A new report published by the Energy Institute has highlighted a number of areas where the UK is performing well and should place its focus, as well as pointing out areas where improvements need to be made.
In the Energy Barometer 2018, half of respondents said energy efficiency was a priority for the country to meet its carbon reduction targets, but all of those who took part in the survey agreed that improving energy efficiency across the board is vital for the UK’s economy.
There was also positivity about the progress made by renewable energy, with solar and offshore wind power performing particularly well.
President of the Energy Institute Malcolm Brinded CBE FREng FEI, commented: “With the unprecedented penetration of renewable power pushing the contribution of low carbon on the grid beyond 50 per cent, energy professionals rank offshore wind and solar as the least risky investments.”
However, there are concerns about what Brexit means for the country’s energy industry, with energy professionals citing this as the second most pressing challenge facing their industry this year. The main worries are over access to skilled workers and the UK’s future relationship with the EU.
In addition, more than 80 per cent of those questioned expect the UK to fall short of meeting the fifth carbon budget, which equates to a 57 per cent reduction in emissions from 1990 levels by 2032.
Last month, one expert suggested that heat pumps and shifting away from gas heating was vital to help the UK meet its carbon reduction targets.
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