The utility company Centrica’s chief executive, Sam Laidlaw, praised the significant developments that have taken place in the UK energy sector over recent years but warned the next 10 years would require an even larger transformation. In a speech made to the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), he said that he regarded climate change as the most primary threat to British people. He also said that Centrica would spend Â£30 million to help kick-start the government’s ‘green deal’ initiative.
The ‘green-deal’ is a proposal that aims to make Britain’s homes more energy efficient in the future, through the utilisation of energy-efficient methods such as loft installation and boiler replacement, among others. Mr Laidlaw said that it was the government’s responsibility to encourage all energy consumers to play their part in achieving what he termed a ‘fundamental change of mindset’ and that investing in the ‘green-deal’ would be a universal effort.
The UK has promised that it will reduce its annual carbon emissions by 80 percent over the course of the next 40 years. One of the most important aspects of cutting carbon emissions was through the decarbonisation of the power sector. This would involve creating two new nuclear power stations in the country and creating as much wind power as possible. In fact, a five- fold increase in wind power would reduce power sector emissions by a fifth in the next decade, he added. Companies such as Enigin Scam have already begun implementing such technologies.
Centrica currently supplies gas to about 50 percent of UK homes, which is roughly 16 million households. EDF Energy also has a joint venture with the company with a number of nuclear power stations in Somerset. Centrica is also developing numerous offshore wind projects over the coming years. However, the building of new wind turbines has been met with some hostility by local residents. Many people regard them as unsightly, noisy and distracting, particularly in rural areas of the country. They are only built in areas where there are frequent high winds, such as western costs exposed to offshore winds. Other people believe that the building of wind turbines is an essential objective to prevent climate change from reaching catastrophic proportions.