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Engineering our way to net zero in the UK

Climate is a complex challenge that requires ambition, strategy and long-term thinking

By Chris Ball & David Cole  

Sizewell nuclear power station in Suffolk. The CCC recommends generating 10GW through nuclear power to ensure a balanced pathway to net zero. © Jack Hobhouse / Alamy Stock Photo

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Tick tock to 29 years’ time

Net zero—the buzzword that’s become a legal requirement, when in 2019 the Climate Change Committee (CCC) advised the UK government to adopt the net zero target for 2050. Twenty-nine years may seem far away, but the task is huge and uncertain across all sectors, and time is already short. Hurdles such as the ongoing global pandemic and navigating Brexit also threaten to derail the importance of fighting climate change. 2020 certainly produced some…

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