New Insight – The next decade is critical if the UK is to have an affordable, low carbon energy system by 2050 « ETI

Posted 7 April 2015 by Energy Technologies Institute in Policy, Regulation and Strategy

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ETI publishes insights into how the UK needs to prepare for a transition to a low carbon energy system

– UK has 10 years or two Parliaments to prepare for transition if 2050 targets are to be met
– Not including bioenergy or CCS could double the costs of transition and it will be difficult to meet the targets if neither are developed
– UK can implement an affordable, 35 year transition by developing, commercialising and integrating known, but currently underdeveloped, technologies and solutions

The UK can implement an affordable transition to a low carbon energy system by 2050 but decisions taken in the next decade will be critical, according to a new report published by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

The Insights Report, written by Jo Coleman, the ETI’s Director of Strategy Development and Chief Engineer Andrew Haslett, looks at the targets, technologies, infrastructure and investments needed to ensure a smooth and affordable low carbon transition out to 2050.

It concludes that the UK can implement an affordable transition to a low carbon energy system over the next 35 years by developing, commercialising and integrating technologies and solutions that are already known, but underdeveloped.