Security issues - How is this impacting Net-Zero?

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26th Oct 2023

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Mollie Pinnington

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Energy bosses have argued that fossil fuel production in the UK needs to continue to strengthen energy security in this unpredictable market. They point to the recent economic turmoil, caused in part by the war in Israel, as evidence that the UK needs to be more self-sufficient in terms of its energy supply.

The UK is currently a net importer of energy, meaning that it imports more energy than it produces. This makes the UK vulnerable to fluctuations in global energy prices and supply disruptions.

However, it is important to note that fossil fuel production is also a major contributor to climate change. The UK has pledged to reach net zero emissions by 2050, and this will require a significant reduction in fossil fuel use.

Some experts argue that the UK can achieve energy security without relying on fossil fuels. They point to the fact that the UK has abundant renewable energy resources, such as wind and solar power. These resources can be used to generate electricity and heat homes, without the need to produce any greenhouse gas emissions.

Other experts argue that the UK needs to transition away from fossil fuels in a phased and managed way. They point to the fact that many jobs and businesses rely on the fossil fuel industry. They argue that the UK needs to invest in renewable energy and other low-carbon technologies, but that it also needs to support workers and businesses in the fossil fuel industry as they transition to new jobs and industries.

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to continue producing fossil fuels in the UK is a complex one. There are a number of factors to consider, such as energy security, climate change, and the economy. The UK government will need to carefully weigh all of these factors before making a decision.

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