chapter  6
Energy siting governance: Social and political challenges associated with the development of low-carbon energy in the marine environment
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The development of low-carbon energy technologies represents an important component in the reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions and attempts to tackle the potentially catastrophic impacts of climate change. In the UK, as in many other countries, ambitious policy targets have been set for the reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions. The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan (Department of Energy and Climate Change 2009) sets out the government’s strategy for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, and adopts a cumulative emissions budget for the UK. The plan states that by 2020, 40 per cent of our electricity must come from low-carbon sources, and by 2050, the UK electricity grid will be largely decarbonised.