UKERC calls on government to keep net zero options open to combat disruption

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) has recommended a wider range of models and tools should be used to inform UK energy and climate change policies while pursuing a net zero economy.

In its report, Disrupting the UK Energy System: Causes, Impacts and Policy Implications, published on 19 June, UKERC warned that if the government implements more ambitious climate targets to achieve a net zero economy by 2050, the likely extent of disruption will increase. It further noted that the extent and impacts of some potential disruptions are “inherently uncertain”.

The use of a wider range of models and tools is one way of dealing with this, while the report also cited the advantages of a flexible and adaptive approach to policy development and implementation – as shown by international policy experience. This would enable governments to respond quickly to unexpected consequences and reduce the impacts of unforeseen events.