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UK Low Carbon Transition Plan

This White Paper sets out the UK’s first ever comprehensive low carbon transition plan to 2020. This plan will deliver emission cuts of 18% on 2008 levels by 2020 (and over a one third reduction on 1990 levels).

Key steps include:

  • Getting 40% of our electricity from low carbon sources by 2020 with policies to:
  • Produce around 30% of our electricity from renewables by 2020 by substantially increasing the requirement for electricity suppliers to sell renewable electricity.
  • Making homes greener by:
  • Channelling about £3.2 billion to help households become more energy efficient by increasing the current CERT programme by 20% between 2008 and 2011 and then extending it to the end of 2012.
  • Rolling out smart meters in every home by the end of 2020.
  • Piloting “pay as you save” ways to help people make their whole house greener – the savings made on energy bills will be used to repay the upfront costs.
  • Introducing clean energy cash-back schemes so that people and businesses will be paid if they use low carbon sources to generate heat or electricity.
  • Opening a competition for 15 towns, cities and villages to be at the forefront of pioneering green innovation.

Helping the most vulnerable by:

  • Creating mandated social price support at the earliest opportunity with increased resources compared to the current voluntary system. The Government is minded to focus new resources particularly on older pensioners on the lowest incomes.
  • Piloting a community-based approach to delivering green homes in low income areas, helping around 90,000 homes.
  • Increasing the level of Warm Front grants so most eligible applicants can receive their energy saving measures without having to contribute payment themselves.

The document can be found at: