IChemE calls for systems approach in response to UK Government’s Energy Security Plan
30th March 2023
The UK Government’s announcement on its Energy Security Plan provides some much-needed clarity on the path the UK plans to take in providing clean and affordable energy to both the residential and industry consumers through investing and developing in UK homegrown power. The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) welcomes all measures that will drive more investment in the green energy sector, create job opportunities for the future and drive down the cost of energy for UK consumers.
As such, the proposed investment into carbon capture and storage (CCS), floating offshore wind energy, green hydrogen, and decarbonisation of power, transport, and residential heating are a step in the right direction. These ambitious plans require a systems approach which is why chemical engineers must be front and central in shaping the future direction of energy security in order to achieve net zero.
However, while CCS is an important tool on the journey to net zero, it should only be a temporary measure to allow the cleaner use of fossil fuels until the capacity for renewable energy sources has been sufficiently increased. The UK should also do more to reduce energy demand by improving the UK’s notoriously poorly-insulated housing stock. The target of insulating 300,000 out of the UK’s 20 million homes is hardly ambitious, considering that the UK has the least insulated homes in Western Europe.
IChemE supports its members in applying their expertise and experience to make an influential contribution to solving major global challenges, including achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). IChemE’s position on climate change was published in November 2020 and reflects the Institution’s commitment to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to contribute to a net zero future. Between 2020-22, IChemE’s member communities produced plans to support climate change action across multiple sectors and jurisdictions, including energy transition and clean energy. IChemE will continue to leverage the expertise and experience of its diverse members to make an informed contribution to policy debate on matters related to this Energy Security Plan.
For more information please contact:
Lucy Cook, Communications Manager, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534454
Claire Shepherd, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534457
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