Parsons Brinckerhoff has issued a major report on the critical steps necessary to meet the UK’s 2050 carbon reduction targets. The full report and all relevant information are available on the website.
This report is not a single interest study from any one quarter or area. It is in-depth research across the entire economy. It uses very detailed modelling to consider different scenarios of actions across every sector - and in five scenarios we reveal that the UK can meet its 2050 targets although this will be very challenging and require radical change in every sector.
The report also takes account the possible ‘interactions between sectors’ of the measures that will have to be taken and the important ‘sequencing’ of their introduction.
Key findings include:
- strong government leadership is essential - a ‘piecemeal’ approach will lead to failure
- widespread adoption of wind power to meet the 2020 EU Renewables Directive will undermine UK’s ability to meet critical 2050 targets
- a large-scale and rapid switch to electric vehicles and development of a nationwide vehicle charging infrastructure is essential
- insulation levels for existing domestic and commercial buildings needs to radically improve
- UK industry requires unprecedented investment in carbon efficiency measures - and carbon capture technology for energy intensive processes
- the UK faces a critical need to have new electricity generating plant available from 2020 onwards
If this is an issue that interests you, We encourage you to view the report website.