UK Government Urged to Make the Affordable Move to Sustainable Energy

According to local infrastructure reports, the sale of electric cars is believed to reach 100% by 2020. The National Infrastructure Commission reports a gradual move towards sustainable practice can mitigate greenhouse pollution while encouraging consumer savings. Reports conclude that up to half of the power generated in the UK should come from sustainable energy sources by 2030. This figure is up 30% presently and 12% a mere 5 years prior. According to Sir John Armitt, the Commission chairman, adopting a green strategy today can gradually preserve important resources while passing cost savings onto the consumer. Prominent cabinet members are encouraged to integrate renewable, non-carbon generated power to make this venture a reality.

Wind and solar energy are believed to handle half the UK’s power requirements by 2030. The commission aims to roll-out 21 000 energy efficient standards such as loft insulation and glazed windows in local homes. A budget of £3.8bn is said to handle the entire 12 year project.For the UK to implement low carbon energy sources and maintain its nuclear power, government is discouraged to support more than one nuclear plant beyond Hinkley Point C in Somerset.The commission has stated the only challenge is the delivery of a low carbon emission heating source. The entire country cannot utilize natural gas and fossil fuels for heating alone. Hydrogen gas has been favored as an alternative power source with trials set to power 10 000 homes in 5 years. The report concluded the production of electricity utilizing alternative energy would be the safest and least expensive for consumers.

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Electric cars offer an alternative

The commission foresees autonomous vehicles run on electricity by 2050. Vehicles account for 80% of air pollution with 34% constituting greenhouse emissions. Government aims to have half of vehicles operating on low emissions by 2030. Its goal should be 100% electric vehicle operation by the proposed date. Quiet operation, decreased carbon emissions, and modern charging points make the electric car a firm favorite. Government is encouraged to invest in charging points for the gradual and successful rollout of electric vehicles. Changes in regulation are requested concerning 5% of parking spaces be made available by 2020 for charging docks from local authorities. This extends to 25% in 2025. The UK is a global leader in renewable energy efforts with reductions of 30% thus far. A transition to sustainable energy includes modified nuclear power. The director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, Richard Black has stated, a failure to integrate nuclear power will delay sustainable energy initiatives. Infrastructure risks posed by climate change will negatively impact hospitals, homes, and railways lacking the upgrades to cope with environmental demands. A delay in renewable energy will impact the ability to reach 2030 sustainable power goals but also diminish the current government target of 85% cleaner energy.

Daniel Carey-Dawes of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, stated the renewable energy debate encourages energy, infrastructure and community needs in support of environmental health. Low cost energy initiatives are supported where it eliminates landscape devastation. Government must invest in infrastructure and strategy to advance communities.