Isle of Man aims for 75 per cent renewables by 2035

The Isle of Man has set its sights on a target of 75 per cent renewables by 2035 and net zero by 2050.

The island has released a Climate Change Bill for consultation by its parliament Tynwald, including a detailed plan of action.It has been working to develop a roadmap, including announcing £5m for climate action capital projects.

This includes procuring at least 75 per cent of the island’s electricity from renewable sources, stating that work needs to begin immediately to set it on the right path. It is launching a Prior Information Notice (PIN) for at least 20MW of onshore renewable energy, which it says will commence as soon as possible. 

It will also launch a PIN for offshore wind and look to model the future electricity grid requirements to help inform its plans over coming years. 

In addition, the island is targeting decarbonisation of heat with a ban on fossil fuel heating in new homes from 2025, and establish a new, low electric heating tariff to encourage electrification of heating.

To decarbonise transport, the plan details the rollout of an all-island electric vehicle (EV) charging network and is consulting on an end date for registration of fossil fuelled vehicles.

The Isle of Man has committed to a green recovery from COVID-19, with the new Climate Change Bill to form a key part of this. 

“We are emerging from one of the most challenging times we have faced as a nation,” wrote Howard Quayle, chief minister and the Hon Geoffrey Boot MHK, minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, in the introduction to the Bill’s accompanying report. 

“As we assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the way all our lives have changed over the past few months, we are also acutely aware climate change has not gone away. The imperative for action remains, whilst the appetite for change is arguably greater.”

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