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Net Zero Announcement: UK Sets Out Plans to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The UK government’s new plan aims to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions to reach its 2050 net zero goal.

According to the government, the new net zero strategy will end the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050. But, what is net zero? Net zero refers to achieving an overall balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere to reduce global warming.

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Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme

The government launched a £15million Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme this week which offers grants to UK households of up to £1,250 towards installing renewable heating systems.

The initiative will be available from 1st August and run until March 2012, and plans to receive around 25,000 applicants. It will work on a first-come first-served basis, and the funding will go towards installing new biomass boilers, solar panels and ground or air source heat pumps.

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Cameron’s pledge to be the ‘greenest’ ever

Talking to civil servants at the Department of Energy and Climate Change this week, Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted his newly formed coalition administration to be ‘the greenest government ever.’

Supported by Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne who will run the department, Cameron affirmed to his audience of civil servants his commitment to tackling climate change and making the environment a top priority for his government.

In his speech, Cameron said, ‘There is a fourth minister in this department who cares passionately about this agenda and that is me, the prime minister, right. I mean that from the bottom of my heart.’

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Over 54,000 vouchers claimed under the Boiler Scrappage scheme

The government’s boiler scrappage scheme has been deemed a success following take-up figures released this week. Over a third of the vouchers available under the scheme have already been claimed since it launched six weeks ago.

Figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change this week revealed a total of 54,578 vouchers taken, out of the possible 120,000 available at the start of the scheme in January. This leaves around 70,000, worth £28million up for grabs. So if you want to take advantage of it, you should act now to avoid disappointment.

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Households set to receive cash for going green

Under a new scheme announced by the government this week, households who go green could earn £900 a year and save £140 on their energy bills.

Cash payments are available from this April to homeowners who install renewable energy technologies like solar panels, wind turbines or produce energy from waste, and sell the electricity they generate back to the National Grid.

The scheme makes low carbon living a more attractive proposition for households, who can now earn money from it to help pay towards getting it installed. Green households are also guaranteed a competitive price for their electricity by the governments new ‘feed-in tariffs’ policy. The price will also adjust in line with inflation.

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