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UK renewables – limitless energy or a precious resource? – key facts and recommendations

IET factfiles: UK renewables – limitless energy or a precious resource?

In 2019 the UK’s Climate Change Act was amended to commit to net zero emissions by 2050 and followed by plans published in 2021 to decarbonise the electricity system by 2035. Whilst the concept of net zero is readily discussed, reaching this goal for the energy system is a real challenge.

Fortunately, we have numerous sustainable resources available to us, but these have not yet been exploited at scale. We also have important deployment choices to make, many of which will require changes to personal lifestyles, so needing societal engagement alongside technological and commercial innovation.

This flyer presents a summary of the energy resources that we currently have such as wind, solar, marine, biofuels and geothermal. It also shares recommendations to ensure that renewable resources are treated as finite and precious, rather than abundant and disposable.