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How will the new Industrial Strategy impact the public sector?

To drastically lower carbon emissions by 2050, the UK government have announced plans for a new Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy. This announcement comes in the run up to the UK hosting COP26, and is reflective of the government’s rising environmental ambitions.

29 March 2021

Blueprints for the £1 billion strategy include plans to shift 20 Terawatt hours of the UK’s energy from fossil fuels to low carbon alternatives. The strategy also aims to cut two-thirds of emissions by 2050, meaning a 90% cut in comparison to 2018 levels. Three megatons of CO2 are also expected to be captured from industry by 2030. If achieved, the UK would become an international leader in industrial decarbonisation and manufacturing of low carbon products.

So, how will the new strategy impact the public sector?

Low carbon systems

Tying in with the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) announced in 2019, the new strategy will see an emphasis on carbon reduction through low consumption systems. The £931 million scheme has been granted to 429 projects across England. It supports upgrades to low carbon systems such as heat pumps and solar roof installations for public sector buildings. It will also cover energy efficiency measures such as LED lighting and insulation.

The revamped strategy is heavily linked to the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge, which awards nine green tech projects a cut of a £171 million grant. Announced last year the challenge was created to support low carbon innovations across the UK.

Green jobs

The installation and maintenance of low carbon systems in public sector buildings will reduce consumption while also generating jobs. The strategy has also seen the emergence of the Infrastructure Delivery Taskforce, also known as ‘Project Speed’. This project will focus on delivering infrastructure that is quick, efficient and sustainable. And will also ensure that land planning is fit for low carbon infrastructure.

With the announcement of required retrofitting and the delivery taskforce, the government have predicted the generation of over 80,000 green jobs over the next 30 years.

Financial benefits

With the introduction of low carbon installations, comes financial benefits. Reduced energy consumption through lighting and heating systems will save significant costs in the public sector.

A carbon pricing tool will be introduced that will assist in calculating an organisation’s carbon consumption. These measuring tools could potentially save £2 billion in annual costs.

In their 2020 announcement, the government specifically addressed the importance that schools will play in reaching net zero. Although initial retrofitting plans may be costly, the result will save money and carbon consumption in the long term.

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Sophie Wyatt
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