We have undertaken whole systems modelling to explore the optimal energy system design changes as individual technologies develop on potential pathways to Net Zero carbon. Different technologies, including the cost and performance trajectories for these to be commercially competitive, are evaluated with a whole systems perspective. This includes deep dives into particular energy technologies and an evaluation of how markets, policy and regulation could develop to better support innovation in these areas.
Achieving Net Zero: Key Points
In our view, the complexity and scale of integrating the multiple technologies and solutions needed to reach Net Zero emissions will not be possible without the digitalisation of the energy system.
Without data sharing and digitalisation, effective system planning and operation with growing variable renewables generation and greater distributed technology – whether on a national or regional level – is near impossible.
Better data will be the lifeblood of this more digitalised energy system, helping to inform decisions whether at an individual level via personal consumption choices or for planning investments on a local or national level in generation assets or network upgrades.
Data is key to optimising decisions for lowest carbon dioxide and lowest cost to consumers and to allow consumers to continue with their day to day lives with access to heating, transport and entertainment.
This report also introduces our new Digital Energy Fitness assessment being developed, which provides a comprehensive framework for measuring digital readiness akin to technology readiness levels. This provides organisations in the energy sector with guidance to progress with digital transformation.
The topics covered in this report show there are many opportunities for digitalisation to improve the functioning of the current energy system and enable the solutions which will help meet the Net Zero target. While much of the value from digitalisation relates to electricity, there are opportunities across electricity and gas with applicability to heat, transport, and other energy vectors.
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Innovating to Net Zero: Digitalisation for Net Zero Emissions
Harnessing Digital and Data
Independent thought leadership and practical expertise that harnesses digital innovation to tackle the hardest challenges on the way to Net Zero.