Government Web App Simulates Consequences Of Energy Policy

UK Energy Minister Chris Huhne has unveiled a new online simulation website that allows people to discover for themselves how Britain will be able to reduce its carbon footprint by 80 per cent by 2050.

The My2050 web app, launched by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), is aimed at making people realise how important it is to reduce their carbon footprint and how they can go about it.

Users are given the power to control UK energy production by building nuclear power plants and wind turbines. Users will also be able to see what happens if all cars were powered by electricity. The app will let people see how energy conservation will benefit the country's environment in the long run.

According to The Press Association, not only will people be able to simulate the consequences of energy policy, but the government will also be looking for suggestions from people on how to go about improving the environmental conditions and what they want the country to look like by 2050.

“There's no silver bullet solution to the UK's energy future. This project is about getting to grips with the hard choices and trade-offs which need to be made, choices which will affect our homes, communities and the way we travel,” Huhne said in a statement.