Network operator Electricity North West has released a new report showing how Greater Manchester’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2038 will affect electricity use, heating and transport.
The ‘decarbonisation pathway’, produced by Electricity North West in collaboration with gas network operator Cadent, provides near to mid-term certainties around the future of energy supply and demand in the city region.
Greater Manchester’s ambitious goal to reach carbon neutrality within 18 years will require “monumental changes across all sections of society”, the report states.
Under a ‘balanced scenario’, by 2038 Electricity North West forecasts that:
Electricity demand will increase by two thirds compared to 2018, accounting for the majority of energy consumed
Hydrogen will also be a significant energy source, accounting for more than a third of Greater Manchester’s energy use
Locally-produced renewable energy will account for a tenth of electricity demand, a 425 per cent increase on 2018
Energy demand from transport will drop by two thirds as petrol and diesel fuels are replaced by electricity, hydrogen and bio-gas
Hybrid heating systems and hydrogen-powered boilers will be the dominant heating technologies for buildings, with heat pumps and district heating systems also playing a role
Total heat demand from industry will fall by 20 per cent, but industry’s electricity use will more than double as natural gas is replaced in processes and space heating. Hydrogen will also provide around a fifth of industry’s energy needs.
Similar decarbonisation pathways have also been developed for the Cumbria and Lancashire regions.
Meanwhile, Electricity North West has also produced a series of feature papers and blogs to highlight some of the ways in which North West businesses are planning for their future energy needs.
Contributors to the feature paper, ‘Business: The new power adaptors’, include Greater Manchester companies Teledata and Rowlinson Knitwear - both of whom have received support from GC Business Growth Hub’s specialist resource efficiency service.
Posted under General Interest, Climate Change and What it Means to You and Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy on 22 July 2020