Gemserv’s Response to Government’s net-zero 2050 target announcement

Last week the UK Government committed to amend the 2008 Climate Change Act by changing the original target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, to net-zero by 2050. Gemserv welcomes the net-zero carbon target, in making the right steps towards achieving a sustainable future for all.

Underpinned by the purpose: “Making things that matter work better for everyone”, our work supports and facilitates the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. We are currently:

  • Creating a pathway for heat network projects to be granted funding via the Heat Network Infrastructure Project[1]
  • Supporting the roll out of 14.3 million smart meters via the Smart Energy Code[2]
  • Providing assurance to consumers, suppliers, and financiers that smart metering equipment will work effectively in a smart environment via the Smart Meter Device Assurance scheme.

Heat networks and smart metering are key technologies underpinning the transition to a low carbon energy system.

While much has been done to date, urgent action is needed across the whole energy system, and other sectors such as transport, to lower greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero.

Transportation currently accounts for a third of UK carbon dioxide emissions, yet the uptake of electric vehicles is slow. There are several market level challenges contributing to the slow uptake, including interoperability and market coordination. At Gemserv, we believe these can be addressed via an Electric Vehicle Governance Framework (EVGF), supporting the investment and deployment of the infrastructure needed to electrify road travel as a clean, sustainable, and reliable transport solution.

In summary, Gemserv supports the move to a carbon neutral future and are working hard to bring the ecosystem of partners closer together on this journey. We remain committed to supporting the diversification of energy sources at a time when decisive actions need to be taken to stay ahead of the global environmental challenges.

The Heat Network Investment Project  is a government funding programme that aims to increase: the number of heat networks being built, deliver carbon savings and help create the conditions necessary for a sustainable heat network market to develop.

Smart meters provide visibility to consumers of the energy they are using, helping them identify where they are able to save money and energy, ultimately contributing to energy savings.

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