In the push towards net-zero by 2050, Boris Johnson has announced that Britain's energy will be 'green' by 2035. Specifically, eh has committed to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035 which he envisions putting the country on track for net-zero by 2050.
“Looking at the progress we are making with wind power […] what we can do with renewable sources, carbon capture and storage with hydrogen potentially, we think that we can get to complete clean energy production by 2035.”
Following the advice from the CC and the IEA to decarbonise the power sector by 2035, this means that the UK will be following after the footsteps of Canada and the US to move to clean energy by 2035.
This move demands massive investments into renewables. The recent energy crisis has shown the global arena how vulnerable fossil fuel supply is and the ways that a transition to green energy can bring along reduced costs for consumers and reliable energy supplies.
Despite this optimistic policy move, the UK is far from close to taking the necessary steps towards reaching net-zero. The UK govenrment is trying to approve installation of an oil field off the coast of the North Sea, which would mean that as many as 1.7 billion barrels of oil could be drilled until 2050, which would mean directly contradicting the net-zero pledges. You can find ways to join the #StopCambo campaign here.