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%.
More papers will be added shortly