asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they intend to commission a forecast of the long-term energy supply and use for the United Kingdom from the UK Energy Research Centre, to assist the general public's understanding of climate change and energy consumption issues.
As part of the analysis for the 2007 energy White Paper the department commissioned a study from the UK Energy Research Centre using the MARKAL energy model on the cost of and options for meeting the Government's target in 2050 of a 60 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions compared with 1990. The full report is available at www.ukerc.ac.uk/Downloads/PDF/S/Scenariosreport.pdf.
A summary of the report is available at www.berr.gov.uk/files/file38979.pdf.
The department may commission further research using the model to inform future policymaking.