Shale gas unlikely to be the solution to the UK’s future energy needs

Posted by fi17 at Jul 03, 2012 10:45 AM |
Over recent years the UK has become ever more dependent on the import of gas to supply our energy needs, presenting risks for our future energy security.

In a presentation to the annual international conference of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in Edinburgh today (Tuesday 3 July 2012) Professor Mike Bradshaw, Department of Geography, University of Leicester, will argue that a ‘perfect storm’ of multiple failures is developing around UK energy policy.

Commenting on his research Professor Bradshaw said:
“There is a high degree of risk and uncertainty associated with every element of the UK’s energy strategy – whether that’s energy efficiency, renewable energy, or carbon capture and storage.

“Coming together these could result into an ever greater reliance on gas, at a time when its price is likely to increase because of growing demand from countries including China and India.”

Some commentators present shale gas extraction as the solution to these future gas and energy security issues. Yet, Professor Bradshaw does not agree, commenting that significant levels of exploitation are unlikely for many years, due to substantial logistical and environmental challenges.

“Shale gas is unlikely to be a game-changer in the UK,” concluded Professor Bradshaw.



Notes to editors

1. For further information, and any bids to speak to the presenter of the research, please contact the Media Office: on (020) 7591 3019 (Alex Jackson: Commucations Officer) ; (020) 7591 3008 (Steven Toole: Policy and Public Affairs Manager); or 07719  712 978; or email

2. Professor Mike Bradshaw’s presentation Globalising UK natural gas security is taking place on Tuesday 03 July 2012 as part of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s annual international conference in Edinburgh.

3. You can read the report here.

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