Reaching net zero by 2050 means we need to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions. It means we will no longer be able to depend on fossil fuels for our energy and our lives will increasingly come to depend on clean electricity.
The Committee for Climate Change estimates that demand for low carbon electricity will quadruple between now and 2050. Wind and solar will play the biggest role in meeting the challenge but we can't rely on them alone as they depend on the weather.
Sizewell C will help the UK achieve net zero because:
- It will provide low carbon power to 6 million homes for at least 60 years.
- It will replace fossil-fuel energy and avoid around 9 million tonnes of carbon emissions each year.
- Nuclear power is the only proven low-carbon technology that can provide reliable 'baseload' electricity to support renewables.