The United Kingdom has made significant progress in recent years in terms of transitioning to cleaner and more sustainable sources of energy. As we move into 2023, the country continues to make strides in this area, with a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy sources.


One of the key ways the UK is working to reduce emissions is through the use of low-carbon and renewable energy sources. The country had set a target to generate 30% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. In fact, in 2019, the UK generated over 40% of its electricity from renewable sources, with wind power and solar energy making up the majority of this.


In addition to increasing the use of renewable energy, the UK is also working to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption. The government had set a target to reduce the country’s energy consumption by at least 20% by 2020, and it has implemented a number of policies and programs to help achieve this goal. These include energy-efficient building standards, energy-saving appliances, and incentives for businesses and households to invest in energy-efficient technologies.


Another important aspect of the UK’s energy strategy is the development of new technologies and infrastructure. The government has invested heavily in research and development to support the growth of new technologies such as electric vehicles, smart grids, and energy storage systems. This is helping to drive innovation and progress in the energy sector and is positioning the UK as a leader in the field.


In conclusion, the UK is making good progress in its transition to a cleaner and more sustainable energy system. With a focus on increasing the use of renewable energy, improving energy efficiency, and developing new technologies, the country is well-positioned to meet its goals and continue to lead the way in the transition to a low-carbon future.

Energy – The impact of Russia and Ukraine

The positive strides towards becoming a cleaner and more sustainable independent nation are there for all to see, the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine has highlighted additional reasons for this. 

The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has had a significant impact on energy costs in both countries. The war has disrupted energy supplies and damaged infrastructure, which has led to increased energy costs and energy insecurity.


In Ukraine, the war has led to damage to energy infrastructure, such as power plants and transmission lines, which has reduced the country’s energy production capacity and increased its dependence on energy imports from Russia. This has led to higher energy costs for Ukrainian consumers and businesses.


In Russia, the war has led to increased military spending, which has put pressure on the country’s budget and led to higher energy prices. Additionally, Western sanctions against Russia for its role in the conflict have led to a decline in oil prices, which is a major source of revenue for the Russian government.


Furthermore, the war has also had an impact on the transit of natural gas from Russia to Europe. Ukraine is a key transit country for Russian natural gas to Europe, and the disruption of transit through Ukraine has led to concerns about energy security in Europe and has affected the natural gas prices in the region.


Overall, the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has had a significant impact on energy costs and energy security in both countries, as well as in the region.


What actions can businesses take to reduce energy costs?

Businesses can take a variety of actions to reduce energy costs, including:


Energy Efficiency: Implementing energy-efficient practices and technologies, such as upgrading lighting and HVAC systems, using energy-efficient appliances, and implementing power management systems can help reduce energy consumption and lower energy costs.


Energy Audits: Conducting an energy audit can help identify areas where energy is being wasted and where cost-effective energy-saving measures can be implemented.


Renewable Energy: Investing in renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, and geothermal power, can help reduce energy costs in the long term.


Demand-side management: Implementing demand-side management (DSM) programs, such as load shedding, peak shaving, and demand response can help reduce energy costs by shifting energy consumption to off-peak periods.

Energy Markets going into 2023!

We haven’t seen market conditions like this since the Energy Act started in 1989, balancing the market and making Energy affordable was the priority. What we can say is the current state of affairs could not have been predicted.

The last few months of 2022 saw prices for both Gas and Electricity increase by 20-30%, this wasn’t and hasn’t been good for businesses who had to renew supply during this time. Electricity costs rose to 70p per kilowatt and Gas prices rose as high as 30p per kilowatt. 

Whilst we knew this couldn’t be the way forward, knowing when the change would happen was impossible. With colder winters predicted, Energy was expected to continue to be a huge challenge for the newly appointed Rishi Sunak.

Without a doubt, keeping to promises made of an Energy cap for Electric and Gas really helped alleviate some short-term challenges, whilst we know the effects of the price rise at the end of 2022 can’t be ignored.


2023 however has started off on the right foot with prices almost being halved for the Electric market and a 70% reduction in Gas pricing. We can attribute this to good weather and ongoing discussions with partnered nations to import more Energy at an affordable rate. The long-term future of Energy is still unclear with the war in Russia and Ukraine still ongoing, what we know for sure is that the more homes and businesses can do to become independent with regards to Energy generation through renewables the better and safer the future will be.