Business and Trade Select Committee publishes report on decarbonising the power system

May 15, 2023

On 28 April, the Business and Trade (BEIS) Select Committee published the report based on its inquiry on progress in decarbonising the power system, which was opened in May last year. The power sector is responsible for the UK’s largest source of emissions and the inquiry was launched to scrutinise government proposals to meet its ambition to decarbonise all electricity generation by 2035.

Evidence was gathered from representatives across the energy sector, including academics, think-tanks, non-departmental public bodies, independent centres of expertise, energy generators and suppliers, network operators and the regulator, Ofgem.

Cleantech for UK has summarised their findings and policy recommendations below, to which the government is obliged to respond within 2 months.

The Select Committee establishes that:

Based on these findings, the BEIS Select Committee presents the following recommendations:

Impact on cleantech:

The power sector is responsible for the UK’s largest source of emissions, decarbonising it is fundamental the government’s net zero strategy, and it must be largely decarbonised by 2030 if the UK is to reduce emissions consistent with its statutory carbon budgets.

Several recommendations made by the Select Committee are similar to those in the “Independent Review of Net Zero” carried out by Chris Skidmore MP. The UK cleantech community would benefit from a comprehensive, strategic response by the government, in the wake of increased global cleantech competition, such as the Inflation Reduction Act and the Green Deal Industrial Plan. The government will now have to respond to the Select Committee’s feedback, a response Cleantech for UK will be sure to analyse as it comes out.