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Industry: Electrification

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 124945, tabled on 18 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to provide details of the steps it plans to take to support the uptake of electrification by industry, as set out in the Government's Net Zero Strategy.

Answered on

28 February 2022

Encouraging industry to switch to low carbon fuels such as electricity is a major aspect of the Government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy. The Government recognises that the main barrier to industrial electrification is that electricity is significantly more expensive than gas.

The Government already has a range of policies in place to support industrial electrification, including the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund and Industrial Fuel Switching Competition. The UK Emissions Trading Scheme acts as a cross-cutting policy lever to drive market-based abatement, incentivising industries to find the most cost-effective solutions to decarbonise.

The Government will publish a Fairness and Affordability Call for Evidence to set out the options for energy levies and obligations to help rebalance electricity and gas prices to support the transition to net zero, with a view to taking decisions in 2022.