100% Carbon Neutral Electricity by 2030

Making the island’s electricity supply carbon neutral by the end of the decade forms part of a strategy that the gov has set out to reach net zero by 2050.

The strategy was outlined by Chief Minister Alf Cannan today in Tynwald. This is part one of our coverage, we’ll look at supporting the transition tomorrow.

Currently 84% of the island’s electricity is generated by imported fossil fuels. The gov’s plan is to cut this to zero by 2030 whilst ensuring a balance of security, affordability, and sustainability.

Doing this would not only reduce emissions from burning fossil fuels to make electricity, it would also allow for clear power for low carbon heating and transport.

As part of this plan, the gov is setting a target of ‘at least 20MW of locally generated, renewable electricity to be available by 2026’. It says it will also be reviewing policy and legislation to ‘support delivery of carbon neutral and renewable energy while protecting the natural environment’.

And it intends to set up an energy advice service to help people reduce energy consumption and associated bills.

Buildings

Energy only forms one part of the new plan, with the gov also announcing it is bringing forward the ban on fossil fuel heating systems in new builds to 2024, developing and implementing a Low Carbon Heating Strategy which will deliver a 15% sector reduction by 2027, to be underway by the end of 2023 and amending building regs to ensure all new builds are 97% energy efficient.

Transport

The island’s third largest source of emissions, the gov plans to deliver a 15% sector reduction by 2027, to with work underway in 2024. It also wants to renew the Active Travel Strategy, which became a bit of mess in the last administration, ban registrations of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 and hybrids by 2035, in line with the UK and EU.

It also wants to reduce the need for travel by supporting public provisions close to where people live and supporting practices such as home working, electrifying its own cars and vans ASAP and ensuring electric vehicle charging infrastructure is in place to meet increased demand.

Agriculture

Continuing its crusade, the gov will continue to push the Agriculture Strategy to deliver a 15% reduction in emissions by 2027, commission and implement a Land Management Plan and Strategy, to increase carbon sequestration by 10% by 2027 and continue to facilitate ‘tree planting, peatland restoration and other nature-based solutions where possible leveraging private sector investment’.

It also intends to work with the fishing industry to reduce the carbon footprint of trawling and dredging, increasing efficiencies and cutting fuel costs.

Business

The business strategy calls on emissions to be cut by 15% by 2027, with the gov setting up support programmes to assist businesses to improve their energy and resource efficiency and build their resilience to climate change.

The gov will also seek to explore scope for schemes to encourage on-island innovation and business opportunities, enabling investment in clean technologies and developing a scheme enabling businesses to support local carbon sequestration projects, as part of their ESG initiatives.

Waste

The sixth and final sector is waste, which, through food waste, landfill, transportation of waste and the Energy from Waste plant is the island’s fifth largest source of emissions.

In line with other sectors, the gov is seeking a 15% reduction by 2027. It is also committing to reviewing existing and closed disposal sites (landfills) to determine the scope for reducing ongoing emissions, reducing waste across gov and supporting the reduction of single use plastics.

Tomorrow

We’ll be back with how the gov will support the transition.