Posted on: 26/03/2019
John Lewis targets net zero emissions
The John Lewis Partnership – which owns the eponymous department store chain and Waitrose supermarkets – has unveiled plans to have a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050.
The pledge covers its shops, distribution centres, head office and all other UK premises.
It also wants to make its transport fleet zero carbon by 2045.
UK-China offshore wind research centre opens
The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC) has opened a research centre in China.
The organisation hopes that the base will help British companies to access China’s $100 billion offshore wind market.
The £2 million centre in Yantai City was opened during a week-long trade mission attended by 11 British businesses.
Wave energy device sinks
A wave energy converter device has sunk at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) off Orkney in Scotland.
Finnish developer Wello’s ‘Penguin’ device is no longer visible above the sea surface after it was earlier found to have been taken on water.
The unit has been installed at the Orkney test site in March 2017.
LPG storage terminal gets go-ahead
Flogas has been granted planning permission to convert the National Grid LNG facility at Avonmouth into a huge LPG storage terminal with room to store more than 34,000 tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas.
The facility will become the largest in the UK.
Flogas said it will provide security of supply to commercial and residential customers across the UK.
First Utility rebrands as Shell Energy
Domestic supplier First Utility, the 7th largest in the UK, has been rebranded as Shell Energy a year after it was bought by the group.
All of its UK residential customers have been switched to 100% renewable electricity. Shell said an Ipsos Mori survey of UK household electricity bill payers shows that almost 60% want to power their homes with electricity from renewable energy sources.