The latest edition of National Grid ESO’s Future Energy Scenarios (FES) 2021 predicts there are a number of ways that power generation in Britain could become emissions net negative by 2034 helping to put the UK on track to become a net zero emission economy by mid-century. Three out of four of the scenarios in the grid operator’s annual exploration of credible decarbonisation pathways see the power sector achieving net zero emissions by 2050, with the remaining pathway diverging from the UK’s carbon budgets around 2025 and achieving smaller emissions reductions of 73 per cent by 2050 on 1990 levels. Under the most ambitious pathway, dubbed ‘Leading the Way’, a combination of high consumer engagement and world-leading technology and investment will drive the power sector towards net negative emissions by 2032 and help the UK reach net zero by 2047. In this scenario, there would be close to no unabated natural gas generation from 2035 onwards.
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