Energy giant SSE has today unveiled new carbon intensity targets for its power generation assets, having met its previous goal to halve the carbon intensity of its assets three years early. Published alongside its annual results, the company today confirmed a new target for 2030 pledging to halve the carbon intensity of its power against 2016/17 levels. The commitment comes after the firm last year met its previous target to halve the emissions intensity of its power against 2006 levels by 2020. Meeting the 2030 target would result in carbon emissions from SSE’s fleet reaching around 150gCO2e/kWh by 2030. SSE acknowledged this would be above the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC’s) recommended average power carbon intensity range for the UK grid of between 50g/kWh and 100g/kWh. But it argued its position as a provider of flexible gas capacity designed to complement renewables generation meant it would be one of the generators that would deliver above average levels of carbon intensity. To meet the target the company is set to step up investment in new renewables capacity, but it also today confirmed plans to develop the Keadby 2 combined cycle gas-fired turbine (CCGT) power station. The move is likely to face criticism from environmental campaigners, and comes just a week after a new report from WWF and Sandbag argued the UK did not need to build new gas capacity to bolster its energy security.
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