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Clean Growth Strategy

20 August, 2018

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The UK published the ‘Clean Growth Strategy’ on 13th October 2017 outlining the broad objectives and aspirations to meet the nation’s climate goals. What is less well documented is a detailed plan of how this will be achieved. Our work is focusing on drawing together existing research to analyse the energy demand aspects of the strategy. We will assess where additional policy and measures are required and identify important research gaps that we need to fill.

What is the Clean Growth Strategy?

The Clean Growth Strategy (CGS) was published in October 2017 and sets out the Government’s plan for decarbonising the UK’s economy.

The strategy outlines the broad objectives and aspirations to meet the nation’s climate goals. What is less well documented is a detailed plan of how this will be achieved.

What is CREDS doing?

Our work is focusing on drawing together existing research to analyse the energy demand aspects of the strategy. We will assess where additional policy and measures are required and identify important research gaps that we need to fill.

CREDS researchers are applying their collective expertise in energy demand to propose changes to the CGS that would enhance its impact. Our recommendations will be published in November 2018.

CGS will provide a major opportunity to implement energy demand management approaches that have been effective in the UK or elsewhere in the world. In some areas, this will involve a substantial shift in UK Government policy.

CREDS believes that the CGS should embrace not only a shift to renewable energy, but also changes in how, when and where energy is used. Advances in our understanding of energy demand offer huge opportunities to contribute to the goal of supporting economic growth as well as achieving our zero-carbon objectives.

CREDS recommendations for CGS will cover:

  • reducing and decarbonising energy demand in buildings;
  • decarbonising industrial processes and using materials better;
  • managing travel demand and low carbon transport;
  • making energy demand more flexible;
  • considering some radical options.

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