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Gov't to unveil renewable energy strategy

The Government will today outline plans for a major expansion in renewable energy, including measures to boost green investment in homes and commercial property.

The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan White Paper will also set out plans for low-carbon transport and for ensuring that the UK benefits from thousands of potential “green jobs”.

Among the schemes to reduce climate emissions will be a programme for homeowners to receive loans to insulate their homes, and incentives to encourage people to also install small-scale renewables, such as solar panels or wind turbines.

There are also plans to increase large-scale renewable energy, and in particular wind – with proposals for some 4,000 new onshore turbines and a further 3,000 offshore.

The announcement is part of the Government’s strategy to slash the UK’s carbon emissions in the coming decade.

The UK has a series of challenging legally-binding ‘carbon budgets’, which require a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 34 per cent by 2020 and at least 80 per cent by 2050, and a EU target of meeting 15 per cent of all energy needs from renewables by 2020.