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Urgency of Accelerated Global Energy Transition

New research from Wood Mackenzie warns that a five-year delay in transitioning away from fossil fuels could result in a 3°C temperature rise. This delay would significantly reduce spending on decarbonisation and impede progress towards Paris Agreement targets. Urgent action is needed to overcome obstacles like transmission bottlenecks and supply chain disruptions. Despite this urgency, the UK government’s decision to grant more oil and gas exploration licenses has sparked controversy. Renewed focus on renewables is crucial to mitigate the impacts of climate change and secure a sustainable future.

The report emphasizes the importance of political will and policy action to drive the transition, especially as emissions are projected to peak in 2032. Without immediate action, the remaining carbon budget for a 1.5°C world could be depleted as early as 2027, posing significant challenges for countries striving to meet their climate goals by 2050. Additionally, the analysis identifies higher interest rates and supply chain bottlenecks as factors contributing to increased costs for renewable energy projects, delaying the reduction in low-carbon hydrogen costs and hindering progress towards long-term climate goals.

In conclusion, the research underscores the urgent need for accelerated action to mitigate the impacts of climate change. As the window of opportunity narrows, policymakers and industry stakeholders must prioritize investments in renewable energy and decarbonisation efforts to secure a sustainable future and avoid the most catastrophic consequences of global warming.

Source: Delayed Energy Transition and its Global Implications (edie.net)