UKERC Energy 2050: Launched 30.04.09


On 30th April 2009, UKERC released its ambitious report addressing two of the Government's toughest energy policy goals – delivering reliable energy to consumers while meeting its legal commitment to reduce C02 emissions by 80% by 2050.


Since 2006, researchers at UKERC have been working together on an ambitious project assessing how the UK can move to a resilient ("secure") and low-carbon energy system over the period to 2050.

While the project relied heavily on scenarios and modelling, it also placed great emphasis on the underlying policy and research questions and the conclusions and implications for action.

This report synthesises the project findings. A more extended account of the project will be published in book form in early 2010.

Launch Day Presentations

Introduction - Prof Jim Skea, Research Director, UKERC

Key Messages - Prof Jim Skea

Carbon Reduction Scenarios - Dr Neil Strachan

Energy Lifestyles - Dr Jillian Anable

Environmental Sensitivities: values, impacts and trade-offs - Dr David Howard

Technology Acceleration - Dr Mark Winskel

The Role of Microgeneration - Dr Adam Hawkes

A Resilient Energy System for energy security in a low-carbon economy - Prof Jim Skea and Prof Paul Ekins

Launch Day: Voting Results

During the launch of its Energy 2050 report, an audience of well over 200 energy experts and interested parties from academia, business, Government and NGOs voted electronically on potentially divisive energy issues presented by UKERC. 

Of particular interest was the poll showing only 9% of the audience thought the Government would reach its target of reducing C02 emissions by 80% by 2050.  Most (43%) said C02 emissions would fall by 40-60%.

See breakdown of all results

Supporting Papers:

Technology Acceleration

Pathways to a Low Carbon Economy

More papers will be added shortly

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