21/10/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 21/10/21.

Article: Minister Says Heat Pump Grant Is “First Step” To Green Homes But It Could Take 15 Years To Phase Out Gas – Politics Home

19 October 2021, John Johnstone.  International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has suggested the replacement of gas boilers could take as long as 15 years as she defended a scheme to subsidise heat pumps as a “fantastic first step”:

Link: https://www.politicshome.com/news/article/international-trade-secretary-says-heat-pump-grant-is-first-step-but-full-replacement-could-take-15-years

Commons Debate, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy: Carbon Capture and Storage – Parallel Parliament

20 October 2021.  Carbon Capture and Storage Westminster Hall debate full text:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-10-20/debates/4338ABB4-3341-4EFD-98FA-40062D7FE3F6/CarbonCaptureAndStorage

News: EU leaders to lock horns over response to energy price spike – Investing.com

21 October 2021, Kate Abnett. EU leaders on Thursday will debate their response to soaring energy prices, which have exposed familiar rifts over the bloc’s climate change goals and divided countries on whether the price crunch warrants an overhaul of EU energy market rules:

Link: https://uk.investing.com/news/commodities-news/eu-leaders-to-lock-horns-over-response-to-energy-price-spike-2489482

News: Abolish energy price cap, says Scottish Power boss – BBC News Online

21 October 2021, Simon Jack. The boss of one of the UK’s biggest energy companies has called for the energy price cap to be abolished. Keith Anderson, chief executive of Scottish Power, said the recent energy crisis had exposed deep flaws in the way the energy market was structured:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58979698

News: COP26: Document leak reveals nations lobbying to change key climate report – BBC News Online

21 October 2021, Justin Rowlatt & Tom Gerken.  A huge leak of documents seen by BBC News shows how countries are trying to change a crucial scientific report on how to tackle climate change:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58982445

News: Four key inclusions in the Heat and Buildings Strategy – Edie.net

19 October 2021. The UK Government has unveiled its long-awaited plans for transitioning heat and buildings to net-zero. Here, edie pulls out the key facts and stats from the Heat and Buildings Strategy:

Link: https://www.edie.net/news/11/At-a-glance–What-is-included-in-the-Heat-and-Buildings-Strategy-/

Open consultation: Market-based mechanism for low carbon heat – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

19 October 2021. Views sought on the introduction of a market-based mechanism to support investment and innovation in transforming the consumer proposition for heat pumps:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/market-based-mechanism-for-low-carbon-heat

Open consultation: Phasing out the installation of fossil fuel heating in homes off the gas grid – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

19 October 2021.  Views sought on proposals to phase out the installation of fossil fuel heating systems in homes off the gas grid:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/phasing-out-fossil-fuel-heating-in-homes-off-the-gas-grid

Open consultation: Phasing out the installation of fossil fuel heating systems in businesses and public buildings off the gas grid – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

19 October 2021.  Views sought on proposals to phase out fossil fuel heating system installations in businesses and public buildings off the gas grid:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/phasing-out-fossil-fuel-heating-systems-in-businesses-and-public-buildings-off-the-gas-grid

Open consultation: Future support for low carbon heat – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

19 October 2021.  Views were sought on options for the future support for low carbon heat, beyond the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI):

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-support-for-low-carbon-heat

Policy paper: Heat and buildings strategy – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

19 October 2021. This strategy sets out how the UK will decarbonise our homes, and our commercial, industrial and public sector buildings, as part of setting a path to net zero by 2050:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/heat-and-buildings-strategy

Consultation outcome: Greenhouse gas removals: call for evidence – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and HM Treasury

19 October 2021.  Evidence was sought on greenhouse gas removal methods, and views on policy mechanisms that could incentivise and facilitate their development and deployment:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/greenhouse-gas-removals-call-for-evidence

Research and analysis: Greenhouse gas removal methods: technology assessment report – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

19 October 2021.  This study provides an assessment and comparison of deployment pathways, costs, impacts on the energy system and barriers to deployment of different greenhouse gas removals (GGRs):

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/greenhouse-gas-removal-methods-technology-assessment-report

Notice: Heat Pump Ready Programme – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

19 October 2021.  The programme will support the development and demonstration of heat pump technologies and tools, and solutions for optimised deployment of heat pumps:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/heat-pump-ready-programme

Research briefing: UK’s Climate Progress: the Committee on Climate Change’s 2021 Progress Report – House of Commons Library

19 October 2021. On Thursday 21st October, MPs will hold a general debate on the UK’s Climate Progress: the Committee on Climate Change’s 2021 Progress Report in Westminster Hall. This page provides background to the report and links to further information:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cdp-2021-0164/

News: Climate change: Fossil fuel production set to soar over next decade – BBC News Online

20 October 2021, Matt McGrath.  Plans by governments to extract fossil fuels up to 2030 are incompatible with keeping global temperatures to safe levels, says the UN:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58971131

Corporate report: Committee on Climate Change’s 2021 progress report: government response – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

19 October 2021.  Government response to the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) 2021 progress report to Parliament:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/committee-on-climate-changes-2021-progress-report-government-response

Report: Heat and Buildings Strategy – Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

October 2021.  The strategy sets out the vision for a greener future, which creates hundreds of

thousands of green, skilled jobs, drives the levelling up agenda and generates

opportunities for the growth of British businesses:

Link: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1026507/heat-buildings-strategy.pdf

Open consultation: Phasing out the installation of fossil fuel heating in homes off the gas grid – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

19 October 2021. This consultation sets out proposals to phase out the installation of high carbon fossil fuel heating systems in homes off the gas grid, as committed to in the 2017 Clean Growth Strategy:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/phasing-out-fossil-fuel-heating-in-homes-off-the-gas-grid

News: Net zero announcement: UK sets out plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions – BBC News Online

20 October 2021, Roger Harrabin. Another big push towards electric vehicles is being made in the UK government’s latest strategy to make the great shift to a virtually zero-carbon economy:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science- environment-58899006

News: Heat and Buildings Strategy: Green economy reacts, expressing hopes for more funding and tighter deadlines – Edie.net

18 October 2021.  Key figures from across the UK’s green economy have weighed in on the Heat and Buildings Strategy, with the general conclusion being that, while the ambition is welcome, measures will not be enough to meet future climate targets:

Link: https://www.edie.net/news/11/Heat-and-Buildings-Strategy–Green-economy-reacts–expressing-hopes-for-more-funding-and-tighter-deadlines/

Policy paper: Greening Finance: A Roadmap to Sustainable Investing – HM Treasury

18 October 2021.  This document sets out the government’s ambition to make the UK the best place in the world for green and sustainable investment. It focuses on the first step to deliver this: ensuring that the information exists to enable every financial decision to factor in climate change and the environment:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/greening-finance-a-roadmap-to-sustainable-investing

Press release: Plan to drive down the cost of clean heat – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, and The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP

18 October 2021.  Plans to incentivise people to install low-carbon heating systems in a simple, fair and cheap way as they replace their old boilers over the coming decade:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/plan-to-drive-down-the-cost-of-clean-heat

News: Heat pump grants worth £5,000 to replace gas boilers not enough, say critics – BBC News Online

19 October 2021.  Experts have criticised plans to subsidise low-carbon heat pumps in place of gas boilers for homeowners in England and Wales from next April:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58959045

News: Government must ‘take immediate action’ to reduce VAT on domestic renewables, industry coalition warns – Current News

15 October 2021, Alice Grundy.  Remove VAT rates on domestic renewable energy and clean technologies, a coalition of nearly 30 industry organisations have urged chancellor Rishi Sunak:

Link: https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/government-must-take-immediate-action-to-reduce-vat-on-domestic-renewables-industry-coalition-warns

Press release: Five sites shortlisted for UK fusion energy plant – UK Atomic Energy Authority, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, and George Freeman MP

14 October 2021. The STEP programme will pave the way to commercial fusion and a virtually limitless supply of low-carbon energy

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/five-sites-shortlisted-for-uk-fusion-energy-plant

News: UK poised to confirm funding for mini nuclear reactors for carbon-free energy – Guardian Online

15 October 2021, Rob Davies. Rolls-Royce-led consortium already has £210m in private backing for plans to build 16 reactors across the country:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/oct/15/uk-poised-to-confirm-funding-for-mini-nuclear-reactors-for-green-energy

Research briefing: The energy price crunch 2021 – House of Commons Library

13 October 2021.  The price of energy has dramatically increased in recent months; both in the UK and globally. Gas has led the price rise, but electricity prices have followed as gas is one of the fuels used to generate electricity. The prices are causing widespread concern and knock-on impacts for both domestic and commercial energy consumers. This paper sets out the causes of the price rise, impacts in the UK, and possible implications for UK energy policy:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9340/

News: Doubling onshore wind could reduce bills by £16.3bn finds RenewableUK – Current News

13 October 2021, Molly Lempriere. ​Doubling the UK’s onshore wind capacity by 2030 would reduce consumer bills by £16.3 billion over the course of the decade:

Link: https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/doubling-onshore-wind-could-reduce-bills-by-16-3bn-finds-renewableuk

Corporate Report: Committee on Fuel Poverty annual report: 2021 – Committee on Fuel Poverty

13 October 2021.  The Committee on Fuel Poverty (CFP) annual report assesses progress towards the 2025 fuel poverty milestone and 2030 target and makes recommendations on energy bill affordability and a fair transition to net zero:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/committee-on-fuel-poverty-annual-report-2021

Research briefing: Climate change: an overview – House of Commons Library

12 October 2021.  A collection of overarching climate change-related parliamentary briefings and publications:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-8666/

Research briefing: COP26: the international climate change conference, Glasgow, UK – House of Commons Library

12 October 2021. This briefing on the COP26 climate change conference to be held in Glasgow in November 2021 covers the work of the UK and president designate, Alok Sharma in the lead up COP26. It also covers the priorities set out for the conference together with progress to date on these:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-8868/

Insight: COP26: Delivering on $100 billion climate finance – House of Commons Library

12 October 2021.  The $100bn target for 2020 has probably been missed and will be a main issue at COP26 in November:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/cop26-delivering-on-100-billion-climate-finance/

Article: Net zero can only be achieved with public support – that’s why it must be affordable for everyone – Politics Home

12 October 2021, Alistair Phillips-Davies, Chief Executive, SSE.  If we are serious about moving to a renewables-led energy system, we have to adopt a flexible approach that makes solutions cost-effective for consumers:

Link: https://www.politicshome.com/members/article/net-zero-can-only-be-achieved-with-public-support-thats-why-it-must-be-affordable-for-everyone

News: China’s plan to build more coal-fired plants deals blow to UK’s Cop26 ambitions – Guardian Online

12 October 2021, Rob Davies.  Renewed commitment to coal could scupper Britain’s aim to secure global phase-out pact at climate summit:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/12/china-coal-fired-plants-uk-cop26-climate-summit-global-phase-out

News: Renewable hydrogen best option to circumvent future energy supply shortages, ENA finds – Current News

12 October 2021, Alice Grundy.  Excess solar and wind could generate between 60-80GW of renewable hydrogen, helping Britain to avoid future energy supply crunches:

Link: https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/renewable-hydrogen-best-option-to-circumvent-future-energy-supply-shortages-ena-finds

News: Building strategy to look at embodied carbon, says government – BBC News Online

12 October 2021, Roger Harrabin.  The government is looking at how to tackle “embodied carbon” as part of an upcoming building strategy:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58878192

Research and analysis: Social housing decarbonisation study: views from social housing providers – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

11 October 2021.  Findings from a study to explore providers’ attitudes to improved energy performance, barriers to implementing new measures, and funding:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/social-housing-decarbonisation-study-views-from-social-housing-providers

News: Ofgem acknowledges need to ‘regulate the market differently’ following gas price crisis – Current News

8 October 2021, Alice Grundy. Ofgem needs to go further in its efforts to create a resilient energy market, CEO Jonathan Brearley stated this week:

Link: https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/ofgem-acknowledges-need-to-regulate-the-market-differently-following-gas-price-crisis

Article: Boris Johnson set to force homeowners to go green, under plans that could inflame the UK’s energy crisis – New Statesman

9 October 2021, Tim Ross. Ministers are drawing up plans to decarbonise the country’s houses – but the policies come with a hefty cost:

Link: https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/whitehall/2021/10/johnson-set-to-force-homeowners-to-go-green-under-plans-that-could-inflame-the-uks-energy-crisis

Open consultation: Proposals for heat network zoning – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

8 October 2021.  Views sought on proposed approach to deliver heat network zoning in England and to identifying areas where heat networks are the most appropriate solution for decarbonising heating:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/proposals-for-heat-network-zoning

Press release: Plans unveiled to decarbonise UK power system by 2035 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP

7 October 2021.  The plans will focus on building a secure, home-grown energy sector that reduces reliance on fossil fuels and exposure to volatile global wholesale energy prices:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/plans-unveiled-to-decarbonise-uk-power-system-by-2035

Speech: Secretary of State speech to the Energy UK conference – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP

7 October 2021. Keynote speech by Kwasi Kwarteng, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, at the Energy UK Conference:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/secretary-of-state-speech-to-the-energy-uk-conference