One striking fact quoted by the Committee on Climate Change in its newly published Progress Report is that: ‘while the public are generally supportive of action to tackle climate change, and 75% of people are concerned about climate change, just 35% of people report having heard of ‘Net Zero’ as a concept, and only half of people are aware that their gas boiler causes emissions’ (page 188). So, barely a third of people have heard of the net zero target. But people will much better understand the concept of achieving their energy requirements from 100 per cent renewable energy. This resonates with popular ideas of being self-sufficient in energy that does not run out. Of course we need to keep the net zero target, but the target of 100 per cent renewable energy should be the headline pathway to meet that target. Renewables fit in with the new digitalised world in which we are increasingly living. The energy system is being transformed from a clunky centralised system where consumers were just given products they have to consume to one where demand, supply and the buildings/transport infrastructure is integrated through a seamless digitalised system. This is a system where the boundaries between suppliers, system balancing, storage and consumers melt away.
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