Speed up sustainability!
That was the clear message from the riders across the energy sector who joined us for the second Power Ride at the Redbridge Cycling Centre in London last week.
A total of 26 riders rode just under 2,000km to raise money for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS).
We spoke to some of them between laps to hear about what they thought was next on the road to decarbonisation.
Ian Stocker, Head of Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Funds at the Royal Bank of Scotland, said he wouldn’t want to be on the planet in a century’s time if action isn’t taken.
He added: “To sustain the planet with the current level of population, we have to embrace new forms of energy, we cannot continue to burn carbon so I’m a big fan of anything that’s a good idea.
“Batteries are coming, energy efficiency is crucial, not just generating more power, there needs to be more focus on that.”
Tom Parrott, Energy Manager at Kingston University, suggested Britain needs to more.
He said: “I think we’re good for the next couple of carbon budgets but I think the UK has to do a little bit more and get its heat decarbonised properly and get a plan in place there in order for us to hit our carbon targets – I don’t think there’s joined up thinking there yet.”
Alex Gilbert, Investor at Amber Infrastructure Limited, said policymakers need to concentrate on decarbonising the grid.
He told us: “It obviously is an incredibly important and yet massively underappreciated aspect of the sector so I certainly think its going to increase in importance in the coming years, if politicians ever sort themselves out.”
ELN will be giving £3,000 to the charity – you can still donate here if you haven’t already done so.