In June 2019, the UK Government amended its Climate Change Act to become the first major economy in the world to make a legally binding commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.
To meet a target of net zero requires large-scale and extensive innovation across the UK energy system. This will involve disruptive change across all sectors and industries, fast paced technological advancement and substantive social engagement alongside changes in practices and behaviour.
Given the scale of change and investment required it is vital that decisions are taken based on the best available scientific evidence.
And, it is essential that the UK achieve rapid emissions reductions in the next 10 years to avoid a climate crisis.
THE DELIVERING NET ZERO PROJECT
This project will work with a number of stakeholders to produce a shared vision on what is required to deliver a UK net zero future in the short-term (the next ten years) and the long-term (from 2030 onwards).
Utilising the best academic evidence available it will produce clarity on the net zero options available to the country whilst also identifying areas where consensus cannot be reached meaning that wider engagement or political interventions are required.
Also, it will identify and clarify what further research is needed to help deliver a net zero future.