Dave Elliott: National Grid ESO’s latest round in their Future Energy Scenarios (FES) series sees the UK reaching net zero carbon by 2050, with one scenario (‘Leading the Way’) achieving that by 2047. The UK can also achieve its legally-binding target of slashing greenhouse gas emissions by 78% by 2035. But all this will only be possible if consumers embrace new ways of using energy, and it will require urgent policy decisions to drive immediate energy efficiency measures. There is no doubting that all these scenarios imply a lot of changes in how we use energy. NG ESO note that ‘even Steady Progression (our slowest decarbonising scenario) sees 4.7 m EVs and 1.9 m heat pumps connected by 2030’. We can quibble about some of the details, but the general trend seems clear- renewables are going the expand very rapidly and that will open up a lot of issues. So will meeting demand for some of the services that we take for granted- aviation in particular.
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