Debates between Lord Ravensdale and Lord Callanan

There have been 8 exchanges between Lord Ravensdale and Lord Callanan

1 Mon 14th December 2020 Green Economic Recovery
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
3 interactions (170 words)
2 Thu 19th November 2020 Fossil Fuels: Business
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
3 interactions (161 words)
3 Tue 20th October 2020 World Energy Outlook 2020
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
4 interactions (215 words)
4 Wed 14th October 2020 Rolls-Royce
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
3 interactions (161 words)
5 Mon 28th September 2020 Energy White Paper
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
3 interactions (203 words)
6 Thu 17th September 2020 Energy: Hydrogen
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
3 interactions (158 words)
7 Tue 15th September 2020 Renewable Energy
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
4 interactions (246 words)
8 Thu 2nd July 2020 Environmental Projects
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
3 interactions (169 words)

Green Economic Recovery

Debate between Lord Ravensdale and Lord Callanan
Monday 14th December 2020

(1 month, 1 week ago)

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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lord Callanan Portrait Lord Callanan (Con)
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I thank the noble Baroness for her question. She is quite right, of course: the farming community has had a very difficult year, as have many other industries. Where possible, we should all buy local freshly produced produce.

Lord Ravensdale Portrait Lord Ravensdale (CB)
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My Lords, I declare my interests in the register. The voice of the regions will be key to our green economic recovery. The Midlands Engine’s green growth conversation aims to bring together key players in the energy sector, including local authorities, LEPs, businesses and academics to create a regional action plan. What plans do the Government have to interact with such initiatives and support existing regional strengths to enable a clean economic recovery?

Lord Callanan Portrait Lord Callanan (Con)
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The noble Lord makes a very good point; the Midlands green growth conversation is an important piece of work, and I look forward to the Midlands Engine growth action plan, which I understand is being published in the new year. The 10-point plan sets out our intention to “reinvigorate our industrial heartlands”, such as the north and the Midlands.

Fossil Fuels: Business

Debate between Lord Ravensdale and Lord Callanan
Lord Callanan Portrait Lord Callanan (Con)
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My noble friend makes an extremely good point: we want to be a world leader in carbon capture usage and storage technologies. He will have noted the announcement of an extra £200 million to add to the £800 million already committed in the plan, for a total of £1 billion in this world-leading technology.

Lord Ravensdale Portrait Lord Ravensdale (CB) [V]
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My Lords, I declare my interests as in the register. I very much welcome the Government’s ambition for London to become the global centre of green finance and the announcement by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures last week. Have the Government considered legislating to mandate financial institutions to align portfolios to net zero, as a way to incentivise fossil-fuel-intensive businesses to accelerate their moves towards this goal?

Lord Callanan Portrait Lord Callanan (Con)
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As the noble Lord referenced in his question, we are mandating climate information in financial disclosures. We welcome other commitments from the many banks and financial institutions that are already joining us on the path to net zero.

World Energy Outlook 2020

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Lord Ravensdale Portrait Lord Ravensdale (CB)
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My Lords, in asking this Question I declare my interests as recorded in the register.

Lord Callanan Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Lord Callanan) (Con)
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The World Energy Outlook 2020 report examines how the global energy system could develop under different scenarios in the coming decades. We welcome its focus on the impact of the pandemic and the choices needed to enable a sustainable recovery. We also welcome the focus on the path to reaching global net-zero emissions. We will continue to draw on the analysis as we work to accelerate the global energy transition, including through COP 26.

Lord Ravensdale Portrait Lord Ravensdale (CB)
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My Lords, I thank the Minister for that response. The report recommends faster structural changes and the need for Governments to take decisive actions to accelerate clean-energy transitions, particularly over the next decade. First, can the Minister give any indication of when we can expect the transport decarbonisation plan and the buildings and heat strategy? Secondly, we have been promised an energy White Paper this autumn. I noted the thickening autumn leaves as I walked to Parliament today, so can he reassure the House that the energy White Paper will be with us before the end of November?

Lord Callanan Portrait Lord Callanan (Con)
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My Lords, I am sorry to disappoint the noble Lord. I cannot give him a specific answer to that, but we expect the White Paper to come shortly.

Rolls-Royce

Debate between Lord Ravensdale and Lord Callanan
Wednesday 14th October 2020

(3 months, 1 week ago)

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Lord Callanan Portrait Lord Callanan (Con)
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I congratulate the noble Lord on getting the Royal Navy, a matter close to his heart, into his question again. But to be serious, I agree that we need to develop the next generation of small modular reactors, and we are providing support to enable that to happen.

Lord Ravensdale Portrait Lord Ravensdale (CB) [V]
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My Lords, I declare my interest as in the register. The East Midlands, where Rolls-Royce has its headquarters, has the lowest public sector research and development spend in the UK, at £83 per head. R&D and the skilled jobs that it generates are essential to the levelling-up agenda. What plans do the Government have to increase R&D spend in the Midlands, making the most of its strengths in the rail, aerospace, nuclear and other vital sectors?

Lord Callanan Portrait Lord Callanan (Con)
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We are happy to support good R&D projects. Rolls-Royce is a major beneficiary of our R&D support operations through the £1.95 billion Aerospace Technology Institute programme. It is also one of our largest UK investors in R&D.

Energy White Paper

Debate between Lord Ravensdale and Lord Callanan
Monday 28th September 2020

(3 months, 3 weeks ago)

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Lord Callanan Portrait Lord Callanan (Con)
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The noble Baroness makes a very good point. As I am sure she is aware, we have created a carbon capture and storage infrastructure fund of at least £800 million to establish at least two UK sites—one by the mid-2020s and the other by 2030—and £500 million to help energy-intensive industries to move to low-carbon techniques and decarbonise carbon-intensive regions such as Humberside.

Lord Ravensdale Portrait Lord Ravensdale (CB)
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My Lords, I declare my interests as in the register. Given that we are unlikely to achieve net zero without nuclear power, which is critical to the security of thousands of jobs across the regions, I am concerned that the White Paper will contain only a broad outline of the strategy for new nuclear. Will it set out in detail clear guidance on financing, for example a commitment to a RAB model, to give the sector the clarity it needs to progress?

Lord Callanan Portrait Lord Callanan (Con)
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The White Paper will look at the whole system of energy within the UK as part of our commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. I reaffirm the key role that nuclear will play as part of that future energy mix. I can tell the noble Lord that we will respond to the RAB consultation in due course.

Energy: Hydrogen

Debate between Lord Ravensdale and Lord Callanan
Thursday 17th September 2020

(4 months, 1 week ago)

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Lord Callanan Portrait Lord Callanan (Con)
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The Hydrogen Advisory Council has already been established and is meeting. My noble friend is entirely correct that hydrogen will play a key role in our decarbonisation efforts. We will want to set that out fully before the COP in 2021.

Lord Ravensdale Portrait Lord Ravensdale (CB) [V]
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My Lords, I declare my interests as in the register. Currently the major basis for hydrogen production, as other noble Lords have said, is steam methane reforming, of which CO2 is a by-product. It requires the successful deployment of CCS, which is a high risk from an engineering and commercial perspective. Does the Minister agree that a drive in research and development towards non-methane reforming sources of production needs to be a major priority?

Lord Callanan Portrait Lord Callanan (Con)
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I agree that we need to look at all available technologies for the production of hydrogen, whether blue or green, including electrolysis and other methods. It will be a key fuel for our decarbonisation efforts and we need to consider all available technologies.

Renewable Energy

Debate between Lord Ravensdale and Lord Callanan
Tuesday 15th September 2020

(4 months, 1 week ago)

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Lord Ravensdale Portrait Lord Ravensdale
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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the updated recommendations from the National Infrastructure Commission that the United Kingdom should aim to meet two-thirds of its electricity needs using renewable energy sources by 2030.

Lord Callanan Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Lord Callanan) (Con)
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My Lords, we welcome the recent NIC report and will consider its recommendations. The Government are committed to reaching net zero through a sustainable, diverse and resilient energy system. This will require significantly increased renewables deployment. Renewables are on track to deliver the majority of electricity by 2030, having reached nearly 50% in the first quarter of this year. The energy White Paper will set out plans to further accelerate renewables deployment.

Lord Ravensdale Portrait Lord Ravensdale (CB)
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I declare my interests, as set out in the register. I thank the Minister for that response. Given the NIC’s findings that increased earlier investment in renewables can be delivered at the same overall cost, meeting half only of total demand by 2030, and will not increase costs for consumers, can the Minister give assurances that the Government will prioritise investment in the UK’s world-leading renewables sector in the forthcoming spending review?

Lord Callanan Portrait Lord Callanan (Con)
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The noble Lord will understand that the spending review is of course a matter for the Treasury and that I cannot comment ahead of its decisions. However, we are prioritising investment in the renewables sector. We are accelerating new capacity through the contracts for difference scheme, which gives us certainty to drive private sector investment and has been very successful in driving down costs.

Environmental Projects

Debate between Lord Ravensdale and Lord Callanan
Thursday 2nd July 2020

(6 months, 3 weeks ago)

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Lord Callanan Portrait Lord Callanan
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I welcome my noble friend back to the Chamber. I agree with her that we are committed to building back better and greener. I am sure the overseas territories will have an important role to play in that, and of course we will consider requests for funding from them.

Lord Ravensdale Portrait Lord Ravensdale (CB) [V]
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My Lords, while the establishment of a Cabinet committee on climate change is welcome, we need to do more to embed climate consideration in policy-making across government and consider the systems nature of net-zero delivery. Will the Government consider establishing a cross-departmental body to oversee the delivery of net zero and mitigate the siloed thinking inherent in individual departmental responsibilities?

Lord Callanan Portrait Lord Callanan
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The noble Lord is correct: the net-zero challenge is fundamentally cross-cutting. That is why in the run-up to the COP 26 summit we will bring forward ambitious plans across key sectors of the economy, including an energy White Paper, a transport decarbonisation plan and a heat and building strategy. We need to avoid siloed thinking in government across these endeavours.