Businesses predict low carbon breakthrough

More than half of executives expect at least 50% of their products and services to be low carbon by 2028, according to a survey of firms committed to science-based targets to cut their emissions.

Almost one in five predict close to 100% of their products and services will be low carbon in the same timeframe.

In total, 79% of the companies surveyed said brand reputation is one of the biggest benefits of setting science-based targets, while 63% said the commitment helps to drive innovation....

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UK Government increases public sector energy efficiency target

Energy Secretary Greg Clark has laid out fresh energy efficiency targets for the public sector.

Clark aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 43% by 2019 to 2020 compared to 2009 to 2010 levels.

He thinks the reductions could save the public purse £340 million.

The previous target was to reduce emissions by 32% by 2019 to 2020, compared with 2009 to 2010 levels, which has been exceeded.

NHS saves £2bn

Clark said: “Our new, ambitious target for reducing emission across our central estate...

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Capacity Market targets set out by BEIS

The Government has detailed plans for the next Capacity Market auctions to ensure security of supply in the years ahead.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is looking to procure 46.3GW of reserve electricity capacity through the upcoming 2022/23 T-4 auction and a further 4.6GW in the 2019/20 T-1 auction.

The auctions have a price cap of £75/kW per year and a price take threshold of £25/kW per year has been set for both.

The auctions are expected to take place...

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10/07/2018 - Sector Round Up

Scotland’s largest offshore wind site starts generating

The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay has begun producing its first power

The 11-turbine site is expected to reach full power later this summer, with the first turbine having only been installed in April.

Jean Morrison, chair of the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group trade body, said: “The timescale between the first installation and first power is remarkable.”

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Government needs to throw weight behind low-cost renewables says CCC

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has called on the UK Government to support low-cost renewables or risk consumers paying more than is necessary for decarbonisation.

The advisory body warned that there is currently no route to market for cheap onshore wind and said any worries over short-term costs were “misguided”.

The experts said that the cost to the economy of meeting the UK’s legally-binding climate change targets will be higher without cost-effective measures in every sector.


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European demand response market to grow to £2.6bn

The emergence of the “internet of things” (IoT) will help to grow the European demand response (DR) market to £2.6 billion by 2025, according to a new report.

The IoT involves connecting equipment – ranging from central heating boilers and lighting systems through to ovens or refrigerators – to the internet so they can be controlled remotely and can feed back sensor information to computers.

The report by consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan claimed IoT-enabled technology could help the...

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Green generation alone ‘not enough’ to meet climate goals

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions must be cut in the industry, transport and building sectors to avoid the worst effects of climate change, a new report has highlighted.

Writing in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers from Imperial College London warned that cutting emissions from the power generation sector would not be enough on its own.

Joeri Rogelj, a Lecturer at Imperial College London, said: “Ensuring that global warming is kept within safe bounds requires us to stop emitting...

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Global gas demand to rise by 1.6% a year says IEA

Greater demand from industry – especially in China – is expected to lead to a 1.6% rise in gas consumption each year until 2023, according to a new report.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) said that rising supplies from the United States will also stoke demand.

Demand from China is expected to rise by 60% between 2017 and 2023, driven by the government-mandated switch from coal to gas in power generation in order to curb air poluution.

Asian consumption is also expected to rise as the...

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Government looks at widening EII qualification

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched a consultation over its plans to widen the exemptions for contributing to renewable electricity support schemes.

Ministers are considering changes to the regulations, which would allow more energy-intensive industries (EIIs) to avoid contributing money to such schemes.

The current threshold for EIIs sits at 20% electricity intensity.

The BEIS is mulling moves to lower the level to 17%, 15% or even just 10%.


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Ministers criticised over tidal lagoon decision

Energy Secretary Greg Clark has been accused of “defying all logic” by rejecting proposals for a tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay.

Clark said the project did not offer value for money because it would cost £1.3 billion over 60 years, compared to £400 million for offshore wind farms with the same capacity.

He said a mixture of nuclear and offshore wind would be £20bn by 2050.

He added that only 28 permanent jobs would be created by the project.

Labour on the attack

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP,...

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