Following the UK's 10 point plan for a green industrial revolution, the Net Zero Strategy lays the foundations for a green economy recovery and outlines decarbonisation pathways to net zero by 2050. The strategy sets out clear policies and proposals to reduce emissions for each sector, keeping the UK on track with upcoming carbon budgets and its 2030 Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).
Key policies and proposals include:
Power: Fully decarbonise the power system by 2035.
Fuel supply and hydrogen: Deliver 5 GW of hydrogen production capacity by 2030.
Heat and buildings: Set a path to all new heating appliances in homes and workplaces from 2035 being low carbon.
Transport: Remove all road emissions at the tailpipe and kick-start zero emissions international travel.
Carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS): Deliver four CCUS clusters, capturing 20-30 MtCO2 across the economy, including 6 MtCO2 of industrial emissions, per year by 2030. Deploy at least 5 MtCO2/year of engineered greenhouse gas removals by 2030.
Critical minerals: Publish a UK Critical Minerals Strategy in 2022 outlining an approach to securing supply of technology-critical minerals and metals. Establish an Expert Committee on Critical Minerals to provide independent advice on the strategy and publish an updated mineral list to guide investment decisions. Establish a Critical Minerals Intelligence Centre to provide analysis on mineral stocks and flows to further guide decision-making.
The Net Zero Strategy will be submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as the UK’s second Long-Term Low Greenhouse Gas Emission Development Strategy under the Paris Agreement.