"Partnerships” are vital in overcoming the challenges and in discovering new opportunities.
June 30th 2016, the UK has set a new ambitious 2030 carbon target. The UK is looking at reducing carbon emissions of 57% by 2030 on 1990 levels.
This commitment should ease nerves and anxieties in the energy sector. It is an important step forward and all public, private and third sector parties welcomed the news and the clarity it provided. John Sauven, Greenpeace UK Director highlighted “the government has kept its word to adopt this important target to limit the UK’s carbon emissions”.
The government must now bring forward the policy and strategy of how these emissions can be reduced. The target covers reductions between 2028 and 2032 and means no more than 1.725m metric tons of carbon dioxide can be emitted during that period. In 2015, the UK emitted 497MtCO2e.
The Committee on Climate Change did calculate that the governments targets for low carbon energy are on track but suggested that a new approach is needed on CO2 emissions from housing as well as agriculture and transport – two sectors where emissions are growing.
Former DECC secretary Amber Rudd said, “Climate change remained one of the most serious long term risks to the economy”. The UK will not turn their back on Europe or the world. Whilst the UK ‘s role in dealing with a warming planet may be harder now due to the Brexit decision but the commitment to deal with climate change has not disappeared.
What impact will BREXIT have on Britain's carbon reduction plans? With the abolishment of DECC and the formation of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; what does this mean for Britain's priorities towards meeting the emissions reduction targets and the drive towards a low carbon economy?
Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Secretary stated: “I am thrilled to have been appointed to lead this new department charged with delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy, leading government’s relationship with business, furthering our world-class science base, delivering affordable, clean energy and tackling climate change.”
Britain’s cities are currently exploring ways to harness the power of data and technology to make their cities a better place to live, work and play. Cities and their citizens generate a huge amount of data, which can be used in smart ways to achieve big things. A city is nothing without its people, so where better to explore how we can fuse open data and technology to make a real difference to lives of citizens. “Smart cities are the future and we want to make sure our cities are equipped to deliver for their citizens of Britain. This means being smart about how we use data and technology to improve services, promote innovation and empower people and communities.”
By making cities smarter automatically lowers carbon emissions within cities, this conference will underline an array of solutions and throughout the day a number of excellent case studies will be showcased.
Low Carbon Britain 2016 Developing a Smart, Resilient, Digital Society will be an opportunity for you to be part of this inspiring journey.
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Otherwise contact Alan.Asbury@clsenergy.com for more information about this event.