United Kingdom govt publishes Clean Growth Strategy

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It includes increased public spending, research and innovation and covers programs delivering low carbon energy, transport, agriculture and waste. "Greg Clark's department is helping to build a world-leading offshore wind industry which can power a clean industrial revolution, creating new jobs and attracting billions of new investment", said Hugh McNeal, RenewableUK's Chief Executive.

The UK government will invest up to £100 million ($132 million) in carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) technology and industrial innovation as part of its Clean Growth Strategy, published on Thursday.

It will also aim to provide a. The world is moving from being powered by polluting fossil fuels to clean energy.

The plans were broadly welcomed by the energy industry, but some specific policies drew criticism.

"The impact of the Paris agreement and the unstoppable global shift towards low carbon technologies gives the United Kingdom an unparalleled opportunity", added Climate Change and Industry Minister Claire Perry.

"The British tax system is horrendously complicated and stamp duty is arguably the most damaging tax we have, so ratcheting up complexity with environmental gimmicks is the last thing we need".

The Solar Trade Association expressed disappointment about the strategy's "limited early opportunities" for solar power.

"Government is clear that clean growth is a priority for the United Kingdom, and that the low-carbon sector can help to increase the competitiveness and productivity of our economy in the decades ahead, creating high-value jobs as well as taking effective action on climate change".

The government will also work with the industry to develop a Sector Deal for offshore wind, which could lead to 10 GW of new capacity in the 2020s with potential for more if this is cost effective, according to the document.

However, the Aldersgate Group, an alliance of leaders from business and politics who are pushing for a sustainable economy, said the clean growth strategy sets the UK's economy on a competitive path.

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