Britain has already experienced its own version of Peak Energy: in 1999 North Sea crude oil output peaked and is now collapsing; North Sea natural gas production peaked in 2003/4, and it is now beginning to enter a steep decline.
The UK's current problems with energy supply, and energy policy, are therefore being driven not by choice, or economics, but by the effect that this collapse of domestic production is having on our economy.
The workshop provides a review of where we are today, in terms of our consumption of energy in the UK, and how this might have to change in the future. As well as providing an analysis of how the UK influences climate change, it also looks at the problems that substituting for the loss of
conventional energy resources – with nuclear power, or renewable energy sources – would create. Ultimately there is only one option that works within the thermodynamic constraints on our future energy choices: we have to cut energy consumption in the UK by 60% to 70% in the next 50 to 70 years!
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