Policy responses

IGEM welcomes Government's Energy White Paper on Plans for Clean Energy System

December 2020

The measures set out in the Paper are estimated to reduce carbon emissions across power, industry and buildings by up to 230MtCO2e in the period to 2032, and in delivering this, support up to 220,000 jobs per year by 2030. Alongside investment in areas such as offshore wind, heat pump installation, Carbon Capture Utilisation & Storage (CCUS) and the development of industrial clusters, there are very promising commitments made to hydrogen. 

IGEM welcomes Government's Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution

November 2020

Covering clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies, the Prime Minister’s blueprint will allow the UK to forge ahead with eradicating its contribution to climate change by 2050, particularly crucial in the run up to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow next year.

IGEM welcomes report from National Engineering Policy Centre

November 2020

The report urges policy makers to make bold moves in five key areas to avoid being locked into a high carbon future. IGEM fully support the report’s recommendations to make the best use of the UK’s existing assets and infrastructure and to mobilise a workforce that can meet the technical needs of the UK’s net-zero future. 

Spending Review must support innovation to improve resilience and cut carbon emissions, say engineers

October 2020

The government’s Spending Review should include support for innovation, especially to achieve the aims of net zero emissions, resilient infrastructure and nationwide digitalisation, according to recommendations published by the National Engineering Policy Centre (NEPC) today. The UK should aim to be not just a science superpower, but a science, engineering and innovation superpower, enabling it to deliver the maximum economic and social returns from its investment in science.

IGEM welcomes Climate Assembly report on the path to net zero

September 2020

See IGEM’s latest policy response to the Assembly’s backing for including hydrogen in decarbonising heat supply, alongside heat pumps and heat networks; acknowledging the call for local areas being able to choose the solutions that best suit them. 

IGEM welcomes new APPG hydrogen report

July 2020

See IGEM’s latest policy response to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hydrogen's latest report urging the Government to move quickly on hydrogen and set ambitious policies to unlock investment, create employment opportunities and support the UK's net-zero targets.

Net Zero: A systems perspective on the climate challenge

May 2020

See IGEM’s latest policy response to the National Engineering Policy Centre's publication names Net Zero: A systems perspective on the climate challenge. 

Two new policy reports highlight why Gas Quality matters

February 2020

See IGEM’s latest policy response to the Hydrogen Taskforce’s publication named The Role of Hydrogen in Delivering Net Zero, and ADBA's publication named Biomethane: The Pathway to 2030 and what they mean for immediate policy support across the sector.

UKERC - Energy Policy Review 2019

October 2019

This year’s Review of Energy Policy focuses on seven themes that form the backbone of UKERC’s research programme for the next five years. The Review sets out some of the challenges the next government will face and makes specific recommendations about future policy priorities.

IGEM welcomes a new report from the Energy Networks Association (ENA)

October 2019

The report recognises a number of key requirements in ‘preparing for the transition’ and outlines the low-regret actions for policy makers and stakeholders to support now.

Third instalment in IGEM-sponsored Future Gas Series presents some “Uncomfortable Home Truths” about low carbon heat

October 2019

A new IGEM-sponsored report has called for an urgent Green Heat Roadmap by 2020 to scale low carbon heating technologies and help Britain’s homeowners access the help they need to take smarter, greener choices on heating their homes.

National Engineering Policy Centre – Engineering priorities for our future economy and society 

August 2019

This is the first joint publication by the National Engineering Policy Centre, an ambitious new partnership between IGEM and 38 UK engineering organisations, led by the Royal Academy of Engineering. The report calls on government to work with the sector to invest in skills, innovation, digital and traditional infrastructure, and clean energy technologies.

IGEM echoes MPs’ demands for government to “make a commitment on CCUS now” following carbon capture report

April 2019

This report follows the Committee’s inquiry examining the Government’s commitment to deploying CCUS technology and whether it has a “plan b” to meet the UK’s climate change targets should the desired cost reductions not materialise.

Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM) comments on CCC hydrogen report

November 2018

This report contains the key finding that hydrogen will play a substantial role in the long term progression to a decarbonised power, heat and transport system. However, the CCC envisages much more energy efficient homes with heat pumps that use electricity to draw heat from the ground or air, running alongside gas boilers.