Can we decarbonise the UK?

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In 2021, the UK government hosted COP26, the most critical climate conference yet. That same year, it “set in law [the] world’s most ambitious climate change target” to slash emissions by 78% no later than 2035, bringing the country closer to reaching net zero by the 2050 deadline.

Fast forward to 2022, and we’re living against the backdrop of the cost-of-living crisis and a newly installed government. A recent survey by Survation, commissioned by RenewableUK, found that 77% of UK citizens think the new government should use new wind and solar farms to reduce electricity bills and 76% support building renewable energy projects in their local area.

Is enough being done to ensure government targets can actually be met and do the targets go far enough?

Our report unpicks the current state of play of the UK renewable energy sector and shows how people working within it on established technologies such as solar and emerging technologies such as tidal turbines and battery storage perceive the challenges and opportunities ahead of them as they work to meet these targets.

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100% of interviewees believe the targets are achievable with increased action; however, 75% doubt that they will actually be met

88% of interviewees cited inconsistent policy as a significant barrier to meeting targets

63% of interviewees are not entirely confident that existing courses make students work-ready for the sector

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“2050 [is] 28 years away, but there’s a need to really, really stress that everything has to be done now or everything that we can do now needs to be done.”

“We need to see an underlying industry strategy that captures all the value of the targets – including jobs, knowledge, innovation – rather than just showing top level progress.”

“What is really needed to increase deployment of renewables is investment in the capacity and technical intelligence of the electricity network rather than continuing or rebooting financial support mechanisms akin to those we have previously had.”

“We’re struggling to even back-fill vacant positions. To grow to the extent we need to get to the 2035 and 2050 targets is going to be a huge challenge. And skills are lacking not just on the development side, but also on construction and operations and maintenance, so there’s a massive skills gap.”

“So many projects are currently sitting in the register waiting to be developed that aren’t going to be developed and never will be. If there was a simple cleanse – just requiring evidence that a project is going somewhere or else taking capacity away – then I think that 10–12 gigawatts would be available within a few weeks. Freeing up capacity immediately like this would bring those connection dates from 2030 back to 2027.”

👏 Grace Kassimoto is the only acoustic specialist from and working in East Africa.

💚 In our latest #ADayInTheLife, she discusses how she is leading the way for women in a traditionally male-dominated industry and what she enjoys most about her role.

Read her story in our bio!

#Acoustics #Environment #WomenInStem #Engineering #Leadership #Africa
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📢 We are proud to sponsor the #GreenEnergyAwards 2022, an event organized by Scottish Renewables

🏆 This ceremony aims to recognise the inspirational organisations, people and projects going above and beyond to make a real difference to the health, wealth, and wellbeing of Scotland

We can't wait to see you there!

📅 1st December 2022
📍 Edinburgh

#RenewableEnergy #Renewables #Scotland #Energy #GreenEnergy #Awards
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📸 #selfiesonsite 🤳

Tom Peart, Principal Surveyor at @centara_ltd, out on-site in Rotherham.

Want to join our team? View our latest opportunities 👉 www.rskgroup.com/careers

#RSKgroup #behindthescenes #meettheteam #RSKfamily #RSKonsite #culture #construction
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🐟 Concern was recently raised in France with regards to the health of marine ecosystems.

📌Join RSK France's webinar, in collaboration with law firm Franklin and TechWorks Marine, to discuss the sustainable support of renewable energy in the marine environment.

Register now in our bio!

#RenewableEnergy #Environment #Marine #Nature #Compliance #Energy #GreenEnergy
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📢 November is a month dedicated to men’s health.

🌍 On November 19th, we celebrated #InternationalMensDay, a global holiday that highlights the positive value men bring to the world.

🤝 This year, men around RSK are taking part in #Movember, an initiative that involves growing a moustache during November to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

💚 We want to thank Greg Cole, James May, Jiano Pulickal, Matthew Bayliff, Maxwell Robinson, Sam Oakley, Tom Llewellyn, Tom Semmens and Yusuf Aoulad-Ali for participating in this great initiative!

#Wellbeing #MensHealth #MentalHealth #WorkCulture #Culture
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😮 “The UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. Building with Nature can help clients understand how they can utilise best-practice green infrastructure solutions to deliver developments that are better for both people and nature.”

👏 In the November edition of our #employeespotlight, we spoke with Joanne Mayneord, Senior Landscape Architect at @stephensonhalliday, who has recently been certified by Building with Nature as an Approved Assessor.

Read more in our bio!

#Environment #Nature #Sustainability #Landscape #Planning #Environmental
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