UK government outlining their extensive net-zero strategy

“Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener” on how they plan to decarbonise the nation by "transforming every sector of the global economy".

UK government outlining their extensive net-zero strategy background

UK government outlining their extensive net-zero strategy

An announcement has been made by the UK government outlining their extensive net-zero strategy entitled “Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener” on how they plan to decarbonise the nation by "transforming every sector of the global economy". This comes as we approach COP26. The net-zero strategy outlines the sectors that will be prioritised and invested in, including the power, transport and fuel supply industries.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, "The UK's path to ending our contribution to climate change will be paved with well-paid jobs, billions in investment and thriving green industries - powering our green industrial revolution across the country," he continued to say that "By moving first and taking bold action, we will build a defining competitive edge in electric vehicles, offshore wind, carbon capture technology and more, whilst supporting people and businesses along the way."

Following the Prime Ministers announcement The Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng “Now is the time the world needs to go further and faster to tackle climate change. The UK is stepping up to that challenge. Here we set out our ambitious strategy – the first of its kind in the world of a major economy - to create new jobs, develop new industries with innovative new technologies and become a more energy secure nation with clean green British energy. At the same time we will reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the economy to reach net zero by 2050.


Key policies from the net-zero strategy that cover power:

  • By 2035 the UK will be powered entirely by clean electricity, subject to security of supply.
  • Secure a final investment decision on a large-scale nuclear plant by the end of this Parliament, and launch a new £120 million Future Nuclear Enabling Fund, retaining options for future nuclear technologies, including Small Modular Reactors, with a number of potential sites including Wylfa in North Wales.
  • 40GW of offshore wind by 2030, with more onshore, solar, and other renewables – with a new approach to onshore and offshore electricity networks to incorporate new low carbon generation and demand in the most efficient manner that takes account of the needs of local communities like those in East Anglia.
  • Moving towards 1GW of floating offshore wind by 2030 to put us at the forefront of this new technology that can utilise our North and Celtic Seas – backed by £380 million overall funding for our world-leading offshore wind sector.
  • Deployment of new flexibility measures including storage to help smooth out future price spikes.

Key policies from the net-zero strategy that cover Fuel Supply & Hydrogen:

  • We have set up the Industrial Decarbonisation and Hydrogen Revenue Support
    (IDHRS) scheme to fund our new hydrogen and industrial carbon capture business models. We will be providing up to £140 million to establish the scheme, including up to £100 million to award contracts of up to 250MW of electrolytic hydrogen production capacity in 2023 with further allocation in 2024.


  • Introducing a new climate compatibility checkpoint for future licensing on the UK Continental Shelf and regulating the oil and gas sector in a way that minimises greenhouse gases through the revised Oil and Gas Authority strategy.

Key policies from the net-zero strategy that cover Transport:

  • A zero emission vehicle mandate to improve consumer choice and ensure we maximise the economic benefit from this transition by giving a clear signal to investors. This will deliver on our 2030 commitment to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, and 2035 commitment that all cars must be fully zero emissions capable.
  • Further funding of £620 million for zero emission vehicle grants and EV Infrastructure, including further funding for local EV Infrastructure, with a focus on local on street residential charging.
  • Allocating a further £350 million of our up to £1 billion Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF) to support the electrification of UK vehicles and their supply chains.
  • Building on the success of our £20 million zero emission road freight trials, we will expand these to trial three zero emission HGV technologies at scale on UK roads to determine their operational benefits, as well as their infrastructure needs.
  • £2 billion investment which will help enable half of journeys in towns and cities to be cycled or walked by 2030.
  • £3 billion to create integrated bus networks, more frequent services and bus lanes to speed journeys.
  • Transformation of local transport systems, with 4,000 new zero emission buses and the infrastructure to support them, and a net zero rail network by 2050, with the ambition to remove all diesel-only trains by 2040.
  • Building on the success of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, we will be extending this to a multi-year programme, delivering real-world demonstrations and technology trials of clean maritime vessels and infrastructure to decarbonise the maritime sector. This is part of our commitment to a UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emissions.
  • Significant investment in rail electrification and city rapid transit systems.
  • Aim to become a world-leader in zero emission flight and kick-starting the commercialisation of the UK sustainable aviation fuel so people can fly and connect without guilt. Our ambition is to enable delivery of 10% SAF by 2030 and will be supporting UK industry with £180 million funding for the development of SAF plants.

There is a lot more to the strategy then outlined here and if you would like to read the full net-zero Strategy you can download it here.