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The 32 DECC action points for energy in the UK

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change has published a list of 32 action points for saving energy through the Green Deal, ensure energy security and a low-carbon energy future, manage the UK’s energy legacy and drive ambitious action on climate change domestically and internationally.

Here is a list of DECC’s 32 point action plan for the UK:

Saving energy in the home through the Green Deal

ACTION 1: The Government is tackling the barriers to investment in energy efficiency by launching the Green Deal and rolling out smart meters.

Green Deal

ACTION 2: The Government has committed to extending the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) to the end of 2012. As part of this we are increasing the target for the scheme by over 100 million lifetime tonnes of CO2, and restructuring it to drive insulation measures.

ACTION 3: The Government will include powers in the forthcoming Energy Security and Green Economy Bill to introduce a new obligation on energy companies from 2012, to take over beyond CERT.

Smart meters

ACTION 4: Alongside this Statement, the Government and Ofgem are together publishing a Prospectus for Smart Meters.

Protecting consumers, especially the most vulnerable

ACTION 5: As part of the CERT extension, we are introducing a "super priority" group, to ensure that the poorest, most vulnerable households stand to benefit from the scheme.

Helping business and industry use energy more efficiently

ACTION 6: We will keep the CRC under review and look at the future of Climate Change Agreements in order to ensure that we deliver significant improvements in energy efficiency with minimal complexity and policy overlap.

ACTION 7: Alongside this Statement, the Government is publishing analysis on the impact of energy and climate change policies on both household and business energy bills up to 2020, and will continue to do so on an annual basis.

Improving energy efficiency in the public sector

ACTION 8: All 17 central Government Departments now have comprehensive plans in place to meet the 10% reduction target and all have a real-time energy display in place.

Working for secure, low-carbon energy on the international stage

ACTION 9: We will press the European Commission to set out a clear vision for a secure, low carbon EU economy out to 2050, and to ensure that the forthcoming EU Energy Strategy proposes policies to enable the energy sector to play its full role in this.

Securing oil and gas supplies

ACTION 10: We are doubling environmental inspections of offshore oil and gas rigs and will undertake a full review of the oil and gas environmental regime following the outcome of investigations into the causes of the Gulf of Mexico incident.

ACTION 11: In the forthcoming Energy Security and Green Economy Bill, we will seek to ensure that access to UK oil and gas infrastructure is available to all companies. This will help the exploitation of smaller and more difficult oil and gas fields, allowing us to make the most of our natural resources.

ACTION 12: We will introduce further measures on gas security as promised in the Coalition Programme for Government. In the future, we need more gas storage capacity, more gas import capacity, and greater assurance that our market will deliver gas when it is needed. This means that our gas market arrangements must have a sharper focus on increased flexibility and resilience.

Developing low-carbon heat

ACTION 13: We will set out detailed proposals for taking forward the Government’s commitment to renewable heat through the Spending Review.

ACTION 14: We will launch Community Energy Online in autumn 2010 to support local authorities and communities who wish to develop local renewable energy solutions.

Reforming the market and removing barriers across the whole electricity sector

ACTION 15: In the autumn, the Government will publish proposals to reform the climate change levy in order to provide more certainty and support to the carbon price. Subject to the outcome of that consultation, the Government intends to bring forward relevant legislation in Finance Bill 2011.

ACTION 16: We are pressing for the EU to move from the current 20% target to a 30% target for GHG emission reductions by 2020.

ACTION 17: The Electricity Market Reform project will issue a consultation document in the autumn and a White Paper in spring 2011.

ACTION 18: The Government will publish proposals for a Green Investment Bank following the Spending Review.

ACTION 19: We will publish a detailed implementation plan later in the summer and consult on revised draft energy National Policy Statements in the autumn.

ACTION 20: We will implement the ‘Connect and Manage’ regime in August 2010.

ACTION 21: We have decided to consult further with Ofgem on the enduring regime for offshore transmission.

Renewable energy

ACTION 22: We have asked the Committee on Climate Change for advice on the scope for a more ambitious target for renewable energy.

ACTION 23: We will publish a renewable energy delivery plan to drive faster deployment through the decade.

ACTION 24: The Government will support the development of marine energy in the UK.

ACTION 25: We are taking immediate action to exploit the potential of bio-electricity and energy from waste, by grandfathering support under the Renewables Obligation for electricity from dedicated biomass, energy from waste, anaerobic digestion and advanced conversion technologies, such as pyrolysis and gasification. We will publish in the autumn a joint industry/Government action plan to deliver a huge increase in energy from waste through anaerobic digestion.

Distributed energy and micro-generation

ACTION 26: We are currently consulting on a new micro-generation strategy aimed at ensuring that these technologies reach their full potential to deliver low carbon heat and electricity in households and at community scales.


ACTION 27: We will consult on a revised draft of the nuclear National Policy Statement in the autumn and put it before Parliament for ratification next spring.

ACTION 28: We will make a decision about Regulatory Justification of new nuclear reactor designs.

ACTION 29: The Government will ensure that the regulators have the ability to maintain the level of resource needed to deliver a meaningful end to Generic Design Assessment of new nuclear reactor designs in June 2011.

ACTION 30: We will finalise the arrangements to ensure that new nuclear operators set aside sufficient money from day one to pay for waste and decommissioning.


ACTION 31: We will engage with industry on the development of the selection process for future CCS demonstration projects with the intention of launching a formal call by the end of the year.


ACTION 32: We are announcing today a review of the role of Ofgem.

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