Decarbonising our energy
As recently highlighted by the Climate Change Committee (CCC), having a reliable, resilient and decarbonised electricity system by 2035 is a central requirement for achieving net zero in the UK. It is also vital for enabling the transition to a fully electric heat and transport system. To achieve this 2035 target, the CCC outlines the importance of flexible, low carbon solutions to ensure that a renewable-led power system is prepared for an increasingly electrified economy, as well as being resilient to potential future extreme weather.
In support of our 2035 target, the built environment has a significant role to play. Over the next decade, our industry must deploy large amounts of building-level renewables, such as solar PVs, and become increasingly flexible, with buildings able to actively manage their energy demand to respond to the availability of zero carbon electricity on the grid. How our industry procures electricity also has a critical part to play by sending demand signals for the renewables, storage, and other supporting technologies that will enable a resilient, net zero carbon electricity system.
Renewable energy procurement: phase two
UKGBC has recently published new guidance to better equip those who procure energy for buildings, to do so in a way which enables them to achieve their climate goals, whilst contributing to the continued decarbonisation of our energy supply sector. The guidance builds on our Renewable Energy Procurement and Carbon Offsetting report published in 2021 and seeks to provide greater insight into the myriad of procurement circumstances which the industry currently faces.
5 Calls to Action for better renewable energy procurement
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