The Government's Energy Review, which was called for by the Prime Minister in November 2005, was concluded and published by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on 11 July. The Review will be followed by a White Paper towards the end of the year. The main purpose of the Review was to report on the progress on achieving the UK's four long-term goals for energy policy. These are: to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions by some 60% by 2050; to maintain reliable energy supplies; to promote competitive markets in the UK by helping to raise the rate of sustainable economic growth and to improve productivity; and to ensure that every home is adequately and affordably heated.

The Review focuses on the two major long-term energy challenges to the UK namely the global threat of climate change and security of supply.

The rationale and approach of the Review are set out by the Prime Minister's Foreword and the Preface by the Minister of Transport. The document covers 218 pages with 9 detailed chapters on the Government's proposals. The chapters deal with and contain proposals on the following aspects: 

  • Valuing Carbon –the overarching approach to saving carbon and giving incentives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Saving Energy – proposals to increase efficiency of products and services to improve the standards and heat efficiency of buildings.  
  • Distributed Energy – proposals on combined heat and power (CHP), microgeneration and proposals to encourage the development of renewable forms of heat.
  • Oil, Gas and Coal – proposals to improve the international markets for oil and gas, to encourage companies to maximise investment and production form UK's fossil fuel resources, and to help reduce the associated risks of gas imports.
  • Electricity Generation – proposals on renewables, cleaner coal and carbon capture and storage and on civil nuclear power.
  • Transport – proposals to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from transport.
  • Planning for Large-scale Energy Infrastructure – proposals on planning improvements for gas infrastructure and electricity generation, including renewables, CHP, fossil fuel and nuclear power stations.
  • Meeting Our Goals – highlights the progress of the overall package of proposals towards addressing specific energy targets by 2020 and beyond.
  • Implementation – summary of the next steps, including actions and timing of the proposals and consultations that are planned for later in the year.

For further information, please contact Leon Moller on 01224 343557 or your usual Energy Group contact at Shepherd and Wedderburn.

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