low carbon investment funding to significantly advance the offsh industry in the UK.

Up to £60m from low carbon investment funding announced in the Budget to ceme position as a global leader in wave and tidal energy including:

- Up to £9.5m investment in the Wave Hub sub-sea socket off Cornwall and up to a funding to make the South West the UK’s first Low Carbon Economic Area, a world wave and tidal energy, building on business opportunities and skills.

- Up to £10m for testing facilities at the National Renewable Energy Centre in Northumberland and up to £8m for the European Marine Energy Centre in the

- Up to £22m for a new Marine Renewables Proving Fund for testing and dem wave and tidal technologies.

£6m of funding to explore areas of potential “hot rocks” to be used for geothermal e deep geothermal resource of the South West of England alone could meet 2% of a electricity demand.

WORKPLACES AND JOBS

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A £4 million expansion of the Manufacturing Advisory Service, to provide more spe to manufacturers on competing for low carbon opportunities, including support for s the civil nuclear industry.

A new Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre to combine the knowled and expertise of around 30 manufacturing companies with the capability of univers manufacturing, processes and skills.

Campaign to be launched later this year to help small and medium businesses in th carbon.

The public sector must lead by example. Emissions have already reduced by a thir 1990 and 2007 and DECC has challenged itself to reduce emissions from its own b 10% in 09/10 with more to follow.

Around 20% of the annual emissions cuts between now and 2020 will be achieved up the way we travel. By 2050, road and rail transport will be largely decarbonised and shipping will have seen a significant improvement in efficiency.

New today:

Providing proposed detail on the kinds of electric and plug-in hybrid cars that could £2-5000 consumer incentives expected to apply from 2011. This includes the requi vehicle to have maximum tailpipe emissions of 75g CO2/km. An update has also b on the infrastructure framework which is supporting this scheme.

A new steering group for the freight and logistics industry to find effective ways of m reporting and reducing emissions across the logistics sector

Commitment to work with our European partners to develop a robust mechanism fo CO2 from new vans.

Around 5% of the annual emissions cuts between now and 2020 will be achieved b emissions from agriculture, land use and waste.

New today:

For the first time ever, an ambition for agriculture to cut emissions. Changes to farm can save farmers money and contribute 6% cuts from current projections by 2020.

Support for anaerobic digestion, a technology that turns waste and manure into ren energy.

Support for energy efficient and low carbon farming. Within the limits imposed by th rules on state aid, the Government and the Carbon Trust will work to make farming eligible for its interest-free loans for low-carbon activity.

TRANSPORT SYSTEM

FARMS AND MANAGING LAND AND WASTE SUSTAINABLY

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Agreeing an action plan with the agriculture sector to reduce emissions and develo advisory service to help farmers.

Encouraging private funding for woodland creation.

Reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill, and better capture of landfill emissio

1.An online news hub will be updated throughout the day with content from BIS, DE This will include photographs, videos, podcasts, core facts and links to all publicatio www.hmg.gov.uk/lowcarbon 2.The UK Climate Projections published in June set out the severe weather change should expect if action is not taken at home and internationally to cut greenhouse g To read more visit: ukcp09.defra.gov.uk 3.To limit global temperature increases to no more than two degrees and avoid the dangerous effects of climate change, the Government is leading international effort new international climate agreement at Copenhagen in December. To read more v www.actoncopenhagen.decc.gov.uk 4.The Government has a Five Point Plan to prepare for and prevent climate chang more visit the “Tackling Climate Change” pages at: www.decc.gov.uk DECC Press Release Reference No: 2009/081

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