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UK Government launches clean growth strategy to reduce carbon emissions

CTBR Staff Writer Published 13 October 2017

The UK Government has launched a clean growth strategy, as part of its efforts to decrease carbon emissions in the country.

According to the government, the carbon emissions are down by 42% while the economy has grown by 67% since 1990.

The government already announced that it will spend £2.5bn to support low carbon innovation from 2015 to 2021.

The funding will be used for programs, which will deliver low carbon energy, transport, agriculture and waste

Around £505m of the total funding will be used to support the commercialization of advanced clean energy technologies and processes.

Various measures will be taken under new strategy through BEIS Energy Innovation Programme, including £10m investment for innovations that offer low carbon heat in domestic and commercial buildings.

Around £10m will be provided for innovations to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings, £14m for the energy entrepreneurs fund, £20m for carbon capture and utilisation demonstration program.

In addition, about £20m funding will be provided to demonstrate the viability of switching to low carbon fuels for industry and £20m to support clean technology early stage funding

The strategy also includes the development of measures to support businesses to improve their energy productivity by up to 20% by 2030 and establish an industrial energy efficiency scheme to help large firms implement measures to cut their energy use and bills.

UK climate change and industry minister Claire Perry said: “The impact of the Paris agreement and the unstoppable global shift towards low carbon technologies gives the UK an unparalleled opportunity.

“By focusing on Clean Growth, we can cut the cost of energy, drive economic prosperity, create high value jobs and improve our quality of life.”

Image: The UK Government launches new clean growth strategy for decreasing carbon emissions. Photo: courtesy of Crown copyright.