2050 pathways analysis call for evidence
By Ed Mitchell 4th August 2010
The Department of Energy and Climate Change has just released its ‘2050 Pathways Analysis Call for Evidence’. We recommend you take some time to have a good read of the report and try out the calculator.
The report is about reading up on DECC’s work and assumptions around energy use and climate change, and six possible pathways to 2050. The calculator is a modelling device designed to give us a sense of the impact of decisions made around energy use and consumption.
It’s very thought provoking indeed, and we keenly recommend you have a look:
- 2050 Pathways Analysis Call for Evidence homepage
- 2050 Pathways analysis report (download: .pdf)
- 2050 Pathways calculator tool
Here’s some of the blurb from the DECC site:
This is a Call for Evidence and not a formal Consultation.
We need a transformation of the UK economy to ensure secure low carbon energy supplies to 2050. We are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by at least 80% by 2050, relative to 1990 levels. We face major choices about how to move to a secure, low carbon economy over this period. Should we do more to cut demand, or rely more on increasing and decarbonising the energy supply? How will we produce our electricity? Which technologies will we adopt? The Department of Energy and Climate Change and other Government departments have been working hard with stakeholders to work out what this means for the country, for the energy sector and other major emitting sectors, and for individuals.
The analysis in the 2050 Pathways work presents a framework through which to consider some of the choices and trade-offs which we will have to make over the next forty years. It is system-wide, covering all parts of the economy and all greenhouse gas emissions released in the UK. It shows that it is possible for us to meet the 80% emissions reduction target in a range of ways, and allows people to explore the combinations of effort which meet the emissions target while matching energy supply and demand.
Read more on the 2050 Pathways Analysis Call for Evidence homepage