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Government unveils charging plans to put EVs in driving seat

(I drive a Renault Zoe) Improved battery performance means that we need to re-think the charging network strategy. What we will need is high volume high speed charging points at strategic locations such as motorway service areas not low speed charging units at multiple city locations. The wrong strategy will result in wasted resources and discredit to clean transport action. Universal connection systems are also needed.

Solar industry 'left in limbo' over delays to RHI decision

mm Vested interests versus the incompetent (who hold the purse strings). I''ve been toying with biomass for a new domestic install but it is just too expensive compared to oil. The sad thing is unless renewables can stand on their own without subsidy - and bear in mind that the government does not have its own money - it is one set of taxpayers subsidising another set of taxpayers. Gas and oil will dominate until they run out or become unattractively expensive.

Government unveils charging plans to put EVs in driving seat

Still no comment from Govt on the future fuel duty position on hydrogen and electricity- big hole in Govt finances will need to be filled. Another case of buyer beware?

Brexit: a bad choice is no excuse for not moving towards zero waste - Zero Waste Europe Blog

I would like to agree with your optimism in regards the will to create a more resilient future for generations ahead. Unfortunately the recent example, albeit from a different subject of setting a precedent to allow fracking to begin happening in Lancashire then I would suggest that the current way forward is rather unclear.

Olam gains water certification for plantation as Fairtrade warns of climate-driven coffee decline

Very interesting infographic above. Worth adding that high street coffee cup takeaways add millions of non recyclable waste. Climate conscious buyers should buy portable coffee sachets like Slimroast to address this big issue for 2 billion drinkers.

Petrol cars allowed to exceed pollution limits by 50% under draft EU laws

Violate the principle of technology neutrality - what on earth is that double speak for. $25 for a device that significantly reduces emissions seems a much better value option than many of the features deemed "absolutely necessary" to have on a modern car.

What next for the UK as coal hits all time low but renewables falter?

What next? Well CCS and CO2 re-use in fuel manufacture to allow clean coal and use of the 600 year supply of this material that we are sitting on.

Investigation begins for pioneering salt cavern CCS projects

As well as CCS we also need CO2 re-use, say in fuel manufacture and this has been proved feasible.

Final call: MPs urge UK to 'get a move on' with energy storage and demand response

I couldn''t agree more! Phil, using PV solar panels and driving a BEV (full electric drive vehicle), and increasingly frustrated at the high cost of energy storage solutions currently available.

Trump's 'sick' windfarm advert reported to watchdog

As a quarter Scot I would say carefully placed wind turbines and other green power generation facilities, such as the superb Cruachan pumped storage station, actually attract tourists because they are safe, unlike the ridiculous and obsolete nuclear fission alternatives. So, Mr Trump, think again and please don''t destroy natural Scottish beauty with hideous man made golf greens, where only those obsessed with small balls have any interest.

Demand-response 'makes complete sense' for heavy industry

This is long, long overdue. Why so, in such a technically competent nation?? Divert the huge sums that the farcical new nuclear proposal at Hinkley Point will consume (a bottomless pit) and get this technology in place. God save us from politicians who are trained in the Classics rather than Life''s Essentials!

'Project blackout fear': Green economy scolds think tank research into Britain's energy mix

There is no point in talking the talk about the energy trilema if you then ignore one or even two of the three parts of it. Carrying on with time expired coal plant might keep costs down but it will doom our climate change efforts to failure. Furthermore, old plant is not very reliable and an increase in breakdowns in a fleet of large centralised coal powered stations is probably the most likely scenario for the lights going out. Things are developing so fast in the worlds of renewables, storage and demand control that the worst thing is probably to get left behind and to kill off our cutting edge industries. Read "The Switch" by Chris Goodall pub2016 in which he makes a convincing arguement to suggest that PV costs will drop so rapidly that PV with other renewables, storage and demand response will soon be cheaper than any of the alternatives including "old King Coal" or crown prince nuclear!

Capacity market provides another twist in the Government's air quality battle

The true story is that the speed of response of Diesel allows the reduction in the deployment of Coal and Oil Power Stations which would otherwise run continuously on Stand-by creating significantly more pollution that that created by Diesel from the average 200 hours running per year. With alternative Fuels and EGT Technology Emissions less than Gas can be delivered from Diesel equipment with Capex less than Gas and without having to run the 200 hours+ required to make Gas sites viable.

Britain loves onshore wind, contrary to popular belief

Interesting results. Much will depend on geography and especially of your respondents (where they live in relation to existing onshore wind installations, where they live in relation to landscape capacity, the local history of wind energy and associated shifting-baselines, etc.). It is clear from the number of local opposition groups that support is not uniform but rather is general (i.e. typical NIMBY effects) but perhaps goes deeper. An appropriately sited onshore wild farm is a good thing. A badly sited one isn''t. Green-on-green impacts are going to become increasingly important. In Scotland, landscape character issues (especially wild land areas) mean that the remaining suitable areas for onshore wind are limited (i.e. Central Belt, Aberdeenshire and Morayshire). Realising the remaining 50% of Scotland''s 100% renewable electricity generation target will become increasingly difficult as regards finding and securing suitable sites. I have a paper in review which provides a detailed spatial analysis of landscape impacts and capacity for new onshore/offshore developments.

edie launches free ISO 50001 guide for energy managers

THE Pdf doc is empty .. nothing is in the document ?? Regards Dr Noman Can you email me "ISO 50001 guide for energy managers" document at my id

Treasury blocked air quality plans in favour of 'absolute minimum' measures

And where does the Hydrogen come from? I don''t see the issue with big static diesel generator sets as these can have effective particulate filters and exhaust gas processing which is just not feasible on small car engines. Take diesels in cars off the road as there are better solutions (but not hydrogen) make lorry emissions laws more restrictive and require all local white vans for deliveries to be battery powered. That should put a big dent in the UK''s pollution levels.

Treasury blocked air quality plans in favour of 'absolute minimum' measures

I am amazed that these government officials are discussing "New Diesel Generators" when there are Hydrogen options in new innovation which could be supported and funded, which would achieve Zero emissions in use. Stop funding small changes in Fossil Fuel engines and move straight to Hydrogen as the clean energy. Green House Gasses represent a threat of loss of life and land in similar magnitude to a small nuclear war and yet the politicians are treating it knowingly like it is asbestos of tobacco again. Wasting Tax payers funds on Court Action to defend themselves from having refused to meet legal requirements

Urban energy 'rethink' needed to ensure low-carbon transition, says IRENA

We also need a low carbon transition in areas around nuclear sites; rule out Hinkley C and any new nuclear build; enforce a zero nuclear radiation emissions policy at all UK nuclear sites including nuclear power, research, defence and nuclear submarine bases.

Bristol's solar revolution continues with innovative stadium PV partnership

Iain Whyte: "Read a report recently which calculated that the return on energy invested in solar panel production was 83% over a 25 year panel life for installations at the UK''s lattitude" - Please could you provide a reference or link to the report you quoted in your comment below? And please read this article, and the studies which it refers to, for an alternative viewpoint:

BEIS aims to rollout emissions reduction plan in February

The answer to Clean Energy of the future especially houses, is to have generation on site, removing houses from the grid. To have a consumer owned system, which includes hydrogen production, both as storage and use for heating and cooking. This stops any effect that cyber attacks on the grid could have, likewise storm damage to overhead cables and supply equipment. More importantly it clearly cuts CO2 emissions by approximately 5-6 Tonnes of CO2 along with NOx and other pollutants. More importantly it lowers costs to the consumer which will act as "Added Value" to provide a financial incentive to change to Clean Energy and make a serious cut in CO2 emissions. At some point in time Politicians, Investors and Fossil Fuel Companies are going to have to accept that burning Fossil Fuels to create energy Has To Stop. Even if those Fossil Fuel Companies go bankrupt, I have no problem, because they have known about the facts for 20 years and continued to seek major profits without concern for the people who will suffer and die as a result of their selfish attitude. They have had 20 years to divest. Lets be quite honest, if someone killed one of their children by any means there is, they would want that person hung out to dry or jailed for life. These people are ensuring that there will be hundreds of thousands of parents around the world whose children will die. They will of course die along with their parents and animals and wild life of all kinds and yet that is fine so long as it is termed "making a profit"

Britain's biomass generation carries big emissions risk, report claims

Sorry Mr Court (REA) but can you explain to me how shipping thousands of tons of wood pellets across the ocean in an oil burning cargo vessel is "low carbon"? It is approximately 3000NM from New York to Liverpool, that is 9 days sailing at 14kts so that single bulk carrier (CapeMax of 205,000 tonnes displacement) uses approximately 621,000kg (or litres) of Heavy Fuel Oil for each trip based on NYC to Liverpool (or 207kg of fuel per mile or 1.3barrels of oil per mile!). Then add in all the diesel used to truck the wood to processing plants and to and from ports and you have anything but a low carbon fuel. Then wood burning produces more particulate matter (soot) than any other fuel which is already being seen to produce more smog in urban areas again just from domestic wood burners. Whilst I agree that using low quality wood and waste, such as sawdust and offcuts, is a good thing for local power and heating I can not agree that mass power generation from wood transport halfway around the world using oil can NEVER be viable or low carbon.

Britain's biomass generation carries big emissions risk, report claims

I have always been dubious about biomass unless it is organic waste from local sources i.e. neither grown for biomass nor imported. Drax cannot possibly be ''green'' energy. Peter Brown Yealm Community Energy

Furniture manufacturers urged to solve circular economy conundrum

TFR should b congratulated on their initiative, as should the local authorities and companies like Viridor who shred mattresses and recover the steel whilst sending the rest to energy from waste plants, this eliminating landfill as the final, completely unacceptable option.

Furniture manufacturers urged to solve circular economy conundrum

How many locations do you work from? We re cycle over 10.000 mattresses yearly.currently using various people.

Government provides ?35m funding boost for ultra-low emission vehicles

Message to John Hayes and Department of Transport, It may well be that there needs to be a discussion on the future of transport which includes new innovation which struggles to get noted. For your information, HyPulJet.2.0 Hydrogen Pulse Jet Rotary Engine-generator is a low-cost alternative to H2 Fuel Cells What is of importance to Government policy and plans is that HyPulJet.2.0 will have its own Hydrogen and Oxygen produce on board the vehicle Assessed by UK University as viable and now discussing options to build a prototype engine-generator and funding. Without Gov. funding being available to individual innovators HyPulJet is about to make a Crowd Funding bid. There is no doubt that the engine-generator will be a low-cost alternative to hydrogen Fuel Cells and on that basis should warrant funding on the basis that 35 million in funding is being provided for Charge points. Again funding for charge points, why not funding to build a Proof of Concept vehicle with "On board Hydrogen and Oxygen production system". This is merely adapting systems which are already in use for a different purpose. So does the Department for Transport spend multi millions on a Hydrogen infrastructure which will be made obsolete by Cars and trucks which produce their own hydrogen on board. HyPulJet.2.0 will bring about lower costs of Zero emissions vehicles and lower the costs of fuel to bottles of water, which will create a serious increase in take up of Zero emissions vehicles. I will also say that HSR2 will be made obsolete by HyPulJet.2.0 before you go much further, even without DfT support or funding HyPulJet.2.0 will power Electric Auto Pilot Drones, being door to door transport and able to work during a low altitude flight, means that the intended executive travel between London and Manchester will not be travelling by train. You may also pose the question on the need for Hinkley Point, HyPulJet.2.0 with own fuel production will be an excellent static generator for Off-Grid Houses, Dual low-voltage electrics and heating cooking by hydroge gas. The greatest need for Government Departments to consider is that, whereas changing a petrol/diesel car to Zero emissions will stop approx 1 Tonne of CO2 taking an average UK house Off-grid will stop approx 5-6 Tonnes of CO2 annually. If the objective is to cut CO2 emissions then it is clear to a lay person that it is best to develop systems which stop 5 times the amount of Electric Cars. Al Scott HyPulJet

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