The Energy White Paper—an overview
Produced in partnership with Michelle Davies, Jean Pascal Boutin and Simon Davies of Eversheds Sutherland
The Energy White Paper—an overview

The following Energy practice note produced in partnership with Michelle Davies, Jean Pascal Boutin and Simon Davies of Eversheds Sutherland provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The Energy White Paper—an overview
  • Introduction to the Energy White Paper
  • Key themes of the Energy White Paper
  • Key proposals
  • List of all commitments
  • Consumers
  • Power
  • Energy System
  • Transport
  • Buildings
  • More...

The Energy White Paper—an overview

Introduction to the Energy White Paper

On 14 December 2020, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published details of the long awaited Energy White Paper. The paper seeks to build on existing policy commitments set out in the Prime Minister’s ten point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution (the’ten point plan’) and the National Infrastructure Strategy, both of which were published in November 2020, and presents a vision of how the UK intends to make the transition to net zero by 2050. BEIS estimates that the measures in the paper could reduce emissions across power, industry and buildings by up to 230MtCO2e in the period to 2032 and support up to 220,000 jobs per year by 2030. For more information on the ten point plan and the National Infrastructure Strategy, see: LNB News 18/11/2020 25 and The National Infrastructure Strategy—infrastructure commitments and planning reforms.

This Practice Note provides a summary of the policies and proposals set out in the Energy White Paper.

Key themes of the Energy White Paper

Energy Transition: The Energy White Paper outlines a ‘decisive shift away from fossil fuels’ in light of the UK’s legally binding net zero target. This requires a significant transition to clean energy sources (predominantly renewable or low carbon electricity) and emissions reductions in advance of 2050. This transition will impact producers

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