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Debates

Date Department Forum Title
Thu 19 Nov 2020 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Westminster Hall Excerpts from: Fuel Poverty and Energy Price Caps
Kwasi Kwarteng contributed 2 speeches (1,813 words)
Wed 18 Nov 2020 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Exiting the European Union (Energy Conservation)
Kwasi Kwarteng contributed 5 speeches (1,139 words)
Wed 18 Nov 2020 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Solar Flares and Electricity Grid Reliance
Kwasi Kwarteng contributed 1 speech (982 words)
Tue 17 Nov 2020 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Westminster Hall Excerpts from: SMEs and the Net Zero Target
Kwasi Kwarteng contributed 1 speech (1,503 words)
Tue 10 Nov 2020 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Oral Answers to Questions
Kwasi Kwarteng contributed 15 speeches (928 words)
Thu 05 Nov 2020 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Offshore Wind Transmission Connections
Kwasi Kwarteng contributed 4 speeches (1,004 words)
Fri 16 Oct 2020 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Company Transparency (Carbon in Supply Chains) Bill
Kwasi Kwarteng contributed 4 speeches (658 words)
Wed 14 Oct 2020 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Electricity Generation: Local Suppliers
Kwasi Kwarteng contributed 5 speeches (1,443 words)
Tue 29 Sep 2020 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Oral Answers to Questions
Kwasi Kwarteng contributed 10 speeches (541 words)
Mon 28 Sep 2020 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Fracking: Rother Valley
Kwasi Kwarteng contributed 1 speech (1,064 words)

Written Questions

Date Title Questioner
25 Nov 2020, 5:09 p.m. Environment Protection: Northern Ireland Claire Hanna (Social Democratic & Labour Party - Belfast South)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much Government funding arising from his plans for a green industrial revolution is planned to be allocated to Northern Ireland.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Our Ten Point Plan is our blueprint for a green industrial revolution. It combines ambitious policies with significant new public investment to deliver a vision for the UK that is greener, more prosperous and at the forefront of industries for the future. Spanning clean energy, buildings, transport, nature and innovative technologies, the Plan will mobilise £12 billion of Government investment and will support up to 250,000 green jobs across the UK.

Our investments in the transition will create good, green jobs in all four nations of the United Kingdom and catalyse private investment, helping to level up across the UK. Many of the initiatives and much of the funding announced will apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For example, the Government’s commitment to support the introduction of at least 4,000 zero emission buses could be a significant boost to bus manufacturers in Northern Ireland, supporting green jobs across the UK.

The Government is also investing in other UK wide initiatives such as the Net Zero Innovation Programme, which will spend at least £1bn over the next 4 years to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative low-carbon technologies, systems and business models in power, buildings and industry. This programme will have a strong regional impact due to the localised and distributed nature of energy production and infrastructure, and will build on the existing regional investment made during the current programme.

24 Nov 2020, 5:04 p.m. Wind Power: Continental Shelf Ian Mearns (Labour - Gateshead)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to amend the Contracts for Difference auction process for offshore wind farm projects on the UK Continental Shelf to weight the process in favour of developers who commit to the exclusive use of UK ports by their Tier 1-3 contractors.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is currently consulting on proposals to strengthen Contracts for Difference (CfD) Supply Chain Plans, to align them more closely with government priorities. We propose to introduce consequences for non-delivery of commitments that developers put forward in their Supply Chain Plans and strengthen the monitoring process to support compliance.

These measures should be seen alongside my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s recent announcement on £160 million of new funding towards investment to upgrade ports and infrastructure to ensure UK ports have the necessary facilities and capabilities to meet the future needs of offshore wind developers and remain competitive.

24 Nov 2020, 5:02 p.m. Wind Power: Continental Shelf Ian Mearns (Labour - Gateshead)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to amend the Contracts for Difference auction process for offshore wind farm projects on the UK Continental Shelf to weight the process in favour of developers who commit to use Tier 1-3 contractors who employ (a) seafarers and (b) other maritime workers in the domestic supply chain.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is currently consulting on proposals to strengthen Contracts for Difference (CfD) Supply Chain Plans, to align them more closely with government priorities. We propose to introduce consequences for non-delivery of commitments that developers put forward in their Supply Chain Plans and strengthen the monitoring process to support compliance.

These measures should be seen alongside my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s recent announcement on £160 million of new funding towards investment to upgrade ports and infrastructure to ensure UK ports have the necessary facilities and capabilities to meet the future needs of offshore wind developers. Together with other commitments on offshore wind, this will enable the sector to support up to 60,000 jobs directly and indirectly by 2030 in ports, factories and the supply chains.

24 Nov 2020, 4:58 p.m. Wind Power Ian Mearns (Labour - Gateshead)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will review the Crown Estate’s licensing process for offshore wind farms to ensure that (a) employment and (b) port activity in the supply chain is reserved for UK based (i) workers and (ii) ports after the EU transition period expires.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Crown Estate is an independent commercial business, created by Act of Parliament, and the Department does not have powers to review their licensing process. However, Ministers and officials of the Department work closely with the Crown Estate to ensure that offshore wind leasing process are consistent with the Government’s renewable ambitions to achieve net zero by 2050 while boosting the UK economy.

24 Nov 2020, 4:41 p.m. Energy: Continental Shelf Alex Cunningham (Labour - Stockton North)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of adopting the recommendations of the Oil and Gas Authority’s UK Continental Shelf Energy Integration Project on employment levels.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We welcome the Oil and Gas Authority’s UKCS Energy Integration final report from August 2020. Its recommendations are under consideration across the full range of relevant policy areas within the Department and form part of the discussions around the North Sea Transition Deal, the focus of which will be on ensuring the oil and gas sector can support the energy transition and anchor the supply chain across the UK.

24 Nov 2020, 4:30 p.m. Energy: Continental Shelf Alex Cunningham (Labour - Stockton North)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to implement the recommendations of the Oil and Gas Authority’s UK Continental Shelf Energy Integration Project.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We look forward to continuing to work with the Oil and Gas Authority and other partners on this project. The recommendations and actions set out in the final report of the project are part of the wider government policy under consideration across a full range of relevant areas including electrification, carbon capture and storage, and hydrogen, which could play a significant role in achieving the UK net zero target.

24 Nov 2020, 4:29 p.m. Electric Vehicles: Rural Areas Jonathan Edwards (Plaid Cymru - Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of local electricity grids in rural areas to meet the potential demand as a result of a transition to electric vehicles.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Ensuring the adequacy of local electricity grids is the responsibility of Distribution Network Operators (DNOs), and they are incentivised to do so through the regulatory framework set out by Ofgem, the independent regulator. Network investment is therefore a matter for Ofgem. However, I recognise the importance of electricity distribution network investment in meeting our objectives for the electrification of transport, taking into account the particular issues that rural areas may face such as longer distances to substations. BEIS officials regularly meet DNOs covering both rural and urban areas to discuss the impacts of the electric vehicle transition and the benefits that local area energy planning can bring in coordinating transport and electricity policy and investment.

24 Nov 2020, 4:29 p.m. Electricity: Rural Areas Jonathan Edwards (Plaid Cymru - Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with electricity network distribution operators on investment in rural electricity grids to meet potential demand as a result of a transition to electric vehicles.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Ensuring the adequacy of local electricity grids is the responsibility of Distribution Network Operators (DNOs), and they are incentivised to do so through the regulatory framework set out by Ofgem, the independent regulator. Network investment is therefore a matter for Ofgem. However, I recognise the importance of electricity distribution network investment in meeting our objectives for the electrification of transport, taking into account the particular issues that rural areas may face such as longer distances to substations. BEIS officials regularly meet DNOs covering both rural and urban areas to discuss the impacts of the electric vehicle transition and the benefits that local area energy planning can bring in coordinating transport and electricity policy and investment.

24 Nov 2020, 4:26 p.m. Electric Vehicles Jonathan Edwards (Plaid Cymru - Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on levels of demand for electricity of the transition to electric vehicles by 2030.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Each year BEIS publishes updated energy projections (UEPs), analysing and projecting future energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. The most recently published assessment (EEP 2019) included assumptions on the transition to electric vehicles and accounted for policies which were considered firm and funded by autumn 2019. Forthcoming energy projections will be updated to account for the latest policy decisions, including ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030.

We expect the transition to electric vehicles to create significant new demand for electricity but also offer opportunities for flexible management of the electricity system. Smart charging during off-peak periods, when electricity demand is low, can reduce peak demand and avoid triggering unnecessary network reinforcement. It can also maximise use of renewable electricity and can benefit consumers with cheaper electricity.

24 Nov 2020, 4:07 p.m. Oil and Gas UK Ian Lavery (Labour - Wansbeck)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether officials from his Department attend meetings of Oil and Gas UK’s Recovery Group.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We welcome the fact that Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) has established a group to address the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and the low oil price. This is a trade association initiative, and as such, the Government is not a member of the group. However, as part of our engagement with a range of sectors during the pandemic, we have held regular meetings with OGUK, at both official and ministerial levels, where issues affecting the industry during this crisis are discussed.

24 Nov 2020, 4:06 p.m. Wind Power: Job Creation Ian Lavery (Labour - Wansbeck)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the number of jobs that will be created in the offshore wind industry and its supply chain in (a) the North East, (b) England and (c) the UK in each year to 2030.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The number of jobs supported by the sector between now and 2030 will depend on the rate of build, the profile and level of investment, and the level of UK content in the supply chain.

The Department has not made estimates on a regional or National basis. The offshore wind sector could support around 60,000 direct and indirect UK jobs by 2030, on the basis of 40GW of offshore wind being deployed, and the sector deal raising UK content in new projects to the target of 60%.

24 Nov 2020, 4:02 p.m. Wind Power: North East Ian Lavery (Labour - Wansbeck)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that offshore oil and gas workers in north east England made redundant during the covid-19 outbreak are offered support to re-train for work in the offshore wind industry.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is closely monitoring developments related to potential impacts on the upstream oil and gas industry and is in regular contact with a range of stakeholders from the sector.

In response to the pandemic, we have announced an unprecedented financial package to support businesses, including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

In the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, the offshore wind sector committed to developing an Offshore Energy Passport (recognised outside the UK) to accredit offshore workers and facilitate job-mobility between offshore renewable and extractive industries. The sector has established an Investment in Talent Group, supported by a skills professional, who will identify skills needs across the sector, and develop curricula and accreditation to deepen the skills base.

The Green Jobs Taskforce, which my Hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills and I chair, forms part of the Government’s ambitious plan to build back greener and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

Its aim is to focus on the immediate and longer-term challenges of delivering skilled workers for the UK’s transition to net zero including supporting workers in high carbon transitioning sectors, like oil and gas, to retrain in new green technologies. This will also be a key aim for the upcoming North Sea Transition Deal.

24 Nov 2020, 3:57 p.m. Offshore Industry: North Sea Ian Lavery (Labour - Wansbeck)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the North Sea Transition deal; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We are working closely with the offshore oil and gas sector to agree a transformational North Sea Transition Deal, which we have committed to deliver within this Parliament.

24 Nov 2020, 3:53 p.m. Hydrogen: Natural Gas Mark Pawsey (Conservative - Rugby)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with Ofgem on the future role of hydrogen in the UK gas networks.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Department regularly engages with Ofgem on a range of issues, including the potential role of hydrogen in the GB gas network.

Continued collaboration will be essential in delivering these important programmes.

24 Nov 2020, 3:48 p.m. Renewable Energy: Continental Shelf Ian Mearns (Labour - Gateshead)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on regulatory measures in the coastal shipping sector to increase domestic employment in the supply chain roles for (a) offshore wind, (b) decommissioning and (c) Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage projects on the UK Continental Shelf.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

I regularly meet my colleagues in the Department for Transport to discuss a wide range of issues, including on how we deliver the aims of the Industrial Strategy.

20 Nov 2020, 2:38 p.m. Buses: Exhaust Emissions Selaine Saxby (Conservative - North Devon)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has held with the Department for Transport on the deployment of the Government's proposed funding for the purchase of 4,000 zero-emissions buses.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The funding for 4000 zero emission buses formed part of my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s commitment to £5 billion of new funding announced in February to overhaul bus and cycle links for every region outside London.

The Government recognises the importance of bringing together co-ordinated policy action across all departments, to achieve net zero. Two cabinet committees have been established, chaired by the Prime Minister and my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. These Committees are driving forward the net zero transition and co-ordinating action across Government. At official level, there are also regular discussions between departments on issues relating to transport decarbonisation, as there are for decarbonisation in other sectors of the economy.

19 Nov 2020, 4:20 p.m. Climate Change Convention Andrea Leadsom (Conservative - South Northamptonshire)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 12 November 2020 to Question 113087, what recent assessment he has made of the timeframe for the confirmation of the final budgets for COP26.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Budget discussions are ongoing, and will continue to develop in the run up to COP26.

19 Nov 2020, 4:10 p.m. Energy: White Papers Andrea Leadsom (Conservative - South Northamptonshire)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the energy White Paper.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Energy White Paper is a priority for the Department and it will be published this Autumn.

18 Nov 2020, 5:04 p.m. Climate Change Kevin Brennan (Labour - Cardiff West)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the 2015 Paris climate change agreement, what recent progress he has made on submitting the UK’s post-2020 Nationally Determined Contributions by the deadline of 31 December 2020.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Under the Paris Agreement, all Parties have committed to communicating or updating Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by 2020 and every five years after that. We are considering the UK's NDC and will set this out by the Climate Ambition Summit on 12 December 2020.

18 Nov 2020, 4:24 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme Greg Clark (Conservative - Tunbridge Wells)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason chimney draught excluders are not eligible as secondary measures under the Green Homes Grant.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Chimney draught excluders are eligible for the Green Homes Grant scheme, including the cost of their purchase and installation.

BEIS officials are currently reviewing the published text on the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) website regarding this measure and will update it shortly to reflect the inclusion of chimney draught excluders in the scheme.

18 Nov 2020, 9:26 a.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme: Coronavirus Kim Johnson (Labour - Liverpool, Riverside)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will extend the deadline for the Green Homes scheme to 31 March 2022 to mitigate the effects of the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We understand that COVID-19 restrictions may affect the availability of installers, along with their ability to install measures in households. We have therefore stated installers must follow government guidance on ‘Construction and other outdoor work’ and any other relevant COVID-19 guidance when undertaking installations. Based on the latest advice from my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister, tradespeople may continue to work as they are unable to do so from home.

The Green Homes Grant voucher scheme is designed to help stimulate economic recovery and to support and create tens of thousands of jobs. The time-limited nature of the Scheme is determined by the nature of the funding available from HM Treasury. Any potential funding allocations for future years will be determined in the next Spending Review.

16 Nov 2020, 5:39 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme Darren Jones (Labour - Bristol North West)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what guidance his Department is providing to suppliers wishing to undertake work under the Green Homes Grant but who require bridging finance between undertaking that work and receiving funding allocated under that grant scheme.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

In-line with normal industry practice an installer can request a deposit from the customer prior to carrying out work. The deposit cannot be more than the expected customer contribution to the cost of measures under the quote provided and the installer may not charge any more than they would usually charge for a measure.

For those on the low income scheme an installer may only request a deposit where the total cost of the work exceeds the £10,000 grant. In this case, only the amount in excess will be eligible for a deposit.

Installers will be paid for the costs covered by the voucher once the work has been completed and they have confirmed receipt of any customer contribution. Most installers will get the grant payment within 5 working days.

16 Nov 2020, 5:37 p.m. Wind Power and Solar Power Wera Hobhouse (Liberal Democrat - Bath)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has set a target for the amount of (a) solar PV, (b) onshore wind, and (c) offshore wind deployed by 2030.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Renewable technologies will make a critical contribution to meeting our 2050 net zero commitment, alongside firm low carbon power such as nuclear and gas or biomass generation with carbon capture, usage and storage, and a significant increase in flexibility. The role of government is to enable the market to deliver the levels of deployment required whilst minimising both emissions and systems costs.

We recognise that achieving our 2050 net zero target will require increased deployment across a range of renewable technologies, including sustained growth of both onshore wind and solar by 2030. This is why we announced on 2 March 2020 that onshore wind and large-scale solar PV projects will be able to compete in the next Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation round. The round will open in late 2021 and aim to deliver up to double the renewable capacity of last year’s successful round, potentially providing enough clean energy for up to 10 million homes.

By 2030 we aim to build a world leading offshore wind industry. We have set a target to deliver 40GW of capacity by 2030, which represents an increase of 10GW against our previous ambition. This increase, including a new target of 1GW of floating offshore wind by 2030, will galvanise industry, open up new possibilities in areas of deeper water around our coastline, and demonstrates that the UK will be at the forefront of the green industrial revolution as we accelerate our progress towards net zero.

10 Nov 2020, 12:51 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme Andrew Rosindell (Conservative - Romford)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

What steps he is taking to help ensure that Green Homes Grant Scheme improvements offer significant (a) environmental benefits and (b) value for money.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

My Rt hon friend the Prime Minister has made clear that energy efficiency is a Government priority. The Green Homes Grant provides economic stimulus, supporting over 80,000 jobs. Through the scheme, households could save up to £600 a year on energy bills.

10 Nov 2020, 12:49 p.m. Business: Coronavirus Selaine Saxby (Conservative - North Devon)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

What steps his Department is taking to support businesses to achieve an environmentally sustainable recovery from the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

As my Rt hon Friend the Prime Minister has said, we are determined to build back greener, and deliver millions of new green jobs. We are taking action to deliver on that commitment, including committing over £3 billion to reduce emissions from our buildings across the UK. There are an estimated 460,000 jobs in low carbon businesses and their supply chains across the country, and we want that to rise to 2 million by 2030.

26 Oct 2020, 2:19 p.m. Infrastructure: Finance Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to set up a new green investment bank to finance clean and resilient infrastructure projects throughout the UK.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Our (2019) Green Finance Strategy sets out how we intend to support progress towards Net Zero by 2050 by combining a focus on mobilising and accelerating flows of private finance into key clean growth sectors, using public funds to leverage private capital, whilst providing good value for taxpayers.

Infrastructure is central to our economic strategy, and the Government will publish a National Infrastructure Strategy setting out further details on its long-term ambitions in due course.

26 Oct 2020, 2:15 p.m. Industry: Carbon Capture and Storage Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that UK industries reduce the release carbon through extraction techniques.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is committed to bringing all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. A key part of this is closing all unabated coal-fired power stations in Great Britain by 2024. The reduction of demand for coal in the UK will mean a reduction in domestic mining activity and therefore of the emissions associated with extraction.

The National Policy Statement is clear that planning permission should not be granted for the extraction of coal unless the proposal is environmentally acceptable or the national, local or community benefits outweigh its likely impacts. The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government leads on planning policy for coal mines in England.

26 Oct 2020, 2:11 p.m. Renewable Energy Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support (a) skills and (b) research and development in (i) low emission oil and gas extraction and (ii) hydrogen production; and what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of those technologies to export industry.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We will support the offshore oil and gas sector with a transformational North Sea Transition Deal, which we have committed to deliver within this Parliament. The focus of this deal will be on ensuring the sector can support the energy transition and anchor the supply chain to the UK.

The oil and gas sector has an important part to play in sustaining our energy security of supply, and in the energy transition to support net zero, having many of the essential skills and capabilities in its world class supply chain to support emerging technologies such as carbon capture and storage, hydrogen production, and infrastructure to reduce its production emissions. Developing this capability will help provide significant export opportunities as the world moves towards clean energy.

In 2016, the Oil & Gas Technology Centre was established with £180 million funding, supported by the UK and Scottish Governments. The Centre aims to encourage, accelerate, and deliver innovation and innovative technologies in the North Sea as we transition to net zero.

We are committed to exploring the option of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier. In line with this we are currently investing up to £121 million in hydrogen innovation, supporting a range of projects exploring the production and potential of low carbon hydrogen across the value chain.

In November 2019, we published the Energy Innovation Needs Assessment for hydrogen and fuel cells. This identified that the future market for all hydrogen technologies could yield around £5.3bn of gross value added and create nearly 50,000 jobs by 2050 to meet demand in export and domestic markets.

22 Oct 2020, 5:59 p.m. Renewable Energy: Employment Gareth Thomas (Labour (Co-op) - Harrow West)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to create jobs in renewable energy as the UK recovers from the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The UK has over 460,000 jobs in low carbon businesses and their supply chains and many of the actions we need to take to reach our target of net zero emissions by 2050 will support the future growth of our economy.

In his Summer Economic Statement, my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer emphasised the Government’s intention to make this a green recovery with concern for our environment at its heart and announced a package of over £3 billion to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, which will support up to 140,000 green jobs.

On 6th October, the Government set out new plans to Build Back Greener by making the UK the world leader in clean wind energy. Under these plans, a target has been set to support up to double the capacity of renewable energy in the next Contracts for Difference auction; £160 million is to be made available to upgrade ports and infrastructure; and a new target was announced for floating offshore wind to deliver 1GW of energy by 2030. This will enable the sector to support up to 60,000 jobs directly and indirectly by 2030 in ports, factories and associated supply chains, manufacturing the next-generation of offshore wind turbines and delivering clean energy to the UK.

The Government will also establish a £40m Green Recovery Challenge Fund to help halt biodiversity loss and tackle climate change through local conservation projects, connecting more people to the outdoors by delivering up to 5,000 jobs.

22 Oct 2020, 5:57 p.m. Business: Energy Matt Western (Labour - Warwick and Leamington)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with manufacturers on energy costs for businesses.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is committed to minimising energy costs for businesses to ensure our economy remains strong and competitive. Details of meetings held by Ministers in the Department are recorded in our transparency data, which is published at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/beis-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings.

22 Oct 2020, 5:50 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme Bill Wiggin (Conservative - North Herefordshire)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to publish a review of the Green Homes Grant scheme after that scheme has ended.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

There will be an evaluation of the processes and outcomes of the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme, with an independent research organisation due to commence work later this year.

22 Oct 2020, 5:50 p.m. Hydrogen Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking with the Secretary of State for Transport to co-ordinate policy on a UK hydrogen strategy.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We have committed to publish a UK hydrogen strategy in early 2021 and development is well under way.

BEIS ministers and officials work across government departments, including the Department for Transport, to coordinate on hydrogen, both bilaterally and through governance arrangements at various levels.

This includes the Climate Action Implementation Cabinet Committee (CAI), chaired by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy which covers issues relating to net zero and hydrogen; the Climate National Strategy Implementation Group, reporting to the Cabinet Secretary involving Directors General across Whitehall, chaired by the DG Energy Transformation & Clean Growth; and the Hydrogen Advisory Council, co-chaired by myself as Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, and Sinead Lynch, UK Country Chair of Shell launched in July 2020.

22 Oct 2020, 5:49 p.m. Solar Power and Wind Power: Finance Caroline Lucas (Green Party - Brighton, Pavilion)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much Government funding has been spent on subsidising (a) offshore wind, (b) onshore wind and (c) solar for electricity generation in each of the last three years; and what volume of electricity was generated by each of those modes of generation as a result of those subsidies.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Subsidies for generating electricity from wind and solar PV are paid under three low carbon electricity schemes: the Renewables Obligation (RO), the Feed-in Tariffs (FIT), and Contracts for Difference (CfD) schemes. The Renewables Obligation does not pay a direct subsidy but instead support is provided through tradeable certificates.

The table below provides a breakdown of payments made to wind and solar PV electricity generators under the RO and CfD schemes in the last three financial years where figures are available[1].

The figures in the tables below refer to Great Britain only. CfD and FIT are not available in Northern Ireland.

Table 1: Breakdown of payments made to offshore wind, onshore wind and solar PV electricity generators by low carbon electricity support scheme:

Scheme

2017-18 (£m)

2018-19 (£m)

2019-20[2] (£m)

Offshore wind

RO2 [3]

2,009

2,221

2,212

CfD[4]

295.8

587.6

1,275.9

Onshore wind

RO2

1,256

1,335

1,271

CfD4

0.0

11.3

88.7

Solar PV

RO2

471

549

460

CfD4

0.8

0.8

1.4

In addition, the following amounts have been spent in total on FITs. The breakdown for wind and solar PV is not available but solar PV accounts for around 79% of total FIT capacity and onshore wind accounts for around 14%[5].

Table 2: Total spending on FITs:

2017-18 (£m)

2018-19 (£m)

2019-20 (£m)

Total FIT spending – all technologies

1,375.1

1,409.0

1,414.7

The amount of electricity generated by these schemes is given in the table below.

Table 3: Generation supported by RO, CfD and FIT for offshore wind, onshore wind and solar PV in Great Britain:

Generation (GWh)

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

Offshore wind

RO2

20,661

21,381

24,150

CfD4

2,621

5,359

9,952

FIT[6]

-

-

-

Total

23,281

26,739

34,101

Onshore wind

RO2

25,409

25,379

27,599

CfD4

-

279

1,539

FIT6

1,851

1,720

1,920

Total

27,260

27,377

31,058

Solar PV

RO2

6,409

7,003

6,710

CfD4

20

28

28

FIT6

4,407

4,983

4,952

Total

10,836

12,015

11,689

Total generation for all renewable technologies is published by BEIS in Energy Trends in 6.1 at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/energy-trends-section-6-renewables

[1] Figures are not available broken down by technology for the FITs scheme.

[2] RO figures for 2019/20 are provisional as not all the certificates have been issued yet and the full notional value of each certificate is not yet known.

[3] RO figures are based on Ofgem’s certificate report as at 4 August 2020 from their Renewables and CHP Register.

[4] CfD figures are taken from the Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC) CfD dashboard, which is available on LCCC’s website.

[5] Taken from OFGEM’s annual report: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/fit/contacts-guidance-and-resources/public-reports-and-data-fit/annual-reports

[6] Estimated

22 Oct 2020, 5:41 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme Bill Wiggin (Conservative - North Herefordshire)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people have applied for the Green Homes Grant scheme to date.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

As of 15:00 on 14 October, the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme had received 17,218 grant applications.

21 Oct 2020, 10:24 a.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme Thangam Debbonaire (Labour - Bristol West)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding has been allocated in the form of vouchers under the Green Homes Grant scheme to date.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

As of 16:00 on 20 October 2020, the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme had received 20,903 grant applications. Applications are currently being processed and checked for compliance with the scheme rules.

21 Oct 2020, 10:23 a.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme Thangam Debbonaire (Labour - Bristol West)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the level of demand for grants under the Green Homes scheme.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Green Homes Grant opened to applications on the 30 September 2020. As of 16:00 on 20 October 2020, 20,903 grant applications have been received, reflecting the high levels of consumer interest there are in the scheme. BEIS will continue to monitor application data as the scheme progresses.

20 Oct 2020, 4:35 p.m. Climate Change: International Cooperation Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which foreign Governments he has met with to discuss their nationally determined contribution ahead of COP26; and on which dates those meetings took place.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Ensuring that all countries come forward with ambitious 2030 climate plans (NDCs) and long-term strategies to reach zero carbon emissions as soon as possible is a top priority ahead of COP 26. The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has discussed NDCs in all of his direct engagements with over 30 countries, and all of his multilateral engagements. Ministers and senior officials across government have directly engaged with over 100 governments, and all countries have been engaged with through our FCO network and UN Missions.

20 Oct 2020, 3:52 p.m. Spirits: Renewable Fuels Rachael Maskell (Labour (Co-op) - York Central)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much of the £10 million Green Distilleries Competition funding has been allocated.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The BEIS Energy Innovation Team recently launched the first phase of the Green Distilleries competition. The application window closed very recently, and applications are currently being assessed. This feasibility phase will award a total of £500,000 for engineering studies, with the most promising projects going on to receive further funding next year to develop their technologies as part of phase 2. The competition will help the distillery sector innovate for a Net Zero future and has received a large amount of interest from the industry.

20 Oct 2020, 3:48 p.m. Rented Housing: Energy Thangam Debbonaire (Labour - Bristol West)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the incentives to improve the energy efficiency of (a) private rented accommodation and (b)(i) council-owned and (ii) housing association-owned socially rented accommodation.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The latest tranches of Energy Company Obligation (ECO2 and ECO3) are currently being evaluated, with an evaluation report expected to be published in due course. We will also be reviewing in due course the effectiveness of our recently launched incentives of the Green Homes Grant and the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator.

20 Oct 2020, 3:41 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme Thangam Debbonaire (Labour - Bristol West)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households have applied for grants under the Green Homes Grant scheme to date.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

As of 15:00 on 14 October 2020, the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme had received 17,218 grant applications.

20 Oct 2020, 3:24 p.m. Hydrogen: Technology Ruth Edwards (Conservative - Rushcliffe)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the Government's strategy on hydrogen technology.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is committed to the development of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier for the UK. Development of a hydrogen strategy is well under way and we have committed to publishing a UK hydrogen strategy in early 2021.

19 Oct 2020, 1:25 p.m. Wind Power Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the (a) grid infrastructure upgrades required to facilitate the planned deployment of 40GW of offshore wind by 2030 and (b) effect of Ofgem's interim decision on RIIO 2 on the required upgrades; and will he make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

In July, the Government launched the Offshore Transmission Network Review to assess the approach to delivering connections for offshore wind. As part of this review, National Grid ESO is consulting on their cost-benefit analysis of a more coordinated approach to offshore transmission and an initial assessment of technical considerations for a more integrated offshore network. The Review will consider these consultations and we will publish an update in due course.

The next price control for onshore electricity transmission networks, RIIO 2, is a matter for Ofgem the independent regulator. Ofgem’s Draft Determinations were announced in July and have been open to consultation with stakeholders. The Final Determinations expected at the end of this year will set out Ofgem’s views on the upgrades proposed for the transmission network and whether, when and how these investments should be funded.

19 Oct 2020, 1:23 p.m. Carbon Emissions Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish a response to the Committee on Climate Change report entitled, Reducing UK Emissions Progress Report to Parliament, published in June 2020.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government response to the Committee on Climate Change’s report Reducing UK Emissions Progress Report to Parliament was laid in Parliament on 15 October. A copy of the response can be found online at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/committee-on-climate-changes-2020-progress-report-government-response.

19 Oct 2020, 1:17 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme Bill Wiggin (Conservative - North Herefordshire)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons people eligible for the Green Homes Grant scheme have not been able to receive their vouchers before the start of November 2020.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Applications for Green Homes Grant scheme vouchers are subject to thorough checks, to help protect against malpractice. These checks may take some time to complete but are vital to ensuring value for money and consumer protection. The first vouchers will be approved and issued shortly.

19 Oct 2020, 1:13 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme Bill Wiggin (Conservative - North Herefordshire)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to increase the number of local contractors participating in the Green Homes Grant scheme.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Green Homes Grant scheme will support tens of thousands of jobs, and we are working closely with industry to ensure there are enough installers to meet demand. More than 1,000 companies have signed up so far with more registering every day, including many businesses that operate nationally with substantial capacity to carry out work across the country.

We have also made £6.9m available via the Green Homes Grant Skills Training competition to fund training to increase the number of installers available.

19 Oct 2020, 1:11 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme Bill Wiggin (Conservative - North Herefordshire)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of people eligible for the Green Homes Grant scheme who will be unable to use that scheme due to inadequate numbers of qualified installers in their area.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is working closely with industry to ensure there are enough installers to meet demand. More than 1,000 companies are registered with TrustMark and are able to carry out measures under the Green Homes Grant Scheme, with more registering every day. We have changed the way the Simple Energy Advice website displays installers so that consumers can find increased numbers of registered tradespeople that can deliver work in their area.

Officials are working actively with TrustMark scheme providers and certification bodies to support installers to get certified as quickly as possible. The Department also recently launched a £6.9m skills competition to provide training opportunities for the energy efficiency and low carbon heating supply chains to deliver works and scale up to meet additional consumer demand.

19 Oct 2020, 1:10 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme Bill Wiggin (Conservative - North Herefordshire)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to extend the deadline of the Green Homes Grant scheme after 31 March 2021.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The time-limited nature of the scheme is determined by the nature of the funding. Any potential funding allocations for future years will be determined in the next Government spending review.

19 Oct 2020, 1:08 p.m. Electricity: Carbon Emissions Ben Lake (Plaid Cymru - Ceredigion)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of grid capacity required for electrification to deliver net zero by 2050.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

As we move towards Net Zero in 2050, an increase in electricity demand is anticipated, in part due to the electrification of transport and heat. The electricity system will need increased generation capacity to meet higher peak demand and, ensure security of supply. National Grid Electricity System Operator, in their 2020 Future Energy Scenarios (FES)[1], estimate that peak demand will increase from 59GW in 2019 to 76 – 96GW by 2050. In order to meet this peak demand, they estimate that total installed generation capacity will have to increase from 112GW in 2019, to 224 – 334GW in 2050[2].

These changes will also require upgrades to grid capacity. Electricity networks are regulated by the independent regulator, Ofgem, through the price control, which provides the framework for network investment. Ofgem is working to set the next price control to enable investment for Net Zero.

[1] https://www.nationalgrideso.com/future-energy/future-energy-scenarios/fes-2020-documents

[2] Total installed capacity and total storage capaicty including vehicle-to-grid. Includes all network connected generation.

15 Oct 2020, 5:40 p.m. Environment Protection: Worcestershire Sajid Javid (Conservative - Bromsgrove)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support the development of a greener economy in Worcestershire.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Within the decade, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister is determined for the UK to be at the forefront of the green industrial revolution as we accelerate our progress towards net zero emissions by 2050. We have set out billions in support for our low-carbon economy including over £3 billion to transform energy efficiency in homes and public buildings.

The Government is determined to ensure that the benefits of the net zero transition are shared fairly in every region. BEIS has also funded a local energy hub in the Midlands, covering Worcestershire, to help local authorities and communities design and develop renewable energy projects. In the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership area, the hub is currently supporting 7 projects valued at over £15m.

15 Oct 2020, 5:38 p.m. Carbon Dioxide: Storage Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will list the carbon dioxide storage licences granted by the Oil and Gas Authority.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Oil and Gas Authority has awarded the following carbon dioxide storage licences:

CS003 to Pale Blue Dot Energy (Acorn) Ltd in 2019;

CS004 to Eni UK Limited in 2020.

15 Oct 2020, 5:30 p.m. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff Caroline Lucas (Green Party - Brighton, Pavilion)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many staff in his Department are working primarily on (a) fossil fuels, (b) renewables, (c) energy efficiency and (d) nuclear energy.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Department currently employs the following numbers of staff working primarily in these areas:

Upstream oil and gas policy

26 FTE

Downstream oil resilience

15 FTE

Gas policy

23 FTE

Coal policy (including staff working on the domestic & international transition away from coal)

6 FTE

Liabilities from the former nationalised coal industry

7.4 FTE

The Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning, based in Aberdeen

90.5 FTE

Renewable energy

104.6 FTE

Renewable heat

79 FTE

Energy efficiency

237 FTE

Nuclear energy

201.1 FTE

15 Oct 2020, 5:21 p.m. Broadband: Yorkshire and the Humber Greg Knight (Conservative - East Yorkshire)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to ensure that there is sufficient universal broadband network coverage to enable smart meters to function effectively and continuously; and when the Government plans for such network coverage to be made available throughout Yorkshire; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Second generation smart meters use a dedicated national smart metering communications network, which uses a variety of technologies to deliver connectivity to premises. These include cellular mobile technology plus wireless mesh radio, and long-range radio technology.

The Data Communications Company (DCC), which operates the national communications infrastructure for smart metering, is obligated under the conditions of its licence to provide communications coverage to at least 99.25% of premises across Great Britain by the end of 2020.

The DCC is required by licence conditions to assess opportunities to increase the overall level of coverage beyond its contractual requirements where it is practicable and cost proportionate.

15 Oct 2020, 5:21 p.m. Broadband: Standards Greg Knight (Conservative - East Yorkshire)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the number of households in England that have insufficient broadband network coverage to support the functioning of smart meters.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Second generation smart meters use a dedicated national smart metering communications network, which uses a variety of technologies to deliver connectivity to premises. These include cellular mobile technology plus wireless mesh radio, and long-range radio technology.

The Data Communications Company (DCC), which operates the national communications infrastructure for smart metering, is obligated under the conditions of its licence to provide communications coverage to at least 99.25% of premises across Great Britain by the end of 2020.

The DCC is required by licence conditions to assess opportunities to increase the overall level of coverage beyond its contractual requirements where it is practicable and cost proportionate.

15 Oct 2020, 5:18 p.m. Mineworkers' Pension Scheme Stephanie Peacock (Labour - Barnsley East)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 3 November 2016 to Question 51063 on the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme, whether the Government has made any direct payments to the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme under the guarantee arrangements since November 2016.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

No such payments have been made.

15 Oct 2020, 5:16 p.m. Mineworkers' Pension Scheme Stephanie Peacock (Labour - Barnsley East)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much is held in the investment reserve funds for the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

As at 30 September 2020, the Investment Reserve stood at £1,216m.

15 Oct 2020, 5:15 p.m. Mineworkers' Pension Scheme Stephanie Peacock (Labour - Barnsley East)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of how much the Government will receive from the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme in the financial year (a) 2018-19, (b) 2019-20 and (c) 2020-21.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

In 2018-19, the Government received £142.4m as its share of surplus and £475m from the Investment Reserve. In each of 2019-20 and 2020-21, the Government received £142.4m as its share of surplus. The presence of the Guarantee has given the Trustees the freedom to invest in a way that targets surpluses and, as a consequence, bonuses to members. Bonuses paid to date mean that the typical member’s pension today is around 33% higher in real terms than it would otherwise have been.

15 Oct 2020, 5:14 p.m. Coal: Carbon Emissions Catherine McKinnell (Labour - Newcastle upon Tyne North)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of increases in the domestic supply of coal on global carbon emissions.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Domestic production of coal, alongside the amounts of coal imported in the UK, have been steadily declining in the last five years. This is evidenced by the figures published by the Department here: DUKES table 2.4.

In order to tackle climate change and deliver a net zero economy by 2050, we need to further reduce our use of coal. We are among the first countries in the world to commit to closing all unabated coal power plants. We intend to do this by 2024.

14 Oct 2020, 5:29 p.m. Wind Power: Shipbuilding Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on UK shipbuilding of the Government’s plans to increase the production of offshore wind.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government recognises the importance of the UK maritime sector to our economy and to our future global trading ambitions. The MOD-led National Shipbuilding Strategy is seeking to work with shipbuilders and the supply chain to improve public procurement, increase trade and drive innovation.

The Government’s Offshore Wind Sector Deal includes an aspiration to increase UK content to 60% by 2030 including increasing UK content in the capital expenditure phase and to develop a roadmap on how the 60% target will be delivered.

14 Oct 2020, 5:26 p.m. Wind Power and Solar Power: Scotland Andrew Bowie (Conservative - West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) onshore wind, (b) offshore wind and (c) solar sites in Scotland which plan to bid in the contracts for difference auction round 4.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government considers a range of matters when setting the parameters for Contracts for Difference allocation rounds, including the anticipated pipeline of eligible projects. We will publish allocation round parameters in advance of the next auction in late 2021, when assessments of the potential volume of participants can be informed by the most current information on project pipelines.

14 Oct 2020, 5:24 p.m. Electricity Generation Alec Shelbrooke (Conservative - Elmet and Rothwell)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to support innovative projects in the energy market to use smart meter readings to send signals to automatic voltage control devices in the primary electricity network to optimise the voltage for customers.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government welcomes innovations that can improve the quality of supply to consumers and demonstrate value for money, including the safe use of active control of voltage levels.

The Government offers support to companies seeking to bring innovative technologies to market which can help drive the transition to net zero emissions by 2050, through competitive innovation funding grants such as the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund competition. Innovation support schemes are also offered by InnovateUK and Ofgem.

14 Oct 2020, 5:21 p.m. Solar Power Andrew Rosindell (Conservative - Romford)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate his Department has made of the average return on investment for lifetime of usage of solar thermal systems; and for what reasons those systems are included in the Green Homes Grant Scheme.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The average return on investment for solar thermal systems will depend on a range of factors including whether the owner of the solar thermal installation is in receipt of grant funding (such as the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive) or not.

The measures in the scheme were chosen because they deliver: demand for the energy efficiency sector, creating and preserving jobs; lasting carbon emission savings that contribute to reaching net zero; energy efficiency installations which are high quality and represent good value for money; and create long-term growth in the energy efficiency supply chain.

14 Oct 2020, 5:15 p.m. Heating Navendu Mishra (Labour - Stockport)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the outcome was of the meeting between officials of his Department and representatives of the Pump It Up campaign on 15 September 2020.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

BEIS Ministers and officials have regular meetings with industry as part of the process of policy development and delivery. This meeting enabled a discussion of the market for large heat pump projects in the context of the announcements made in the Budget and Summer Economic Update and the development of future policies to meet our commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Government is planning to publish a Heat and Buildings Strategy in due course, which will set out future actions we will take for reducing emissions from buildings.

13 Oct 2020, 12:09 p.m. Coal Catherine McKinnell (Labour - Newcastle upon Tyne North)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of increased domestic supply of coal on levels of coal imports.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Domestic production of coal, alongside the amounts of coal imported in the UK, have been steadily declining in the last five years. This is evidenced by the figures published by the Department here: DUKES table 2.4.

In order to tackle climate change and deliver a net zero economy by 2050, we need to further reduce our use of coal. We are among the first countries in the world to commit to closing all unabated coal power plants. We intend to do this by 2024.

13 Oct 2020, 12:07 p.m. Climate Change Convention Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what deadline the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has set for submissions of Nationally Determined Contributions in advance of COP26.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Under the Paris Agreement, all Parties have committed to communicating or updating Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by 2020 and every five years after that. We are currently working on our NDC, including on the timing for its publication.

13 Oct 2020, 9:07 a.m. Wind Power: Seas and Oceans Ian Mearns (Labour - Gateshead)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to launch revised local content methodology for the offshore wind industry; and whether that methodology will apply to supply chain contractors.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Offshore Wind Industry committed to updating its UK content methodology and a longer-term move towards increased transparency as part of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal. The industry has committed to reviewing the methodology and they will publish this once agreed.

The methodology applies to every developer, who are obliged to seek UK content data from their suppliers, using the same methodology, for all contracts above £10m.

12 Oct 2020, 12:43 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme Thangam Debbonaire (Labour - Bristol West)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the announcement of 30 September 2020 on the Green Homes Scheme, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to increase the fines for non-compliance with energy efficiency requirements for landlords in the private rented sector.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Department has recently launched a consultation on improving the energy efficiency performance of privately rented homes. As part of the consultation, we are proposing to raise the maximum financial penalty per property and per breach of the regulations from £5000 to £30000.

The consultation, published on GOV.UK at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/improving-the-energy-performance-of-privately-rented-homes, will run till the end of December 2020.

12 Oct 2020, 12:41 p.m. Green Deal Scheme Marsha De Cordova (Labour - Battersea)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason households without access to the internet are excluded from the Green Deal scheme; and whether he is taking steps to ensure that that scheme is open to everyone.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Green Deal scheme closed in 2015. The Green Homes Grant voucher scheme launched on 30th September 2020 and the scheme administrator will offer alternative means to apply such as by telephone or post.

The scheme is open to all homeowners including park homes on a residential site (including Gypsy and Traveller sites) and residential landlords in private or social rented sectors (including local authorities and housing associations).

12 Oct 2020, 12:39 p.m. Heating Abena Oppong-Asare (Labour - Erith and Thamesmead)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the PUMP IT UP! campaign's recommendations on large-scale heat pump projects.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Pump It Up campaign recommends that Government commits to a re-think of the future support it makes available to large-scale heat pump projects.

A new allocation of Tarriff Guarantees has recently opened on the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), supporting larger projects, including large scale ground source heat pumps>100kWth. The Non-Domestic RHI will close to new applicants on the 31st of March 2021 and we have consulted on a new scheme, the Clean Heat Grant, which with a proposed cap on the capacity of eligible appliances at 45kW will provide targeted support to consumers and small businesses for heat pumps and some limited biomass from April 2022. This is backed by £100 million of Exchequer funding as announced in the 2020 Budget, and will be open for two years.

The Government expects several large-scale heat pump projects to receive financial support through its other schemes, including the Green Heat Network Scheme, which BEIS will consult on later in the year, and our Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, which is open to large heat pumps providing process heat. Additionally, in the Summer Economic Update, we announced £1 billion funding over the next year to help public sector buildings through the installation of energy efficiency and low carbon heat measures, which will also support the deployment of large scale heat pumps.

12 Oct 2020, 12:37 p.m. Carbon Emissions: Capital Investment Matthew Offord (Conservative - Hendon)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to establish a banking agency to finance green investments as part of the Industrial Strategy.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Within the decade, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister is determined for the UK to be at the forefront of the green industrial revolution as we accelerate our progress towards net zero emissions by 2050. That is why, this year alone, the government has set out billions in support for our low-carbon economy. As set out in the 2019 Green Finance Strategy, this needs to be combined with a focus on mobilising and accelerating flows of private finance into key clean growth sectors to provide good value for taxpayers, such as through providing long-term certainty and using public funds to leverage private capital.

12 Oct 2020, 12:35 p.m. Hydrogen Andrew Griffith (Conservative - Arundel and South Downs)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the UK's hydrogen strategy; and what steps he is taking to formalise cross-departmental working on the Government's hydrogen strategy.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We have committed to publish a UK hydrogen strategy in early 2021 and development is well under way.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is Chair of the Climate Action Implementation Cabinet Committee (CAI) which covers issues relating to net zero. BEIS officials and I also continue to work across Government departments, bilaterally and through governance arrangements at official level. This includes the Climate National Strategy Implementation Group, reporting to the Cabinet Secretary involving Directors General across Whitehall, chaired by the DG Energy Transformation & Clean Growth and the Hydrogen Advisory Council, co-chaired by myself as Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, and Sinead Lynch, UK Country Chair of Shell launched in July 2020.

12 Oct 2020, 12:33 p.m. Green Deal Scheme: Misrepresentation Marion Fellows (Scottish National Party - Motherwell and Wishaw)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many intention notices proposing a reduction of a Green Deal loan mis-sold by Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Ltd have been carried out without appeal in each of the last 12 months for which information is available.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Green Deal Framework Regulations require that, before imposing any sanction, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State gives notice to affected parties of his intention to impose a sanction (an initial notice, referred to as an Intention Notice) and provides them with an opportunity to make representations before it is made final.

As of 8th October 2020, there were 117 appeals against mis-selling by Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Ltd (HELMS) for which no Intention Notice or final decision has been issued.

The average time between receipt of an appeal case by the Secretary of State and the Issue of an Intention Notice is 13 months.

The following table shows how many Intention Notices were issued by month proposing reduction or cancellation of Green Deal loans in response to appeals about mis-selling by HELMS, and the number of these cases for which no representations have been received.

Month

Number of Intention Notices Sent

Number of cases for which no representations have been received

October 2019

15

9

November 2019

11

9

December 2019

17

9

January 2020

13

7

February 2020

22

10

March 2020

12

6

April 2020

3

0

Complainants can appeal final decisions (set out in final Sanction Notices) to the General Regulatory Chamber of the First–tier Tribunal. For one case recorded in the above table, the complainant did not submit representations but, following receipt of a final Sanction Notice, appealed to the Tribunal.

No Intention Notices have been issued since April. In April, two decisions were made by the First-tier Tribunal in response to appeals. Following this, the issuing of Intention Notices was paused to allow for full consideration of the First-tier Tribunal decisions in future Intention Notices.

During this period, 43 Sanction Notices have been issued in response to appeals about mis-selling by HELMS.

12 Oct 2020, 12:33 p.m. Green Deal Scheme: Misrepresentation Marion Fellows (Scottish National Party - Motherwell and Wishaw)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many cases are awaiting a decision on whether to serve intention notices proposing a reduction of a Green Deal loan mis-sold by Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Ltd.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Green Deal Framework Regulations require that, before imposing any sanction, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State gives notice to affected parties of his intention to impose a sanction (an initial notice, referred to as an Intention Notice) and provides them with an opportunity to make representations before it is made final.

As of 8th October 2020, there were 117 appeals against mis-selling by Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Ltd (HELMS) for which no Intention Notice or final decision has been issued.

The average time between receipt of an appeal case by the Secretary of State and the Issue of an Intention Notice is 13 months.

The following table shows how many Intention Notices were issued by month proposing reduction or cancellation of Green Deal loans in response to appeals about mis-selling by HELMS, and the number of these cases for which no representations have been received.

Month

Number of Intention Notices Sent

Number of cases for which no representations have been received

October 2019

15

9

November 2019

11

9

December 2019

17

9

January 2020

13

7

February 2020

22

10

March 2020

12

6

April 2020

3

0

Complainants can appeal final decisions (set out in final Sanction Notices) to the General Regulatory Chamber of the First–tier Tribunal. For one case recorded in the above table, the complainant did not submit representations but, following receipt of a final Sanction Notice, appealed to the Tribunal.

No Intention Notices have been issued since April. In April, two decisions were made by the First-tier Tribunal in response to appeals. Following this, the issuing of Intention Notices was paused to allow for full consideration of the First-tier Tribunal decisions in future Intention Notices.

During this period, 43 Sanction Notices have been issued in response to appeals about mis-selling by HELMS.

12 Oct 2020, 12:33 p.m. Green Deal Scheme: Misrepresentation Marion Fellows (Scottish National Party - Motherwell and Wishaw)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average waiting time is for his Department to decide whether to serve an intention notice proposing a reduction of a Green Deal loan mis-sold by Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Ltd on a case.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Green Deal Framework Regulations require that, before imposing any sanction, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State gives notice to affected parties of his intention to impose a sanction (an initial notice, referred to as an Intention Notice) and provides them with an opportunity to make representations before it is made final.

As of 8th October 2020, there were 117 appeals against mis-selling by Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Ltd (HELMS) for which no Intention Notice or final decision has been issued.

The average time between receipt of an appeal case by the Secretary of State and the Issue of an Intention Notice is 13 months.

The following table shows how many Intention Notices were issued by month proposing reduction or cancellation of Green Deal loans in response to appeals about mis-selling by HELMS, and the number of these cases for which no representations have been received.

Month

Number of Intention Notices Sent

Number of cases for which no representations have been received

October 2019

15

9

November 2019

11

9

December 2019

17

9

January 2020

13

7

February 2020

22

10

March 2020

12

6

April 2020

3

0

Complainants can appeal final decisions (set out in final Sanction Notices) to the General Regulatory Chamber of the First–tier Tribunal. For one case recorded in the above table, the complainant did not submit representations but, following receipt of a final Sanction Notice, appealed to the Tribunal.

No Intention Notices have been issued since April. In April, two decisions were made by the First-tier Tribunal in response to appeals. Following this, the issuing of Intention Notices was paused to allow for full consideration of the First-tier Tribunal decisions in future Intention Notices.

During this period, 43 Sanction Notices have been issued in response to appeals about mis-selling by HELMS.

12 Oct 2020, 12:31 p.m. Fuel Poverty and Wind Power: Scotland Jamie Stone (Liberal Democrat - Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much of the £160 million allocated to developing offshore wind he plans to spend on the coasts of Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross; and whether he plans to tackle fuel poverty in the far north of Scotland with that funding.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

One hundred and sixty million pounds will be made available to upgrade ports and infrastructure in the offshore wind sector. This will enable the sector to support jobs directly and indirectly by 2030 in ports, factories and wider supply chains, manufacturing the next-generation of offshore wind turbines and delivering clean energy to the UK.

No locations are confirmed at this stage. We are inviting landowners or developers of potential large-scale coastal manufacturing hubs to contact the department, by responding the request for information published on 6th October 2020 on the Gov.uk website by 30th October.

The purpose of the new funding is to enable development of supply chains.

12 Oct 2020, 12:25 p.m. Electricity Interconnectors: Portsmouth Stephen Morgan (Labour - Portsmouth South)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with representatives from Aquind Interconnector on running a route for cables through open country west of the A3 road area from Portsdown Hill to Hambledon Road, along the B2150.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The application for development consent for the proposed Aquind Interconnector has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate and is currently being examined by them. Neither my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State, who has recused himself from any part in the decision-making process, nor his Ministers have had any discussions with representatives of Aquind Limited, the developer of the Aquind Interconnector, about route options for the proposed Interconnector.

12 Oct 2020, 12:21 p.m. Electricity Interconnectors: Portsmouth Stephen Morgan (Labour - Portsmouth South)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the current proposed route of the Aquind Interconnector on the welfare of allotment holders in Portsmouth.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Planning Inspectorate is currently examining the application for development consent for the proposed Aquind Interconnector. The Examining Authority will examine all relevant issues before submitting its report to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

As the decision to grant or refuse consent to an application for development consent is quasi-judicial, it would not be appropriate for my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State, who has recused himself from any part in the decision-making process, or his Ministers to comment further on any aspect of this live development consent application or to meet with any interested party to discuss it.

12 Oct 2020, 12:21 p.m. Electricity Interconnectors: Portsmouth Stephen Morgan (Labour - Portsmouth South)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will meet the South Downs National Park Authority to discuss the environmental implications of the Aquind Interconnector.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Planning Inspectorate is currently examining the application for development consent for the proposed Aquind Interconnector. The Examining Authority will examine all relevant issues before submitting its report to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

As the decision to grant or refuse consent to an application for development consent is quasi-judicial, it would not be appropriate for my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State, who has recused himself from any part in the decision-making process, or his Ministers to comment further on any aspect of this live development consent application or to meet with any interested party to discuss it.

12 Oct 2020, 12:05 p.m. Wind Power Greg Knight (Conservative - East Yorkshire)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the potential effect on electricity prices of the Government's policy to expand offshore wind power by 2030; what assessment he has made of the effect of that policy on other low emission goals; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The effect on electricity prices of deploying 40GW of offshore wind by 2030 will depend on a number of factors including the relative costs between different technologies and how they evolve, particularly in offshore wind, the outcome of our upcoming Contract for Difference Auction rounds, network costs, how costs will be spread across different consumer groups, the roll out of flexible technologies like storage and the overall profile of electricity demand.

Offshore wind projects have low operating costs and so can supply electricity cheaply, putting downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices. Wholesale prices are one of many factors that influence consumer costs and the net impact will depend on how changes in these factors are passed on to consumers.

Accelerating the deployment of offshore wind will make a key contribution to our 2050 net zero target.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy made a Written Ministerial Statement about the announcement to increase our ambition to delivering 40GW of offshore wind by 2030 in the House on Tuesday 6 October.

12 Oct 2020, 12:02 p.m. Boilers: Fossil Fuels Mohammad Yasin (Labour - Bedford)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to reduce the use of fossil fuelled boilers; and if he will introduce targets to phase them out.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

In order to meet our net zero commitment, we must transition away from fossil fuel heating systems. We are developing policies to support the deployment of low carbon heating supporting consumers financially to help them transition away from fossil fuel heating through initiatives such as the Renewable Heat Incentive. We are spending £2.8bn between 2018 and 2021 through the Renewable Heat Incentive, to support the deployment of low carbon technologies such as heat pumps.

We also recently launched the Green Homes Grant vouchers scheme meaning homeowners and residential landlords can receive up to £5000 towards the installation of an approved low carbon heating measure. In due course we shall be setting out our proposals for the decarbonisation of heat in the Heat and Building Strategy.

In addition, in the Future Homes Standards consultation, which closed 7 February, we proposed that new homes should have 75-80% fewer CO2 emissions than ones built to current building regulation standards. This will not be achievable using conventional gas boilers in new build properties. We will respond to this consultation in due course.

8 Oct 2020, 6 p.m. Climate Change Rachael Maskell (Labour (Co-op) - York Central)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill will help the UK achieve commitments agreed under the 2015 UN Paris Climate Agreement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Climate Change Act 2008 was the first of its kind in the world and made the UK the first country to introduce a legally binding, long-term emissions reduction target. In June 2019, following advice from the Committee on Climate Change, the UK Government set a legally binding target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions from across the UK economy by 2050. In doing so, the UK became the first major economy to legislate for a net zero target. This will bring an end to the UK’s contribution to climate change.

The Government is deeply committed to domestic and international efforts to tackle climate change. This year alone, the Government has committed billions in spending as we increase support for our low-carbon economy and green jobs. In November 2021, the UK will provide global leadership on climate change as President Designate and host of COP26 in Glasgow. We are determined to use this platform to raise global climate ambitions to achieve the transformational change required by the Paris Agreement.

8 Oct 2020, 5:59 p.m. Electricity Generation: Carbon Emissions Zarah Sultana (Labour - Coventry South)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will ensure that following his consultation on contracts for difference for low carbon electricity (a) biomass plants are ineligible to compete for those contracts with offshore wind and other renewable technologies and (b) the greenhouse gas threshold and minimum efficiency requirement applied in 2018 will be included in regulations and applied to all future allocation rounds.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The consultation on changes to the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme closed on 29 May 2020 and a Government response will be published in due course.

As part of this consultation, we indicated our intention to remove biomass conversion technologies from the CfD scheme. Sustainable, low carbon bioenergy is helping the UK move to a low-carbon energy mix, increasing our energy security, and keeping costs down for consumers. We have introduced mandatory sustainability criteria for biomass generation for heat and power. This is to ensure biomass continues to support the UK’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions and is sourced sustainably. Generators only receive subsidies for electricity output which complies with our sustainability criteria.

The greenhouse gas (GHG) threshold and minimum efficiency requirements applied in 2018 were incorporated into the CfD Standard Terms and Conditions and so will apply to future allocation rounds.

8 Oct 2020, 5:58 p.m. Meters: Ross, Skye and Lochaber Ian Blackford (Scottish National Party - Ross, Skye and Lochaber)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress has been made on the roll-out of national smart metering infrastructure in the Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Data Communications Company (DCC), the organisation responsible for the national smart metering infrastructure, has contracts in place for the provision of communications coverage to at least 99.5% of premises in its ‘North Region’. Data on smart meter installations is not collected at a constituency level.

The DCC is required by licence conditions to seek to provide communications services to all premises where it is practicable and cost proportionate and is also required to assess opportunities to increase the overall level of coverage.

8 Oct 2020, 5:57 p.m. Housing: Heating Thangam Debbonaire (Labour - Bristol West)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of homes expected to be fitted with low carbon heating systems by 2030.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

There are a number of options with the potential to play an important role in decarbonising heat, including heat networks, heat pumps, hydrogen and biogas. Given the diversity of heat demand, no one solution can provide the best option for everyone - a mix of technologies and customer options will need to be available to decarbonise heat at scale.

The Government is planning to publish a Heat and Buildings Strategy in due course, which will set out the immediate actions we will take for reducing emissions from buildings. These actions include the deployment of energy efficiency measures and low carbon heating as part of an ambitious programme of work required to enable key strategic decisions on how we achieve the mass transition to low-carbon heat and set us on a path to decarbonising all homes and buildings.

8 Oct 2020, 5:56 p.m. Mineworkers' Pension Scheme Stephanie Peacock (Labour - Barnsley East)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much the Government has received from its share of the surplus from the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme since the surplus-sharing arrangement was agreed.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Since the agreement was reached in 1994, the Government has received £3,411.8m as its share of surpluses. This is in return for the provision of the guarantee that ensures pensions are paid. The guarantee has enabled an investment strategy that has resulted in scheme members receiving payments 33% higher than they would have been if they received only their actual earned pension up to privatisation.

8 Oct 2020, 5:55 p.m. Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme Helen Hayes (Labour - Dulwich and West Norwood)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's announcement of 30 September 2020 of £3 billion of grants for energy efficiency improvements, if he will set out a timeframe for (a) publication of details of the scheme for schools and public buildings and (b) when applications for the scheme are planned to open.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme will help public sector organisations in England, including central government departments and their agencies, local authorities, schools and NHS Trusts, to install energy efficiency and low carbon heating measures.

The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme is open for applications, and more details including how to apply, can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/public-sector-decarbonisation-scheme-psds.

7 Oct 2020, 6:03 p.m. Coronavirus: Direct Selling Hilary Benn (Labour - Leeds Central)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has issued advice to energy companies on doorstep cold-calling during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The energy regulator Ofgem has a duty to protect the interests of consumers.

Ofgem rules to protect consumers subject to doorstop sales activity, include requirements that companies and their representatives only recommend tariffs that are appropriate to a consumers circumstances and preferences and that a record of the information provided to a consumer is kept for two years.

In an open letter published on 16 June, Ofgem set out their expectation that face to face activities should be in line with Government Covid-19 guidelines.

7 Oct 2020, 6 p.m. Carbon Emissions and Hydrogen Sara Britcliffe (Conservative - Hyndburn)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to support decarbonisation pathways; what estimate he has made of the potential extent of hydrogen replacement of natural gas in the next ten years; and what assessment he has made of the potential role of hydrogen alternatives in supporting job (a) creation and (b) investment in the North West.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The UK has set a benchmark by legislating for net zero, and the adoption of hydrogen as a decarbonised energy carrier will support us in achieving this legally binding target. We will set out our approach to growing the UK hydrogen economy our Hydrogen Strategy, set to be published early next year.

I have been very pleased to see the ambitious plans for hydrogen in the North West, such as the HyNet project, which we are supporting with over £13m funding through our innovation programme. I have talked directly to companies in the North West about how they can support growth of the hydrogen economy, and my officials are in regular discussions with stakeholders in the region.

In November 2019 we published the Energy Innovation Needs Assessment (EINA) for hydrogen and fuel cells. This identified that the future market for all hydrogen technologies could yield around £5.3bn of GVA and create nearly 50,000 jobs by 2050 to meet demand in export and domestic markets. The North West is ideally placed to capture such opportunities.

7 Oct 2020, 5:59 p.m. Companies: Carbon Emissions Sarah Olney (Liberal Democrat - Richmond Park)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of (a) the Government's criteria for COP26 sponsors that companies should have set ambitious net zero commitments by 2050 or earlier, with a credible short-term action plan to achieve this and (b) COP26 organisers holding discussions with (i) Equinor, (ii) Shell and (iii) BP on sponsorship of COP26.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government has set strict sponsorship criteria for COP26 and will partner with companies who have set ambitious net zero commitments by 2050 or earlier, with a credible short-term action plan to achieve this. The Government will continue to talk to a wide range of companies as part of wider COP26 policy engagement to move the global economy to net zero emissions.

7 Oct 2020, 5:58 p.m. Energy: Housing Sarah Olney (Liberal Democrat - Richmond Park)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what funding is available for low-income households to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Energy Company Obligation, worth £640m per year, is focused on low income and vulnerable households across Great Britain. Our recently launched Green Homes Grant in England will further support customers in making their homes more energy efficient, including up to £10,000 for low income households.

In addition to the available funding to support low-income households with improving the energy efficiency of their homes, we also provide support with energy bills for low income and vulnerable consumers through the Warm Home Discount, Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments.

We intend to publish an updated Fuel Poverty Strategy for England in due course which will provide further information on the range of schemes available to support low income and vulnerable households in improving the energy efficiency of their homes.

6 Oct 2020, 11:17 a.m. Private Rented Housing: Energy Sarah Olney (Liberal Democrat - Richmond Park)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to raise the minimum level of energy efficiency standard for private rented accommodation from band E to band D.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Department has just launched a consultation on improving the energy performance of privately rented homes in England and Wales. Under the Government’s recommended option, landlords would be required to reach EPC Band C for new tenancies from 1 April 2025 and all tenancies by 1 April 2028. The preferred policy option will deliver 7.9 MtCO2e in carbon emission savings over Carbon Budgets 4 and 5. Landlords are encouraged to take advantage of the Green Homes Grant to fund necessary improvements.

5 Oct 2020, 5:07 p.m. Climate Change Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 30 September 2020 to Question 93621, if the Government will publish its Nationally Determined Contribution by 12 December 2020; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We are currently working on our Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), including on the timing for its publication.

2 Oct 2020, 1:47 p.m. Fuel Poverty Matt Western (Labour - Warwick and Leamington)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of households within £100 of being classed as fuel poor.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The number of households currently classed as fuel poor for whom a reduction of £100 in their modelled fuel costs would remove them from being classed as fuel poor, in the latest available year, was 703,000.

The number of households currently not classed as fuel poor for whom an increase of £100 in their modelled fuel costs would classify them as fuel poor, in the latest available year, was 919,000.

These figures are based on the 2018 fuel poverty dataset that is derived based on the English Housing Survey.

2 Oct 2020, 1:37 p.m. Buildings: Insulation Sarah Jones (Labour - Croydon Central)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will ensure that insulation products used in the public sector decarbonisation scheme are aligned with the Government ban on combustible materials.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme will invest £1 billion by giving grants to public sector bodies to fund energy efficiency and low carbon heat measures, supporting up to 30,000 skilled jobs.

All measures installed using the scheme must comply with all relevant legislation.

2 Oct 2020, 1:34 p.m. Anaerobic Digestion Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to promote the UK's anaerobic digestion sector at COP26.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Biomethane injection to the gas grid offers a low-regrets, cost-effective way of contributing to near term legally binding carbon budgets, and the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) states that biomethane will be valuable across all decarbonisation pathways. The new Green Gas Support Scheme, which will be launching in Autumn 2021, aims to increase the proportion of biomethane in the gas grid, which will deliver greener gas to households in the UK and contribute to carbon budgets 4 and 5.

2 Oct 2020, 1:29 p.m. Anaerobic Digestion Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to introduce a sector deal for the anaerobic digestion and biomethane sector; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We welcome conversations with the anaerobic digestion and biomethane industry about future industry development, and their role in the green recovery from covid-19. The Government is supportive of the growth of the anaerobic digestion and biomethane sector, and recognises that it is valuable across future decarbonisation pathways. Government has supported the growth of the AD sector through a number of incentive schemes: the Renewables Obligation (RO); the Feed-in Tariff s(FIT) scheme and Contracts for Difference (CfD) for electricity production and the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for biogas and heat production, including the use of biomethane in the gas grid. The non-domestic RHI will end in 2021, and will be followed by the Green Gas Support Scheme which will provide tariff support for biomethane injection to the gas grid. The RO and FIT schemes closed to new applications in March 2017 and 2019 respectively, and the new Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) came into effect on 1 January 2020, allowing small-scale low-carbon generators to sell their excess electricity back to the grid.

2 Oct 2020, 1:25 p.m. Anaerobic Digestion Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to improve cross-departmental working on the Government's anaerobic digestion and biomethane strategy.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Anaerobic digestion and biomethane policy cuts across several government departments including the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and the Department for Transport. These departments are currently working closely together on a number of related policy issues, including the upcoming Green Gas Support Scheme, which is due to launch in Autumn 2021. The recent consultation on this scheme included proposals to allow an effective interaction between the Green Gas Support Scheme and the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, and to ensure air quality impacts are properly mitigated. Another example is research, where BEIS is working with DfT to study the techno-economics and carbon intensity of gasifying biomass and municipal solid waste to produce either methane, hydrogen or liquid fuels.

2 Oct 2020, 1:22 p.m. Anaerobic Digestion Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase investment in research and development to improve the efficiency of the anaerobic digestion process and reduce the cost of building and running anaerobic digestion plants.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

In March, the Government announced a record increase in public investment in R&D – committing to reaching £22bn per year by 2024/25. At the same time the Government committed to more than double investment in the Energy Innovation Programme to £1 billion.

Through its Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy programme, UKRI fund the Environmental Biology Network (EBNet) with £1.35m to provide a link between academic researchers and plant operators in industry. This includes mechanisms such as Proof of Concept studies and Business Interaction Vouchers which enable industry to address problems including the efficiency, design and operation of anaerobic digestion plants. Government also provides support to enable UK industry and researchers to access international science on biogas production from anaerobic digestion through the IEA Bioenergy Technical Coordinating Programme.

2 Oct 2020, 1:11 p.m. Fuel Poverty Matt Western (Labour - Warwick and Leamington)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of off-gas grid households affected by fuel poverty.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The number of fuel poor households not connected to the gas grid in England, in the latest available year (2018), was 495,000, as seen in table 10 of the Fuel Poverty statistics detailed tables (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/fuel-poverty-detailed-tables-2020).

2 Oct 2020, 1:08 p.m. Boilers: Fuel Oil Matt Western (Labour - Warwick and Leamington)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to limit repairs being carried out to existing oil boilers.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

In the 2017 Clean Growth Strategy the government committed to phasing out the installation of high carbon fossil fuel heating systems in buildings off the gas grid during the 2020s. As we develop policy to deliver this commitment we are engaging with industry to consider how we can best ensure that oil boilers are replaced with low carbon heating systems, rather than being repaired endlessly, so that we can meet our net zero obligations. We are considering the extent to which Building Regulations can help drive this change and we will consult on proposals for decarbonising off gas grid buildings in due course.

2 Oct 2020, 1:08 p.m. Boilers: Fuel Oil Matt Western (Labour - Warwick and Leamington)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his officials have had with industry representatives on limiting repairs being carried out to existing oil boilers.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

In the 2017 Clean Growth Strategy the government committed to phasing out the installation of high carbon fossil fuel heating systems in buildings off the gas grid during the 2020s. As we develop policy to deliver this commitment we are engaging with industry to consider how we can best ensure that oil boilers are replaced with low carbon heating systems, rather than being repaired endlessly, so that we can meet our net zero obligations. We are considering the extent to which Building Regulations can help drive this change and we will consult on proposals for decarbonising off gas grid buildings in due course.

2 Oct 2020, 1:08 p.m. Boilers: Fuel Oil Matt Western (Labour - Warwick and Leamington)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to use future Building Regulations to prevent end-of-life oil boilers being replaced by condensing oil boilers.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

In the 2017 Clean Growth Strategy the government committed to phasing out the installation of high carbon fossil fuel heating systems in buildings off the gas grid during the 2020s. As we develop policy to deliver this commitment we are engaging with industry to consider how we can best ensure that oil boilers are replaced with low carbon heating systems, rather than being repaired endlessly, so that we can meet our net zero obligations. We are considering the extent to which Building Regulations can help drive this change and we will consult on proposals for decarbonising off gas grid buildings in due course.

2 Oct 2020, 1:04 p.m. Heating: Housing Matt Western (Labour - Warwick and Leamington)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) oil and (b) LPG Aga appliances that are fitted in UK homes.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

There are 1.9m households in the UK using oil and LPG as their main heating fuel and hot water requirements. We estimate that 1.7m use Oil and 220k use LPG.

The Department does not have information on the number of (a) oil and (b) LPG Aga appliances that are fitted in UK homes.

1 Oct 2020, 3:48 p.m. Heating: Housing John Redwood (Conservative - Wokingham)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he ha made of the rate of transfer from gas home heating to electric over the next five years.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Meeting our net-zero target will require virtually all heat in buildings to be decarbonised, and we believe widespread use of electric heating has the potential to contribute very deep reductions in carbon emissions.

In 2017, 13% of heat was provided by electricity in comparison with 67% from natural gas. Electric heating on gas grid remains small scale. For example, of the c30k heat pumps installed in the UK in 2019, the majority has gone to new builds and off-gas-grid households. Over the next five years, we expect deployment to continue to focus on these sectors.

There are several key consumer barriers to the widespread deployment of heat pumps and BEIS is working with industry to address these. As part of this, we have launched a £16.5m Electrification of Heat Demonstration Project, which seeks to demonstrate the feasibility of a large-scale transition to electrification of heat in Great Britain, by installing heat pumps in a representative range of homes.

The Government is planning to publish aHeat and Buildings Strategy in due course, which will set out the immediate actions we will take for reducing emissions from buildings.

1 Oct 2020, 3:19 p.m. Energy: Prices Drew Hendry (Scottish National Party - Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with Ofgem on their progress in implementing the Consumer Vulnerability Strategy 2025.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

BEIS regularly engage with Ofgem to discuss their progress in implementing the Consumer Vulnerability Strategy 2025. Since this was published, in October 2019, Ofgem has made progress on their first-year priorities, including:

  • Creating an analytical framework to consistently assess the impact of regulatory policies on groups of consumers in vulnerable situations, published in May 2020;
  • Strengthening protections for consumers who self-disconnect from prepayment meters or self-ration, and protections for consumers who struggle to pay their bills. Ofgem consulted on proposals in June 2020 and intend for protections to be in place by the end of 2020, and;
  • Proposing a requirement on gas network companies to adhere to a vulnerability principle, making network companies more accountable for the service they provide consumers in vulnerable situations, through a licence obligation. Ofgem is planning to issue the statutory consultation in December and for the condition to come into effect on 1 April 2021.
1 Oct 2020, 3:14 p.m. Electric Vehicles Bill Wiggin (Conservative - North Herefordshire)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that electricity supply is adequate to match the increase in demand for electric vehicles.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is working with the energy industry to plan for electric vehicle uptake, and the market is already set up to bring forward investment in new generation capacity; for example the Contracts for Difference scheme supports investment in new low carbon generation, and additional demand can be managed through adjustments to the amount of capacity secured through the Capacity Market auctions.

Electric vehicles also present an opportunity for consumers to contribute to the efficient management of electricity supply and demand, and share the benefits of doing so through smart technologies.

1 Oct 2020, 10:11 a.m. Carbon Emissions Scott Benton (Conservative - Blackpool South)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the legislative proposals needed to enable electricity distribution companies to prepare electricity networks for decarbonisation; what steps he is taking to encourage investment to support the transition to low carbon infrastructure, energy and technology; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

As the independent energy regulator, Ofgem regulates electricity distribution companies through a price control framework which governs networks’ revenues, investments and performance standards. In its Decarbonisation Action Plan, Ofgem stated its commitment to creating a regulatory environment which enables and encourages networks to invest for Net Zero. The Government is supportive of this objective.

The Government’s Green Finance Strategy set out our approach to accelerating green finance and catalysing private investment to support delivery of the UK’s climate objectives.

1 Oct 2020, 10:09 a.m. Energy: Standards Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support his Department is providing to energy providers facing penalties for non-delivery of Capacity Market commitments that were terminated as a result of the closure of the Capacity Market in 2018-19.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Capacity Market is the Government’s main tool for ensuring security of electricity supply. Capacity agreements impose a range of obligations and milestones on capacity providers both in the lead up to the delivery year and in the delivery year itself. This provides assurance that agreements will be met.

In light of the uncertainty created by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) judgment and subsequent standstill period, the Government recognised that in some instances capacity providers might find it difficult to achieve compliance with these obligations by the set deadline. A range of these obligations and milestones were modified where there was a high provider cost associated with the obligation and its modification would not create risks to security of supply.

1 Oct 2020, 10:08 a.m. Energy: Self-sufficiency John Redwood (Conservative - Wokingham)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure UK energy self sufficiency.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is committed to making sure consumers have secure, affordable and increasingly clean energy. Maintaining a diverse energy market is essential as we move to end our reliance on fossil fuels as part of our Net Zero ambition.

Great Britain’s (GB) gas market is one of the most liquid and developed markets in the world and provides security through diversity of supply. GB’s gas sources include indigenous production, six pipelines with Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands and three Liquefied Natural Gas terminals. In addition, the United Kingdom has a number of gas storage facilities, which act as a source of system flexibility when responding to short-run changes in supply and demand.

As an increasing proportion of electricity is generated from inflexible and intermittent low-carbon sources, diversity of electricity supply will continue to be critical to providing the necessary flexibility and system reliability. Alongside domestic generation, interconnection with other countries will support delivery of lower costs for consumers, continued security of supply and better-integrated low carbon generation.

1 Oct 2020, 10:06 a.m. Natural Gas: Europe John Redwood (Conservative - Wokingham)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what stets he is taking to avoid UK dependence on (a) continental European and (b) Russian gas.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The UK gas market is one of the most liquid and developed markets in the world, providing security through diversity of supply. In 2018-19 most of the gas supply to the UK came from domestic production (46 per cent) and imports from Norway (31 per cent).

The UK benefits from mutual gas trade with its mainland European partners (Belgium and the Netherlands). In the 2018-19 gas year our Continental interconnectors supplied 2 per cent of the UK’s gas.

There are no gas pipelines directly linking the UK with Russia. In 2018-19, 20 per cent of UK gas supply came from the international Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) market. Russian imports represented less than 4 percent of the total supply of gas to the UK and our LNG supply was sourced from 12 different countries.

The UK’s gas market remains robust and the Government will continue to test national resilience to reflect the changing nature of gas supply chains and markets.

1 Oct 2020, 10:04 a.m. Electric Vehicles: Charging Points John Redwood (Conservative - Wokingham)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential increase in electricity demand in order to charge electric cars by 2025.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

There are a number of important factors that will affect the way in which electric vehicle charging demand could impact the electricity system. BEIS officials engage with National Grid over their production of the annual Future Energy Scenarios (FES), which looks ahead to show what the future of energy in Great Britain might look like. The latest FES shows that, under all scenarios by 2025, there will be sufficient generation to meet peak demand. It also shows benefits provided by smart charging of electric vehicles, for example during periods when electricity demand is low or where there is plentiful renewable electricity generation, which can reduce peak demand and overall system costs, as well as benefitting consumers.

1 Oct 2020, 10:03 a.m. Climate Change Convention Paul Holmes (Conservative - Eastleigh)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what preparations his Department has made for the COP26 climate summit.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Department is working closely with the COP26 unit in Cabinet Office and other government departments to bring the world together and commit to urgent action on climate change, supporting in particular work on energy transition, zero emissions vehicles, finance, innovation and nature.

1 Oct 2020, 10:02 a.m. Wind Power Paul Holmes (Conservative - Eastleigh)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support his Department is providing to new projects for wind-based renewable energy generation.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Wind-based renewable energy is a key part of the government strategy for the decarbonisation of the UK energy sector. Latest figures indicate we now have 14.2GW installed onshore wind (ONW) capacity and we are already a world leader with the largest Offshore Wind (OFW) capacity of 10.1GW (which will rise to 19.5GW by mid 2020s).

In the Clean Growth Strategy published in October 2017, the Government confirmed that we would be making up to £557m of annual support available for further Contracts for Difference (CfD) - the government’s main scheme for supporting renewable energy projects.

In the last CfD allocation round (AR3) result in September 2019, 10 out of the 12 contracts awarded were wind based renewable energy projects. The next CfD allocation round (AR4) is planned for 2021 and both onshore and offshore wind projects will be able to bid for contracts.

The OFW Sector Deal published in March 2019 set out a strategic approach to deliver increased capacity of OFW and in partnership with the Sector to increase supply chain competitiveness, develop new technologies and boost the UK export potential.

1 Oct 2020, 9:59 a.m. Heating Navendu Mishra (Labour - Stockport)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to (a) support the roll-out of large scale non-residential heat pump projects and (b) meet representatives of the Pump it Up campaign.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

A new allocation of Tariff Guarantees has recently opened on the Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), supporting larger projects, including ground source heat pumps >100kWth. The Non Domestic RHI will close to new applicants on the 31st of March 2021 and we propose to launch the new Clean Heat Grant scheme, providing targeted support to consumers and small businesses for heat pumps and some limited biomass, in April 2022, following the end of the domestic RHI scheme. This is backed by £100 million of Exchequer funding as announced in the 2020 Budget and will be open for two years.

At the Budget, we also announced future support for large heat pump installations in heat networks through the Green Heat Network Scheme. BEIS will consult on this scheme later in the year. Additionally, our Industrial Energy Transformation Fund will be open to large heat pumps providing process heat.

In the Summer Economic Update, we announced £1 billion funding over the next year, to help public sector buildings through the installation of energy efficiency and low carbon heat measures.

BEIS officials met with representatives of the Pump It Up campaign on 15th September.

30 Sep 2020, 4:32 p.m. Energy: White Papers Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the energy White Paper; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Energy White Paper remains a priority for BEIS and it will be published in the autumn.

30 Sep 2020, 4:21 p.m. Climate Change Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer to of 21 May 2020 to Question 47349, what the definition of the target period of well ahead of COP26 is; and what progress he has made on submission of a Nationally Determined Contribution.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced at the UN Climate Action Roundtable on 24th September that the UK will co-host with the UN an event to mark the five-year anniversary of the landmark Paris Agreement on 12th December 2020. This will provide an opportunity for all those who are ready to submit bold new Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and transformational net zero targets to do so.

29 Sep 2020, 4:37 p.m. Fuel Poverty Colleen Fletcher (Labour - Coventry North East)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of fuel poverty in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Energy efficiency is the most sustainable way to reduce fuel bills and tackle fuel poverty. Half of the England-wide £2 billion Green Homes Grant has been earmarked to provide low income, vulnerable and fuel poor households with energy efficiency and low carbon heating measures. Low income households can receive a voucher of up to £10,000 towards eligible measures. We are working with local authorities and local energy hubs to tackle fuel poverty across England through the £500 million Local Authority Delivery portion of the Green Homes Grant.

In addition, the Energy Company Obligation drives £640 million of investment in energy efficiency measures for low income, vulnerable and fuel poor households each year. Up to 25% of this funding is delivered through the Local Authority Flexible Eligibility portion of the scheme each year. More than 15,000 households in Coventry and nearly 150,000 households in the West Midlands have received energy efficiency measures through the Energy Company Obligation since 2013.

29 Sep 2020, 4:35 p.m. Heating: Housing Matt Western (Labour - Warwick and Leamington)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the number of UK households that use (a) oil and (b) LPG for their heating and hot water requirements.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

There are 1.9m households in the UK using oil and LPG as their main heating fuel and hot water requirements. We estimate that 1.7m use Oil and 220k use LPG.

29 Sep 2020, 4:33 p.m. Heating: Business Premises Matt Western (Labour - Warwick and Leamington)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the number of UK non-domestic properties that use (a) oil and (b) LPG for their space heating and hot water requirements.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Department estimates that approximately 5%, by floor area, of the 1.8m non-domestic properties in England and Wales use oil or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) for space heating and hot water (4% oil, 1% LPG). This is based on the Business Energy Efficiency Survey (published 2016) which covers England and Wales. We do not have sufficient data to make this assessment for non-domestic properties in Scotland and Northern Ireland where heat policy is mostly devolved. The Department is continuing to build its evidence base for non-domestic buildings.

29 Sep 2020, 4:31 p.m. Energy: Housing Matt Western (Labour - Warwick and Leamington)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the average cost for homes off the gas grid to move from EPC band (a) E, (b) F and (c) G to band C; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The most complete modelling of these costs we have is for households who were on low-incomes in 2018. This is based on the English Housing Survey. Due to small samples, the estimate for band F and G have been combined.

The modelled costs of improving the average home which is off the gas grid to band C are:

From band E

£12,300

From band F & G

£18,900

29 Sep 2020, 4:29 p.m. Housing: Insulation Matt Western (Labour - Warwick and Leamington)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the potential per property cost for installation of (a) loft insulation, (b) cavity wall insulation, (c) solid wall insulation and (d) double glazing for non-insulated properties.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

An assessment of typical costs for these measures in different property architypes can be found in our 2017 publication, ‘Domestic cost assumptions – what does it cost to retrofit homes?’:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/domestic-cost-assumptions-what-does-it-cost-to-retrofit-homes.

29 Sep 2020, 4:28 p.m. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy Matt Western (Labour - Warwick and Leamington)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the the average cost per KwH of energy used by his Department generated from (a) natural gas, (b) oil, (c) LPG, (d) electric direct heat and (e) air source heat pump.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The average costs per kWh for the Department have been taken from 2019/20 invoices for our headquarters building at 1 Victoria Street, London and are shown in the table below.

The Department does not use LPG and does not currently have an air source heat pump at 1 Victoria Street.

Natural gas

Oil

Electric direct heat

£/kWh fuel

£0.04/kWh

£0.06/kWh

£0.13/kWh

29 Sep 2020, 4:25 p.m. Hydrogen: Renewable Energy Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of investing funds from the public purse in electrolyser deployment.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is committed to developing hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier.

We are investing in hydrogen innovation across the value chain. This includes the £33 million Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply competition aimed to accelerate the development of low carbon bulk hydrogen supply solutions and the Storage at Scale Competition, which looked for innovative, replicable large scale energy storage solutions that could provide a market competitive alternative to conventional commercial large-scale energy storage technologies. These included projects supporting electrolysis.

We are considering revenue support delivered by business models to support the deployment of, and investment in, low carbon hydrogen production and developing a £100m Low Carbon Hydrogen Production Fund, announced in August 2019 to stimulate capital investment. Again, electrolysis is included in the scope of this work.

The Government intends to publish a hydrogen strategy early in 2021, which will include discussion around the costs associated with expansion of the UK hydrogen economy, including scale up of production, and how these might be met.

29 Sep 2020, 4:23 p.m. Mining: Carbon Emissions Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure UK mining industries undertake low carbon extraction techniques.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

There are a number of R&D programmes that currently support innovative projects aimed at reducing the environmental impact of industrial processes, such as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: Transforming Foundation Industries, and the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, both of which are currently open for applications.

Mineral planning authorities are responsible for controlling the use of land for mining activities through the policies and proposals in their local plans and through the granting of planning permission. In granting planning permission mineral planning authorities should ensure that operations do not have unacceptable adverse impacts on the natural and historic environment or human health. Other regulators (such as the Environment Agency) are responsible the control of processes or emissions (where these are subject to separate pollution control regimes).

29 Sep 2020, 4:23 p.m. Mining: Environment Protection Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how he plans to support businesses that are using low environmental impact mining techniques.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

There are a number of R&D programmes that currently support innovative projects aimed at reducing the environmental impact of industrial processes, such as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: Transforming Foundation Industries, and the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, both of which are currently open for applications.

Mineral planning authorities are responsible for controlling the use of land for mining activities through the policies and proposals in their local plans and through the granting of planning permission. In granting planning permission mineral planning authorities should ensure that operations do not have unacceptable adverse impacts on the natural and historic environment or human health. Other regulators (such as the Environment Agency) are responsible the control of processes or emissions (where these are subject to separate pollution control regimes).

29 Sep 2020, 4:21 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme: Pensioners Alberto Costa (Conservative - South Leicestershire)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that pensioners are able to access the Green Homes Grant Scheme.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

People in receipt of certain benefits, including Pension Guarantee Credit, will also qualify for the low-incomes scheme and be eligible for a more generous voucher of up to 100% of eligible costs up to a maximum of £10,000 rather than two thirds up to a maximum of £5,000.

29 Sep 2020, 4:17 p.m. Tidal Power Paula Barker (Labour - Liverpool, Wavertree)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of tidal energy projects in Britain's estuaries.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We have recently launched a Call for Evidence on supporting marine projects, including tidal stream and tidal range, to gather evidence on the scope for innovative marine energy technologies across Great Britain.

29 Sep 2020, 4:16 p.m. Energy: Buildings and Housing Dan Carden (Labour - Liverpool, Walton)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress is being made on the retrofitting of homes and buildings to become more energy efficient.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

In the Clean Growth Strategy (2017), the Government set out its ambitions that all properties should be EPC Band C by 2035, where cost-effective, affordable, and practical. We have demonstrated our ambition as properties at EPC Band C has increased from 9% in 2008 to 34% in 2018. In addition, from 1990 to 2019 emissions from homes has reduced by 17%.

The Green Homes Grant will give homeowners and landlords an opportunity to upgrade the energy performance of their homes. We also plan on introducing the Future Homes Standard by 2025, which will help ensure that the homes in the UK will be fit for the future. Homes across the UK will be future proofed with leading energy efficiency and low carbon heating measures. The £50m Social Housing Decarbonisation Demonstrator will make progress toward increasing the energy efficiency of social housing. The £1 billion Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme will offer grants to public sector buildings, including schools and hospitals, to fund both energy efficiency and low carbon heat upgrades.

The Government is also planning to publish a Heat and Buildings Strategy in due course, which will set out the immediate actions we will take for reducing emissions from all homes and buildings and set buildings on track for net zero.

29 Sep 2020, 1:10 p.m. Natural Gas: Fees and Charges Alex Cunningham (Labour - Stockton North)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

What discussions he has had with Ofgem on the introduction of a short-haul tariff scheme for gas transportation.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We recognise this is an important issue. I am in regular dialogue with Ofgem and understand they are examining five industry proposals on the short-haul tariff, with varying impacts on different consumers groups.

25 Sep 2020, 9:39 a.m. Energy: Meters Dan Jarvis (Labour - Barnsley Central)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many smart meters were installed in England in each month of 2020.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

From January to the end of June 2020 1,119,775 smart electricity and gas meters were installed in homes in Great Britain. The latest data on the number of smart electricity and gas meters installed is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/smart-meters-in-great-britain-quarterly-update-june-2020

Data is collected at Great Britain level on a quarterly basis from large energy suppliers. Therefore a breakdown of installations for England by month is not available.

The next quarterly publication covering the period from July to end of September is due for release on 26 November.

25 Sep 2020, 9:24 a.m. Coal: Mining Richard Holden (Conservative - North West Durham)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much and what proportion of coal in thousands of tonnes used in British industry in each of the last five years was mined in (a) the UK, (b) Russia and (c) Columbia.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

BEIS does not hold data linking the source of coal to its final use. Overall volumes are published in the Digest of UK Energy Statistics and Energy Trends.

The table below shows the volumes of coal imported from Russia, Columbia and produced by the UK and the total supply and demand for 2015 to 2019.

Thousand tonnes

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Supply

37,600

18,022

14,422

11.922

7,971

Of which UK production

8,598

4,178

3,041

2,580

2,166

Of which net stock draw

+6,869

+5,374

+3,378

-169

+16

Of which net imports

22,133

8,470

8,003

9,510

5,789

Of which imports from Russia

8,380

2,433

3,883

4,695

2,421

Of which imports from Columbia

6,553

2,896

731

635

1,078

Demand

37,451

18,035

14,439

11,929

7,963

Of which final consumption by industry

2,073

1,963

1,732

1,581

1,426

Source: Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2020, table 2.4:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/solid-fuels-and-derived-gases-chapter-2-digest-of-united-kingdom-energy-statistics-dukes

Energy Trends table 2.4:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/solid-fuels-and-derived-gases-section-2-energy-trends

24 Sep 2020, 1:11 p.m. Fossil Fuels Nadia Whittome (Labour - Nottingham East)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to Government criteria on corporate sponsors for COP26, whether he plans to exclude companies involved in the extraction and production of fossil fuels as potential sponsors for that conference.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We are looking to partner with organisations at COP26 with strong climate credentials, particularly those who have set ambitious net zero commitments by 2050 or earlier, with a credible short term action plan to achieve this (e.g. Science Based Targets). We conduct due diligence on all potential sponsors, and will ensure compliance with rigorous government standards.

You can find details about sponsorship on the COP26 website here.

24 Sep 2020, 12:34 p.m. Shipping: Hydrogen Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for (a) projects for deploying hydrogen in shipping and (b) a roll-out of electric charging points in ports.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State has not held any discussions with my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer in relation to these specific issues.

There are however regular discussions between BEIS, the Department for Transport and HM Treasury officials in relation green shipping, including the deployment of alternative fuels such as hydrogen, and the provision of shore power in UK Ports.

24 Sep 2020, 12:20 p.m. Infrastructure: Carbon Emissions Layla Moran (Liberal Democrat - Oxford West and Abingdon)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to account for carbon emissions in the UK’s overseas infrastructure projects.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Department spends overseas development assistance (ODA) on infrastructure programmes through its International Climate Finance (ICF).

The aim of the ICF is to support developing countries to respond to the challenges and opportunities of climate change, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions through initiatives such as the UK Sustainable Infrastructure Programme. All ICF programmes are assessed against an analytical framework which includes taking account of the impact on emissions in developing countries. The latest ICF results publication estimates that across HMG, ICF programmes have reduced or avoided 31 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions between 2011/12 and 2019/20, and will deliver much greater savings over their lifetimes (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-climate-finance-results).

24 Sep 2020, 12:14 p.m. Carbon Emissions Layla Moran (Liberal Democrat - Oxford West and Abingdon)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the UK’s historic carbon emissions.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

BEIS publishes estimates of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK each year, with historical data on a consistent basis. The latest estimates going back to 1990 and including a provisional 2019 estimate can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/provisional-uk-greenhouse-gas-emissions-national-statistics-2019. They show that an estimated 435 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) were emitted in 2019 in the UK, down from 794 MtCO2e in 1990.

In addition, estimates of carbon dioxide emissions in the UK since 1970 are available in table 4 in the data tables accompanying the final 2018 greenhouse gas estimates: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/final-uk-greenhouse-gas-emissions-national-statistics-1990-to-2018. The estimates for 1970 to 1989 do not include all of the sources of carbon dioxide emission included for 1990 onwards and estimates for other greenhouse gases are not available before 1990.

24 Sep 2020, 12:11 p.m. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Emissions Paula Barker (Labour - Liverpool, Wavertree)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will place in the Library his Department's plan to reduce its carbon emissions.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Work is in progress to reduce the Department’s carbon emissions and become net zero in the earliest possible timeframe, and by 2050 at the latest. BEIS has already reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 65% from a 09/10 baseline.

23 Sep 2020, 4:31 p.m. Transport: Hydrogen Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with representatives of the energy sector on the potential role a hydrogen hub can play in supporting the wider growth of the UK hydrogen economy.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We are aware of the value in co-locating low carbon hydrogen supply and demand in the early stages of expansion in any hydrogen economy; an approach sometimes referred to as a hydrogen hub. Ministers and officials are engaging extensively with hydrogen and wider energy stakeholders as we develop a UK Hydrogen Strategy for publication in early 2021. Discussions include ways in which to coordinate supply and demand and attract early investment as the hydrogen market develops, including place based approaches.

23 Sep 2020, 4:30 p.m. Hydrogen Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of reports that the French and German governments plan to work together on hydrogen development.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We are following international hydrogen developments and participate in a range of international fora, including the Clean Energy Ministerial, the International Partnership for Hydrogen for Fuel Cells in the Economy and Mission Innovation. These offer opportunities to discuss other countries’ domestic hydrogen strategies in detail and explore opportunities for collaboration. We plan to publish a UK Hydrogen Strategy in early 2021. This will be informed in part by assessment of international activity and the opportunities and challenges that presents for the UK.

23 Sep 2020, 4:29 p.m. Hydrogen Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has with his counterparts in European countries on co-operating with other international partners on hydrogen.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We are closely monitoring international hydrogen developments and participate in a range of international forums, including the International Partnership for Hydrogen for Fuel Cells in the Economy, Mission Innovation and Clean Energy Ministerial, and ad hoc meetings. These offer opportunities to discuss other countries’ domestic hydrogen strategies in detail and explore opportunities for collaboration. Since the UK has left the European Union, we are seeking to engage and cooperate with the EU and with EU Member States on hydrogen through normal diplomatic channels.

23 Sep 2020, 4:28 p.m. Transport: Hydrogen Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had representatives of the (a) energy and (b) transport sector about the role a hydrogen hub can play in supporting the wider growth of the UK hydrogen economy.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We are aware of the value in co-locating low carbon hydrogen supply and demand in the early stages of expansion in any hydrogen economy; an approach sometimes referred to as a hydrogen hub. Ministers and officials are engaging extensively with hydrogen and wider energy stakeholders as we develop a UK Hydrogen Strategy for publication in early 2021. Discussions include ways in which to coordinate supply and demand and attract early investment as the hydrogen market develops, including place based approaches.

We have also explored the role of hydrogen in helping to decarbonise transport as part of a series of stakeholder workshops helping to develop the Transport Decarbonisation Plan due to be published before the end of the year.

23 Sep 2020, 4:27 p.m. Hydrogen Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of reports that the French and German Government's plan to work together on hydrogen development.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We are following international hydrogen developments and participate in a range of international fora, including the Clean Energy Ministerial, the International Partnership for Hydrogen for Fuel Cells in the Economy and Mission Innovation. These offer opportunities to discuss other countries’ domestic hydrogen strategies in detail and explore opportunities for collaboration. We plan to publish a UK Hydrogen Strategy in early 2021. This will be informed in part by assessment of international activity and the opportunities and challenges that presents for the UK.

23 Sep 2020, 4:26 p.m. Energy: Competition Alex Sobel (Labour (Co-op) - Leeds North West)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with Ofgem on a programme of expanded rollout of collective switching for the most disengaged customers.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

BEIS has regular discussions with Ofgem, including on what measures might be needed to help remove the barriers to consumer engagement. This includes the potential for collective switching and consideration of the results from Ofgem’s previous trials. The Government will set out more details in due course.

23 Sep 2020, 4:25 p.m. Energy: Competition Alan Whitehead (Labour - Southampton, Test)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with Ofgem on a programme of expanded rollout of collective switching for the most disengaged customers.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

BEIS has regular discussions with Ofgem, including on what measures might be needed to help remove the barriers to consumer engagement. This includes the potential for collective switching and consideration of the results from Ofgem’s previous trials. The Government will set out more details in due course.

23 Sep 2020, 4:24 p.m. Fuel Poverty Simon Fell (Conservative - Barrow and Furness)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to ensure that (a) poor and (b) vulnerable fuel consumers do not face increased costs as a result of a transition to (i) low carbon and (ii) decarbonised energy plans.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Our aim is to deliver net zero at the lowest cost for all consumers. A key part of this is supporting consumers who may struggle to afford their energy.

We intend to publish an updated Fuel Poverty Strategy for England by the end of the year which will provide further information on our plans to support low income and vulnerable households as we transition to net zero.

The Energy Company Obligation, worth £640m per year, is already focused on low income and vulnerable households and the recently launched Green Homes Grant, which will provide up to £10,000 for vulnerable consumers to make their home more energy efficient. We also provide support with energy bills for low income and vulnerable consumers through the Warm Homes Discount, Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments.

23 Sep 2020, 4:23 p.m. Geothermal Power Jonathan Gullis (Conservative - Stoke-on-Trent North)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support geothermal energy generation.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Opportunities for geothermal electricity generation in the UK are limited and only likely to be economically feasible in certain locations, such as the far South West of England. The Government is supporting the development of the United Downs Deep Geothermal Project in Cornwall.

The most promising use of geothermal energy in the UK is for low temperature applications such as district heating schemes. BEIS has been providing support to the deployment of district heat networks from geothermal through the Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU) and the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP). We also announced a further £270m from 2022 to 2025 in the Green Heat Network Fund at the March budget and we will be consulting on eligibility criteria this Autumn.

23 Sep 2020, 4:22 p.m. Energy Supply Jessica Morden (Labour - Newport East)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to include representatives of the electricity network supply chain in the Government’s future engagement with industry and other stakeholders on the development of the energy system.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government’s commitment to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050 puts clean growth at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy. The manufacturing sector will have a key role to play in delivering the required investment in energy infrastructure to help meet these commitments. It also provides an opportunity to develop skills, provide employment and boost exports, which will be key in supporting a post-COVID green recovery. Government will continue to engage with the electricity network supply chain, along with a wide range of stakeholders, as we work towards developing a smarter, more flexible energy system.

22 Sep 2020, 3:43 p.m. Energy: Carbon Emissions Ben Lake (Plaid Cymru - Ceredigion)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the forthcoming energy white paper is planned to include detailed policy on the next steps of the Government’s plans for delivering net zero by 2050.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Energy White Paper will contribute to the delivery of net zero by setting out how we will make the transition to clean energy and support a green economic recovery in the process, while keeping energy bills affordable.

In addition to the White Paper, the Government will publish decarbonisation plans for key sectors such as agriculture and industry as part of its green agenda in the run up to COP26. The Government has already published the first part of its Transport Decarbonisation Plan, setting out an ambitious strategy to drive our transport emissions towards net zero.

22 Sep 2020, 3:41 p.m. Electricity Generation: Carbon Emissions Ben Lake (Plaid Cymru - Ceredigion)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department with Ofgem to attract investment in (a) innovation and (b) development of the electricity network as part of the Government's 2050 net zero commitment.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Monopoly energy network companies, which transport energy to homes and businesses, are regulated by the independent energy regulator, Ofgem, to ensure that they adequately maintain a safe and secure network whilst investing for the future and ensuring a fair price for consumers. In order to do this, Ofgem uses price controls to determine the revenues network companies may recover, the investment they may make and the performance standards they must deliver.

The regulatory price control is by law a matter for Ofgem who ensure, through the regulatory framework, that energy networks are able to deliver our net zero target, and Government will continue to engage with Ofgem on this. Ofgem has also established a Net Zero Advisory Group, with members from across government and the public sector, to advise on how price controls can best enable decarbonisation, including by bringing forward appropriate investment.

Since the start of the current electricity distribution price control (RIIO-ED1) in 2015, around £270m of innovation funding has been allocated to Electricity Distribution Network Operators, which is already supporting the move to net zero. Ofgem has also announced the introduction of a new Strategic Innovation Fund for the upcoming energy network price controls (RIIO-2). This fund, alongside funding to individual companies, will provide £450m for research and development into crucial green energy projects, with the potential to fund more if required.

22 Sep 2020, 3:39 p.m. Environment Protection: Job Creation Ben Lake (Plaid Cymru - Ceredigion)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of new jobs that will be created as a result of the Government’s commitment to net zero by 2050.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

As my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister set out in his speech on 30 June, we intend to build back greener. Many of the actions we need to take to reach our UK climate targets - net zero - will support our economy to recover from COVID-19, generate new economic opportunities and support new green jobs. The UK has shown that growing our economy and cutting emissions can be achieved at the same time – growing our economy by 75% while cutting emissions by 43% over the past three decades.

There are already 460,000 people employed in the low carbon economy and its supply chains across the UK. By one estimate, the UK low-carbon economy could grow more than four times faster than the rest of the economy by 2030 and support up to 2 million jobs. As one example, the recently announced £2 billion Green Homes Grant will upgrade more than 600,000 homes across the country, save households hundreds of pounds a year on their energy bills and could support up to 80,000 green jobs.

22 Sep 2020, 3:35 p.m. Environment Protection: Foreign Investment in UK Ben Lake (Plaid Cymru - Ceredigion)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking with Ofgem to help ensure that the UK attracts international investment as part of the Government’s ongoing work on net zero by 2050.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government’s Green Finance Strategy set out our overall approach to accelerating green finance and catalysing private investment to support delivery of the UK’s climate objectives.

Ofgem consults widely with industry and others on the methodology for future network investment through its price control process. This process is a matter for Ofgem, and by law Government has no role in network regulation.

With significant investment required going forward, it is essential there is a stable regulatory regime which provides both the sector and investors with the confidence to invest. At the same time, Ofgem has a statutory duty to ensure that value is delivered for consumers, and Government supports Ofgem’s core priority to help the UK achieve net zero by 2050, including securing the necessary investment in networks, at the lowest cost to consumers.

22 Sep 2020, 3:33 p.m. Electricity Generation: Carbon Emissions Ben Lake (Plaid Cymru - Ceredigion)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will ask Ofgem to include representatives from the electricity network supply chain in their Net Zero Advisory Group.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Ofgem has recently published the Terms of Reference for the Net Zero Advisory Group (link here). The Group aims to strengthen strategic coordination amongst key government departments and public sector organisations involved in the energy system transition. Where appropriate, the Group may invite internal or external experts to specific meetings and seek views from these parties outside of the meetings. The Terms of Reference may be reviewed and updated periodically.

22 Sep 2020, 3:31 p.m. Hydrogen: Finance Owen Thompson (Scottish National Party - Midlothian)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to publish a fully funded hydrogen strategy in the first quarter of 2021.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is committed to the development of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier for the UK. As set out at the Environmental Audit Committee on 10 September 2020, we plan to publish a Hydrogen Strategy in early 2021. The Strategy will include discussion around the costs associated with expansion of the UK hydrogen economy, and how these might be met.

22 Sep 2020, 3:30 p.m. Hydrogen: Finance Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his appearance before the Environmental Audit Committee on 10 September, whether the Government plans to publish a funded UK hydrogen strategy in the first quarter of 2021.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is committed to the development of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier for the UK. As set out at the Environmental Audit Committee on 10 September 2020, we plan to publish a Hydrogen Strategy in early 2021. The Strategy will include discussion around the costs associated with expansion of the UK hydrogen economy, and how these might be met.

22 Sep 2020, 3:28 p.m. Hydrogen: Technology Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on their role in the (a) development and (b) implementation of hydrogen technology.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is committed to exploring the option of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier and works closely with local partnerships across the country. In the course of work to understand the potential role of hydrogen in the wider energy system, my officials and I have met with a range of national, regional and local stakeholders.

22 Sep 2020, 3:27 p.m. Hydrogen: Finance Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his appearance before the Environmental Audit Committee on 10 September, whether the Government plans to publish a funded UK hydrogen strategy in the first quarter of 2021.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is committed to the development of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier for the UK. As set out at the Environmental Audit Committee on 10 September 2020, we plan to publish a Hydrogen Strategy in early 2021. The Strategy will include discussion around the costs associated with expansion of the UK hydrogen economy, and how these might be met.

22 Sep 2020, 3:26 p.m. Hydrogen: Technology Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on their role in the (a) development and (b) implementation of hydrogen technology.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is committed to exploring the option of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier and works closely with local partnerships across the country. In the course of work to understand the potential role of hydrogen in the wider energy system, my officials and I have met with a range of national, regional and local stakeholders.

22 Sep 2020, 3:24 p.m. Hydrogen: Finance Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the level of funding for hydrogen strategies in other European countries; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We are closely monitoring international hydrogen developments and participate in a range of international fora, including the International Partnership for Hydrogen for Fuel Cells in the Economy, Mission Innovation and Clean Energy Ministerial. These forums offer opportunities to discuss international activity on hydrogen, including strategies put forward by Germany, Denmark, and the European Commission. International strategies, including the level and type of funding committed, inform our own approach to developing hydrogen in the UK context. As we further progress our strategy, we will consider the international innovation and policy landscape and opportunities and challenges for the UK, building on activity to date.

21 Sep 2020, 3:27 p.m. Energy Sajid Javid (Conservative - Bromsgrove)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support the continued expansion of the Local Energy Programme.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Local Energy Programme was launched as part of the Clean Growth Strategy in 2017, with £4.7 million funding. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has provided further funding in subsequent years, bringing the total funding for the Local Energy Programme to almost £20 million to date. This funding has been used to support Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), local authorities and communities in England to play a leading role in decarbonisation and clean growth. The programme has funded the development of an energy strategy for every LEP in England and established five Local Energy Hubs across England, which provide LEPs and local authorities with access to expertise to help develop and secure investment in low carbon projects. It also includes the £10 million Rural Community Energy Fund, delivered through the Hubs, which offers grants to community organisations in rural areas to support the initial stages of development for renewable energy projects. BEIS continues to work with the Local Energy Hubs, LEPs and local authorities, to enable a joined-up approach to decarbonisation and clean growth.

17 Sep 2020, 4:40 p.m. Energy: White Papers Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru - Dwyfor Meirionnydd)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on what date he plans to publish his Energy White Paper.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Energy White Paper is a priority and it will be published this Autumn.

17 Sep 2020, 4:38 p.m. Developing Countries: Fossil Fuels Preet Kaur Gill (Labour (Co-op) - Birmingham, Edgbaston)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the outcome of the review into funding support for fossil fuel projects overseas; and what exemptions he plans to include in the Government’s new policy on the provision of UKEF funding.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government keeps all policy under review and the outcome of any such reviews are published in a timely fashion.

16 Sep 2020, 1:49 p.m. Renewable Energy: Contracts Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) offshore wind, (b) onshore wind and (c) solar sites which could bid into Contract for Difference Auction Round 4.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government considers a range of matters when setting the parameters for Contracts for Difference auctions, including the anticipated pipeline of eligible projects. We will publish allocation round parameters in advance of the next auction in 2021, when assessments of the potential volume of participants can be informed by the most current information on project pipelines.

16 Sep 2020, 1:47 p.m. Renewable Energy Lee Anderson (Conservative - Ashfield)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether there are statutory restrictions on the volume of onshore wind, solar and offshore wind sites that are permitted to secure contracts through a Contracts for Difference auction.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Whilst there are no predetermined limits on the volume of sites permitted to secure contracts through an allocation round, the Government has discretion to apply a capacity cap to an allocation round in order to limit the total capacity of projects awarded contracts in a round. Capacity caps can be used to drive competition in auctions and deliver value for money for consumers. We will publish allocation round parameters in advance of the next auction in 2021, taking into account a range of factors including the anticipated pipeline of eligible projects.

16 Sep 2020, 1:46 p.m. Renewable Energy Lee Anderson (Conservative - Ashfield)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the volume of (a) jobs, (b) investment and (c) GVA that could be stimulated throughout the UK in the event that all those onshore wind, solar and offshore wind sites predicted to bid into the Contract for Difference Auction Round 4 are successful in that auction round.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The low carbon economy is a success story, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs, and it will continue to grow as we deliver net zero. The Government has not estimated the volume of jobs, investment and GVA that could directly be created or stimulated as a result of the Contracts for Difference Allocation Round 4. Auction outcomes are dependent on many factors including the auction parameters, which are yet to be set. However, we work closely with industry to maximise the opportunities for UK suppliers from projects with approved Supply Chain Plans.

16 Sep 2020, 1:44 p.m. Renewable Energy Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the average prospective bidding price of (a) solar, (b) onshore wind and (c) offshore wind sites into Contracts for Difference auction round 4; and what assessment he has made of the implications of those prices for UK electricity costs.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

BEIS sets an administrative strike price for each technology, presented on a price per megawatt hour (MWh) basis, that is the maximum price the Government is willing to offer developers. The bid price is a commercial decision for the developer. The administrative strike prices and allocation round parameters will be published in advance of the next auction in 2021.

16 Sep 2020, 1:43 p.m. Renewable Energy: Job Creation Simon Fell (Conservative - Barrow and Furness)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs in (a) onshore wind, (b) solar and (c) offshore wind which could be created in the 2019 Parliament as a result of the Contract for Difference Auction Round 4.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The low carbon economy is a success story, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs, and it will continue to grow as we deliver net zero. The Government has not estimated the number of jobs that could be directly created as a result of the Contracts for Difference Allocation Round 4. Auction outcomes are dependent on many factors including the auction parameters, which are yet to be set. However, we work closely with industry to maximise the opportunities for UK suppliers from projects with approved Supply Chain Plans.

16 Sep 2020, 1:42 p.m. Renewable Energy Simon Fell (Conservative - Barrow and Furness)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the construction of (a) onshore wind, (b) solar and (c) offshore wind sites awarded contracts in Contract for Difference Auction Round 4 will begin in the 2019 Parliament.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Whether construction will begin during the 2019 Parliament will depend on decisions made by individual developers as well as the allocation round delivery years. Delivery years and other allocation round parameters will be published in advance of the next auction in 2021.

16 Sep 2020, 1:38 p.m. Renewable Energy James Davies (Conservative - Vale of Clwyd)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential volume of (a) offshore wind, (b) onshore wind and (c) solar sites which might bid into Contract for Difference Auction Round 4.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government considers a range of matters when setting the parameters for Contracts for Difference allocation rounds, including the anticipated pipeline of eligible projects. We will publish allocation round parameters in advance of the next auction in 2021, when assessments of the potential volume of participants can be informed by the most current information on project pipelines.

15 Sep 2020, 3:58 p.m. Carbon Emissions: British Overseas Territories Caroline Lucas (Green Party - Brighton, Pavilion)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 1 October 2019 to Question 291441 on Carbon Emissions: British Overseas Territories and with reference to the UK's hosting of the UN Climate Summit in 2021, which UK Overseas Territories have now requested to participate in the Paris Agreement; and what procedures will be used for carbon emissions accounting and reporting for those territories.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Department continues to consult with UK Overseas Territories on whether they would like to have UK ratification of the Paris Agreement extended to them. For any that so choose, the extension process would ensure that UK Overseas Territories are able to contribute to UK Paris Agreement reporting to the UNFCCC as set out by the guidelines contained in the Enhanced Transparency Framework of the Paris Rulebook, agreed at COP24, Katowice.

UK Overseas Territories that have previously had UK ratification of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) extended to them, including those who have had UK ratification of the Kyoto Protocol extended to them, are already included in the UK’s annual GHG inventory submission to the UNFCCC, National Inventory Report and Common Reporting Format tables. These publications are made available on the UNFCCC website and the National Atmospheric and Emissions Inventory website.

15 Sep 2020, 3:57 p.m. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Carol Monaghan (Scottish National Party - Glasgow North West)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has made towards submitting updated Nationally Determined Contributions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

As incoming COP26 President, the UK is urging all Parties to come forward with more ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The UK is working on the same basis and is preparing to come forward with an increased NDC well ahead of COP26.

15 Sep 2020, 3:10 p.m. Fuel Poverty Rebecca Long Bailey (Labour - Salford and Eccles)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department will publish the Government’s response to the consultation on the Fuel Poverty for England Strategy, which closed on 16 September 2019.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We intend to publish the Government response to the consultation on updating the Fuel Poverty Strategy for England shortly.

15 Sep 2020, 3:07 p.m. Heating: Hydrogen Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase the number of trials that are testing the safety of using hydrogen for domestic heat.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Hydrogen is one potential option for decarbonising heating, alongside other solutions, including heat pumps and heat networks. The Government is therefore supporting a range of research, development and testing projects involving hydrogen to help determine the feasibility of using low carbon hydrogen as an alternative to the use of natural gas for heating in homes.

The Government is working closely with industry and other stakeholders to identify further testing and trials needed to provide evidence on issues including safety, feasibility, costs and benefits and the overall consumer experience.

15 Sep 2020, 3:05 p.m. Hydrogen Advisory Council Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish future meeting dates of the Hydrogen Advisory Council.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The inaugural meeting of the Hydrogen Advisory Council (HAC) was on 20 July 2020. It is expected to meet quarterly for at least the next two years with the next meeting scheduled on 14 October 2020.

15 Sep 2020, 3:03 p.m. Hydrogen Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the UK's hydrogen strategy; and what steps he is taking to formalise cross-departmental working on the Government's hydrogen strategy.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is committed to the development of hydrogen as a decarbonised energy carrier for the UK and we are currently developing our strategic approach to hydrogen. My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is Chair of the Climate Action Implementation Cabinet Committee (CAI) which covers topics including hydrogen. BEIS officials and I also continue to work across government departments, including an on-going review of governance arrangements, to ensure we work effectively to develop new policy to help bring forward the technologies and supply chain we will need to grow the UK hydrogen economy.

14 Sep 2020, 5:21 p.m. Hydrogen Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru - Dwyfor Meirionnydd)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the UK's hydrogen strategy; and what steps he is taking to formalise cross-departmental working on the Government's hydrogen strategy.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is committed to the development of hydrogen as a decarbonised energy carrier for the UK and we are currently developing our strategic approach to hydrogen. My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is Chair of the Climate Action Implementation Cabinet Committee (CAI) which covers topics including hydrogen. BEIS officials and I also continue to work across government departments, including an on-going review of governance arrangements, to ensure we work effectively to develop new policy to help bring forward the technologies and supply chain we will need to grow the UK hydrogen economy.

14 Sep 2020, 4:12 p.m. Energy: Conservation Emma Lewell-Buck (Labour - South Shields)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timescale is for the introduction of the Government's proposed Home Upgrade Grants.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Under the £2 billion Green Homes Grant funding announced by my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer on 8th July to save households money, cut carbon and create green jobs, £500 million has been earmarked for Local Authority delivery in England to improve the energy efficiency of low-income households.

The first phase of this funding, launched on 4th August, will see up to £200 million available to Local Authorities directly through a bidding process. The remaining £300 million will be allocated to the five regional Local Energy Hubs later this year to procure services that support upgrading eligible homes.

This funding represents a significant and accelerated down payment on decarbonising buildings to help stimulate the economic recovery and create green jobs.

14 Sep 2020, 2:02 p.m. Future UK Offshore Oil and Gas Licensing Regime Review Alan Whitehead (Labour - Southampton, Test)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the terms of reference for the review of policy on the future UK offshore oil and gas licensing regime.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

On 3 September, the Government announced that it would conduct a review of policy on the future UK offshore oil and gas licensing regime. Details of that announcement can be seen on gov.uk at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-review-into-future-offshore-oil-and-gas-licensing-regime. Terms of reference and emerging findings from this review will be published in due course.

14 Sep 2020, 1:51 p.m. Hydrogen Advisory Council Andrew Griffith (Conservative - Arundel and South Downs)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish future meeting dates of the Hydrogen Advisory Council.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The inaugural meeting of the Hydrogen Advisory Council (HAC) was on 20 July 2020. It is expected to meet quarterly for at least the next two years with the next meeting scheduled on 14 October 2020.

14 Sep 2020, 1:49 p.m. Hydrogen Andrew Griffith (Conservative - Arundel and South Downs)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to promote the UK's hydrogen sector at COP26.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We are exploring ways to promote UK hydrogen activity and enhance international cooperation at COP26.

COP provides an ideal platform to showcase UK's unique hydrogen opportunities. Harnessing UK geographical advantages such as offshore wind resource and potential CO2 storage for low carbon hydrogen production, with deployment across the energy system to enable deep decarbonisation in line with our net zero commitment.

Options under discussion include demonstration of hydrogen appliances developed under the Hy4Heat programme, as part of the BEIS Energy Innovation Portfolio; representation from leading UK hydrogen companies and projects; and discussion of international cooperation to accelerate clean energy innovation, including hydrogen. We will continue to develop this thinking in the coming months.

14 Sep 2020, 1:46 p.m. Hydrogen Andrew Griffith (Conservative - Arundel and South Downs)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the UK's hydrogen strategy; and what steps he is taking to formalise cross-departmental working on that strategy.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is committed to the development of hydrogen as a decarbonised energy carrier for the UK and are currently developing our strategic approach to hydrogen. My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is Chair of the Climate Action Implementation Cabinet Committee (CAI) which covers topics including hydrogen. BEIS officials and I also continue to work across government departments, including an on-going review of governance arrangements, to ensure we work effectively to develop new policy to help bring forward the technologies and supply chain we will need to grow the UK hydrogen economy.

14 Sep 2020, 1:42 p.m. Hydrogen Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru - Dwyfor Meirionnydd)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to promote the UK's hydrogen sector at COP26.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We are exploring ways to promote UK hydrogen activity and enhance international cooperation at COP26.

COP provides an ideal platform to showcase UK's unique hydrogen opportunities. Harnessing UK geographical advantages such as offshore wind resource and potential CO2 storage for low carbon hydrogen production, with deployment across the energy system to enable deep decarbonisation in line with our net zero commitment.

Options under discussion include demonstration of hydrogen appliances developed under the Hy4Heat programme, as part of the BEIS Energy Innovation Portfolio; representation from leading UK hydrogen companies and projects; and discussion of international cooperation to accelerate clean energy innovation, including hydrogen. We will continue to develop this thinking in the coming months.

14 Sep 2020, 1:40 p.m. Hydrogen Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru - Dwyfor Meirionnydd)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase the number of trials that are testing the safety of using hydrogen for domestic heat.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Hydrogen is one potential option for decarbonising heating, alongside other solutions, including heat pumps and heat networks. The Government is therefore supporting a range of research, development and testing projects involving hydrogen to help determine the feasibility of using low carbon hydrogen as an alternative to the use of natural gas for heating in homes.

The Government is working closely with industry and other stakeholders to identify further testing and trials needed to provide evidence on issues including safety, feasibility, costs and benefits and the overall consumer experience.

14 Sep 2020, 1:35 p.m. Hydrogen Advisory Council Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru - Dwyfor Meirionnydd)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the dates on which the Hydrogen Advisory Council is planned to meet.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The inaugural meeting of the Hydrogen Advisory Council (HAC) was on 20 July 2020. It is expected to meet quarterly for at least the next two years with the next meeting scheduled on 14 October 2020.

14 Sep 2020, 1:26 p.m. Future UK Offshore Oil and Gas Licensing Regime Review Alan Whitehead (Labour - Southampton, Test)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Oil and Gas Authority's mandate to Maximise Economic Recovery of oil and gas will be within scope of the review of policy on the future UK offshore oil and gas licensing regime.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Oil and Gas Authority’s (OGA) mandate to maximise economic recovery of oil and gas (MER UK) is not within scope for this review. This review will look at policy on the future UK offshore oil and gas licensing regime as part of the wider aim of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. The review will consider whether regulators have the right powers and processes in place to effect any changes to our future licensing regime.

14 Sep 2020, 1:20 p.m. Fuel Poverty Emma Lewell-Buck (Labour - South Shields)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of implementing a fuel poverty debt relief programme for winter 2020-21.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Department is working with Ofgem to assess the level and impact of domestic consumer energy debt this winter and we will continue to review options to support energy customers in debt, including those in or at risk of fuel poverty.

Ofgem rules require energy suppliers to offer customers at risk of, or in debt, the facility to repay their debt in instalments. Suppliers are also required to take all reasonable steps to take into account a customers ability to pay when calculating this. Ofgem issued an open letter in June, stating they would “not tolerate sharp practice or aggressive debt collection and suppliers could face enforcement action where this is the case”.

The Department secured an agreement with energy companies on 19th March 2020 to support their customers impacted by Covid-19, that, based on the circumstances could include reassessing, reducing or pausing debt repayments for households in financial distress. Companies have also agreed to refer customers who are struggling to pay their bills to third party debt advisors.

14 Sep 2020, 1:16 p.m. Social Rented Housing: Carbon Emissions Emma Lewell-Buck (Labour - South Shields)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timescale is for the introduction of the Government's proposed social housing decarbonisation programme.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

On 8 July 2020, my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Summer Economic Update announced the £50m UK-wide Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator (SHDF Demonstrator) to start the decarbonisation of social housing over 2020/21, and to support green jobs as part of the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan. The £50m project is a down payment towards the £3.8 billion Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund in our Manifesto, allocations for which will be determined in due course. This is a 10-year scheme, running to 2030, beginning with the Demonstrator phase in 2020. This will mean warmer and more energy efficient homes and could reduce annual energy bills by hundreds of pounds for some of the poorest households in society, as well as lowering carbon emissions.

10 Sep 2020, 2:05 p.m. Renewable Energy Pauline Latham (Conservative - Mid Derbyshire)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he will take to ensure that technologies with long-term potential for decarbonisation are not adversely affected by the Contracts for Difference auction model.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

In March this year, the Government published a consultation on proposals to amend the Contracts for Difference scheme for future allocation rounds. This included options for changes to the current pot structure to ensure it continues to reflect changes in expected costs across technologies and best supports our ambitions for long term decarbonisation. The consultation closed on 29 May and responses are being analysed. A Government response to this consultation will be published in due course.

10 Sep 2020, 2:03 p.m. Renewable Energy: Job Creation Pauline Latham (Conservative - Mid Derbyshire)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he plans to take to encourage the creation of new jobs in the renewable energy sector as part of the economic recovery from the effect of covid-19.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

As we recover from COVID-19, the Government intends to deliver a UK economy which is greener, more sustainable and more resilient. The UK already has over 460,000 jobs in low carbon businesses and their supply chains and it is estimated that the low-carbon economy could grow more than four times faster than the rest of the economy between 2015 and 2030 and support up to 2 million jobs.

The Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme is the government’s main mechanism for supporting new large-scale renewable electricity generation projects in Great Britain.

In the latest CfD allocation round 12 new renewable electricity projects were awarded contracts at record low costs across a range of technologies, which could see the creation of 8,000 jobs across the UK.

Offshore wind employs around 14,000 people in the UK. The Offshore Wind Sector Deal that was agreed last year between the government and industry aims to increase UK employment to 27,000 jobs by 2030 - these jobs will support communities right across the UK.

10 Sep 2020, 2:01 p.m. Renewable Energy Pauline Latham (Conservative - Mid Derbyshire)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how he plans to diversify the Pot structure of Contracts for Difference to ensure optimal auction results.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

In March this year, the Government published a consultation on proposals to amend the Contracts for Difference scheme for future allocation rounds. This included options for changes to the current pot structure. The consultation closed on 29 May and responses are being analysed. A Government response to this consultation will be published in due course.

10 Sep 2020, 2 p.m. Renewable Energy Pauline Latham (Conservative - Mid Derbyshire)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what adjustments he plans to make to future Contracts for Difference allocation rounds to accommodate unprecedented competition for contracts.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government considers a range of matters when setting the parameters for Contracts for Difference auctions, including our ambitious decarbonisation objectives, the anticipated pipeline of eligible projects, competition, and consumer costs. We will publish auction parameters well in advance of the next auction in 2021.

10 Sep 2020, 1:59 p.m. Renewable Energy Pauline Latham (Conservative - Mid Derbyshire)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to apply any capacity caps as soft instead of hard constraints in future Contracts for Difference allocation rounds.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

In March this year, the Government published a consultation on proposals to amend the Contracts for Difference scheme for future allocation rounds. This included options to introduce flexibility in the use of capacity caps as either a 'hard' or 'soft' constraint. The consultation closed on 29 May and responses are being analysed. A government response to this consultation will be published in due course.

10 Sep 2020, 1:57 p.m. Renewable Energy Pauline Latham (Conservative - Mid Derbyshire)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps increase or lift the capacity cap in future Contracts for Difference allocation rounds.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Capacity caps can drive competitive auctions and deliver value for money for consumers.

A capacity cap was first deployed in the third Contract for Difference auction in 2019, which secured nearly twice the capacity of the previous auction with a 30% reduction in clearing prices.

We will publish auction parameters well in advance of the next auction in 2021, taking into account our ambitions for net zero.

10 Sep 2020, 1:51 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme Andrew Rosindell (Conservative - Romford)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to tackle the concerns raised by the Glass and Glazing Federation in that organisation's letter to the Government of 14 August 2002 on the Green Homes Scheme.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Green Homes Grant voucher scheme focuses on those measures which give greatest thermal benefits and carbon reductions, but which consumers are typically less likely to install on their own. Insulating walls, roofs and floors is a more cost-effective way to improve the energy efficiency of homes, which is why it is prioritised under the scheme.

We will continue to review the scheme design and take new information into account. Funding for future energy efficiency initiatives will be determined through the Spending Review in the autumn.

10 Sep 2020, 1:50 p.m. Energy: Standing Charges Gareth Thomas (Labour (Co-op) - Harrow West)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority to require all Energy providers to offer at least one Zero Standing Charge tariff for each fuel they supply; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Setting energy tariffs is a commercial matter for individual suppliers. There are fixed costs in the supply of gas and electricity, such as meter costs and providing an emergency service, so any tariff with a zero standing charge would need to levy the fixed cost via a higher unit rate. This could benefit some low consumption households but could also make higher consumption households worse off, such as those with children or people who need to use more energy due to ill health. The price cap on default and prepayment meter tariffs ensures that all households pay a fair price for gas and electricity.

10 Sep 2020, 1:48 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme Fleur Anderson (Labour - Putney)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the eligibility for the Green Homes Grant to all homes without wall or floor insulation.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Green Homes Grant voucher scheme is open to owner occupiers, park homeowners and landlords who let privately or through the social rented sector. Solid wall, cavity wall and under floor insulation are all eligible for grant funding as primary measures, although the suitability of each type of insulation will vary by property.

10 Sep 2020, 1:47 p.m. Climate Change Convention Caroline Lucas (Green Party - Brighton, Pavilion)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to publish the advice his Department is receiving from the Committee on Climate Change on the Government’s planned Nationally Determined Contribution to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We expect the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to include advice on the Nationally Determined Contribution when they publish advice on the Sixth Carbon Budget in December. The CCC will make this publicly available.

10 Sep 2020, 1:45 p.m. Private Rented Housing: Energy Nadia Whittome (Labour - Nottingham East)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to improve energy standards in the private rented sector to help reduce fuel poverty affecting tenants in that sector.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We intend to consult on strengthening the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in due course, in line with our Clean Growth Strategy aspiration for privately rented properties to reach EPC Band C by 2030 where practical, affordable and cost-effective. Landlords will also be eligible for subsidised energy efficiency measures through the Green Homes Grant scheme this autumn.

9 Sep 2020, 5:23 p.m. Biofuels Helen Hayes (Labour - Dulwich and West Norwood)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the use of biomass fuel for electricity.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

All Ministerial meetings gifts, hospitality, travel and meetings are published quarterly. Details of meetings from January to March can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/beis-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings-january-to-march-2020.

Data for April to June 2020 will be published in due course.

9 Sep 2020, 5:02 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme: Certification Andrew Rosindell (Conservative - Romford)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the average time is for a PAS 2030 certification to be processed once a business applies, in the most recent month for which figures are available.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The amount of time that it takes to receive receives PAS 2030 certification differs depending on the certification body that the business has applied to and the completeness of it application.

Certification can take less than two weeks providing the business has the correct documentation.

9 Sep 2020, 5 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme: Certification Andrew Rosindell (Conservative - Romford)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that businesses offering home improvement under the Green Homes Grant scheme receive their PAS 2030 certification as quickly as possible.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

It is the responsibility of the TrustMark scheme providers to ensure that organisations are Publicly Available Specification (PAS) certified, although the Department is working closely with TrustMark to ensure that the right information is shared with the scheme providers and their members so they know what they need to do to become certified to the correct level of PAS.

The Green Homes Grant scheme is making a substantial commitment to supply chain development, to bolster the workforce and support the delivery of the scheme, including support and training directed towards gaining required certification.

9 Sep 2020, 4:58 p.m. Community Centres: Energy Lee Rowley (Conservative - North East Derbyshire)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to ensure that non-domestic properties used by community groups and clubs can become more energy efficient.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government has a range of policies aimed at improving the energy efficiency of non-domestic properties such as those used by community groups and clubs.

Where the community buildings are owned by the public sector, they are eligible for energy efficiency reduction funding through the Public Sector Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme. The capital pot for England stands at £385 million by the end of 2020/21. This funding, managed by Salix Finance, has delivered over 17,000 projects, significantly improving energy performance in the public sector. There is also the rural community energy fund which supports local communities in developing and designing energy projects locally. These projects can include community and club buildings.

We have also put in place minimum energy efficiency standards in the non-domestic rental sector. The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 require landlords of non-domestic properties to improve their building’s energy performance to an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E. We consulted in October 2019 on raising the minimum standard to an EPC B by 2030, where cost effective. This is expected to cover up to 85% of properties in the non-domestic rental sector.

9 Sep 2020, 4:57 p.m. Biofuels: Imports Helen Hayes (Labour - Dulwich and West Norwood)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the methodology it uses to measure the impact of UK biomass imports on the forests from which those imports are sourced; and what plans his Department has to review that methodology.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The criteria used to ensure that only sustainably sourced biomass is used within our power sector is effective in protecting biodiversity and carbon stock in forests where biomass is sourced and requires biomass fuels to be derived from forest waste wood and residues. In their ‘Biomass in a low-carbon economy’ report the Committee on Climate Change stated the evidence suggests that the UK’s bioenergy sustainability rules are helping to limit sustainability risks.

Those sites using biomass with a capacity greater than or equal to 1 megawatt must also prepare an annual sustainability report compiled by a third party auditor/verifier which provides assurance that biomass is from sustainable sources.

9 Sep 2020, 4:55 p.m. Biofuels: Imports Helen Hayes (Labour - Dulwich and West Norwood)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what criteria his Department uses to measure and calculate the impact on (a) biodiversity and (b) ecosystems of biomass sourced and imported into the UK from overseas forests.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The UK only supports biomass for electricity generation which complies with strict sustainability criteria, and generating stations utilising biomass only receive subsidies in respect of compliant biomass. These criteria take into account social, economic and environmental issues including protecting biodiversity and ecosystems, land use rights, sustainable harvesting and regeneration rates. They ensure that the carbon stock of the forest from which the pellets are derived is not decreased by requiring that biomass fuels are derived from forest waste wood and residues and that the forest owner adheres to relevant legal requirements to protect biodiversity and the environment.

9 Sep 2020, 2:18 p.m. Hydrogen Lisa Cameron (Scottish National Party - East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will (a) develop and (b) publish a hydrogen strategy.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is committed to the development of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier for the UK. We are currently developing our strategic approach to hydrogen and its potential to deliver against our net zero goals.

In order to inform our approach, we are undertaking extensive stakeholder engagement, including through the launch of our Hydrogen Advisory Council enabling government to work in partnership with industry, as we develop new policy to help bring forward the technologies and supply chain we will need to grow the UK hydrogen economy. This includes developing business models to support the deployment of, and investment in, low carbon hydrogen production and a £100m Low Carbon Hydrogen Production Fund to stimulate capital investment.

8 Sep 2020, 5:45 p.m. Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Alan Whitehead (Labour - Southampton, Test)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the decision not to extend the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme on (a) jobs and (b) businesses in the heating industry.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Non-Domestic RHI has provided support for over 20,000 renewable heating installations, creating green jobs, and helping to develop the GB renewable heating industry.

The breadth and cost of an extension to the Non-Domestic RHI means that to provide good value for money for the taxpayer, we are applying a targeted approach in continuing support for the Non-Domestic low carbon heating industry.

The Green Gas Support Scheme, due to launch Autumn 2021, is expected to help treble the level of green gas in the grid by 2030, creating further green jobs, particularly in rural areas. Sustained support for the industry will be provided through the new allocation of Tariff Guarantees, incentivising the more cost-effective Non-Domestic projects.

We have also been keen to avoid potential job losses and damage to the industry that might result from delays due to Covid-19. Recently announcing an extension of 6 months for eligible NDRHI projects, that may struggle to meet the 31st March 2021 application deadline.

Additionally, the soon to be launched Green Homes Grant Scheme which will fund up to two thirds of the cost of home improvements for over 600,000 homes, supporting over 80,000 jobs in green construction.

For more information on these proposals please see the below links:

GOV.UK page for information on the Green Homes Grant Scheme

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/green-homes-grant-scheme-register-as-a-certified-tradesperson-or-business;

Consultation and Impact Assessment on Future Support for Low Carbon Heat

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-support-for-low-carbon-heat;

Consultation and Impact Assessment NDRHI: Ensuring a Sustainable Scheme

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/non-domestic-renewable-heat-incentive-ensuring-a-sustainable-scheme;

Announcements and Impact Assessment relating to further changes to RHI support and Covid-19 response

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/changes-to-the-renewable-heat-incentive-rhi-schemes.

8 Sep 2020, 3:16 p.m. Companies: Climate Change Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that companies (a) produce (i) Paris climate change agreement-aligned and (ii) net-zero business plans and (b) manage other forward-looking climate risks.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The UK has led the way in delivering clean growth -growing by 75% while emissions have decreased by 43% between 1990 and 2018 - faster than any other G7 nation. Meeting our net zero target will require us to build on this progress by transforming our economy – our homes, our transport, our industries, how we generate and use energy, and how we use our land. This has to be a shared endeavour between Government, devolved nations, local authorities, business, civil society and the British people – as well as the rest of the world.

We expect all publicly-listed companies and large asset owners to disclose in line with the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) recommendations by 2022. Businesses implementing the TCFD recommendations will disclose information on the procedures they have in place for Board oversight of climate change and how it is factored into their risk management processes.

We have also established a joint taskforce with the UK regulators to monitor the incorporation of climate financial risk into decision making. This will ensure a coordinated approach on climate-related issues and examine the most effective way to approach disclosure.

8 Sep 2020, 3:14 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme Alan Campbell (Labour - Tynemouth)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish (a) the eligibility criteria for and (b) further details on the New Green Homes Grant.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Guidance and further details about the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme were published on 28 August. This included information on eligibility, items where support can be claimed as part of energy efficiency measure installations, as well as items that will not be paid for under the voucher scheme. More details will be published in due course.

8 Sep 2020, 3:12 p.m. Housing: Energy Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of local authorities having a role in supporting initiatives to improve the energy efficiency of housing at scale in their local areas; what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on supporting local authorities to have that role; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Under the £2bn Green Homes Grant funding announced by my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer on 8th July to save households money, cut carbon and create green jobs, £500 million has been earmarked for Local Authority delivery in England to ensure those in low-income households, who may be less likely to take up a demand-led voucher scheme, will be able to benefit from energy efficiency upgrades. Local Authorities have a comprehensive understanding of their local community and will be able to identify households through a variety of referral routes, such as a ‘cold home referral’ from the health and charity sectors.

As fuel poverty is a devolved issue the geographic policy scope for the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery is for England only.

8 Sep 2020, 3:10 p.m. Energy Performance Certificates Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many homes he plans to upgrade to EPC Band C by (a) 2025, (b) 2030 and (c) 2035.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government remains committed to the Clean Growth Strategy aim for as many homes as possible to be EPC Band C 2035, where practical, cost-effective, and affordable.

In addition, for homes in fuel poverty, we remain committed to our statutory fuel poverty target of improving as many fuel poor homes as reasonably practicable to energy efficiency rating Band C by the end of 2030, as well as our interim target of Band D by 2025.

There is no set number of homes to be achieved within those targets. However, the Heat & Building Strategy and the updated Fuel Poverty Strategy, which we plan to publish in due course, will set out how we intend to meet our commitments and set us on a path to decarbonising homes and buildings by 2050.

8 Sep 2020, 3:06 p.m. Energy: Conservation Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential merits of designating energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is committed to delivering our net zero target and will take further steps to decarbonise the UK economy, including through the future publication of a National Infrastructure Strategy. The Government is also planning to publish a Heat and Buildings Strategy in due course, which will set out the immediate actions we will take for reducing emissions from all homes and buildings and set buildings on track for net zero


The Government remains committed to delivering the aspiration set out in the Clean Growth Strategy, to help as many homes as possible to reach EPC Band C by 2035, where practical, affordable and cost-effective.

My Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer recently announced a net zero building package worth in excess of £3bn. This new funding represents a significant and accelerated down payment on decarbonising buildings, to help stimulate the economic recovery and create green jobs.

8 Sep 2020, 3:04 p.m. Heating: Fuels Scott Mann (Conservative - North Cornwall)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to reduce barriers to the adoption of (a) biopropane and (b) other new low carbon fuels for use in heating in off-gas grid buildings.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government recognises that biofuels, such as bioLPG and bioliquid alternatives to heating oil, may play a role in future off-gas grid decarbonisation. In 2018 BEIS ran an extensive programme of engagement with industry and consumers, to seek views on how industry, government and consumers could work together to phase out the installation of high carbon fossil fuels from homes and businesses off the gas grid. We will be consulting on proposals for this in due course.

The Clean Heat Grant Scheme, which will run from April 2022 to March 2024, aims to provide targeted support for proven and ready to deploy low-carbon heating technologies that demonstrate value for money and carbon cost-effectiveness. This will follow the existing Renewable Heat Incentive scheme. We are also expecting to publish the Clean Heat Grant consultation response and a Heat and Buildings Strategy, which will further expand on the Government’s strategic direction, in due course.

8 Sep 2020, 3:01 p.m. Energy Performance Certificates Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing operational performance ratings alongside Energy Performance Certificates for all non-domestic buildings.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We are planning to consult later this year on introducing operational performance ratings for commercial and industrial buildings. We aim to build on proven best practice and are working closely with industry, as well as with the devolved administrations, to design and develop the scheme to ensure it drives benefits across the UK.

8 Sep 2020, 2:59 p.m. Boilers: Fuel Oil Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to bring forward proposals to end the sale and installation of oil burning boilers; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

In the Clean Growth Strategy, we committed to phase out the installation of high carbon fossil fuel heating in buildings not connected to the gas grid, starting with new build, during the 2020s.

Our consultation on the Future Home Standard, launched last year, lays out our plans to phase out high carbon fossil fuel heating in new homes. We will respond to that consultation later this year. We also plan to consult later this year on changes to new non-domestic buildings’ energy standards.

We will be consulting on phasing out high carbon fossil fuel heating in existing buildings off the gas grid in due course.

8 Sep 2020, 2:57 p.m. Heating: Carbon Emissions Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of creating a national delivery body to co-ordinate heat decarbonisation in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Clean Growth Strategy identifies heat as the most difficult decarbonisation challenge facing the country.  It will involve coordinating large-scale transformation and will require wide-ranging change to energy systems and markets.

We have noted that some stakeholders have raised the potential merits of different models of national coordinating delivery body. We have committed to publishing a Heat and Buildings Strategy in due course, which will set out the immediate actions we will take for reducing emissions from buildings, as well as what longer term action is required to ensure we are on track for net zero.

8 Sep 2020, 2:55 p.m. Boilers: Hydrogen Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to set a mandatory date for boiler installations to be hydrogen ready or part of a hybrid system; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Hydrogen could play a key role in eliminating our contribution to climate change by 2050 and is one of the options being explored to decarbonise heat in the UK alongside heat pumps, heat networks and biogas. However, further work is required to fully test and assess the potential of hydrogen as an option for decarbonising heating.

Prototype ‘hydrogen-ready boilers’ are being developed under the £25m BEIS Hy4Heat programme. This programme is seeking to investigate if it is technically possible and safe to replace methane with hydrogen in appliances for residential and commercial buildings and evaluate the likely costs and performance. The programme is due to be completed in 2021, and the Department will be reviewing the outputs from this technical work as it progresses.

The Government is planning to publish a Heat and Buildings Strategy in due course, which will set out the immediate actions we will take for reducing emissions from buildings.

8 Sep 2020, 2:53 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme Kenny MacAskill (Scottish National Party - East Lothian)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether (a) Heat Batteries and (b) other A+ rated efficient innovative space-saving thermal stores will be included in the Green Homes Grant as (i) secondary measures to enable the effective and efficient utilisation of (A) air source and ground source heat pumps and (B) solar energy for hot water purposes, (ii) primary measures where they replace poorly-insulated hot water cylinders and (iii) primary measures where they replace inefficient night storage heaters or fossil-fuelled boilers for space heating.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Heat batteries are not eligible. Thermal stores as essential ancillary items for low-carbon heating, such as ground and air source heat pumps and solar thermal are eligible. Thermal stores are not eligible as primary measure where replacing fossil-fuelled boilers or night storage heaters for space heating.

8 Sep 2020, 2:51 p.m. Employment: Environment Protection Mark Eastwood (Conservative - Dewsbury)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effectiveness of the June 2020 Committee on Climate Change recommendation that his Department works with the Departments for Work and Pensions and for Education and the Home Office to develop a strategy for a Net Zero workforce that integrates relevant skills into the UK's education framework and actively monitors the risks and opportunities arising from the transition; and whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect of implementing that recommendation on young people affected by unemployment during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We are determined to seize the economic opportunities of the net zero transition, including supporting up to 2 million green jobs by 2030 across all regions of the UK. The UK has a strong base to build upon – there are already over 460,000 jobs in low carbon businesses and their supply chains across the country.

We are investing in the UK’s workforce to ensure that people have the right skills to deliver our transition to net zero. This summer, BEIS and DfE Ministers jointly hosted a roundtable with businesses and academics along with DfE to discuss skills and net zero, which is the start of a sustained work programme to take forward policy in this area.

We will formally respond to the Committee on Climate Change June 2020 Progress Report on Reducing UK emissions in October.

8 Sep 2020, 2:48 p.m. Hydrogen: Garages and Petrol Stations Lisa Cameron (Scottish National Party - East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what measurement traceability the UK uses for dispensed quantity at hydrogen refuelling stations.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Measuring equipment used for trade in hydrogen is regulated under the Weights and Measures Act 1985. It is an offence to use any measuring equipment for trade purposes which is false or unjust or to commit any fraud using it.

Each Local Authority Trading Standards Department has a legal duty to enforce the Act and to ensure it has the capacity necessary for carrying out its functions in its local area. Where required, trading standards would test fuel dispensers in use for trade using instruments whose calibration or test is traceable to the national measurement standards. The Office for Product Safety and Standards provides central advice and technical support to Local Authority Trading Standards on metrology issues.

8 Sep 2020, 2:48 p.m. Hydrogen: Garages and Petrol Stations Lisa Cameron (Scottish National Party - East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what capability Trading Standards has to investigate disputes on dispensed quantity at hydrogen refuelling stations.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Measuring equipment used for trade in hydrogen is regulated under the Weights and Measures Act 1985. It is an offence to use any measuring equipment for trade purposes which is false or unjust or to commit any fraud using it.

Each Local Authority Trading Standards Department has a legal duty to enforce the Act and to ensure it has the capacity necessary for carrying out its functions in its local area. Where required, trading standards would test fuel dispensers in use for trade using instruments whose calibration or test is traceable to the national measurement standards. The Office for Product Safety and Standards provides central advice and technical support to Local Authority Trading Standards on metrology issues.

8 Sep 2020, 2:34 p.m. Carbon Emissions Patrick Grady (Scottish National Party - Glasgow North)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government's response to the consultation on the future of UK carbon pricing published on 1 June 2020, what assessment he has made of the potential (a) merits and (b) costs of a carbon free and dividend policy; and for what reasons his policy is not to implement that policy at this time.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

A carbon fee and dividend is an alternative form of carbon pricing policy. The UK already prices carbon through, for example, our participation in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

The UK Government and Devolved Administrations are establishing a UK Emissions Trading System, with increased ambition on carbon pricing. The new system will ensure a smooth transition for businesses as the UK is set to leave EU system after the Transition Period at the end of the year, while also allowing us to have autonomy over its design and governance.

The UK Government has, on 21 July, also published a consultation on the design of a domestic carbon emission tax as an alternative to a UK ETS. This option will ensure a carbon price remains in place in the UK in all scenarios.

8 Sep 2020, 2:32 p.m. Flats: Repairs and Maintenance Stuart Anderson (Conservative - Wolverhampton South West)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what financial support is available to help with (a) repairing flat roofs and (b) other energy efficiency initiatives for an apartment complex for people who do not receive support from the social security system.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Green Homes Grant voucher scheme is available to homeowners and landlords for grant funding towards energy efficiency measures and low-carbon heat, covering up to two thirds of the cost up to a maximum of £5000.

8 Sep 2020, 2:30 p.m. Natural Gas: Russia Charlotte Nichols (Labour - Warrington North)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much Russian gas is imported into the UK; and what proportion of national gas consumption that represents.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government publishes Energy Trends statistics, including for gas, at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/gas-section-4-energy-trends. Table 4.1 shows production, total imports and demand. Table 4.4 shows import countries of origin.

The UK gas market is one of the most liquid and developed markets in the world and provides security through diversity of supply. Most of the gas supply to the UK comes from domestic production (46 per cent in 2019), as well as imports from reliable suppliers like Norway (31 per cent in 2019). The remaining 23 per cent of supply was from pipeline imports from the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from a diverse range of sources. There are no gas pipelines directly linking the UK with Russia.

In 2019, one-fifth of UK supply was from LNG. Within this, around 34 TWh of LNG was imported from Russia, representing less than 4 percent of the total supply of gas to the UK. The UK is in no way dependent on gas supply from Russia and our LNG was sourced from 12 different countries last year.

8 Sep 2020, 2:27 p.m. Wind Power Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of global wind turbine production is based in the UK.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Department does not hold this information for the global proportion of turbine production.

Currently, the UK has capability in the production of wind turbine blades, foundations, and cables, most notably the Siemens Gamesa and MHI Vestas blade factories in Hull and the Isle of Wight respectively, employing over 1,500 highly skilled workers.

The industry has committed in the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, to increase UK content to 60% from 50%, but more crucially to increase UK content in the capital expenditure phase. I am determined that the industry delivers on this commitment.

8 Sep 2020, 2:25 p.m. Solar Power Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the country of origin is for the majority of solar panels used in the UK.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Global solar panel production is mainly based in Asia, particularly China. The Department does not maintain detailed data on the country of origin of solar panels installed in UK.

8 Sep 2020, 2:24 p.m. Solar Power Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of global solar panel production is based in the UK.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Global solar panel production is mainly based in Asia. UK solar panel manufacture is focussed on specialised applications and the total volume of production is not globally significant.

8 Sep 2020, 2:22 p.m. Energy Supply: Investment Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking with Ofgem to ensure that investment decisions taken by the Distribution Network Operators are based on comprehensive, whole life cost benefit assessments; and if will make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Energy network companies are regulated by the independent energy regulator, Ofgem, to ensure that they adequately maintain a safe and secure network whilst investing for the future and ensuring a fair price for consumers. In order to do this, Ofgem uses price controls to determine the revenues network companies may recover, the investment they may make and the performance standards they must deliver. Network regulation, including approval of investment decisions, is a matter for Ofgem as the independent regulator. Ofgem is currently developing the next electricity distribution price control, consulting with stakeholders during this process.

8 Sep 2020, 2:20 p.m. Ofgem Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether (a) manufacturers of electrical infrastructure products and (b) other industry stakeholders from across the supply chain will be represented on Ofgem’s Net Zero Advisory Group.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Ofgem has recently published the Terms of Reference for the Net Zero Advisory Group (link here). The Group will normally be made up of representatives from the following:

Ofgem, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, HM Treasury, Department for Transport, Scottish Government, Welsh Government, National Infrastructure Commission, Committee on Climate Change and Citizens Advice. Where appropriate, the Group may invite internal or external experts to specific meetings and seek views from these parties outside of the meetings. The Terms of Reference may be reviewed and updated periodically.

8 Sep 2020, 2:18 p.m. Natural Gas Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Opening up the Gas Market project by the Scottish Gas Network in 2016, on mixing different blends/compositions of natural gas in the localised Oban gas grid; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Scotland Gas Network’s (SGN’s) Opening up the Gas Market project tested unprocessed Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) which had a gas quality measurement above the statutory upper limit specified in Schedule 3 of Gas Safety (Management) Regulations 1996 (GS(M)R). Through a controlled trial this gas was injected into the Oban network for a year. The project demonstrated that unprocessed LNG was safe to distribute and safe for consumers in the Oban network.

As a result of the rollout of the Oban project unprocessed LNG above the statutory limit, has been injected into the Scottish Independent Undertakings at Oban, Campbeltown, Wick and Thurso since 2015 under a rolling exemption from GS(M)R.

Following this, the Department has been working closely with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to review the regulation of gas quality as a safety measure through GS(M)R. The increased availability of imported natural gas and low carbon gas alternatives means there is a need to widen the specification of gas permitted under GS(M)R, provided that any change is demonstrated to be safe. Project Oban successfully demonstrated the safety case for amending the upper statutory limit.

The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) industry working group has proposed a series of amendments to the GS(M)R and a new IGEM Gas Quality Standard. HSE and BEIS intend take forward these and other changes to GS(M)R as part of a consultation in 2021.

8 Sep 2020, 2:16 p.m. Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Alan Whitehead (Labour - Southampton, Test)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the take up of the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme has been in each year since the scheme opened in 2011.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government publishes monthly deployment statistics for both Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (DRHI) and the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (NDRHI), available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/renewable-heat-incentive-statistics. The table below provides data correct as of July 2020.

DRHI

NDRHI

Year

Total Accredited Applications

Year

Total Accredited Applications

2011

NA

2011

2

2012

NA

2012

694

2013

NA

2013

2,109

2014

16,381

2014

4,282

2015

23,491

2015

6,216

2016

7,941

2016

2,571

2017

7,831

2017

1,871

2018

6,946

2018

1,238

2019

11,574

2019

831

2020

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2020

575 (up to the end of July)

8 Sep 2020, 2:10 p.m. Energy Companies Obligation and Green Homes Grant Scheme Alan Whitehead (Labour - Southampton, Test)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of merging the Green Homes Grant and the Energy Company Obligation schemes to enable cost efficiencies to co-fund energy efficiency updates.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Green Homes Grant and the Energy Company Obligation schemes both have different objectives, target audiences, eligibility criteria and funding mechanisms, therefore, it would not be appropriate for the schemes to be merged.

8 Sep 2020, 2:09 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme Alan Whitehead (Labour - Southampton, Test)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he will take to ensure the quality of work undertaken under the Green Homes Grant scheme is consistent with that carried out under the Energy Company Obligation scheme; and who will monitor that work.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The requirements for works carried out under the Green Homes Grant scheme are in line with those carried out under the Energy Company Obligation scheme and must be to Publicly Available Specification 2030 standards. Tradespeople must be registered with TrustMark, and certified with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) where installing heating measures. Under TrustMark and MCS, installer organisations have their work regularly inspected to ensure that works achieve consistent quality.

8 Sep 2020, 2:03 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme Alan Whitehead (Labour - Southampton, Test)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure the new Green Homes Grant scheme complements the existing Energy Company Obligation scheme without competing against or effecting the Energy Company Obligation supply chain.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The requirements for tradespeople completing work under the scheme are in line with the requirements for the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, requiring similar high standards of work, such as Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 2030 certification. Multiple measures can be installed in one home from both ECO and the Green Homes Grant (GHG) schemes.

Millions of additional homes that would not be covered by ECO will be eligible to benefit from the GHG to deliver significant carbon reductions and thermal savings. The GHG will also build capacity and skills in the supply chain for longer-term decarbonisation objectives.

8 Sep 2020, 2 p.m. Solar Power and Wind Power Martyn Day (Scottish National Party - Linlithgow and East Falkirk)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much electricity would be generated by the £1.26 billion of Renewable Obligation Certificates which biomass for electricity receives if the money was redirected to (a) offshore wind, (b) onshore wind and (c) solar; and will he make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Generating stations under the Renewables Obligation scheme receive support for up to 20 or 25 years, depending on when they accredited. As they have a statutory right to their existing support, as set out in the scheme’s implementing legislation, it would be inappropriate to redirect that support to other technologies.

7 Sep 2020, 1:39 p.m. Vehicles: Fuels Greg Knight (Conservative - East Yorkshire)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the average (a) wholesale and (b) retail margin of profit on sales of vehicle fuels since the covid-19 outbreak; what steps he is taking to ensure that the price paid for vehicle fuels is not kept artificially high; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government monitors the national average retail prices of fuels. These are published at: www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/oil-and-petroleum-products-weekly-statistics.

BEIS analysis shows that changes in the global price of crude oil is the primary driver of movements in the national average retail prices of fuels such as petrol and diesel. Other factors include currency exchange rates and the balance of supply and demand for these fuels in the wholesale petroleum products markets. Changes in the price of crude oil feed through to retail prices over the course of about 6 weeks. Since March, retail prices have broadly moved in line with movements in crude oil and wholesale product prices – falling initially as crude oil prices fell and then rising as oil prices recovered through June and July.

The UK has some of the lowest pre-tax prices in Europe for both petrol and diesel, and our evidence suggests that the UK road fuels sector as a whole is competitive and ensures that consumers get a fair deal.

The Government believe that a competitive market is the best way to keep prices low. Retail fuel markets are subject to UK competition law under the Competition and Markets Authority.

3 Sep 2020, 5:59 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme: Park Homes James Wild (Conservative - North West Norfolk)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the new Green Homes Grant scheme will be available to the owners and tenants of (a) park homes and (b) other mobile homes.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Park homeowners (for residential sites including Gypsy and Traveller sites) are eligible for the Green Homes Grant scheme. Further details regarding eligibility, terms & conditions et cetera will be published in due course.

3 Sep 2020, 5:57 p.m. Climate Change Margaret Greenwood (Labour - Wirral West)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the ability of local authorities to help tackle the climate emergency at a local level.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

BEIS launched the Local Energy programme in 2017 to support local authorities in taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote clean growth. Almost £20 million has been invested in the programme to date, funding a range of measures designed to build local capacity and capability. This includes creating five Local Energy Hubs across England, which provide Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and local authorities with access to expertise to help them develop plans to secure investment in low carbon projects. The programme has also funded the production of an energy strategy for every LEP area, the production of good practice guidance and resources, a finance conference and regional workshops, and the £10 million re-launch of the Rural Community Energy Fund.

3 Sep 2020, 5:56 p.m. Carbon Emissions: Schools Helen Hayes (Labour - Dulwich and West Norwood)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of retrofitting schools to become zero carbon schools on (a) carbon emissions and (b) behaviour change.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Public Sector Energy Efficiency Loan scheme provides interest-free loans which enable schools, and other public sector organisations, to make improvements to their buildings to reduce carbon emissions. The public sector, including schools, can play an important role in driving wider behaviour change by demonstrating leadership in reducing their emissions.

3 Sep 2020, 5:55 p.m. Carbon Emissions Margaret Greenwood (Labour - Wirral West)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with local authority leaders on achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The UK was the first major economy to legislate for a net zero target, in line with advice from our independent expert advisers, the Committee on Climate Change, that 2050 was the earliest feasible date for achieving this.

BEIS launched the Local Energy programme in 2017 to support local authorities in taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote clean growth. Almost £20 million has been invested in the programme to date, funding a range of measures designed to build local capacity and capability. This includes creating five Local Energy Hubs across England, which provide Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and local authorities with access to expertise to help them develop plans to secure investment in low carbon projects. The programme has also funded the production of an energy strategy for every LEP area, the production of good practice guidance and resources, a finance conference and regional workshops, and the £10 million re-launch of the Rural Community Energy Fund.

3 Sep 2020, 5:55 p.m. Climate Change Margaret Greenwood (Labour - Wirral West)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what resources his Department is providing to local authorities to help them respond to the climate emergency.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

BEIS launched the Local Energy programme in 2017 to support local authorities in taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote clean growth. Almost £20 million has been invested in the programme to date, funding a range of measures designed to build local capacity and capability. This includes creating five Local Energy Hubs across England, which provide Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and local authorities with access to expertise to help themin develop plans to secure investment in low carbon projects. The programme has also funded the production of an energy strategy for every LEP area, the production of good practice guidance and resources, a finance conference and regional workshops, and the £10 million re-launch of the Rural Community Energy Fund.

1 Sep 2020, 3:33 p.m. Energy Supply: Electric Vehicles Tonia Antoniazzi (Labour - Gower)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of the National Grid on its capacity to store and supply electricity to support the planned increase in the number of electric cars.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Officials within BEIS have regular engagement with National Grid to discuss issues around the increased uptake of electric vehicles, most recently in the context of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles’ (OLEV) recent consultation on the phase out of internal combustion engine cars and vans.

BEIS officials also engage with National Grid over their production of the annual Future Energy Scenarios (FES), looking ahead to 2050 to show what the future of energy in GB might look like. The latest FES includes projections of increase in annual electricity demand due to a combination of emerging technologies, including electric vehicles, and highlights the key impact of flexibility services associated with electric vehicles in meeting this future required demand.

1 Sep 2020, 3:31 p.m. Green Homes Grant Scheme Robert Halfon (Conservative - Harlow)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of allowing retrospective claims for the green homes grant scheme to support businesses that will have work delayed until the scheme is introduced.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Green Homes Grant scheme will be available from the 30th September. The scheme has been designed to encourage homeowners to consider improving the energy efficiency of their homes (something we know lots of households put at the bottom of their list of priorities because of the cost), and focus on those measures which give greatest thermal benefits and carbon reductions, but which consumers are typically less likely to install on their own. Therefore, retrospective claims will not be eligible.

1 Sep 2020, 2:18 p.m. Aviation: Renewable Energy Ed Davey (Liberal Democrat - Kingston and Surbiton)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential timescale for all UK internal flights to be able to be powered through (a) electric-battery, (b) hydrogen and (c) other such sustainable sources of energy; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government has a wide range of programmes and challenges that can support research and technology on electric and hydrogen powered flight. These include the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) Programme (£1.95 billion public funding commitment, 2013 to 2026); Future Flight Challenge (£125 million public funding); Faraday Challenge (£246 million); and Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge (£80 million).

Our ATI progamme is supporting electric and hydrogen power flight projects, and our publicly funded FlyZero initiative, announced on 20 July, will bring together experts from across the aviation and aerospace sector to tackle issues in designing and building a commercially successful zero-emission aircraft.


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Debates

Date Department Forum Title
Tue 03 Nov 2020 No Department present Grand Committee Electricity (Risk-Preparedness) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
12 speeches (5,329 words)

Found: >That brings me to the whole issue of interconnectors. In the Commons, Minister Kwasi Kwarteng, when

Tue 10 Nov 2020 No Department present Commons Chamber Members Eligible for a Proxy Vote
2 speeches (4,390 words)

Found: >Julian Knight (Solihull) (Con)</p><p>Stuart Andrew</p><p>Kwasi Kwarteng (Spelthorne

Mon 09 Nov 2020 Department for Work and Pensions Commons Chamber Supporting Disadvantaged Families
78 speeches (10,414 words)

Found: , Energy and Clean Growth, my right hon. Friend the Member for Spelthorne (Kwasi Kwarteng

Mon 16 Nov 2020 No Department present Commons Chamber Members Eligible for a Proxy Vote
2 speeches (4,738 words)

Found: ) (Con)</p><p>Stuart Andrew</p><p>Kwasi Kwarteng (Spelthorne) (Con)</p>

Wed 25 Nov 2020 No Department present Commons Chamber Members Eligible for a Proxy Vote
2 speeches (5,058 words)

Found: >Stuart Andrew</p><p>Kwasi Kwarteng (Spelthorne) (Con)</p><p>Stuart

Tue 17 Nov 2020 No Department present Commons Chamber Members Eligible for a Proxy Vote
2 speeches (4,852 words)

Found: (Solihull) (Con)</p><p>Stuart Andrew</p><p>Kwasi Kwarteng (Spelthorne) (Con)<

Written Questions

Date Title Questioner
15 Sep 2020, 10:37 a.m. Hydrogen: Northern Ireland Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)

Question to the Northern Ireland Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the role that Northern Ireland can play in the UK's hydrogen strategy; and what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the UK's hydrogen strategy.

Answered by Robin Walker - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office)

As the Prime Minister stated in July, this Government is committed to investing massively in hydrogen. Hydrogen technology, particularly green hydrogen technology, has the potential to support the UK in reaching its target of net zero emissions by 2050 and this will benefit all parts of the Union.

Northern Ireland can play a big part in this through innovations such as the world’s first hydrogen-electric double-decker bus by Wrightbus and proposed innovation by Stratospheric Platforms for a hydrogen-powered solution for the UK’s 5G network.

Ministers and officials continue to engage with BEIS on the strategy itself and also with our counterparts in the Northern Ireland Executive, to find a funding solution that is specific to Northern Ireland.

I spoke with both BEIS Ministers, the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP and Nadhim Zahawi MP over the summer and we will continue to explore all avenues in support of advancing this technology in Northern Ireland.

Select Committee Publications

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Date Type Title
Nov. 25 2020 Correspondence Letter from Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth for the Department for Business, Energy & lndustrial Strategy to Lord Kinnoull, the chair of the EU Committee, dated 14 October 2020
Committee: EU Environment Sub-Committee

Found: Letter from Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth

Nov. 25 2020 Correspondence Letter from Lord Kinnoull, the chair of the EU Committee to Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth for the Department for Business, Energy & lndustrial Strategy, dated 25 November 2020
Committee: EU Environment Sub-Committee

Found: Letter from Lord Kinnoull, the chair of the EU Committee to Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister of State

Nov. 18 2020 Correspondence Letter from Kwasi Kwarteng MP to Baroness Andrews on Uk ETS framework, 17 November 2020
Committee: Common Frameworks Scrutiny Committee

Found: Letter from Kwasi Kwarteng MP to Baroness Andrews on Uk ETS framework, 17 November 2020 None None

Nov. 18 2020 Oral Evidence Inquiry UK Emissions Trading System Common Framework Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP (Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth at Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
12 November 2020
Inquiry: UK Emissions Trading System Common Framework
Inquiry Status: Open
Committee: Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (Department: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Found: Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP (Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth at Department

Oct. 28 2020 Correspondence Letter from Baroness Andrews to Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP on UK ETS framework, 27 October 2020
Committee: Common Frameworks Scrutiny Committee

Found: Letter from Baroness Andrews to Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP on UK ETS framework, 27 October 2020 None None

Oct. 22 2020 Correspondence Letter from Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP to Baroness Andrews dated 20 October 2020
Committee: Common Frameworks Scrutiny Committee

Found: Letter from Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP to Baroness Andrews dated 20 October 2020 None None

Oct. 12 2020 Correspondence Letter from the Chair to Rt Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng MP regarding Commission Communications - A hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe and Powering a climate-neutral economy: An EU Strategy for Energy System Integration, dated 8 October 2020
Committee: European Scrutiny Committee

Found: Letter from the Chair to Rt Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng MP regarding Commission Communications - A hydrogen

Oct. 07 2020 Correspondence Letter from Baroness Andrews to Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP on UK ETS framework, 7 October 2020
Committee: Common Frameworks Scrutiny Committee

Found: Letter from Baroness Andrews to Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP on UK ETS framework, 7 October 2020 None None

Sep. 14 2020 Correspondence Letter from the Chair to Rt Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng MP regarding Commission Communication - A hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe, dated 10 September 2020
Committee: European Scrutiny Committee

Found: Letter from the Chair to Rt Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng MP regarding Commission Communication - A hydrogen

Sep. 14 2020 Correspondence Letter from the Chair to Rt Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng MP regarding Commission Communication - Powering a climate-neutral economy: An EU Strategy for Energy System Integration, dated 10 September 2020
Committee: European Scrutiny Committee

Found: Letter from the Chair to Rt Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng MP regarding Commission Communication - Powering

Publications

Transparency

Date Department Title Type
Sep. 24 2020 Cabinet Office Main Page: Cabinet Office register of board members' interests 2019 to 2020
Relevant Document: Cabinet Office register of board members' interests 2019 to 2020 (PDF)
Transparency

Found: - Continued The Rt Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng MP Parliamentary Under - Secretary of State for Exiting

Sep. 30 2020 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Main Page: BEIS annual report and accounts 2019 to 2020
Relevant Document: BEIS annual report and accounts 2019 to 2020 (PDF)
Transparency

Found: for Business, Energyand Clean Growth The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MPParliamentary Under Secretary of State

Sep. 30 2020 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Main Page: BEIS annual report and accounts 2019 to 2020
Relevant Document: BEIS annual report and accounts 2019 to 2020 (PDF)
Transparency

Found: of˜cialsMinister of State for Business, Energyand Clean Growth The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP Lead non

Oct. 15 2020 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Main Page: Committee on Climate Change’s 2020 progress report: government response
Relevant Document: Committee on Climate Change’s 2020 progress report: government response (PDF)
Transparency

Found: 35,000 hectares of peatland in The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng Minister of State for Business, Energy

Policy and Engagement

Date Department Title Type
Sep. 30 2020 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Main Page: Draft Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations 2021
Relevant Document: Draft Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations 2021 (PDF)
Policy and Engagement

Found: by the responsible Minister : Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP Date: 04/08/2020 3 Description: Update

Sep. 30 2020 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Main Page: Draft Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations 2021
Relevant Document: Draft Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations 2021 (PDF)
Policy and Engagement

Found: by the responsible Minister : Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP Date: 05/02/ 2020 3 Description: Update

Sep. 30 2020 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Main Page: Draft Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations 2021
Relevant Document: Draft Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations 2021 (PDF)
Policy and Engagement

Found: costs, benefits and impact of the leading options. Signed by the responsible Minister : Rt Hon Kwasi

Non Ministerial Department Publications

News and Communications

Date Non Ministerial Department Title Type
Oct. 12 2020 Council for Science and Technology (CST) Main Page: Advice on net-zero energy challenges
Relevant Document: Advice on net-zero energy challenges (PDF)
News and Communications

Found: the meeting by welcom ing Minister Kwasi Kwarteng , Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean

Oct. 12 2020 Council for Science and Technology (CST) Main Page: Advice on net-zero energy challenges
Relevant Document: Advice on net-zero energy challenges (PDF)
News and Communications

Found: 10 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0NB The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, House of Commons

Oct. 12 2020 Council for Science and Technology (CST) Main Page: Advice on net-zero energy challenges
Relevant Document: Advice on net-zero energy challenges (PDF)
News and Communications

Found: Timing: 18th June 2020, 14:30 16:30 Name Role Organisation Minister Kwasi Kwarteng Minister

Transparency

Date Non Ministerial Department Title Type
Sep. 24 2020 Coal Authority Main Page: The Coal Authority annual report and accounts 2019 to 2020
Relevant Document: The Coal Authority annual report and accounts 2019 to 2020 (PDF)
Transparency

Found: will contribute to BEIS and government policy for net zero carbon. Our sponsoring Minister, Kwasi

National Audit Office Publications

Date Title Type
Oct. 01 2020 Annual report and accounts (PDF) Business and enterprise

Found: MPMinister of State for Business, Energyand Clean Growth The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MPParliamentary Under

Tweets

Date Source
6 Nov 2020, 1:43 p.m. Jerome Mayhew (Conservative - Broadland)

I'm very pleased that the campaign for a new offshore wind transmission network has been successful, and grateful to Kwasi Kwarteng, Energy Minister, and the government for being so open to a rethink on this important issue for Broadland and East Anglia. https://t.co/p6yPGxVSNQ - Tweet Link

5 Oct 2020, 12:09 p.m. Steve Baker (Conservative - Wycombe)

1/ UK minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth Kwasi Kwarteng MP has this week announced his support for liquid fuels trade association the UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA) Get Winter Ready campaign. - Tweet Link