UK ‘to miss 2035 decarbonisation deadline’

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The UK’s target to decarbonise its power system by 2035 is no longer within reach, according to analysis from Aurora Energy Research.

Modelling carried out by the group shows offshore wind capacity would need to increase more than four-fold to hit the target, while nuclear would need to grow by 35% and pumped hydro storage by over 150%.

Aurora said these increases are “simply not feasible” given current development and consenting timelines, uncertainty around market design, the pace of grid expansion, and the nascency of key technologies, such as CCS and hydrogen.

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