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ADE response to the UK NDC

4 December 2020

The Prime Minister announced on Thursday 3 December that the UK will aim to cut its carbon emissions by at least 68% of what they were in 1990 by the end of 2030.

Ian Calvert, Chief Executive Officer of the ADE, said:

With the Prime Minister announcing a target of reducing our carbon emissions by 68% from 1990 levels, it is clear that everyone is going to have to ‘muck in’ so we can make this happen.

The ADE represents big and small businesses up and down the country that are critical to achieving this reduction in our emissions. Our members are working right now on retrofitting for warmer homes in Woking, decarbonising heat in Leeds city centre, championing the role of industrial clusters like Humber Zero in the green transition and pushing for the regulatory and legislative changes that mean you can use a smart tariff to get paid to use electricity at a time that it's helpful to absorb wind power from the electricity grid.

People at home and at work should be aware that only low carbon options will be available when replacing or building new, and we all are going to have to think about how to make this work best, locally, for us.

The good news is that the energy industry is ready to meet the ambition of the UK’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) announced today and there are cost-effective ways of heating our homes, being energy efficient and energy smart, with a lot of the new ways of doing things being pioneered in heavy industry already.

The ADE and our members have steered UK energy policy through many transitions since we were founded in 1967. We are enthusiastic and excited about the biggest shift yet- getting to net zero.

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