Electric vehicle ownership must increase by 11,000% for a net zero UK

Posted: June 24, 2020 by oldbrew in Energy, ideology, research, Travel
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Standing around at the EV charging station [image credit: makeitsunderland.com]

At the moment this is like trying to fill a bath from a very slowly dripping tap. A lot would need to happen to turn the tap of public enthusiasm for EVs on, starting with much lower prices. Where is all the extra electricity supply supposed to come from, and who voted for ‘net zero’ anyway?
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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) today publishes new research on the uptake of low carbon technologies (LCTs) required to put the UK on the road to net zero.

Examining the expected changes in SSEN’s two distribution areas in the south of England and north of Scotland, the data reveals electric vehicle ownership will increase from 44,000 to 5m in these two areas alone.

The research, undertaken by sustainable energy experts Regen, provides detailed forecasts of LCT uptake which can inform the investment required to accommodate extensive electrification.

In addition to the changes in transport demand, the data reveals that to be on the road to net zero most gas boilers will have to be replaced by heat pumps, of which SSEN’s regions currently host around 16,600: in a net zero scenario, the local electricity network will need to support nearly 2.5m by 2050.

SSEN is committed to building a cleaner, more resilient economy by supporting a green recovery from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Low carbon infrastructure and technologies can provide a vital economic boost, creating skilled, sustainable jobs in all UK regions, while improving air quality and public health in the communities we serve.

The data published today highlights both the scale of the challenge, and the opportunity to invest in a green recovery from coronavirus.

Continued here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    Looks like this is how they hope to sell net zero to the public…

    “Virtually all changes” proposed for net zero emissions could improve air quality in the UK

    The UK’s transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions could reduce air pollution in nearly every sector, from agriculture and land use to energy production, according to a new report published by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).


    Report: Impacts of Net Zero pathways on future air quality in the UK

    One proposed ‘GHG reduction measure’ is ’20-50% reduction in consumption and production
    of red meat and dairy.’ How’s that going to look in an election manifesto? Better keep it quiet.
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    Where are the ‘net zero’ batteries, tyres, wheels, body shells, interiors etc. of these *clean green* wonder cars?

  2. dennisambler says:

    Impacts of Net Zero Pathways on resource countries:


    Documents a “decarbonisation divide” between low-carbon transitions and patterns of waste and extraction.

    Draws from extensive field research at Congolese cobalt mines and e-waste scrapyards in Ghana.

    Connects decarbonisation with ecological destruction, gender inequality, child labor, and dispossession.

    Questions the very idea of sustainable energy generation and low-carbon technology diffusion.

  3. oldbrew says:

    Re: Impacts of Net Zero Pathways

    First paragraph:
    The window of opportunity for mitigating climate change is closing. Limiting global warming to 1.5 °C will require reaching 80% zero-emission energy by 2030 and 100% by 2050 (IPCC 2018). Cumulative greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions must at least be reduced by a further 470 gigatons (Gt) by 2050 compared to “business as usual” practices.
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    Flat-out fact-free propaganda.

  4. Gamecock says:

    ‘The UK’s transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions could reduce air pollution in nearly every sector’

    Not in evidence that the UK has an air pollution problem.

    Used to. Then you fixed it. The Left still uses the rhetoric from the 1960s, as if the last 50 years didn’t happen.

  5. ivan says:

    There are a few questions about all these get rich quick cons that never get asked or answered.

    1) where is all the electricity coming from especially when the wind isn’t blowing and the sky is clouded over?

    2) if there is so much excess electricity available why are consumer electric bill going up?

    3) if renewables are so good, we know the wind is free, why do renewables need large subsidies and constraint payments?

    4) who is going to pay for the massive upgrading of the electric distribution infrastructure?

    5) where is the real world proven science, models don’t count, that say we need all this stupidity and cost?

    When we get actual answers to those questions and I don’t mean bland PR platitudes, maybe people will wake up and start asking all the other questions. I say maybe because with the way education has gone downhill since the 50s I doubt any of the present generation have enough smarts to question what they are told by those in authority.

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