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What could the UK energy system look like in 2050?

How could our path to net zero unfold?

net zero energy system is achieved when we reduce and remove emissions from energy use to zero.

Today, over 80% of UK emissions come from burning fossil fuels for energy use and most of the energy is delivered by companies to consumers.

We need to cut emissions by more than half in the next 10-15 years to stay on course to reach net zero. For this we will need to transform our energy system.

While fossil fuels will still play a role, albeit much smaller than today, low carbon fuels will power our transport, buildings and industries. Carbon capture will help remove residual emissions. And new technologies will improve energy efficiency and reduce energy waste.

Local low carbon energy sources, such as rooftop solar panels and battery storage, and smart grids would allow consumers to supply energy to each other and the UK grid, creating a more interconnected, data driven and flexible energy system.

The UK has a long way to go to meet net zero by 2050 and the scale of energy infrastructure and behavioural change we need is huge.

The story in the video was created using UK government targets and published industry forecasts. It is not a prediction.

We look at the latest data on UK emissions reduction from energy use, energy mix and low carbon energy targets on our web page that asks Where is the UK on its energy transition journey?​

How will this transformation impact you?

Get in touch to discuss your energy transition journey and how to embrace the opportunities and overcome the challenges along the way.

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