The UK’s ten-point plan announced!

 

Last week we published a post guessing what Boris Johnson’s ten-point plan would involve. Well, the conservative party have officially released the UK’s ten-point plan on the evening of Tuesday 17th November. Right off the bat, we can give ourselves a little pat on the back for guessing quite a few of the points that are included in the official ten-point plan. We only got half marks, but 5/10 seems like an alright score to me!

The long awaited plan has made it clear that Boris Johnson and his government want to turn the UK into a world-leader in clean technologies. This ten-point plan will help ensure that the UK matches or even races ahead of the rest of the world in the rapid race to decarbonise. The plan has been released a year in advance of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, plenty of time to get a head start. 

This time, we’re going to explain the real ten-point plan, evaluating the points for their potential effectiveness as we go.

 

The plan: simplified

As previously stated the UK’s ten-point plan announced all of the points that will help guide the country to the legally binding goal of net zero emissions by 2050. We want to outline the basics of these ten points to help you all get a summary of the plans for the future of the country. 

 

1. Offshore wind

We were right about this one! Though, Boris did announce his plans way before the official ten-point plan so  it was a bit of an easy one to guess. The first point in the plan is the Conservative goals for offshore wind, across the UK. To put it simply, the UK will develop enough offshore wind farms to generate 40GW of capacity, by 2030! This will also go hand in hand with promoting new jobs as it will lead to a reported 60,000 jobs.

This plan is likely to be met, we are already seeing a rapid increase in installations of offshore wind farms and a further increase in the number of plans for new wind farms. 

 

 

2. Hydrogen Infrastructure 

As the UK’s ten-point plan announced, hydrogen will play a role in decarbonisation of  the country. The UK will aim to generate 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030. Investment of £500m will be used to create a ‘Hydrogen Neighbourhood’ in 2023, graduating to a ‘Hydrogen Village’ two years later, culminating in an entire town running on hydrogen by 2025! 

We’re seeing some successful examples of hydrogen trials in the UK, most prominently with ‘HyStreet’ in Northumberland. This point will simply rely on the continuous progress into hydrogen production and adoption, some of which we’re seeing at the moment. We should see this continue especially with the support from government investment. 

 

3. Nuclear Power 

Another one of our guesses, nuclear power will continue to have a future in the UK and as a powerful method of decarbonising the national grid. Nuclear power will receive £525m to support up to 10,000 jobs in the industry and contribute to the rollout of smaller projects. 

The history of nuclear power in the UK has been quite troubled (check out our blog post for more info) but if the government are prepared to spend money guaranteeing the future of jobs and more projects, this might be promising. Though we are unsure as to where that leaves the larger projects like Hinkley Point C. 

 

 

 

4. Electric Vehicles 

Well, we did predict it, it looks like they couldn’t pass up the opportunity that was reported by Cambridge Econometrics. The ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol cars has been brought forward to 2030. Supposedly, this decision could jump start a £4.2 billion boost for the economy and create almost 32,000 jobs.

We are a little skeptical of this point, we understand that it is a great step forward for decarbonising the transport sector but the scope of the challenge the national grid may face is quite worrying. Overall, there is 10 years between then and now, hopefully some of these changes make it easier for this transition to occur. 

 

 

5. Public Transport

£5bn is to be invested into public transport with this new ten-point plan. A staggering amount of money will see that cycling, walking and low carbon buses supported. Most cities, towns and local councils are in the process of making the switch to low carbon and zero carbon alternatives, but this investment should be a massive help in the effort towards decarbonising public transport. 

This is entirely feasible and something that is long anticipated. We look forward to seeing this investment take hold in both local and larger communities across the UK.

 

 

6.  Shipping, Transport and Aviation

Possibly one of the biggest challenges when trying to reach net zero will be implementing zero carbon transport with shipping and commercial aviation. That’s why the UK has announced funding for research projects that are trying to find suitable solutions for zero emission planes and ships. These projects will be directly carried out to support airlines, airports and shipping firms. £20m will go towards supporting research and projects for clean maritime innovations. 

This challenge is monumental, there is no doubting that, but we’ve only just begun this endeavor. The government have shown their interest, so we’re hopeful for the the future of this point.

 

 

7.  Houses, Schools and Hospitals

Domestic and public buildings all across the UK are expected to become much more energy efficient as the government intends to spend £1bn from next year. Boris Johnson’s government has set out plans to install 600,000 heat pumps annually by 2028. They will also bolster green jobs by 50,000 by 2030.The government have also announced that the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme is set to be extended.

We did expect some form of energy efficiency point but not exactly like this. So we’re not giving ourselves a point!

 

 

 

8. Carbon Capture Technology

The UK has set a target of removing 10MT of CO2 using CCS technology. Ultimately, Boris Johnson wants the UK to become a world leader in CCS technology.

A total of £1bn has been dedicated toward creating four carbon capture clusters by 2028 and supporting 50,000 jobs in the Industrial clusters mentioned. 

 

 

9. Commitment to the Natural World

This is something that we did not count on, the Conservative party has made a commitment to plant 30,000 hectares of trees every year! This will aid in the restoration of the natural environment in the UK and gradually take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and returning it as oxygen. £5.2 billion has also been announced for investing in new flood and coastal defenses across England by 2027.

 

 

10.  Innovation and Finance

All of the focus for this point seems to be at London. As the UK will aim to make the Capital city the ‘global center of green finance’. That’s essentially the long and the short of this point!

 

The UK’s ten-point plan announced how the government intend to get the UK on track with our net zero commitments. There has been both praise and criticism from all sides of the energy industry, but all in all, this should guide us in the right direction until we can commit to more drastic measures. We’re simply testing the water, the next 10 years will see successes in these ten points and we will continue to build on them. 

 

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