UK Energy White Paper

Last updated: 21 July 2021

Building on the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, the Energy White Paper sets out specific steps the government will take over the next decade to recover from he Covid-19 pandemic and set the course to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.


The policies presented in the paper would cut an estimated 230 million tones of CO2 across various sectors, mainly transport, buildings and industry, while supporting up to 220,000 jobs.


The details of the White Paper plans that are being implemented are for the most part included in the policy records for the Ten Point Plan. There are however two major new announcements:

- the confirmation that the UK will implement its own UK ETS to replace the EU ETS

- the government's intention to "bring at least one large scale nuclear reactor to the point of final investment"


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