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The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan

The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan

The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan plots how the UK will meet the 34 percent cut in emissions on 1990 levels by 2020 – UK emissions of the basket of six greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol were 22.0 per cent lower in 2008 than in the base year, down from 779.9 to 608.4 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent. The Plan shows how reductions in the power sector and heavy industry; transport; homes and communities; workplaces and jobs; and farming, land and waste sectors could enable carbon budgets to 2022 to be met.

The Plan is an overarching document and a number of more detailed documents were published alongside it, including Low Carbon Transport – a Greener Future (DfT), the UK Low Carbon Industrial Strategy (BIS and DECC), and the UK Renewable Energy Strategy (DECC).

You can order hard copies of the Low Carbon Transition Plan through The Stationery Office (TSO). 


Analytical Annex: The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan Size: [1.18 MB] File Type: [.PDF]

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The Renewable Energy Strategy

Following a major consultation exercise in 2008, DECC published a Renewable Energy Strategy and Executive Summary (below). This strategy sets out the role individuals, communities and businesses can play in promoting renewable energy.

Alongside the Renewable Energy Strategy document, DECC also published a suite of impact assessments and supporting analytical consultancy reports. The main consenting bodies for renewable energy and environmental statutory consultees have also published a joint statement setting out their collective commitment to achieve greater renewable energy deployment.

These documents and further background are available in the Renewables section of our website.

The UK Renewable Energy Strategy 2009 Size: [3.82 MB] File Type: [.pdf]

The Low Carbon Industrial Strategy (LCIS)

The Low Carbon Industrial Strategy (LCIS) published alongside the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan, presents a series of active interventions to support industries critical to tackling climate change. It 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.

This document is available on

Low Carbon Transport - A Greener Future

The  Low Carbon Transport Strategy, published alongside the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan, sets out how to reduce carbon emissions from domestic transport over the next decade.

This document is available on

Severn Tidal Power feasibility study response to Phase 1 consultation

The Severn Tidal Power feasibility study is gathering and assessing up-to-date evidence to support the decision on whether or not to support tidal power development in the Severn Estuary.

Ten potential development options were considered in the first phase of the study (including barrages, lagoons, a tidal reef and tidal fence) and the study’s first three-month public consultation was held from 26 January to 23 April 2009.

The consultation asked for views on:

  • a recommended shortlist of schemes for more detailed analysis
  • the scope of the Strategic Environmental Assessment that is being carried out within the feasibility study
  • the issues the feasibility study is considering and how these are being approached.

A total of 734 formal written responses were received. All responses have been analysed carefully and will be taken into account as the feasibility study continues.

The response to the Phase 1 consultation is below.

More detailed information is available on the Severn Tidal Power section of this website.

Consultation on Renewable Electricity Financial Incentives

This consultation ran from 15 July 2009 to 15 October 2009 and sought views on two mechanisms to provide financial incentives for the generation of low-carbon and renewable electricity; the Renewables Obligation (RO) and Feed-in Tariffs (FITs).

The consultation documents, including impact assessments can be found in the consultation section of this site.

The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan emissions projections

The Low Carbon Transition Plan emissions projections are based on the series of updated energy and emissions projections that DECC publishes each year. These projections are presented on the net UK carbon account basis and include all policies and measures announced in the Transition Plan and the charts and tables that appear throughout the Plan and Analytical Annex are drawn from these projections. Previous projections were published alongside the Carbon Budgets announcement at Budget 2009.

Further information including the individual emission tables is available in the Energy and emissions projections page of this site.

UK Low Carbon Transition Plan emission projections Size: [196 KB] File Type: [.pdf]

Frontier Economics Report: Alternative policies for assessing other means of low carbon innovation

Carbon valuation

Carbon valuation approaches underwent a major review, which concluded in July 2009. The new approach moves away from a valuation based on the damages associated with climate change impacts, instead using as its basis the cost of mitigating emissions.

As part of the process of reviewing its carbon valuation methodology, DECC invited comments from expert academics in this area. Peer review comments were received on an early draft of the explanatory note describing the proposed revisions. To help DECC economists finalise the appropriate methodology for valuing carbon in UK policy appraisal, peer reviewers were asked for their thoughts on the document as a whole or on any issues arising. These, and the response by government economists, are published here.

The Carbon Valuation UK Policy Appraisal, the seven peer reviews and the Government response to the peer reviews are below:

Peer review: Paul Johnson Size: [302 KB] File Type: [.pdf]
Peer review: Paul Ekins Size: [120 KB] File Type: [.pdf]
Peer review: Paul Watkiss Size: [75 KB] File Type: [.pdf]
Peer review: Kirk Hamilton Size: [45 KB] File Type: [.pdf]
Peer review: Frank Ackerman Size: [236 KB] File Type: [.pdf]
Peer review: Dieter Helm Size: [79 KB] File Type: [.pdf]
Peer review: Andrew Sentance Size: [18 KB] File Type: [.pdf]

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