The UK may not reach its 2020 renewable targets
The UK could miss its 2020 renewable energy targets, if a report released by the National Grid is anything to go by.
In its report, the company says that the UK will not even hit its most environmentally friendly target of producing at least 15% of total energy from renewable sources.
The report adds that the UK Government’s own independent CO2 long-term reduction target shall be hard to achieve with the current policies, saying that only an overhaul of the current policies followed by replacement with a tougher law can facilitate achievement of the targets.
The Government has neither denied nor agreed with the report, but insists that the country is progressing well.
The report indicates that Britain has surpassed the expectations of many in regards to the progress made in generating electricity from wind and solar power.
However, the progress of electric and hydrogen cars is not within the EU 2020 targets of 40 terrawatt hours (TWh). To meet this target, the country needs to almost treble its current production of 15 TWh.
The country has also faced a mountainous challenge in the uptake of clean heating systems, which currently stands at 35 TWh against a target of 95 TWh.
On a positive note, National Grid says in its report that the targets are still achievable. However, this will take massive technological investment in nuclear, renewable and coal energy to produce the targets of 22, 100 and 20 gigawatts respectively.
“The 2050 targets are still achievable, but we need much more momentum,” a Government spokesman told the BBC. “The government has to change the trajectory or we are going to fail. We need to learn our lessons from where things have gone wrong so far.”
It remains to be seen how the EU treats the UK after Brexit, given that its targets are binding to all its members. That aside, Britain has no option but to stick to the Climate Change Act.#
Published by Green Jobs Online - 6th July 2016