National Grid: ‘Hydrogen, carbon capture and storage must be deployed for net zero’

The system operator also suggests at least 3GW of wind and 1.4GW of solar need to be built in the UK every year from now until 2050

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Hydrogen and carbon capture and storage must be deployed and operational this decade to help the UK meet its net zero target.

That’s according to the latest Future Energy Scenarios report by National Grid, which suggests immediate action is required to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

The system operator notes the development of carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) projects needs support from policymakers, regulators and industry.

The report says 3GW of wind and 1.4GW of solar need to be built every year from now until 2050, while it estimates up to 80% of households will smart charge their electric vehicle (EV) and up to 45% could provide vehicle-to-grid (V2G) services.

National Grid highlights the need for the evolution of markets to provide incentives for investment in flexibility and zero carbon generation.

For the transport sector, electrification is key to the decarbonisation of transport, according to the National Grid, which expects that no new cars with an internal combustion engine will be sold after 2040.

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