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Achieving Real Zero - Part 1

21/01/2021

Studio Victoria

3 minutes

As the UK government makes plans for a Green Industrial Revolution to lower greenhouse gas emissions being emitted into the atmosphere to 100% by 2050, countries are joining in on the Race to Zero and a demand for Real Zero is being stressed. In this article, we will be exploring Real Zero and the Hydrogen Movement by answering the following questions: What is the hydrogen movement? and How can renewable energy help to achieve Real Zero? Keep reading to learn about the UK government's renewable energy plans to #ONEUPYOURBUSINESS!

WHAT IS THE HYDROGEN MOVEMENT?

Hydrogen is believed to reduce energy consumption and help us cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, supporting the target of achieving Net Zero by 2050.

The hydrogen movement started in 1974, to start the conversation of a hydrogen energy system in order to solve issues around the use of fossil fuels and the impact that fossil fuels have on the environment.

The United Kingdom has already discussed plans around hydrogen with the ambitions of generating 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by the year 2030 for powering homes and transport. As well as, setting plans to ban sales for diesel and gasoline powered passenger vehicles by the start of 2035 to help support the adoption of electric vehicles. We have discussed more in depth about what the government tends to do to build back better, support green jobs, and accelerate our path to Net Zero in our previous article the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution where you can gain more insight in other key areas of how they will tackle climate change including hydrogen.

HOW CAN RENEWABLE ENERGY HELP TO ACHIEVE REAL ZERO?

With hydrogen being recognised as providing a positive change to the environment, we look into alternative energy sources of existing technologies that can enable a greener future. The use of renewables like solar and wind energy are alternatives to fossil fuels, and with the UK government's Net Zero targets, we'll be focussing on how implementing renewable energy can help the UK to achieve Real Zero:

  • Replaces fossil fuels: renewable sources such as hydrogen or biomass can replace the use of fossil fuels helping to lower the amount of greenhouse gas emissions going into the atmosphere. And the emissions that can not be reduced could go through a process such as carbon capture, where the emissions will be permanently stored instead of released into the atmosphere
  • Improves regulation of energy consumption: implementing smart devices and IoT-enabled sensors into buildings can help you to monitor, control, and regulate your environment helping you to reduce energy consumption such as: heating, air, electricity, and water. Being able to control your environment to fit your personal preferences can play an important role in decarbonisation because it also shows you if your efforts for Real Zero are working
  • Allows for zero-carbon home heating: research conducted by the Climate Change Committee suggests that gas and oil boilers currently make up more than 90% of the UK’s home heating stock. The UK plans to take initiative by: banning new gas boiler installations by 2030, installing up to 600,000 heat pumps in homes and commercial building by the year 2028, and ensure that new homes being built are zero-carbon ready from 2025 onwards
  • Enhances green power: the UK Government has announced plans to quadruple offshore wind power to 40GW by 2030, and ban the sales for diesel and gasoline powered passenger vehicles by the start of 2035. Therefore, with the use of wind farms, the UK aims to power every home with renewable energy and decrease the removal of natural materials by 95% by advocating for renewable energy powered vehicles

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