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Green freebies for coronavirus heroes and California's clean energy boost: The sustainability succes

All wonderful But the energy has to come from somewhere; there are no free lunches. No coal, not gas, hydro has little if any further prospect, nuclear years away, renewables intermittent. Only nuclear left, but an uncertain future. A bit bleak!! Richard Phillips

Government presses forward with plan to align 'every single mode of transport' with net-zero

A new policy will, inevitably be written by, overwhelmingly, bureaucrats. Not a physical scientist in sight!! No mention is made of the problem of energy supply, the amount or the source!! To "decarbonise" the transport system, an alternative source of energy is needed. Only nuclear and renewables remain. Renewables are spasmodic and dilute. They thus require both large installations (on land or sea), and large storage facilities. Both are inconvenient. Nuclear generation is concentrated (as at present with fossil fuels), and constant in meeting demand. This leaves only nuclear if both a reliable and demand lead system is required. We have no economic hydro sources left. But whose looking!! When the penny drops we shall be at least ten years too late, and, and the quick answer will be needed, GAS. Nuclear scares the boots off our politicians. Richard Phillips.

Government presses forward with plan to align 'every single mode of transport' with net-zero

This is typical DfT green wash. There is no indication in the report of any intention to reduce either road or aviation traffic. Indeed the opposite. This is the usual DfT predict and provide - more roads, more runways, more unnecessary journeys everywhere. We don''t have to worry about greenhouse gases because we can fantasise about technology solving all the problems. No plausible justification of these ambitions. Just like DfT fantasies about the economic benefits of mass travel. This is a fraudulent announcement.

Coronavirus: Seven key considerations for energy professionals

yes, its right that corona virus has effected everything whether its a vacuum chamber business, share market or domestic things. It effected the economy of the nation badly. this blog is really informational for energy professionals.

Coronavirus: Seven key considerations for energy professionals

Coronavirus: Seven key considerations for energy professionals

yes, its right that corona virus has effected everything whether its a vacuum chamber business, share market or domestic things. It effected the economy of the nation badly. this blog is really informational for energy professionals.

MP's pension fund still investing in fossil fuels

Caroline Lucas has a heart of gold, but lacks the technical knowledge of electricity generation. There is no natural source of the energy necessary to generate electricity, which is available on demand, at any time. This can only be provided by coal, gas or nuclear sources. All renewable sources are dependent upon the whims of nature. This is simply inadequate to meet our needs, and never will be adequate. It is a pipe-dream!! Until we have an adequate chain of reactors, sufficient to meet our electricity demand, with a margin to spare, we have to have fossil fuel, principally gas, for CCGT power plants. Full stop!! If the MP Pension fund does not invest in fossil fuel, other sources will, this self purification is simply self illusory. Richard Phillips

MP's pension fund still investing in fossil fuels

As I have said time and time again and will continue to shout from the rooftops "IT"S NOT JUST FUEL!" Hydrocarbons are the feedstock for millions of everyday products including all the VITAL LIFESAVING MEDICAL EQUIPMENT that is now so vital. Stop thinking in terms of burning oil and gas but think about what else they are used for and imagine a world without petrochemicals and synthetic clothing. What the Government do need to do though is end their cushy Diamond encrusted Final Salary Pension and switch to the same Defined Contribution schemes the vast majority of the rest of the country are on, that have just seen a 40-50% decrease in value.

Survey: How will coronavirus affect sustainability and energy professionals?

I would happily contribute but my work settings won''t permit me to sign into your survey via Microsoft login, apologies.

Survey: How will coronavirus affect sustainability and energy professionals?

I would like to participate but it says I do not have permission to view the form. Would you be able to assist?

Support for coronavirus-hit charities and biomethane trucks: The sustainability success stories of t

Am I correct in believing that signing up to renewable electricity only guarantees the best endeavours of the supplier to deliver from a renewable generator. If the sun is not shining, its night time, and the wind is not blowing, we are in the centre of a large high pressure area, from where does the power originate??? For all customers. Renewables simply cannot supply on demand all the time. If fossil fuels are debarred, only nuclear is left, and not a great deal is presently happening in that field.! Richard Phillips

Coronavirus: Now is not the time for environmental grandstanding - The reporter's blog

Very well put Sarah. William Thompson

UK's carbon footprint 21% below peak levels, latest Government figures show

As a statistical update to my last comment, analysis in the report shows that road transport emissions rose by 5% between 1997 and 2017. In the same period, the number of private cars registered with DVLA rose by 36.7% to 31.2 million. In contrast, the introduction of 5% bioethanol in petrol (and B7 biodiesel) will have had only a minor effect.

UK's carbon footprint 21% below peak levels, latest Government figures show

UK's carbon footprint 21% below peak levels, latest Government figures show

@Sophie Domestic travel is down or flat due to continuing improvements in efficiency (mpg) of cars and trucks, although this has levelled off over the past few years as it has been offset by a rise in the proportion of larger SUV-type private cars, as well as in the number local delivery vehicles with the move to online shopping. Private mileage has been more or less flat - miles driven per vehicle have dropped slightly, but have been offset by more cars on the road. Although more leisure trips by air have undoubtedly increased aviation emissions (more flights), I don''t believe that it has been directly responsible for the small drop in miles driven per vehicle - most people are taking additional breaks, rather than substituting Barcelona for Brighton.

UK's carbon footprint 21% below peak levels, latest Government figures show

Thanks for the piece. Do think the exclusion of aviation should be a headline - domestic travel down seems surprising and encouraging but then you realise it s substituted by air mini breaks and foreign hols?

Heavy-emitting firms 'off-track' to deliver low-carbon world

CO2 is always presented as if it were our major source of global heating. It seems to ignore variations in water vapour. This is assumed to be constant, but this is just too simple, having its origins, I suspect, in the difficulty in making measurements revealing any variations on the same scale as CO2 as a whole, about on one fortieth. has this ever been attempted, I wonder. CO2 has its place in atmospheric warming, but I doubt that it is dominant, and have never seen on a molecular scale, an explanation of just how it may be done. But there is a lot of HMG money being handed out on controlling CO2, the control of water vapour is orders of magnitude beyond us; just as well perhaps! Richard Phillips

Behaviour change: Tesco and RBS to discuss engagement strategies in edie's next webinar

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Patagonia and Surfdome trial removal of plastic polybags for clothes

The most important aspect of this is in the opening paragraph: "in a way that doesn''t impact product quality or generate an increase in lifecycle carbon emissions" It is vital that everything we do is fully costed in terms of emissions, resources, energy and waste so that we do not "Pave the Road to Hell with Good Intentions". Sometimes what appears on the surface to be a green or sustainable idea is in fact more damaging than what it replaces.

WRAP issues new guidance to target 3.6m tonnes of food wasted at farm level

good to see WRAP making progress on this, but part of the solution must be a collaborative supply chain approach. We''ve had a buyers'' market in fresh produce for too long, and we need to move to a more transparent joint effort to plan supplies and share risk. Grading specs also a key issue, along with better ways to use grade-outs for human food

Coronavirus vs. climate change and COP26: What happens next?

If it''s not one thing it''s another, but very seriously, what do the authors of the UN''s 26 November 2019 Emissions Gap Report say

UK Government funnels ?90m into electric scooters and delivery drones

Wouldn''t it be better to invest that money into E-Bikes, E-Cargo Bikes and E-Delivery vehicles? Upping the speed limit on e-bikes and lowering the age at which people can use them would have a big impact on their use and by electrifying local delivery networks would have a massive impact on air quality in towns and cities. E-Scooters are a blooming menace in many cities, just being left anywhere in Paris for instance, and drones, really what muppet came up with that idea?



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