SSE has urged government to use “robust” carbon pricing to decarbonise the power sector by 2040 and bring forward the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2030.
The energy company, which has exited domestic supply to focus primarily on renewable generation, transmission and distribution, also urged policymakers and regulators to green light more ambitious spending on GB power infrastructure.
SSE has sent its ‘green recovery’ plan to the PM, Treasury and Beis. It calls for:
- 40GW of offshore wind by 2030; 75GW by 2050
- allowing repowered/extended wind farms into CfD rounds, as well as storage
- Ofgem to allow bigger spending to enable net zero in next transmission price control
- Ofgem to allow distribution network spending to factor in local area energy plans in the next price control
- build out/optimise connections to Europe
- a major hydrogen and CCS infrastructure push
- deploying more EV infrastructure
- bringing forward investment in heat networks
- interest free low carbon heat loans for homes and businesses
As well as bringing forward the petrol and diesel ban, SSE also said UK companies should be mandated to decarbonise their vehicle fleets by 2030.
“This moment in time is pivotal on many levels, that’s why now its even more important to double down on climate action. Coronavirus has demonstrated only concerted, focused effort can solve a crisis – and that goes for the climate emergency too,” said SSE chief executive, Alistair Phillips-Davies
“Low-carbon investment is a win-win: providing a vital economic boost, creating skilled, sustainable jobs in all UK regions, improving air quality and building our resilience while also driving progress towards our climate change targets.”
See the plan here.