This briefing sets out why the UK government should commit to a fully decarbonised power sector by 2035, a vital step on the path to net zero by 2050, with the caveat that security of supply should be guaranteed with some unabated gas in use after that date in the event of a low wind or extremely cold winter.
With COP26 just a few months away, the UK can show international leadership on climate change by committing to a decarbonised power sector and working with other countries to achieve this goal. President Joe Biden has already committed to clean power by 2035, the UK must demonstrate its commitment to a transatlantic green alliance.
Modelling from the UK Climate Change Committee (CCC) highlights the importance of clean power to global net zero ambitions.
As part of a green industrial revolution, clean power will continue to create jobs, particularly in the north of England and help to level up parts of the economy
Chris Venables, head of politics