Corporates increasingly focus on supply chain emissions

The number of companies adopting an industry-leading approach to supply chain emissions has doubled in a year, according to a new report.

Environmental group CDP has awarded 58 companies – out of a total of more than 3,300 – a place on its second annual Supplier Engagement leader board, double the 29 identified in 2017.

The companies - which include BT Group, Rolls Royce and Unilever - are recognised for their work with suppliers to reduce emissions and lower environmental risks in the supply ...

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ENA urges whole system approach for clean growth

The Electricity Networks Association (ENA) has called for the UK Government’s Clean Growth Strategy to adopt a “whole system approach” in decarbonising the power grid.

The trade body said that both the gas network and the electricity network should be reformed side-by-side.

It said ministers’ current plans focused solely on making the electricity grid greener.

Evolving both the gas and electricity networks would save consumers between £104 billion and £122bn by 2050, while concentrating on...

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Ofgem highlights £100m Hinkley saving

Connecting the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station to the electricity grid could be £100 million cheaper under proposals unveiled by Ofgem.

The energy regulator has proposed using a “competition proxy” model under which National Grid would build the infrastructure but the amount of money it can make from operating the link will be capped by Ofgem at a rate equivalent to the work being put out for tender.

Ofgem estimates that the grid connection could cost around £800m to build.


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Think-tank highlights potential of Small Modular Reactors to meet energy needs

Small nuclear-powered modular reactors could be “crucial” in decarbonising the energy system, according to the latest report from the Policy Exchange think tank.

The paper said that solar and wind alone could not be used to meet the increased demand from electric vehicles and increased electrification of the heat and transport sectors.

Building battery storage to support renewables could cost as much as £1 trillion, the report said.

It added that importing electricity through interconnectors ...

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Network company in £83m smart grid spend

Northern Powergrid has unveiled plans for an £83 million smart grid upgrade to its network in the North East of England, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.

The “Smart Grid Enablers” is billed as “the UK’s most comprehensive network upgrade programme” and will run until 2023.

It is designed to prepare the grid for the rapid growth of electric vehicles, domestic heat pumps and renewable power, including solar panels, saving the economy £500m by 2031.

The company said the changes would be the ...

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30/01/2018 - Sector Round Up

£11m funding for EV to grid trial

Four electric vehicle demonstration projects have been awarded £11 million by the UK Government.

The “vehicle to grid” projects will look at how energy from the power network can be stored in batteries on board cars and vans.

Ian Cameron, Head of Innovation at UK Power Networks, which is part of the consortium that has been awarded the cash, said: “Electric vehicles are effectively energy sources on wheels, so there are tremendous opportunities to explore...

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Global businesses accelerating low-carbon switch

Major businesses are actively reshaping the energy market and accelerating the shift to a zero emissions economy through their procurement of renewable energy, according to a new report.

The report from the RE100 global corporate leadership initiative, led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, found that the total electricity demand of RE100 members now stands at over 159TWh/yr, equivalent to the 24th largest country’s electricity use.

Some 88% of respondents to a survey for the...

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UK renewables investment sees dramatic fall

Investment in renewable energy projects in the UK has plummeted for the second year in a row, according to the latest figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

The amount of finance pumped into UK renewables dropped by 56% during 2017 to £7.5 billion.

The fall came in stark contrast to a 3% rise in global spending to £242bn, which marked the second-highest total on record.

Jon Moore, Chief Executive at BNEF, said: “The 2017 total is all the more remarkable when you consider that...

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EDF confident of 2025 switch-on for Hinkley

French power company EDF Energy believes it is on course to bring its Hinkley Point C nuclear power station online as planned in 2025.

The original switch-on date for the power station was during 2017 but has been beset with delays.

EDF plans to build a further two reactors at Sizewell in Suffolk. The company thinks lessons learned at Hinkley could make Sizewell C 20% cheaper to build.

Further projects

Simone Rossi, Chief Executive at EDF Energy, said: “We are confident we can deliver this...

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Government responds to CCC clean growth comments

Climate Change Minister Claire Perry is to meet with Lord Deben, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), to discuss the watchdog’s response to the UK Government’s Clean Growth Strategy.

The CCC said the strategy was “ambitious” but “does not go far enough”.

“Urgent action is needed to flesh out current plans and proposals, and supplement them with additional measures, to meet the UK’s legally-binding carbon targets in the 2020s and 2030s,” the CCC said.

“Even if delivered in full,...

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