Britain’s energy systems are no longer fit for purpose, according to leading members of the UK scientific academy, the Royal Society.

According to the BBC, a meeting of experts at the society said the government must invest hugely to create a new low-carbon economy.

Members of the society believe that ministers should make up for lost time by investing massively in research and deployment of renewables; creating a more wide-ranging electricity ‘supergrid’ and ensuring that coal-fired power stations capture 90% of their carbon emissions by 2020.

The government says key issues on energy will be addressed in its forthcoming energy White Paper.