Consecutive national governments have identified making the transition to a low-carbon economy one of the UK’s highest priorities over the coming years.
Natural gas from unconventional sources can play an essential role in this drive to ‘decarbonise’ our energy supply. Natural gas has a significantly lower carbon content per unit of energy generated compared to other sources of energy such as oil or coal. Like all natural gas, shale gas has a significantly lower carbon content per unit of energy generated compared to other sources of energy such as oil or coal. This means that gas is well positioned to become the fuel of choice to help ease the challenging transition to other renewable sources of energy in the coming decades, complementing other low-carbon technologies such as wind power.
As well as delivering environmental benefits, this transition will play an important role in improving the UK economy’s long-term health, creating new business opportunities in growing energy sectors, and increasing our security by reducing our reliance on foreign energy sources.