Earlier this week, UK environment secretary Michael Gove announced plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040. The proposed ban, which may be less stringent than it first appears, has nevertheless sparked a deluge of news and comment. Many reports include concerns – or inflated claims – over the demand for power if the UK switches to electric vehicles (EVs). Yet a wholesale move to EVs, in order to meet a ban on petrol and diesel cars, would add just 10% to UK electricity demand, new analysis from consultants Cambridge Econometrics shows. This would also dramatically cut car CO2 emissions, even after accounting for electricity generation. Carbon Brief runs through the results and looks again at the debate over EV power demand.
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As Britain aims to reduce emissions to meet its carbon commitments, the UK’s Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) has insisted that nuclear power will be an integral part of the balanced, low carbon energy mix. The UK’s eight nuclear power stations cranked out more than one fifth of the UK’s electricity last year, while low carbon sources in general made up more than 45 per cent of the country’s power generation, according to official statistics. The government announced this week it plans to stop the sales of petrol and diesel cars from 2040, adding pressure to the UK’s electricity supplies to meet increasing demand. A report from the National Grid earlier this month said the move to electric vehicles and electric heating could drive peak demand up from 60 gigawatts (GW) to 85GW in 2050.
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