The government’s independent climate and infrastructure advisors have drawn an unprecedented reprimand Les Truss To focus on attempts to increase UK gas production to lower energy prices rather than policies to reduce demand.
From her first hours in office, the Prime Minister has prioritized series of measures On energy policy to avoid the cost of living crisis.
Also indicated to pay to extract more gas And oil from the North Sea, accelerating New license From oil and gas fields in the North Sea, raising hydraulic fracturing stopTo try to increase gas production.
On Wednesday, former Conservative Environment Minister Lord Deben and Sir John Armitt, who chair the Climate Change Committee and the National Infrastructure Committee respectively, Wrote to Truss Warning that the intensification of gas production will not solve the problem.
They wrote: “The UK cannot tackle this crisis only by increasing its production of natural gas. Increasing domestic production of fossil fuels may improve energy security, particularly this winter.”
“But our gas reserves – offshore or from shale – are too small to have a measurable impact on the prices that UK consumers are facing.”
The letter marks the first time that the chairs of the independent advisory bodies have written joint letters to the Prime Minister.
They advised Truss, along with the incoming chancellor and business minister, to focus instead on reducing energy demand from consumers and businesses.
“Energy security and reduced UK exposure to volatile fossil fuel prices require robust policies that reduce energy waste across the economy and promote domestic production of cheap, safe, low-carbon energy,” they wrote in the letter, seen by The Guardian.
This would necessitate policies such as home isolationRequire public agencies to improve energy efficiency in their buildings, establish an energy advisory service for consumers, and increase renewable energy generation, especially wind and onshore solar.
“Renewable energy is the cheapest form of electricity generation. Wind and onshore solar have the potential to spread faster and thus reduce our dependence on natural gas sooner,” they wrote.
gears has said little So far on how to improve home insulation, such as getting rid of Green House Scholarship Last year, the UK was left without a nationwide lockdown for those on average incomes. I pledged to remove green feespotentially including those who pay for insulation costs for poor and vulnerable families.
During her campaign to lead the Conservative Party, she, too vehemently refused Lifting barriers in the planning system to onshore wind and solar farms.
at least 15 million homes It requires improvements in energy efficiency, but the last year in which a significant number of homes were quarantined was 2012. Since then, the “off-and-run nature of energy efficiency policy is hampering supply chain development,” the letter states.
The Climate Change Committee warned earlier this year that increased gas production from the North Sea was unlikely to lead to lower gas prices and can be endangered The UK target of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
Deben and Armit write that up to three-quarters of households in the UK are threatened by fuel poverty.
OBR expects natural gas to remain expensive, three to four times the pre-invasion average [of Ukraine] Until 2027. 90% of the recent increase in the energy price ceiling was driven by changes in the price of gas. They wrote that addressing our dependence on fossil energy offers us the best way out of these crises.
“The best consumer policies are those that support sustainable energy security and a low-carbon, low-cost energy system. The independent analysis of our organizations is that this will deliver a long-term return on investment and put the UK on a path to prosperity.”