UK leads globally in cleaning up its power sector over the last decade, but continued fossil fuel subsidies could hinder future progress

In a report just launched at COP24 in Katowice and commissioned by Drax, researchers from Imperial College London and E4tech looked at how 25 countries in the last decade have decarbonised their power sector, changed fossil fuel consumption, increased EV sales, deployed CCS capacity and improved energy efficiency of households, buildings and transport. Across these five metrics, the UK, behind only Denmark, has made considerable progress towards the energy transition required to achieve climate targets. This is primarily due to the UK’s rapid phase out of coal and uptake of renewables in the power sector since 2008. However, continued fossil fuel support through tax exemptions and budgetary transfer and the lack of CCS deployment to capture residual emissions threatens future progress in the UK.

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