The UK has a binding target to meet by 2050; reducing carbon emissions by 80% from a 1990 baseline figure. Business, as usual, will not get us there. We need to turn the energy market upside-down.
But Good Energy believes we can not only meet these targets but exceed them. We think we can make the UK 100% renewable by 2050. You can check any detail in this article.
We’ve been working to change the UK’s energy landscape for ten years with our innovative approach. We understand what needs to be done, and what we need to do.
If we are to reach our emissions targets we’re not just going to have to change how we keep the lights on, we’ll need to completely transform how we heat our homes; how we travel; and how we fuel industry. The answer will be increased electrification of all our networks, in turn pushing electricity demand to at least double current levels. Meeting that increased demand from renewable sources will be more than a goal, it’ll be a necessity.
We’ve developed a pathway which maps out how the rest of the energy market can join us to provide 100% renewable energy to the UK by 2050. This pathway involves changes to UK energy at every stage of the process, from grid management to investment, and from R&D to transport.
For example, because renewable electricity comes from nature’s abundant resources – wind, water and the sun – its output isn’t always predictable. Our systems require massive improvements in how to forecast, store and manage renewable power, and how to back it up.
Consumers will also need to develop a new, much closer and more intelligent relationship with the energy they use. When people understand where their power comes from, they will value it more and use it less.
It won’t be easy, but a 100% renewable future by 2050 is possible.