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The Clean Growth Strategy: Ambitious but toothless

Everyone seems fairly excited. The long-awaited Clean Growth Strategy has finally been published, almost a year late. And it’s getting praise more often than not, with most reviews calling it “ambitious”, despite everyone’s low expectations.

It’s definitely more ambitious than Government’s previous policies in these areas, and I welcome the rather large shift in Conservative mentality from “green crap” to truly embracing the vast opportunities around clean growth.

But is it going to help us achieve what it’s hoping to, or is it just a positive direction that will end up falling flat? And is it really “ambitious” to change a ‘plan’ to a ‘strategy’ at the last minute?

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Build more houses, stupid!?

Those working in the housing sector are unlikely to take much heart from this year’s party conferences, which were sorely lacking in substantive policy proposals to address the systemic housing crisis that exists in the UK today.

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Why have more renewables in Germany and Australia led to an increase in carbon emissions and blackouts?

Last week’s Contracts for Difference auction results show offshore wind at its lowest ever cost. This reflects the trend which will see more and more renewables put on the system.

In the years to come, we can expect to see a range of new grid technologies deployed to enhance distribution and transmission as well as the emergence of micro-grids. These developments could theoretically enable a 100% renewables energy system – a system that does not have to resort to massive overcapacity to meet demand, but what about in the short and medium term?

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