We all know that familiar feeling of rushing to the nearest garage, 10 minutes before close just to fill the car with enough petrol for the following morning’s commute. In reality, handling a petrol pump is the only manual task you have ever associated with the use of fossil fuels. We’ve become so accustomed to our gas and electric being available at the flick of a switch (unless you’re an eco-conscious goddess), that the process of heating our homes has become wildly disassociated with the consumption of fossil fuels.
With rising sea levels and an ever-warming planet, alternative ‘green’ energy sources are the only option to sustain the planet as we know it. The UK hopes to lead in its green efforts by achieving “net-zero” emissions by 2050, with renewable energy sources like wind, water and solar power the key to achieving a greener future.
So far, the UK has been impressive in its efforts. In fact, renewable electricity outpaced its fossil fuel generation for the first time in 2020, making it a record year for renewable energy in the UK! While this can be due in large to the growing presence of Wind Farms across the UK, there’s no doubt that the lack of travel amidst the global pandemic has had a major impact on fossil fuel consumption also. I mean, think about the lack of flights, work commutes and office electricity output since early 2020. Yikes.
If the UK is to meet the 2023-2027 ‘carbon budget’ target set by the CCC, the government needs to dig even deeper into renewable energy sources (and their pockets). Lead author of the Drax Electric Insights report, Iain Staffell said: “The next steps we must take towards a net-zero power system will be more challenging – driving out the last sources of fossil carbon will require us to go beyond just having more wind and solar power”. This will involve taking a further look at technologies such as hydrogen and bioenergy. Basically, we need to act and act fast.
With Boris Johnson’s promise to power every home in the UK with offshore wind energy by 2030, we are on the cusp of a job-soaring ‘solar coaster’, similar to that of the early 2010s when mainstream solar power was first introduced. The net-zero emission plan is hoped to create “hundreds of thousands, if not millions of jobs” with an investment of £160m in manufacturing the next generation of turbines and floating windmills.
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