UK100 encourages local leaders to adopt policies that will make a zero carbon economy a reality in their communities. Clean energy, generating power and heat from renewable sources, and developing technologies that reduce the carbon emissions of energy intensive industries, are key to a successful transition away from dependence on dirty fossil fuels.
The way we get there will change as the costs of technologies fall and the solutions we develop to manage demand and get smarter with our energy use increase.
That’s why our funders commissioned IPPR to develop a plan for the whole of London to paint a picture of what is possible by one city and one leader to make the shift.
Of course the levers that leaders have vary according to the powers they have. And ensuring this works for local residents, encouraging new industries and jobs, designing warmer, healthier homes is essential.
There are also global scenarios for the development of clean energy, which are regularly updated. In 2015, the energy [r]evolution estimated that:
“By 2050, 92% of the electricity produced worldwide will come from renewable energy sources in the basic Energy [R]evolution scenario. ‘New’ renewables – mainly wind, Pv, CSP and geothermal energy – will contribute 68% to the total electricity generation.”
You can read more of the report here (the key bit is on p86)
Is it just about renewable electricity?
No. We have so much more to do than just clean up our power supply. Heat is still mostly dependent on gas in the UK (and if you live off the gas grid you may be dependant on oil or coal), and some of our most important heavy industry (steel, chemicals and cement) may still depend on carbon-based sources of energy.
UK100 promotes the adoption of clean energy by local leaders. While much of that will be across their own authority functions and activities (housing, transport, waste management) there is also an important role for their leadership in their wider community and local economy, for example in securing EV charging points, driving energy efficiency or innovative experiments such as Leeds’ H21 project piloting hydrogen in the gas grid.
We also encourage leaders in industrial regions, such as the Tees Valley, to show leadership in the adoption of low carbon and clean energy solutions, such as the deployment of CCS technology and CCS-ready energy generation.
UK100 is pleased to support such ambitions, to enable our most energy intensive industries to be part of the transformation of our economy to zero carbon by 2050.
Carbon Capture and Storage has a prominent role to play in that transition. Closing down our industrial base is not an option in the pursuit of our international climate commitments. By delivering new technologies, we can continue to grow our economy, while also contributing to radical reductions in carbon emissions.