‘UK needs innovation to meet low carbon targets’

Innovation is key if to help the UK meet its carbon targets. That’s according to a report by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) which stated low carbon innovations “shouldn’t focus […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Innovation is key if to help the UK meet its carbon targets.

That’s according to a report by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) which stated low carbon innovations “shouldn’t focus on technological breakthroughs”.

The report said to deliver safe, secure and affordable energy combined with “substantial” emissions reductions” the UK will require significant innovation in new and low carbon technologies in the coming decades.

It is needed in the way the country’s energy is generated and delivered and how it is used in homes, transport systems, industries and workplaces, it added.

To achieve this transition a “shared understanding” of the drivers of new low carbon, energy technologies is needed, the ETI said.

The UK also needs to study the barriers that prevent new developments.

Mike Colechin, ETI’s Partnership Manager said: “Many low carbon technologies will have to travel a long, expensive and risky innovation journey to get from initial idea to market.  The conceptual model in the report provides a framework that can be adapted for different technologies and the innovation pathways or ‘journeys’ they may follow.

“These journeys can be viewed from the perspective of the innovator, investor, policy maker or end user and the framework can be used to identify the different barriers or issues those stakeholders will face and the interactions that must take place at the different stages of the innovation chain.”