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Chris Huhne Secretary of State for Energy and Clilmate Change

World's first Renewable Heat Incentive launched to reduce emissions - 10 March 2011


    • £860m government scheme expected to increase green capital investment by £4.5 billion up to 2020, stimulating a new market in renewable heat;
    • Incentive to increase number of industrial, commercial and public sector installations by seven times to 2020
    • A full system of RHI payments will be available to households from October 2012
    • In the interim, more than a quarter of the first year’s budget to be guaranteed for up to 25,000 household installations through a “RHI Premium Payment” to encourage take-up;
    • 150,000 existing manufacturing, supply chain and installer jobs to be supported


The world’s first financial incentive of its kind to revolutionise the way heat is generated and used in buildings has been launched by Energy Secretary Chris Huhne.


The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will support emerging technologies and businesses in the UK, strengthening security of supply by reducing dependence on fossil fuel heating and emissions.


Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said:


“Renewable heat is a largely untapped resource and an important new green industry of the future.


"This incentive is the first of its kind in the world. It’ll help the UK shift away from fossil fuel, reducing carbon emissions and encouraging innovation, jobs and growth in new advanced technologies.”



The Carbon Plan front cover

Carbon Plan launched today - 08 March 2011


A Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister backed cross-Government action plan on climate change has been launched today which sets strict actions and deadlines that Whitehall will have to meet to ensure that the Government lives up to its ‘Greenest Government’ ever aim.


The Carbon Plan:


  • Is being initially published in draft, ahead of a final version in the Autumn – to be updated annually. This will allow the final live version to take account of the fourth carbon budget to be determined later this year. We also want NGOs and others to scour the plan and tell us what’s missing and what we have got right.
  • Shows that the delivery of the Government’s low carbon agenda is the shared responsibility of the whole of Government with key actions for BIS, DfT and HMT.
  • Will help ensure that each Whitehall department deliver key climate actions for which they are responsible to a clear framework of deadlines. Progress against these deadlines will be published quarterly on the No.10 website.


In a foreword to the document, the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change write:


"This Carbon Plan sets out a vision of a changed Britain, powered by cleaner energy used more efficiently in our homes and businesses, with more secure energy supplies and more stable energy prices, and benefiting from the jobs and growth that a low carbon economy will bring.


Becoming a low carbon economy will be one of the greatest changes our country has ever known. But it is a change for the better, for our economy, our society, and for the planet. This Carbon Plan shows how, together, we can make it happen."



How would you meet our energy demands and reduce carbon emissions by 2050? - 03 March 2011


  • Build 50 new nuclear power stations?
  • Build 20,000 onshore wind turbines?
  • Reduce average home temperatures by 1.5 degrees celsius through smarter heating?
  • Convert all cars to electric power?
  • Put external wall insulation on every home?


A new online simulation gives you the chance to take the big decisions about the nation’s energy future.


Launched in London, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said:


“There’s no silver bullet solution to the UK’s energy future. This project is all about getting to grips with the hard choices and  trade-offs which need to be made, choices which will affect our homes, communities and the way we travel. We can’t afford to leave it till tomorrow -  so get involved today.”



Chris Huhne speaking at CentreForum

Huhne: $100+ oil price transforms case for low carbon - 03 March 2011


Chris Huhne set out his vision for a low carbon, secure economy in a keynote speech to CentreForum in London on 03 March 2011.


In ‘A blueprint for our energy future’, the Secretary of State spoke of:


  • why a $100+ oil price transforms the economics of low carbon and that staying addicted to fossil fuels is now the costly, high-risk option
  • how climate change is already costing the UK economy, and why he believes a global climate deal WILL happen
  •  why the coalition puts insulating Britain’s homes so high on its agenda and how the Green Deal will end energy waste for good
  • why we have to keep ALL low carbon electricity options open if we’re to meet up to twice today’s demand in 2050, and,
  • why we must learn from the past and come out of recession with new advanced green industries for growth and job creation.




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