The UK must urgently introduce a plan to meet demand for diesel, according to the UK’s leading climate science thinktank.
Key points: The government is planning to introduce new fuel standards by 2020 as a result of climate change, which is a major threat to the planet The UK has the most severe fuel crisis in Europe, with its diesel fleet over 100% overcapacity and the UK facing a “catastrophic” fuel crisis as a consequence.
The Royal Society’s Dr Caroline O’Neill said the government had a “major fuel crisis”, as the UK was facing the worst fuel crisis of any European Union nation.
She said the UK could “no longer afford to rely on cheap imported fuels” and needed to invest in a new “fostering and upgrading” plan for its diesel fleets.
Dr O’Neil, a co-author of the report, said: “The fuel crisis is a real and serious threat to our future and is being felt around the world.”
She warned the UK must “finally, urgently” introduce new rules on diesel, in particular by 2020.
Under the government’s fuel plan, introduced in April, the fuel used in the UK will be replaced by hydrogen, carbon capture and storage and biofuels.
But the new plans, which are due to come into force by 2020, have been criticised by some of the UKs biggest car manufacturers.
“This is a crisis that is going to be extremely difficult to manage, as well as a major one for our fuel supply system, if we don’t act now,” said the GMB union.
It said the plans would “have a profound effect on the UK economy” and that it was “very concerned” about the impact of a fuel crisis.
A spokeswoman for the UK National Grid said the company was “committed to working with the industry to ensure the necessary fuel standards are in place”.
“We will continue to work closely with the UK Government to ensure that these new standards are implemented as quickly as possible,” she said.
However, the spokesman added: “We are confident that the government will deliver a fuel-efficient, fuel-secure, low carbon and green transport system in the near future, and will be able to meet the UK government’s commitments under the Fuel Quality Directive.”
The report also said the impact on Britain’s ability to cope with its fuel crisis would be “cataclysmic” if it did not act.
According to the report’s co-authors, there is a “huge disconnect” between the UK fuel crisis and the countrys ability to adapt to climate change.
If fuel supply were not increased, the report said, “it is very likely that there would be no fuel supply for the next several years, and the climate change impacts would be catastrophic.”
This is why it is critical that the UK adopts a fuel policy that is consistent with the global emissions reduction commitments it has made, said Dr O’Neal.
As well as the fuel crisis, the Royal Society also called for urgent action to address the UK oversupply of diesel.
This would include measures to reduce the UK carbon footprint, including introducing a fuel price scheme.
Britain’s transport sector has already been hit by the fuel shortage, with the National Grid’s diesel fleet in particular facing an overcapacity.
In November, the government introduced an extra £50m into the diesel fleet to help it cope with the fuel shortfall.
Other measures the government is considering include: The introduction of a “foster and upgrading scheme” to ensure fuel stocks were at a minimum and could meet demand by 2020 The introduction and expansion of a low-emission “green” transport system for local and national transport in the next five years.
More importantly, it is “urgently” looking at ways to help fuel stations in areas where there is an oversupplied supply of diesel, such as towns and cities.
What is the Royal Societys report?
The report debunks the myth that fuel is cheap and that the fuel problem is a matter of supply and demand.
While it is true that demand for fuel is rising, the situation is not a matter on which the government can rely on fuel prices rising too quickly, the authors write.
There is a huge disconnect between the fuel situation and the capacity to adapt the UK to climate-change impacts.
We must recognise that fuel supplies are not fixed, and it is not clear that fuel prices will rise too rapidly to cover the situation, the experts wrote.
Furthermore, they said the need to invest “in new fuel-saving technologies” and “better and more efficient fuel storage systems” would be key to tackling the fuel supply crisis.
This would also help to minimise the environmental impact of the fuel cycle, the study concluded.
In addition, the UK would have to make significant investments in renewable energy, such to reduce