A report has found that 85% of UK energy professionals believe the government will fall short of its 2050 emissions reduction goal. Over 400 UK energy professionals responded to the Energy Institute’s Energy Barometer 2021: the net zero skills issue, with the majority of calling for more action from the government and industry to build the skilled workforce required for net zero. These responses largely acknowledged the progress in UK energy policy over the past year, but also acknowledged that further action is needed to get the country on track for its 2030 and 2050 emission reduction targets. Alongside the 85% that believe the 2050 goal won’t be met, 51% believe that the government will fall short of its carbon emissions reduction targets in 2030.
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National Grid ESO’s Future Energy Scenarios (FES) 2021 outline four different, credible pathways for the future of energy in Britain, details the transformation of the energy mix and flexibility, the residential sector and the transport sector. Three of these scenarios in the tenth annual report see the country reach net zero by 2050, while the slowest of the four Steady Progression sees a 73% reduction in emissions by the middle of the century. Leading the Way, the most ambitious, sees a combination of high consumer engagement, technology and investment enable the nation to reach net zero by 2047, before going on to reduce emissions by 103% by 2050.
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Rishi Sunak could set out green taxes for imports to help UK hit net-zero target. A ‘civil war’ has broken out between ministers over the best way to ensure the public pays for the carbon emissions they produce.
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Households need to turn their thermostats down in winter to help Britain slash greenhouse gas emissions and hit Boris Johnson’s bid for a carbon-neutral Britain by 2050, energy bosses have said. Cutting thermostat settings by one degree centigrade could reduce demand for heating by 13pc, according to National Grid ESO, helping to cut energy use so that the UK hits this target. The business, which manages Britain’s electricity supply and demand, has included household temperature in its influential annual energy modelling papers for the first time amid a growing emphasis on consumer habits in the fight against climate change. Matthew Wright, head of strategy at National Grid ESO, said: “If Britain is to meet its ambitious emissions reduction targets, consumers will need a greater understanding of how their power use and lifestyle choices impact how sustainable our energy system will be – from how we heat our homes, to when we charge our future cars.”
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Climate change should be treated as an emergency in the same way as the pandemic claims a new study. Climate change should be treated as an emergency in the same way as the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new study. The report also recommends that governments should keep keep the public informed about climate emergencies in the same way they have with data during the pandemic, with real-time reporting about loss of life and the damage caused by the impact of adverse weather. Led by the Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Centre for Climate Justice, the study focused on the experiences of policymakers in parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
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