Britain will have to eat far less meat and dairy than previously thought to achieve climate change targets, with households required to reduce consumption by up to half, a government-funded report has warned. The reduction that may be needed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 is greater than that proposed last year by the Committee on Climate Change, which said that the consumption of beef, lamb and dairy would need to fall by a fifth. The public must move to a far more plant-based diet even if there is massive expansion of wind and solar farms and development of carbon capture and storage systems, Energy Systems Catapult (ESC), a not-for-profit centre, reported. It added, however: “This may need to be reduced by 50 per cent (19 million tonnes saved) depending on the success of other measures.”
Times 10th March 2020 read more »
The UK cannot go climate neutral much before 2050 unless people stop flying and eating red meat almost completely, a report says. But it warns that the British public do not look ready to take such steps and substantially change their lifestyle. The report challenges the views of campaign group Extinction Rebellion. It believes the UK target of climate neutrality by 2050 will result in harm to the climate. The claim comes from the government-funded research group Energy Systems Catapult, whose computer models are used by the Committee on Climate Change, which advises government. Its report says: “A number of groups have called for net zero to be accelerated to 2025, 2030 or 2040. “Achieving net zero significantly earlier than 2050 in our modelling exceeds even our most speculative measures, with rates of change for power, heat and road transport that push against the bounds of plausibility.”
BBC 10th March 2020 read more »
A new report by Energy Systems Catapult has found Net Zero by 2050 is possible if the UK supports innovation and scale-up across three essential areas – Low Carbon Technology, Land Use and Lifestyle. The Innovating to Net Zero report modelled 100s of potential pathways to 2050 – ramping up or down different technologies and behaviour changes – to understand the combinations, interactions and trade-offs of competing decarbonisation approaches. Meeting the UK’s Net Zero target will require unprecedented innovation across the economy. Innovation not just in new technologies, but in new ways of deploying existing technologies, new business models, new consumer offerings, and, crucially, new policy, regulation and market design.
ES Catapult 10th March 2020 read more »