Britain urged to beat carbon goal by two decades
BRITAIN’S power network could remove more carbon than it emits into the atmosphere by 2033 if it embraces renewable energy and tech that captures and stores greenhouse gases, the National Grid has said.
The country is edging closer to a more sustainable future and could go carbon-negative in 13 years, the Grid said. It is hoping for a drastic reduction in electricity use at home through efficiency measures and a drop-off in carbon emissions from road transport as more drivers use electric vehicles, cycle, or get the bus and train.
Introducing more low-carbon electricity from renewable sources such as wind farms and scrapping natural gas boilers will be essential to achieving net zero emissions, the company also says, as will focusing on carbon capture technology which removes pollutants from the air and stores them underground or elsewhere.
Hitting this target by 2033 would put the National Grid nearly two decades ahead of ministers’ ambition to go net zero by 2050. It will require an extra 30m electric vehicles on the road, putting them in 80pc of homes, with nearly 8m traditional boilers replaced by next-generation heat pumps that draw warmth from the outside air or ground.
Under a more pessimistic scenario, the Grid suggests that it might fail to reach net zero by 2050 if sweeping changes are not implemented soon.
Mark Herring, of National Grid, said: “Across all scenarios, we see growth in renewable energy generation, including significant expansion in installed offshore wind capacity.”