Energy Policy

Cutting carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 will be “very challenging”, according to a new academic report. The government has asked the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to explore how the UK’s climate change targets should be strengthened in order to meet the Paris climate change agreement. The agreement’s target that temperature rise should be kept to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels will mean reducing emissions as close to “net zero” as possible by 2050, according to experts, with any left-over carbon soaked out of the atmosphere via measures such as tree planting. A new report, produced jointly by the Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society, says greenhouse gas reduction (GGR) technologies will be required to counter-act ongoing emissions from areas like aviation and agriculture. It says: “Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to the greatest degree considered feasible would leave remaining emissions of around 130 MtCO2 per annum by 2050. “Offsetting these emissions with GGR to reach ‘net-zero’ for the UK is possible, but very challenging.”

Utility Week 13th Sept 2018 read more »

Companies have pledged to power their London-premises with 100 per cent renewable energy,as Sadiq Khan announces first London Climate Action Week Eleven leading businesses, including Tesco, Sky, and Siemens, have partnered with London Mayor Sadiq Khan in support of plans to make the capital a zero carbon city by 2050. The companies announced yesterday they will work with the Mayor’s Office to cut levels of pollution and emissions beyond current government targets, while also committing to power their London premises with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020 and supporting the transition towards zero-emission vehicles.

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Published: 14 September 2018