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Upcoming Treasury Spending Review is expected to provide some detail on the scale of finances to help step up low carbon heat and energy adoption for the next few years ahead of COP 26

The UK government has committed to fully decarbonise the UK’s electricity system by 2035 as a step towards ramping up national commitments to cleaner power and heat.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng have pledged this month to bring forward its aims to remove fossil fuels from UK electricity generation by 15 years.

This commitment comes ahead of the COP26 International Climate Change Conference that is taking place over two weeks in Glasgow from the end of this month.

It is uncertain as yet if the delayed Heat and Buildings Strategy, which was scheduled to be published last year, will be released ahead of the event to finalise some of the approaches intended to scale up use of different low carbon heating technologies. However, the Treasury’s spending review that is due to be published at the end of October may be one more immediate source of information on short-term investment for cleaner heat.

Ambitions to bring forward aims for having an entirely zero carbon electricity network will see the government try to “double down” on efforts to deploy offshore wind, hydrogen and solar as means of increasing domestic electricity generation.

Nuclear power, onshore wind and carbon capture and storage are also identified as technologies to support the move to renewable power.

Gas prices

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng cited recent surges in the price of gas as one reason of the need to improve UK energy production in the long-term with a focus on renewable power.

Development of clean energy technologies is also expected to reduce the country’s current reliance on gas that remains both critical to the current UK electricity system, as well as the majority of the UK’s domestic heating needs.

Robert Russell-Pavier, a partner with public sector and energy consultancy Instinctive Partners, said today that a comprehensive Spending Review set to be unveiled by the Treasury on 27 October will detail how much funding the government will have for at least the next three years to support decarbonisation.

Mr Russel-Pavier was speaking during a BESA webinar looking at the possible impacts that COP26 may have for the building engineering sector and related commitments around future heat and building standards.

He said, “The net zero Spending Review will show us what the UK government can afford to spend on decarbonising our homes, and what it can’t.”

Whether the heat and buildings strategy is delivered before COP 26, the Treasury’s spending plans will provide an important details as to the scale of finance and funding that may be required from consumers and the private sector with regards to domestic decarbonisation, according to Mr Russel-Pavier.

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