UKERC's Energy 2050 Project
UKERC Energy 2050 - new book published by Earthscan!UKERC's Energy 2050 Book, Energy 2050 - Making the Transition to a Secure Low-Carbon Energy System, published in December 2010, addresses the UK Government's primary energy policy goals – delivering affordable and reliable energy to consumers, while meeting its legal commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050.
The book explores in detail those factors which could help or hinder the attainment of the UK’s climate change targets, and
how these factors interact with the parallel objective of maintaining an affordable, robust and secure energy system. The book is the result of a major national energy research effort by UKERC. The results and recommendations are essential reading for policymakers, professionals, researchers, and anyone concerned with achieving large-scale reductions in carbon emissions, both from the UK and internationally.
The book begins by exploring the evolution of the UK energy system over recent decades: the trends, technologies and environmental impacts related to energy use, and the structures and institutions of governance that have influenced this evolution.
It then moves on to changes in energy policy to emphasise decarbonisation and resilience, and introduce the approach to scenarios and modelling used in the rest of the book. Later chapters explore different aspects of the uncertainties that may enable or constrain the creation of a low-carbon, resilient UK energy system, related to accelerated technology development, the creation of an infrastructure to support de-centralised energy and microgeneration, lifestyle and behaviour change, public attitudes and the wider environmental impacts associated with energy system change.
More details about the approach to scenarios in the UKERC Energy 2050 study are available here.
The initial results of the Energy 2050 project were launched in April, 2009. The launch report and presentations are available here.
Supporting Papers, which explain the Energy 2050 research work in more detail, are available here.
Background to the UKERC Energy 2050 Research Project
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