Close to half of the UK’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2025, according to Carbon Brief analysis of new government projections. This marks a significant increase on earlier projections, which as recently as 2016 saw renewables meeting less than a third of demand in 2025. At the same time, there are further cuts to the outlook for gas-fired electricity generation, which is now set to drop by two-fifths over the next six years. Nevertheless, the projections show the UK missing its legally binding carbon budgets for 2023- 2032 by even wider margins than expected last year. The fifth carbon budget for 2028-2032 is now set to be missed by as much as 20%, according to the new energy and emissions projections from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Carbon Brief 12th April 2019 read more »
The UK is on course to breach its fourth and fifth carbon budgets by 139 and 245 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) respectively, according to the latest forecast from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The projected shortfalls have grown by 48% and 25% since the last annual forecast and now equate to 7% 14% of the respective budgets. BEIS says there are a number of government policies and proposals which have not been sufficiently developed to be incorporated into the forecast. It says the shortfalls would be 109 and 165 MtCO2e if these were taken into account.
Edie 12th April 2019 read more »