Zero Carbon Britain 2030

Yesterday (16th June), the Centre for Alternative Technology published the second report of the Zero Carbon Britain project, Zero Carbon Britain 2030 – A New Energy Strategy.

The report is long (384 pages) and I am still working my way through the document but, so far, it appears we can reach zero carbon by 2030 without nuclear (or CCS with fossil fuels).

The report is a fully integrated solution to climate change and examines how we can meet our electricity and heating requirements through efficient service provision whilst still decreasing carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and other emissions.

(Above, the original, and still relevant, Zero Carbon Britain video)

The document starts by examining the current context in the climate science and energy security chapters then moves on to how we can “Power Down” heat and electricity demand largely through new technology, efficient design and behaviour change.  This is then followed by a chapter on how land offers potential not only to decrease emissions but also to sequester residual emissions.  Next up is the section on how we can “Power Up” through the use of renewable technology and finally they examine the policy that can help bring this about and the job creation that will come with the changes.

David M. Davison


12 Responses to “Zero Carbon Britain 2030”

  1. I am so incredibly pleased to hear that countries like Britain are moving so forcefully towards a cleaner future. In the US, many of us understand the problems and are pushing for solutions, but it saddens me that so many of my countrymen, have their heads in the sand. They believe complex conspiracies about things they can not see, but totally ignore the overwhelming evidence about the danger our country is in.

    I believe that through blogs like yours and mine, we can give the people of our countries the information they need to help solve the problems we face and the belief that it is possible and that together, we can do it.
    Keep up the good work,

    • Thank you for your comments Jesse. Whilst the situation is improving for renewables, we still have issues such as a possible new coal power station at Kingsnorth (which is in the Medway area). This is the link to the last blog I wrote about Kingsnorth:

      You do seem to have a harder job in the US convincing people that clean energy is the way forward but perhaps the BP oil spill will help get the message across.

      Good luck with your blogs,


      • Hi David,
        Thank you for the nice words. Yes, I believe you are right. America has done a lot of great things, but we are certainly not leading the way on clean energy. I hope that changes, because like Britain, when we set our minds to something we can truly accomplish the remarkable.

        I spent many years as an environmental fundraiser, and that experience taught me, that as far as the U.S. goes, government action is important, but people are primarily driven by self interest. And if I can convince them to take action for their own financial benefit, I’m ok with that.

        My government wouldn’t endorse the Hybrid car, until people flocked to them for many reasons including, financial and environmental concerns. People can change for many reasons, as long as they change.

        I love the Britain, and will look to see Medway on my next trip there.
        Keep up the great work.

  2. This is a link to the ‘Zero Carbon Britain 2030’ presentation given at this year’s Transition Network Conference:

    David M. Davison

  3. The Zero Carbon Britain web site has been updated since I posted this blog, therefore, I have changed the links to ‘Zero Carbon Britain’. The web site now contains summaries, FAQS, etc. relating to the new report. At the time of writing this comment, the “PowerUp” technical appendix is available for download but the land use and agricultural technical appendices are not yet available (but should be soon).

    David M. Davison

  4. Not quite finished reading ‘Zero Carbon Britain 2030 – A New Energy Strategy’ but it is good the document includes a motivation and behavioural change chapter as that is sometimes overlooked when discussing moving to zero carbon.

    David M. Davison

  5. The land use and agricultural appendices 1-7 and 9 are available for download with 8,11 and 12 to follow shortly:

    David M. Davison


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