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11/09/2019

Government cash for green technologies

Words: Laura Edgar
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Ministers have launched a £400 million fund to ‘bolster’ Britain’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

The first £70,000 million has been allocated for 3,000 charge points.

Rapid charge points, which can recharge a family car in 20 minutes compared with 40 minutes for existing technology, make the reality of driving electric vehicles easier and more accessible for people across the country, explained the government.

A review is currently under way to explore the provision of charge points across major road networks, meaning that drivers could charge their cars while stopping for a coffee at a service station.

This investment complements the government's £1.5 billion support to boost the uptake of electric vehicles and make such vehicles more accessible and to end the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040.

The government also announced £31.5 million for research into technologies to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, as well as £22 million to research new kinds of air pollutants and minimise their effects on public health.

Energy and clean growth minister Kwasi Kwarteng said the “pioneering projects will help us maintain our world-leading position in this field, and to make further strides towards a more sustainable future for our planet”.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps added that the fund would “help drum up further investment in charging infrastructure from the private sector, so charging an electric car becomes as easy as plugging in a smartphone”.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has committed £142.9 million to green projects. Five projects will benefit from the cash, including:

  • Greenhouse gas removal technologies – £31.52 million to support the UK in its net zero ambitions, by driving forward approaches to remove greenhouse gases from the sky on a large scale.
  • Sustainable management of marine resources – £12.43 million to ensure that the UK realises sustainable societal and economic benefits through better management of the UK’s marine resources, including working more closely with government, industry and the public.

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