Amory Lovins gave an excellent talk about disruptive energy technologies at the Oxford Martin School earlier this week. I wasn't able to make it in person, but the talk, and the Q and A that followed it, can be seen here. After watching it, I'm more than ever convinced that we're witnessing a historic paradigm shift in the ways we produce, distribute and use energy, a shift away from carbon-emitting energy and towards a low-carbon energy future. Anyone who doesn't engage positively with this change will be swept away by it.
According to the UK Committee on Climate Change, the UK Government has a policy gap on meeting its climate change obligations. My interpretation of the following two charts from its 2016 report is that the UK Government has 'picked the low-hanging fruit' by providing a good rate of progress in shifting towards renewable energy generation, but has not yet made difficult but necessary decisions on other aspects of our systems that generate carbon emissions. One of these that is particularly difficult but also particularly important is the embedded carbon emissions in goods and services imported from other countries. This is one of the ways we currently "export" our carbon emissions, essentially by getting other countries to emit on our behalf, so that it looks like they are the emitters, for many of the goods we consume in the UK.
The Planetary CFO - working towards a sustainable World Balance Sheet.