There is a groundswell of believers in the need for a locally-led energy transition, but central government remains nervous of delegating authority or resource to city and regional leaders. This was the consensus of industry, policy, consumer advocacy and academic leaders at a round table hosted by Utility Week.
With no policy or financial incentives in place to cut methane and nitrous oxide emissions, the onus is on water companies to reduce process emissions from wastewater treatment processes, a panel of experts told Utility Week.
Ambition to reach net zero has grown among FTSE 100 companies but many lack a clearly defined strategy to achieve the targets, says EcoAct with Centrica, SSE and United Utilities among those noted for their high performance
“If you don’t want to make a decision, you can always find a reason for not making it,” says John Armitt, chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, on the lack of energy policy coming out of BEIS. We’re risking missing net zero targets if it doesn’t make its mind up soon, he tells Denise Chevin.
As utility companies lead the charge to net zero by 2050 and look to reduce their own energy consumption, Jonathan Maxwell CEO of Sustainable Development Capital, advises how they can harness investment in their own estates to reduce carbon emissions