According to the Energy & Climate Change Committee, the UK government should move ahead with its pre-election promise to introduce Emissions Performance Standards (EPS).
With the UK government committed to lowering emissions through the introduction of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme, setting a standard for the power sector (a huge contributor to CO2 output) could go a long way to helping the UK meet its emissions targets.
The introduction of the EPS would see power stations and other high polluters having to take steps to minimise their emissions through the introduction of energy efficient technology. The power suppliers would need to integrate new equipment into their exiting set-ups or invest in new energy efficient power stations that incorporate energy saving as a fundamental principle of their build.
With much of the UK’s power supply in desperate need of replacement or refurbishment over the next decade the opportunity exists to invest in making UK PLC a much greener forward thinking environment. The government needs to be strict in its application of the EPS, so power suppliers are burdened with the responsibility of making emissions reduction a priority within their organisations.
There is a danger however that power companies will simply pass on the costs incurred through meeting the EPS to their customers, so you, me and the thousands of organisations out there could potentially end up paying the costs. The government needs to be careful in how they introduce the standard, make sure the standards are progressive enough in terms of emission reductions and ensure that power customers are adequately protected through rigorous legislation.
Overall I think the introduction of the EPS could be a good thing because as it stands at the minute, not enough is being done to force industry into meeting UK emissions targets. However the government has to ensure consumers are adequately protected and organisations that need to conform to the standard are made accountable for their actions.