The British government could cut emissions by 42% by 2030 by implementing a package of eight citizen-selected policy measures, think tank Demos and NGO WWF reveal.
Renewable energy sources will dominate the power mix in 2030. Data centres could provide much-needed flexibility, but concerns over the impact on their customers must be addressed, says BloombergNEF.
Universities are major institutions that have a key role to play in the energy transition to net zero, both via their own decarbonisation and as “living laboratories” to advance clean technologies.
Coal and gas production will exceed pre-pandemic levels in 2021, with oil set to do so by 2023, according to current trajectories.
LNG exports are sending an increasing share of the US’s natural gas production overseas, exposing the domestic market to higher global prices. Surging gas prices make renewables even more attractive.
Electricity pricing that varies by time can enable consumers to bolster grid flexibility at low cost. Few countries have deployed it widely. Now China is pioneering its widespread use.
While passive solutions are vital to the decarbonisation of cooling, improving the average energy efficiency of air conditioning is a simple, crucial step forward which governments can enact immediately.
Bringing the UK Electricity System Operator back under state control could help better manage the challenges of a system based largely on renewables, as well as aiding the move towards net zero.
Companies are ready to embrace corporate PPAs, but policymakers need to speed up the number of renewable energy projects coming online, says Hannah Hunt, director of the RE-Source Platform, an alliance of clean energy buyers and sellers.
Aiming for 100% renewable energy systems is the Holy Grail, but in the shorter term we might have to accept that some form of fossil fuel back-up remains necessary for periods of extreme weather.