Low Carbon Transition Plan
On 15 July 2009 the Government published its Low Carbon Transition
Plan (LCTP) which plots how the UK will meet the 34% cut in emissions on
1990 levels by 2020, set out in the budget.
Emissions have already been reduced by 21% – equivalent to
cutting emissions entirely from four cities the size of
By 2020 it is anticipated that more than 1.2 million people will be
in green jobs. 7 million homes will have benefited from whole house
makeovers, and more than 1.5 million households will be supported to
produce their own clean energy. Around 40% of electricity will be
from low-carbon sources, from renewables, nuclear and clean coal. We
will be importing half the amount of gas that we otherwise would, and the
average new car will emit 40% less carbon than now.
The Transition Plan is the most systematic response to climate change
of any major developed economy.
Low Carbon Industrial Strategy
Published alongside the LCTP, the Government's Low Carbon Industrial
Strategy (LCIS) presents a series of active government interventions to
support industries critical to tackling climate change.
The LCIS puts workers and businesses in the UK at the forefront of
massive global opportunity by targeting key industries and regions where
the UK has competitive or commercial advantage.
Renewable Energy Strategy
Following a major consultation exercise in 2008, the Renewable Energy
Strategy (RES) was published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change
(DECC) in 2009. This strategy sets out how we all have a role to play
in promoting renewable energy, from individuals to communities to
For further information on any of the above, visit DECC's
Several Government Office functions have an energy implication
including housing (where Local Authorities have a duty to identify
efficiencies), transport, planning (especially renewable energy and energy
efficiency of new developments), and fuel poverty as a dimension of social
deprivation and health.