The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a 167-page report on the clean growth strategy for the UK, but do you know what it contains and how it could affect businesses and homes?
Writing for Open Access Government, head of corporate affairs and innovation at Flogas David Taylor recently explained some of the key points from the strategy.
He noted that through this document, the government has “committed to rolling out lower carbon processes, technologies and systems across the nation”.
Underpinning this is the need for any changes to be cost effective for homes and businesses. There are six main areas of focus, with the most important being to improve business and industry efficiency as this accounts for 25 per cent of emissions.
Further down the list is improving our homes, which account for 13 per cent of emissions. Providing clean, smart and flexible power is also a priority, as the energy generation sector accounts for 21 per cent of emissions.
Encouraging homes and businesses to adopt clean fuels and renewable technologies, including commercial heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar panels is part of this.
We recently highlighted how different businesses in the UK are tackling their emissions, with Chase Distillery in Hereford providing an excellent example of how to use its resources to make renewable energy. It installed a wood chip steam boiler that’s powered using cuttings from its apple orchards.
This is likely the kind of change the government hoped to inspire when it was putting its clean growth strategy together. But it’s not all about changing the way power is generated. There is also a shift towards the use of cleaner conventional fuels – like LPG – in place of more polluting options like coal and oil.