DNV has released a new report which indicates the UK is set to miss its 2050 net zero target and has called on industry and government to mobilise a clear roadmap to attain the mid-century goal.
Revealed in its UK Energy Transition Outlook (ETO), DNV indicated that although the UK is making waves in the transition to electrification, the primary focus in fully decarbonising the UK by 2050 is set to be missed.
Despite this, the firm stated that almost half the UK’s energy demand will be met by renewable electricity by the mid-century. DNV highlighted that household energy expenditure is expected to halve, driven by increased electrification of household heating and passenger transport. However, doubts have been cast in the transportation and building sectors which are still set to be the highest emitters by 2050.
Decarbonisation of heat still remains a stumbling block in the UK on the pathway to net zero. Although various technologies have been touted as viable options for the decarbonisation of this sector, such as hydrogen and heat pumps, governmental policies have hampered its rollout particularly when it comes to heat pumps.