The UK’s Net-Zero strategy is here but, the reaction to the nation’s blueprint to decarbonisation ranges from a believable action plan to asking for much-needed clarity, it seems the fallout is split on the conclusion.
With COP26 about to start, the UK Government has unveiled a broad, encompassing strategy outlining how the nation will decarbonise to reach net-zero by 2050 at the very latest.
The 368-page document outlines how spending will be prioritised to deliver job growth while reducing emissions from power, heavy industry, transport, and the built environment.
Achievable but high in risk?
Two weeks before the most important climate conference in history, the UK government published its long-awaited net-zero strategy, alongside a host of policy documents. This is the first time any government has released a package of such material that will help us achieve such ambitious targets by the middle of the century.
The scale of transformation that the strategy is set to unleash across the economy is breathtaking… Our electricity generation is expected to be fully clean from renewable sources by 2035. Our homes will no longer have gas boilers. No new polluting cars will be sold to UK roads from 2030.
Across the UK the plan has divided response, but at carbonTRACK we know a smart technology-driven response underpins the future to a net-zero future.
Path to Net-Zero
To decarbonise our power sector by 2035 and meet our net-zero goals by 2050 will see the use of smart systems to allow us to calculate our supply and demand. This doesn’t just mean from a whole systems approach but, also for businesses too as they convert to clean energy systems.
Over the last few months, carbonTRACK in conjunction with Wales and West Utilities have had the privilege to work on developing Net-Zero Pathfinder, a model which is soon to be used by local authorities and businesses to guide them through their decarbonisation strategy; for example, the West Midlands Combined Authority as part of their Net Zero 2041 pledge. The model is being beta tested with organisations such as Swansea University, in collaboration with SPECIFIC and their Active buildings project.
Smart Energy Platform
Between now and 2050 the government has set out a plan to achieve net-zero, however, almost all policies supporting this are underpinned by advancements in technology.
Over the last 8 years, carbonTRACK has been successful in demonstrating its technology around the world. From using renewable generation more efficiently, monitoring self-consumption more effectively, or deploying innovative solutions that meet virtual power plant needs at a mass scale to support local and national distribution networks.
At the very heart of what we do, we help our customers reach their energy independence goals – a technology to monitor, control, automate and share energy fairly.
carbonTRACK welcomes the challenge of UK Net-Zero 2050.
“This strategy demonstrates clear ambition and puts the UK at the forefront of the global race to net-zero. The Prime Minister has made it clear that technology to decarbonise power, heat, transport, and buildings is the key to unlocking a net-zero future. At carbonTRACK, we welcome the challenge and know we have the smart technology to achieve these goals. With strategic support and investment from energy networks, carbonTRACK has the demonstrated capability and can hold the key to a net-zero future”.
Tom Bailey, UK Distribution Manager.
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