What does the UK need to achieve climate goals

Article posted

6th Sep 2023

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Mollie Pinnington

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Increasing the share of renewables and implementing low-carbon solutions is crucial to limiting global warming to 1.5°C, as outlined in the Paris Agreement. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has emphasized the importance of achieving this target to avoid the most severe consequences of climate change.

To achieve this goal, significant efforts are required in several key areas:

Transition to Renewable Energy

This involves shifting from fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal power. Increasing the capacity and efficiency of renewable energy technologies is essential.


Energy Efficiency

 Reducing energy waste through energy-efficient technologies and practices can help lower overall energy demand, making it easier to meet the 1.5°C target.



 Transitioning sectors like transportation and heating to electric power, which can be generated from renewable sources, is critical.


Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

 Implementing CCS technologies can help reduce emissions from industries and power plants that are challenging to decarbonize.


Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS)

 Utilizing bioenergy in combination with CCS can help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, contributing to carbon neutrality.


Behavioural Changes

Encouraging sustainable consumption and lifestyle changes can reduce energy demand and carbon emissions.


Investment and Policy Support

Governments, businesses, and international organizations must provide incentives and policies that support the transition to renewable energy and low-carbon solutions. This includes subsidies, carbon pricing, and regulations to limit emissions.


Research and Innovation

 Continued research and development in clean energy technologies are vital to improving their efficiency and reducing costs.


International Cooperation

Climate change is a global issue, and cooperation among countries is essential to achieve the 1.5°C target. Agreements like the Paris Agreement are critical in this regard.

Meeting the 1.5°C target is challenging, but it is essential to mitigate the most severe impacts of climate change. The timeline to 2050 is relatively short, and concerted global efforts are needed to transition to a low-carbon, sustainable energy system.

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