IET - With the UK’s ambitions to lead in achieving ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, is ‘decarbonisation’ enough?

28th January 2021 6:00 pm

IET - With the UK’s ambitions to lead in achieving ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, is ‘decarbonisation’ enough? by Prof Ian Arbon

The UK Government’s ambitions for ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) emissions by 2050 are now well known. But is the concept of ‘decarbonisation’ adequate to do this, or is it just another form of ‘greenwash’?

Professor Ian Arbon draws from his decades of experience in sustainable development, renewable energy and climate change mitigation/adaptation to examine the UK Government’s largely technology-based “10-point Plan for Decarbonisation” and assess if these are likely to have the desired outcomes.

Using sustainability tools such as IMechE’s ‘Energy Hierarchy’, each of these 10 points is assessed to consider if they are able to meet the sheer scale of the task and, if not, to propose what other measures might be necessary to achieve a successful outcome. In particular, Ian suggests ways in which we can all help achieve climate change mitigation, rather than simply wait for Governments and Multinational Corporations (MNCs) to take the limited measures they have so far proposed.

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