Gov pledges £80m for carbon-cutting tech

The government is investing £80 million into green technologies aimed at cutting carbon emissions from the UK’s industry and homes.

The money, announced by energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng, will be invested in a range of programmes, including pioneering heat network trials and a programme to reduce the cost of retrofitting homes with the latest energy efficient technologies.

Funds announced today include £30 million towards the first phase of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF), which supports energy intensive manufacturers - like car factories and steel plants - to cut their carbon footprint.

A further £25 million will go to heat networks, which reduce carbon and cut heating bills for customers, including one in Gateshead which will harness geothermal water sitting in disused mines to heat 1,250 homes.

With thousands of redundant mine shafts criss-crossing the country, experts say that if the mine shaft technology proves successful and economically viable, it could be scaled up to power around six million homes around Britain.

An additional £24 million is being channelled to fund innovative projects to help develop energy efficient homes by installing green tech and insulation in houses. This will comprise of £7.7 million to install green technology and insulation in over 300 council houses, to bring down the cost of retrofitting homes – with pilot projects in Cornwall, Nottingham and Sutton.

A total £14.6 million will go to pilot the roll-out of innovative heat pumps to 750 homes in the South East of Scotland, the South East of England and Newcastle, along with £1.8 million to support the development of innovative green home finance products by lenders.

The announcements today form part of the wider efforts to ensure the UK meets its legally binding target to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

The first phase of the IETF, for which guidance is published today, is worth an initial £30 million in support of the manufacturing sector. The fund allows companies with high energy use to apply for grants to install technology that reduces their energy bills and cuts carbon emissions.

Worth an eventual £289 million in England, Wales and Northern Ireland up until 2024, the IETF also seeks to help bring down the costs of technologies that reduce energy consumption and emissions in heavy industrial processes.

The fund allows companies with high energy use to apply for grants to install technology that reduces their energy bills and cuts carbon emissions.

Kwarteng said: "We want to invest now to ensure we continue to propel the UK towards a stronger, greener future - this new £80 million investment will help to reduce emissions across our economy, which will save people money on energy bills and protect jobs in heavy industry.”

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