The UK has ambitious climate change targets, including a commitment to an 80% reduction in emissions from 1990 levels by 2050. The 2008 Climate Change Act provides a basis for these targets, and introduced a system of five-yearly carbon budgets. Whilst UK emissions are within these budgets so far, further emissions reductions will be increasingly challenging. The 4th carbon budget (2023-27) has been agreed, but is controversial. As a condition of accepting it, the government insisted that it should be reviewed. The government has recently accepted the advice from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) that it should not be relaxed.
This talk will present the results of an cross cutting research project by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) which ran from 2012 to 2014. The project assessed the feasibility of the UK’s planned low carbon pathway to 2030, and the uncertainties that could have an impact on achievability. It included detailed research on uncertainties in power generation investment, low carbon technology deployment, heat demand and networks. It also assesses systemic uncertainties associated with public attitudes and environmental impacts. The research identified the main uncertainties, their extent, and strategies to reduce, manage and/or understand them. The talk will explore the implications of the research for government policies, taking into account the increasingly political debates about the future direction of the UK energy system.
About the speaker
Jim Watson is Research Director of the UK Energy Research Centre and Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Sussex. He was Director of the Sussex Energy Group from Dec 2008 to Jan 2013. He has 20 years of research experience on climate change, energy and innovation policies. He frequently advises governments in the UK and abroad, and has been a specialist adviser to three UK Parliamentary select committees. He is currently advising the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee on electricity infrastructure resilience. His international experience includes ten years of collaborative research on energy in China. He is a Council Member of the British Institute for Energy Economics, a member of the DECC and Defra social science expert panel, and an advisory board member for several other research and policy organisations.
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UCL Energy Institute
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