Clean energy has the potential to make the United Kingdom energy self-sufficient.
By going green, Britain can battle climate change and become energy independent, according to eco-entrepreneur Dale Vince, who spoke to G7 leaders yesterday.
He claimed that if the country adopted renewable energy on a massive scale, it would be able to break its £1 billion-per-week dependency on fossil fuels. “We spend £50 billion a year transporting fossil fuels to Britain simply so we can burn them,” Mr Vince, the founder of green energy startup Ecotricity, said as G7 leaders met in Cornwall with climate change on the table. The price of oil, on the other hand, might easily swing to £3 billion every week. “We can break away from this insane market that dictates so much and create hundreds of thousands of long-term jobs in new industries in the process.”
By 2050, the United Kingdom plans to attain Net Zero, with all greenhouse gas emissions erased or offset.
Boris Johnson has committed to treble the amount of energy generated by offshore wind farms by 2030, when all new cars must be electric.
The Government’s professional advisers, the Climate Change Committee (CCC), have created scenarios that will drastically reduce the usage of oil and gas, but not completely eliminate them from the national energy mix.
“A much lower consumption of oil and gas is absolutely helpful for the economy because it exposes you to much less volatility,” said Mike Thompson, CCC chief economist.
RenewableUK says the country has the potential to become a regular exporter. “Energy independence is feasible,” said Barnaby Wharton, the company’s director of future electricity systems. We have some of Europe’s, if not the world’s, top wind resources.”
“There will be days when we produce a lot of wind power, and if we don’t need it, we can export it to Europe,” he continued, “and when the wind is lower, we can import.” For oil and gas, we will no longer be dependant on Russia and the Middle East.”
The number and capacity of interconnectors between the UK and Europe will be increased from 4GW to 17GW.
They would enable access to carbon-free hydro-power from Norway’s lakes, among other sources, by allowing electricity to move between electrical systems.
Currently, the government has no solar energy targets.
Solar Energy UK and Renew-ableUK, according to Jack Dobson-Smith, want the Government to commit to 40 GW of solar by 2030, up from 14 GW currently.
Panels on “Brinkwire Summary News” are included in the current total.