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Ofgem unveils net zero carbon plan for UK

Ofgem has published a new nine-point action plan to decarbonise the UK’s energy system in order to deliver the net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions target by 2050.

Central to the plan is building an energy sector that supports the growth of renewable energy sources by setting up a special fund for investment into innovative solutions for tackling climate change. In addition to supporting the UK rollout of electric vehicles (EVs), the plan also sees new technologies, better use of data and AI being needed to boost flexible demand. The plan will also aid the development of an offshore grid to enable a four-fold increase in offshore wind generation by 2030.

Jonathan Brearley, Ofgem’s new Chief Executive, said: ‘Britain has come a long way. It has decarbonised faster than any major economy, but we must go further, particularly on heat and transport.’

Currently, only 5% of the energy used to heat UK homes is from low carbon sources and the use of EVs may grow from 230,000 today to 39mn by 2050, according to Ofgem.A

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