New research from the prestigious UK Energy Research Centre shows that the role of gas in a future UK energy system is “very limited”.
This is a blow to the fracking industry’s claims that shale gas can be a bridging fuel to a low carbon future and highlights the risks faced by the UK Government as it pushes fracking.
On the UKERC website, one of the report’s authors and Professor of Global Energy at Warwick Business School, Professor Mike Bradshaw states:
A “second dash for gas” may provide some short term gains in reducing emissions but may not be the most cost-effective way forward and may even compromise the UK’s decarbonisation ambitions. If all coal-fired power generation is to be removed by 2025, and we are no longer supporting the development of CCS, policy makers must think carefully about how best to replace that capacity. Gas can play only a modest role between now and 2020, and in the medium to long-term has no role as a bridging fuel because the UK has already exploited a large amount of the decarbonisation potential in the power sector’.
The Government recently removed funding for carbon capture and storage (CCS) leading to the cancellation of a pioneering CCS gas-fired plant at Peterhead in Scotland.