Energy White Paper delayed to 2021?

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THE REPEATEDLY delayed Energy White Paper may not be published until late 2021, a newly unearthed document claims.

This follows a claim submitted for judicial review by Net Zero campaigners of a decision by officials at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

In a Statement of Fact submitted to High Court by the Good Law Project, Ecotricity chief executive and founder Dale Vince and writer George Monbiot, it is stated that the Energy White Paper is not now expected until mid-2021 at the earliest.

The Energy White Paper is set to outline the roadmap for net zero, helping the industry to move forwards towards the legally binding 2050 target.

The document was originally due to be published in the summer of 2019, but has been repeatedly delayed.

Before the parliament’s Easter break this year, a BEIS spokesperson commented that the White Paper was still going to be published this spring despite the COVID-19 outbreak.

A BEIS spokesperson told ICON: “We are assessing the way forward for the Energy White Paper in light of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and will outline plans in due course.”

This story was first reported by New Power