Country:United Kingdom
Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:2003
Policy Type:Policy Support
Policy Target:Multiple RE Sources, Multiple RE Sources>All
Policy Sector:Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

The UK's Energy White Paper, published in February 2003, had the overall theme of creating a low carbon economy, with the environment at the heart of UK energy policy. It placed a much greater focus on the international aspects of energy policy in addressing climate change, promoting liberalisation and producer/consumer relations, and innovation.

The White Paper set four goals for energy policy:

  • - to put the UK on a path to cut carbon dioxide emissions by some 60% by about 2050, with real progress by 2020;
  • - to maintain the reliability of energy supplies;
  • - to promote competitive energy markets in the UK and beyond, helping to raise the rate of sustainable economic growth and improve our productivity; and
  • - to ensure that every home is adequately and affordably heated.

It is not a current statement of government policy.

This record is superseded by:Energy White Paper - Meeting the Challenge

Last modified: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:20:40 CET