The Energy Systems Catapult has called on local authorities to lead the way when it comes to planning their energy systems and infrastructure.
The call came after figures released by the government on Thursday 27 June had shown that the number of UK local authority areas reducing their carbon footprint had fallen. In 2017, the statistics showed that 358 local authorities had managed to decrease their CO2 emissions – down 12 from the previous year.
Richard Halsey, Capabilities Director at Catapult, warned that to meet the government’s 2050 net zero target would require a “radical transformation” of local energy systems with a single solution unlikely to provide desirable outcomes.
Halsey explained: “It will be important going forward that planning for our future local energy systems embraces innovation and considers all options, including the role of hydrogen, in planning future energy systems.”