The 2007 White Paper “Meeting the Energy Challenge” is the UK government’s international and domestic energy strategy designed to address long term energy challenges faced by the UK. It aims to deliver four key policy goals:
- To put the UK on a path to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60% by 2050, with real progress being seen by 2020.
- To promote competitive markets in the UK and beyond, helping to increase the rate of sustainable economic growth and to improve productivity.
- To maintain reliable energy supplies in the UK.
- To ensure that every home in the UK is adequately and affordably heated.
The policy also recognises that the UK will need 30-35GW of new electricity generation capacity over the coming two decades as many of our current coal and nuclear power stations reach the end of their lives.