Future Energy Scenarios (FES)
provide transparent, holistic
paths through future, uncertain
Bridging the Gap
At the launch of our Future Energy Scenarios in July 2019, we mentioned we would discuss the ‘so what’ of our FES analysis in reaching the UK’s new net zero target by 2050. To
reflect this, we are calling this work FES: Bridging the gap to net zero.
For more information please visit our new Bridging the Gap page
The UK’s new decarbonisation target of net zero emissions by 2050 is substantially more challenging than the
previous target of an 80% reduction compared to 1990 levels.
In FES we explore the areas
of uncertainty in the future of energy; including the challenge of meeting Net Zero and the impact of this on future energy supply and demand.
The three drivers of decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation are transforming the energy landscape, alongside continuing technological advances and economic and political changes. Great Britain has the opportunity now to make sure it has the systems and capabilities in place to support the secure, sustainable and efficient delivery of energy in the decades to come.
Our scenarios outline different credible pathways for the future of energy for the next 30 years and beyond. These consider how much energy we might need and where it could come from. They look at what the changes might mean for the industry, our customers and consumers.
All our scenarios consider energy demand and supply on a whole system basis, incorporating gas and electricity across the transmission and distribution networks.
We continually develop all aspects of our Future Energy Scenarios process ensuring that the outputs are as rich and robust as possible to provide a sound reference point for a range of modelling activities. This includes extensive stakeholder consultation and detailed network analysis, which enables National Grid to identify strategic gas and electricity network investment requirements for the future.