By Richard Black
Environment correspondent, BBC News website
“Welcome to the electric future.”
That was the key message from the Committee on Climate Change, the government’s new advisory body, as it delivered its recommendations on how the UK should meet its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.
There is a wealth of detail tucked away in its 500-plus page report.
“One particularly important development is the de-carbonising of electricity,” the committee’s chairman Lord Turner told reporters.
“Once we de-carbonise generation, we can apply electricity to new areas such as road transport and the heating of buildings.”
By 2020, renewables – principally wind – could generate about 30% of the UK total. Efficiency improvements, nuclear – a “cost-competitive” technology – and carbon capture and storage (CCS) could all play a role.
Or could they?
“The targets are incredibly ambitious,” said Jayesh Parmar, a partner in the energy and utilities practice of Oliver Wyman, the global management consultancy firm.
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