Reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is achievable but requires immediate action across the energy system. National Grid Electricity System Operator’s Future Energy Scenarios report maps out credible pathways and scenarios for the future of energy for the next 30 years and beyond. Based on input from over 600 experts, it looks at the energy needed in Britain, across electricity and gas – examining where it could come from, how it needs to change and what this means for consumers, society and the energy system itself. The report outlines five potential energy futures – including net zero by 2050 – and is intended to stimulate debate rather than provide definitive predictions. It highlights the importance of different parts of the energy industry working together and details the critical actions needed to accelerate the decarbonization of the system. The analysis shows the positive role electric vehicles can play in decarbonization, with a predicted 35 million electric vehicles by 2050 providing greater flexibility and supporting increased energy from renewable sources. During periods of oversupply EVs could be used to store excess electricity with the potential to store roughly one fifth of GB’s solar generation for when this energy is needed. It also outlines large scale changes in how power is generated, including growth in wind and solar generation as coal plants close. There are domestic actions too – homes in 2050 will need to use at least one third less energy for heating than today, with over 7 million hybrid heat pumps installed by 2050 to provide continued flexibility.
National Grid ESO 12th July 2019 read more »
Michael Gove threw his weight behind a comprehensive plastic bottle recycling scheme today as he warned time is running out to repair the damage human beings have done to the planet. In a speech at Kew Gardens in London the Environment Secretary said there was a political, economic and moral imperative to tackle climate change and reverse wildlife loss. He outlined ambitious proposals for what he described as a “world leading” Environment Act, to match the success of the Climate Change Act of 2008. He said it would include the creation of an Office of Environment Protection with tough powers to take legal action on a range of environmental issues, including reducing carbon emissions. It was his intention that the new body would have “real teeth’ and would be able take central government to court if necessary, the Environment Secretary said.
BBC 16th July 2019 read more »
Air pollution would be radically reduced under a pledge from Michael Gove to introduce a legal commitment to lower the level of toxic particles. The environment secretary announced his support yesterday for a new pollution limit based on the World Health Organisation’s advice, a key element of the Times Clean Air For All campaign. “We have got to ensure our environment bill includes a legally binding commitment on particulate matter so that no part of the country exceeds the levels recommended by the WHO,” Mr Gove said. The Times revealed in May that about 6,500 schools educating 2.6 million children are in areas where fine particles in the air exceed the WHO recommended limit of 10mcg per cubic metre. Fine particles, known as PM2.5, are the most dangerous form of air pollution because their microscopic size allows them to penetrate deep into the lungs and enter the bloodstream. Air pollution contributes to 40,000 deaths a year and particularly threatens the young, the elderly and people with lung conditions.
Times 17th July 2019 read more »