How can we tackle the energy trilemma?

How can we tackle the energy trilemma?

30 Oct 2012

We have learnt to take for granted a constant, on-demand supply of energy and we believe it will always be there as our demands increase.  But, the way the world produces and uses energy is not sustainable. It impacts the natural world through climate change and resource extraction and use, and higher costs and concerns around fuel security affect our quality of life. 

This is the energy trilemma: energy security, affordability and sustainability.

Between now and 2015 our energy programme will commit up to £35m a year to specifically help UK industry profit from the changes the world will have to make to address the trilemma of energy security, affordability and sustainability.

Our Energy Supply Strategy, outlines where we will invest and how we will invest to enable UK business to profit from: 

  • developing affordable and secure sources of energy supply which also reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • integrating future demand and energy supply into a flexible, secure and resilient energy system
  • reducing GHG emissions at point of use.

We will focus our support on addressing key challenges and breaking down market barriers, in particular on cost reduction, supply chain development and energy infrastructure.

We have developed our strategy following extensive industry consultation and in conjunction with our partners in the UK Low Carbon Innovation Coordination Group.

View the Energy Supply Strategy 2012-15 here.

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Last updated on Tuesday 30 October 2012 at 15:27

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