The UK Government unveils updated Energy Security Plan.

30th March 2023
The UK’s new 1,000-page energy plan is predictably being met with mixed reviews, optimism and scepticism. On one hand, it's a missed opportunity full of half-baked, half-hearted policies that do not go far enough, and on the other, it recognises the importance of investment and innovation in the UK’s energy networks to reach net zero in time.

Mike Childs, Friends of the Earth’s head of policy, warned that the government should be scaling up and accelerating the race to net zero, but the latest plans looked “half-baked, half-hearted and dangerously lacking ambition”.

“These announcements will do little to boost energy security, lower bills or put us on track to meet climate goals,” he said.
Mark Maslin, a professor of climatology at UCL, said: “At the moment the government announcement is more of the same, lacks insight to the energy issues and invests money in dead-end technology such as hydrogen."

Emma Pinchbeck, Energy UK’s Chief Executive, said the government’s plan presents a massive opportunity for the energy industry to meet climate change targets and establish a secure, affordable, and clean energy system.

The plan offers economic, social, and environmental benefits such as job creation, boosting British companies, manufacturing, and supply chains, and improving people’s lives with warmer, more comfortable homes that benefit from cheaper energy.

Lawrence Slade, FEI, the Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association (ENA), welcomed the government’s recognition of the importance of investment and innovation in the UK’s energy networks to reach net zero in time, emphasising the need for planning, regulation, and policy to keep pace with the clock ticking.

What does the plan say about electric vehicles (EVs)?

In 2022, the Government set out plans for car makers to begin the process of moving production to EVs, ahead of the 2030 ban on new non-electric cars and vans. Zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) mandates will be applied to car manufacturers from next year, requiring them to ensure a certain amount of vehicles produced are zero-emission.

The Government has re-stated its commitment to invest more than £380m into EV charging.

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