Net Zero Roadmap

Government urged to accelerate pace of decarbonisation

RenewableUK published its report, Roadmap to net zero: a manifesto for a fully decarbonised power system by 2035.

The Net Zero Roadmap sets out a framework to guide the transformation needed to fully decarbonise the power sector by 2035, urging the government to accelerate the pace and scale of decarbonisation.

The Net Zero Roadmap report covers a series of topics, from market reforms to support low carbon investment, to creating a net zero network, accelerating renewable deployment, the involvement of green hydrogen and maximising the economic opportunity.

Each area of focus is supported with short-term and long-term actions for government.

The short-term actions include:

  • developing proposals for Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation reforms which enhance investment in resilience and sustainability, particularly in supply chains; designing the new onshore communities scheme in a way that enables maximum deployment in parts of England where there is local support;

  • and defining a zero-carbon hydrogen standard and tailoring the Hydrogen Business Model to support green hydrogen production at different scales including exemption from levies.

The long-term actions include:

  • using the existing Offshore Transmission Network Review to establish a long-term solution for planning integrated offshore grid infrastructure post-2030;

  • maximising the potential for a wider range of flexible energy sources;

  • and building upon the detail in the Net Zero Strategy, developing an overarching ‘2 3 plan’ for addressing the strategic barriers to deploying the necessary low-carbon capacity, such as crosscutting planning issues and network delivery challenges.

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