- Major revision Spring 2018
- Revised Autumn 2021
EN002 Producing and using energy is a major source of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. Therefore the energy system must address the temperature targets of the 2015 Paris agreement on Climate Change and targets in the the Climate Emergency chapter, taking into account fairness within and between nations.
EN005 Transformation of the energy system will bring with it significant health benefits, improved social well-being and environmental safeguards. The positive economic effects on employment and across all sectors of the economy will be maximised.
EN006 Changes to the energy system will take into account population growth and demographic change, changing behaviour patterns, changes in transport and assist adaptation to changing weather and climate.
EN007 Central and local government will collaborate in developing energy plans in consultation with local communities and businesses, setting energy and emission targets for buildings, industry and transport to encourage very low carbon energy use.
EN010 In line with the move from fossil fuels, clean electricity generation will be substantially increased, based primarily on renewable, very low carbon sources with offshore wind as a major source, supported by onshore wind, marine, solar photo-voltaic, biofuels, hydro power and geothermal.
EN011 Continuity of supply will be ensured by using the UK’s renewable energy sources and a variety of storage technologies, links to other countries’ grids and minimal use of natural gas to balance demand and supply, and consistent with meeting demand in real-time. Surplus electricity will be transformed into heat and gas and stored (power to gas), or exported.
EN012 Carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure, including a network, will be established to ensure decarbonisation of power supply by natural gas, assist industrial decarbonisation, and as a basis for future carbon sequestration.
EN015 Biofuels will be sustainably sourced within the UK, and therefore the quantity available will be limited. (See FR700).
EN016 Hydrogen will be produced from excess renewable electricity generation by electrolysis. The Green Hydrogen produced – along with synthetic fuels derived from it – will have a role in electricity generation (EN010), heating homes (EN021), industry (EN030) and transport (EN041). Production of hydrogen from fossil fuels will be phased out
EN021 Heating of buildings will be transformed by the use of solar thermal, heat pumps, biofuels, stored heat, hydrogen and relevant derived synthetic fuels, electricity and geothermal. The use of natural gas for heating will be phased out entirely.
EN030 Industrial processes will be transformed to be more efficient. Renewable heat, hydrogen and relevant derived synthetic fuels, and very low carbon electricity will be prioritized over the use of fossil fuels.
EN041 Cars and vans, and later HGVs, will become increasingly based on ultra-low emission engines using batteries and fuel cells (utilizing power to gas); electrification will proceed in step with deployment of clean energy sources.
Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D)
EN051 Substantial RD&D will be made available to promote large-scale cost-effective deployment especially for marine power, energy storage, building energy performance improvements including insulation, techniques and technologies, HGVs, CCS and shipping.
Skills and Training
EN060 The workforce needed to implement these changes will be developed through extensive national and local programmes covering construction, transport, manufacturing and energy at all skill levels and to the wider public.
Social Well Being and Health
EN070 Fuel poverty will be addressed by a comprehensive range of policies, including home energy improvements, and related policies on income, health, and housing as well as and energy pricing and regulation.
Legislation and Regulation
- Climate Emergency
- Food and Agriculture
- Housing – Industry
- Local Planning and the Built Environment
- Marine and Coastal
- Natural Resources and Waste Management
- Science and Technology
Energy chapter updates
The last amendment to the Energy policy chapter was in Autumn 2021