Thirty years of UK climate mitigation
In April 1989, the UK Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, convened a full cabinet meeting on climate change addressed by leading scientists. The presentation on mitigation of carbon dioxide emissions was made by the Head of the Energy Technology Support Unit (ETSU), Ken Currie. It identified the key potential options for mitigation by 2020.
Thirty years later, Eoin Lees and Nick Eyre, two of the team that prepared the presentation, have revisited the original assessment. They compare the mitigation potential identified then with what we actually achieved by 2019.