The recommendations of a new report by the National Infrastructure Commission, a government advisory body, concerning renewable energy, heat generation and transport make it clear that the British executive must focus energy policies on renewables to meet the United Kingdom´s energy needs of the future.
“The National Infrastructure Commission is right to stress the need for a courageous government in its ambition to decarbonize and, accordingly, to adopt forceful measures that will lead us to a cheaper, cleaner and smarter energy system, which is what we need, “said James Court, Head of Policy and External Affairs of the REA (Renewable Energy Association).
A flexible, decentralized and low carbon network that will help to achieve future infrastructure in the United Kingdom
Accordingly, Court has emphasized “we have seen striking cost reductions in electricity in the last decade and, by providing new renewable energy auctions for the most established technologies, a profitable route to the market will be provided with cheaper generation technologies. This goes hand in hand with a flexible, decentralized and low carbon network that will help to achieve future infrastructure in the United Kingdom. ”
Heat and transport energy needs of the United Kingdom
In the context of the report that analyzes the United Kingdom´s energy needs, and specifically concerning the recommendations on decarbonisation in heat generation, Frank Aaskov, Policy Analyst of the REA, has stated that “the Commission’s approach to the decarbonization of thermal energy is essential. The Government should take these recommendations very seriously and strive to overcome them, in order to guarantee the deployment of the full range of clean technologies, including biomass heat generation, grid injected biogas and heat networks. All this could help guarantee a deep and significant decarbonization of the energy sector in the generation of heat and heating.
This government must seriously consider advancing its plans to phase out gasoline and diesel cars by 2030
Finally, on the decarbonization of the transport sector, Court said that “we also welcome the recognition of the National Infrastructure Commission of an electric future for the transport sector”, because “if we want to be world leaders in electrical and autonomous transport solutions in the 21st century, this government must seriously consider advancing its plans to phase out gasoline and diesel cars by 2030, and work with the private sector and local authorities to ensure that consumers have access to the charging infrastructure they need to shift towards a new clean generation of road transport.”