Press release
Transition to green: the UK’s next industrial revolution
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2020年将被铭记,因为这场全球大流行病仍然围绕着我们, and its deep and long-lasting effect on people, industry, and the overall UK economy. However, 另一个迫在眉睫的问题在国家的议事日程上凸显出来——向绿色能源转型的必要性, cleaner energy system.

This week, the Prime Minister announced an ambitious ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution which has been welcomed by government, 作为实现英国到2050年实现温室气体净零排放的新路线图的第一步.

The plan outlines ten key areas of focus across renewable energy, new technology, transport, aviation, land and housing, with investment and job creation at its core, building on the UK’s existing industrial strengths.

同时,还需要解决能源和工业部门重新定位以实现更绿色未来的日益增长的需求, 该声明预览了一些提议,这些提议将成为定于本月晚些时候发布的政府能源白皮书的关键部分. 在英国为明年在格拉斯哥举行的COP26气候变化峰会做准备之际,这也向英国的气候领导发出了一个信号.

Martyn Link, Wood’s Chief Strategy Officer, comments:

“英国作为第26届联合国气候变化大会的主办国和明年的七国集团(G7)轮值主席国,将提供一个独特的平台,在未来关键的十年里影响气候议程的进展. 只有在强有力的国内政策和承诺的支撑下,英国在全球舞台上展现领导力的能力才是可信的. More detail will be required in upcoming policy papers, 但10点计划确实提供了一个受欢迎的信号,表明英国实现净零排放的道路将是什么样的.”

Power through renewables

Two key elements of the ten-point plan are offshore wind and hydrogen, which will become integral to the UK’s energy output. On offshore wind, there is an aim to quadruple production capacity by 2030 for use in homes, industry, and transport.

Alan Mortimer, Director of Innovation, Renewables,强调政策和项目执行对建立该部门势头的重要性:

“如果正确的政策杠杆到位,既能吸引所需的资金,又能加快这些项目的部署速度,围绕海上和浮风设定的目标是完全可以实现的. 加快同意和开发时间表,并提供更明确的频率, 未来拍卖的时机和参数是两个切实可行的步骤,将进一步增强势头.”

Hydrogen, with the highest energy content of any fuel, 在工业生产过程中得到了充分的证明,并有望彻底改变我们的家庭取暖方式,甚至, entire towns. Wood已经为氢生产设备提供了60多年的供应,并相信它有潜力实现几个行业的脱碳.

Andy Hemingway, President of Development Lifecycle Optimisation, comments:

“10点计划认识到氢气将在英国未来能源中发挥关键作用. If carbon drove the industrial revolution, 然后,在我们继续迈向净零排放的漫长道路上,氢将支撑我们所需的低碳革命.

“To a certain extent, 氢的价值不仅在于它的环保资质,还在于它的多功能性——它提供了灵活性和可选性,将缓解电网的压力, it can be used to decarbonise energy intensive industries, 同时,它在家庭供暖和交通运输领域也具有重要的应用价值.”

Capturing carbon

英国碳捕获和存储行业的10亿美元专项投资是一个受欢迎的信号,可能是现有基础设施再利用的冰山一角,而且至关重要, removing and storing harmful emissions.

Suzie Ferguson, Carbon Capture Technical Lead, reflects on the next steps required to bring this into action:

“这十年是英国CCS的关键时期——制定到2030年捕获1000万吨二氧化碳的近期目标是现实的, 并将为21世纪30年代和40年代快速增加CCS部署奠定基础,以实现我们的净零排放目标.”

“With a long-term vision and the right capital investment, 我们可以将英国的五个主要产业集群与三个离岸中心整合起来,这三个中心占了我们大部分的存储容量, and really set the bar on what a world-class carbon capture, transportation and storage network looks like.”

The skills transition

首相的十点计划的核心是创造就业和保护就业, specifically supporting up to 250,000 skilled, green jobs. Looking to the future, 劳动力和工业的转型问题是议事日程上的重要问题, 创造新的岗位,利用油气等相关行业现有的行业特定知识和专业知识.

Craig Shanaghey, President of Operation in Europe, explains:

“The offshore energy sector is key to the UK’s energy transition journey. The skills, 40多年来发展起来的技术和操作能力与更广泛的领域有着巨大的相关性, integrated energy future. 该行业已经启动了海上浮式风力发电的开创性项目, CCUS和脱碳,并制定明确的路线图,支持净零排放. 中国在维护能源安全、实现向低碳能源的公正过渡方面发挥着重要作用.”

Although it is clear that more detail is needed on policy, regulations and timescales, today’s announcement offers direction for the UK, 为即将到来的绿色工业革命制定战略的关键要素, as echoed by Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the Climate Change Committee:

“The plans announced today will transform Britain for the better, bringing new opportunities and new investment. 这是我们摆脱新冠肺炎危机带来的经济挑战的途径. 这一系列承诺将在明年关键的COP26气候峰会之前提高英国的信誉. This is just the tonic as we look to 2021.”