Last week’s poll: the limits of gas in the UK

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) recently issued a warning about the limited role that gas will play in the future energy mix of this country.

According to research released by the organisation, the scope for using gas in 2050 is just 10 per cent higher than it was in 2010. On the back of this news, we asked our readers about the best way to address the issue.

Nearly half of the 431 respondents (43%) backed accelerated deployment of renewables, with over a fifth (21.5%) instead favouring a revival of carbon capture and storage (CCS). The Government’s cancellation of the UK’s CCS demonstration project was heavily criticised by a recent cross-party report, and the UKERC says that the technology will be vital if the UK is to meet future environmental targets.

One way to avoid that problem is by relaxing carbon emission targets, an approach that 14 per cent of readers believe is best. Around 7.5 per cent of respondents said reducing energy demand is the best way to tackle the issue, while just over 14 per cent voted for none of the above.

The poll is now closed, but please continue to share your opinions in the comments section below.