Chart of the week | Colours of the Rainbow: Green hydrogen and FES 2020

On 27 July, National Grid ESO released the 2020 issue of its Future Energy Scenarios (FES), exploring different pathways towards GB’s 2050 net zero goal. A new set of scenarios were developed for this year’s FES, with three of the four (Consumer Transformation, System Transformation and Leading the Way) meeting the net zero target. For this year, scenarios were framed around the scale of decarbonisation set against the scale of societal transformation needed.

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