The government is today being called on to significantly strengthen energy efficiency policies and take steps to reduce overall energy demand, in order to both tackle the current energy supply crunch and deliver on longer term net zero emissions goals.
These are the headline recommendations from a new report the Centre for research into Energy Demand Solutions’ (CREDS), which was released this morning.
The report concludes that Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s new target to cut UK energy demand 15 per cent by 2030 – which was confirmed in last week’s Autumn Statement – is “feasible and desirable”. But it argues that more ambitious targets should be applied to transport-related energy use as well, alongside long-term targets for energy use across the whole economy.
The new research suggests UK final energy use could be reduced by as much as half by 2050 while at the same time improving energy security, enhancing quality