Green Industrial Revolution Plan Extends Green Homes Grant by a Year

A TEN POINT plan for a green industrial revolution, which extends the Green Homes Grant by a year, has been announced.

The Green Homes Grant voucher scheme for improving energy efficiency in homes and public buildings will now run until March 2022.

The government says the scheme will be funded with £1 billion next year.

James Talman CEO NFRC

Chief Executive of NFRC, James Talman said, “The decision to extend the Green Homes Grant by a further year is a welcome relief for the industry. The previous timescale was completely unrealistic when many firms needed time to get the relevant accreditations, and most contractors and suppliers were already operating at full capacity. The government should now set out its future intentions on retrofit, beyond the next year, to give longer-term certainty to the market.”

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of FMB agreed that a longer term strategy is needed, while also welcoming the Green Homes Grant extension, saying: “This will give the reassurance needed to the building industry to invest in the scheme.

Net Zero by 2050

The rest of the Plan covers clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies, and aims to eradicate the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050.

The plan – which is part of the economic levelling up of UK regions – sets out a £12 billion government investment to stimulate three times as much private sector investment by 2030.

Ten Point Plan

  1. Offshore wind: Producing enough offshore wind to power every home, quadrupling output to 40GW by 2030, supporting up to 60,000 jobs.
  2. Hydrogen: Aiming to generate 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030. Developing the first town heated entirely by hydrogen by the end of the decade. £500 million for trialling homes using hydrogen for heating and cooking. Of this, £240 million will go into new hydrogen production facilities.
  3. Nuclear: £525 million to help develop large and smaller-scale nuclear plants, and research and develop new advanced modular reactors.
  4. Electric vehicles: Ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030. The sale of carbon emission-free hybrid cars and vans will be allowed until 2035. £582 million in grants for buying zero or ultra-low emission vehicles. £500 million over the next 4 years for the development and mass-scale production of electric vehicle batteries.£1.3 billion for charge points for electric vehicles in homes, streets and on motorways.A consultation will be launched on the phase out of new diesel HGVs. No date has been set yet.
  5. Public transport, cycling and walking: Making cycling and walking more attractive and investing in zero-emission public transport.
  6. Jet Zero and greener maritime: Supporting research projects for zero-emission planes and ships. £20 million for a competition to develop clean maritime, such as feasibility studies on key sites, including Orkney and Teesside.
  7. Homes and public buildings: Extending the Green Homes Grant and a target to install 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028.
  8. Carbon capture: Becoming a world-leader in technology to capture and store emissions away from the atmosphere, with a target to remove 10MT of carbon dioxide by 2030. Includes £200 million to create two carbon capture clusters by the mid-2020s, with another two by 2030.
  9. Nature: Planting 30,000 hectares of trees every year.
  10. Innovation and finance: Developing the technologies needed to reach these new energy ambitions and make the City of London the global centre of green finance.

Tangible Steps

The Ten Point Plan comes in the run up to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow next year.

Matthew Farrow, director of policy at the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) which represents environmental technologies and services companies, said: “It is fitting that around the original dates for COP26 we are seeing new announcements to keep society on track. While Government’s attentions have, understandably, been elsewhere this year, these tangible steps will ensure progress continues towards a carbon free future.

“We are delighted to see positive news on green financing more generally, but specifically around innovation funding for Net Zero. Bringing forward the commitment on electric vehicles will also have positive effects on air quality in the near-term as confidence grows in both the technology and charging infrastructure. Finally, a breadth of common sense investments in a range of energy generation sources, will help us successfully transition to Net Zero.

“Government must now focus on boosting enforcement of policies, such as energy efficiency regulations, where compliance is sometimes scandalously low. Without more effort and resources put into this area, today’s encouraging announcements are likely to have limited impact.”

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