Engineering sector leader launches energy technology Net Zero guide
26 Oct 2021
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has launched a new guide which gives a detailed look at the technologies available for decarbonising the UK energy system and helping achieve official Net Zero targets.
Energy technologies for net zero, commissioned by the IET from the University of Strathclyde energy system research team offers practical advice for transitioning to a low-carbon future, understand the options and technologies available.
IET director of governance and external engagement Simon Edwards stated: “Technology enables us to dramatically reduce our dependence on fossil fuels by changing where our energy comes from and how we use it. However, there is a wide range of technologies that might be used and big decisions on the energy transition from policy makers still to come.
“This guide is intended to give the key facts, so everyone can become more informed about the decisions they make, as well as the pathways the UK Government and industry may take, to reach a low carbon future.”
The provides a comparative analysis of of seven net zero pathways to illustrate what a UK decarbonised energy supply and demand system is likely to look like by 2050.
Lead author of the guide Dr James Dixon said: “All paths to Net Zero rely on substantial changes in technology and the way we use energy…the more we can bring down our energy demand, the less we are dependent on technological innovation. In other words, it de-risks the transition.”
Keith Bell, professor of energy systems at Strathclyde and co-author, added that the Government’s Net Zero Strategy showed there was much work remaining to do across many sectors. However, welcomed the strategy’s recognition of the need for long-term energy storage and action on heating in buildings.
“Whilst it is clear these technologies are fundamental, there is still an active part society at large needs to play in making low-carbon choices in our everyday lives,” said Bell.
“If people, policy makers and businesses understand the various options and why they’re needed, we will get greater support for a fast and fair transition to Net Zero.”