New Energy Technologies to Bolster UK’s Carbon Reduction

by | Oct 17, 2018

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Centrica plc, a multinational energy and services company, has today released a new report that shows how new energy technology could meet more than half of the 20% carbon reduction target by 2030 for the healthcare, industry and hospitality sectors, as set out by Britain’s “Clean Growth Strategy.”

Published following the IPCC’s report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C, the “Powering Sustainability” report highlights the opportunity for distributed energy technologies such as battery storage, onsite generation and energy efficiency to deliver an 11% saving across the sectors, which together represent more than a quarter (27%) of emissions.

The report also recommends that a full assessment be completed across all sectors of business and the public sector to identify the opportunities posed by distributed energy technology for the UK.

It is estimated that the deployment of distributed energy solutions in just 50% of organizations could achieve annual savings of 9 MtCO2e, culminating in a total of 137 MtCO?e by 2030. For each sector that would mean:

  • Healthcare: An annual emissions reduction equivalent to 16% of the NHS’s current carbon footprint;
  • Industry: An annual emissions reduction equivalent to 11% of the industrial sector’s current carbon footprint;
  • Hospitality and leisure: An annual emissions reduction equivalent to 14% of the hospitality and leisure sector’s current carbon footprint.

In 2017, Navigant Research released a report saying the global market for distributed energy resources (DER) technologies is expected to reach nearly 530 GW through 2026.

Technology advances, business model innovation, changing regulations, and sustainability and resilience concerns have brought DER into the core of the future deployment of energy infrastructure. Encompassing a broad set of solutions that include systems and technologies designed to operate closer to customers on the electricity grid, the global proliferation of DER has begun to have a significant, and at times controversial, influence on the electricity industry.


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