After the Greater Manchester Combined Authority pledged to reach net-zero by 2038 last year, the city-region’s gas and electricity network operators have developed a delivery roadmap for its energy sector. The roadmap states that annual energy consumption across Greater Manchester must fall by 25% in the next 18 years, so that low-carbon heating technologies can become cost-competitive with traditional processes and that energy security can be maintained as more renewable generation comes online. Once this reduction is achieved, the area will be able to meet 47.7% of its annual energy consumption with low-carbon electricity and a further 35.7% with hydrogen, and to bring oil and natural gas out of its energy mix. In order to achieve this scenario, the local authority must work with businesses and other stakeholders to develop a three-step roadmap, consisting of ‘kickstarting the transition’, ‘transforming the demand base’ and ‘securing low-carbon energy supply’.
Edie 24th July 2020 read more »