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England at serious risk of water shortage by 2040, MPs warn

The UK Conservative Government gives 10.5 billion in subsidies from our taxes to fossil fuel companies each year, which equates to 16,153,846 per constituency. With an average of 70,530 constituents in each constituency this works out as 229 generously donated by our caring government per person which leads to more CO2 and more pollution. The project cost of a 3.5 MW Enercon E126 EP 3 wind turbine costs 3.13 million, and if the subsidies were diverted to renewables we could have an extra wind farm of 5.16 wind turbines in every constituency every year, generating 18.06 MW per hour per year. 34.82 MW per hour is used by the average person in the UK per year, so our wind turbines would provide clean electricity to 8,766‬ more people in every constituency every year, in eight years every constituency would have clean electricity provided locally. As nuclear and fossil fuel turbine generators use 50% of our fresh water in the process of generating electricity having such a policy will also double fresh water sources, that are being increasingly stretched by global weirding. Think Green. Think Clean.

Facebook to capture and donate wasted heat from Danish data centre

Well that''s one way to do it! I remember while living in France there was a system where householders could host an Internet server in their home to benefit from the "heating" for a small fraction of their bandwidth. The company even paid you for the electricity the server used. This is scaling that idea up to the nth degree and is an excellent way of using the same energy more than once. I''d still host a couple of Facebook et al servers either under my stairs or even under my floors to benefit from the warmth the average server pumps out daily

Survey: Energy professionals believe retrofitting is key to a green Covid-19 recovery

I guess there''s nothing here to stimulate the market for heat pumps other than the RHI which only runs for a few more months. If it''s just insulation people will have done that already.

VW to remove petrol and diesel vehicle manufacturing lines from key factory

The Passat GTE is not an EV, its a plug in hybrid. VW make this sound like a complete cessation of internal combustion engines at this plant, however in reality even in 2026 and thereafter, they will still be putting petrol (or diesel) engines in cars manufactured there, albeit alongside a small electric motor

MEPs set to navigate shipping into the EU's carbon market

The time to consider these matters is when all primary generators of electricity are non CO2 emitters; and generators on demand. Only one generator fits this definition, NUCLEAR fission or fusion. Batteries have to charged, hydrogen or ammonia have to be produced. Planners in this sphere have to be inclusive of the scientist, its not all economics and administration. But when I fell into conversation with a school leaver behind the counter, and I mentioned chemistry, physics and maths, she replied "Oh, the hard ones"!!!!!!!!! Richard Phillips

Green Recovery: Treasury unveils ?3bn package spotlighting energy efficiency and reskilling

As I have said before Heat Pumps without proper insulation are pointless so don''t think retrofitting these into social rental properties (or even private rental properties) will save the occupants any money. Experience from colleagues who live in such a property and had an ASHP fitted are the house is damp and it costs 3x as much to heat. The local Housing Association ticked a box but didn''t improve the insulation at all. Don''t let this opportunity go to waste by failing to make whole scale improvements across the board and without properly managing the technologies and installations. All installers and suppliers MUST be properly screened and Quality Controlled (preferably to an ISO standard) to ensure the householder and taxpayer are not ripped off by cowboys.

MEPs set to navigate shipping into the EU's carbon market

Anyone for the return of the sailing Clippers?

The opportunity to revolutionise heating has already arrived - The Heat Networks Investment blog

All new build (and I mean absolutely every single new build) housing and commercial/retail construction project should now be planned and completed with a centralised heat network at its heart. The economies of scale make this kind of heat infrastructure so much more efficient than individual heat sources. Ground Source, Water Source and even large scale Air Source heat pumps tied in to well insulated, underfloor heated buildings will make a massive difference to the UK energy demand. At the large scale using all 3 Heat Pump sources makes sense as does drilling deep boreholes to tap into "geothermal" heat. In the post Covid-19 New Normal we should not be building inefficient, poorly insulated, badly heated buildings nor allow them to continue to be built if they are already in progress. There needs to be a proper, formal, certified QAQC of all new builds to ensure they are being built to the highest standards and not just a "tick box" operation with Friday 4:30pm gaps and holes in insulation as is so often the case. There''s no more room for "snags".

Yorkshire Water and Birds Eye to support carbon-capturing 'pop up rainforest'

Hopefully this kind of initiative is a great success and can be replicated across regions. It tick many boxes in terms of net-zero targets, biodiversity and the response to the impacts of the climate crisis.

World's first plastic-free PPE equipment launched to combat coronavirus pandemic

So much greenwashing here, as expected with anything connected to A Plastic Planet. Where to start. Recyclable and home compostable? Can the cellulose acetate visor really be recycled? By what method? At least a conventional PET visor has a potential recycling pathway. These are destined for incineration just like any other PPE. What is the point of composting cardboard and cellulose acetate? They have no value as a soil improver which is why none of these visors will ever be composted. So you''re left with a cardboard strap which can be recycled and a plastic visor which has to be incinerated. i.e. no different to any of the existing disposable visors on the market.

One Young World: Business giants invest ?500k in SDG-aligned innovations

What a laugh, BP CEO Looney well aware of Hydrogen Zero emissions Rotary engine = No discussions Sheer Hypocrisy

Equinor to deliver world's largest at-scale hydrogen from carbon capture plant in Hull

Spot on Kieron!!!! Whatever did science have to do with anything?? Richard Phillips

'Green Swan' observatories and Europe's biggest electric plane: The best green innovations of the mo

I have to admit that I am a little puzzled! I have spent my life as a research scientist, professionally qualified as a chemist. Carbon dioxide is present in the atmosphere at about 0.04%, 400 ppm. Water vapour. our most abundant greenhouse gas has a mean abundance of about 2.5%, some 60 times greater. The greenhouse importance of these gasses, molecule for molecule, is quite comparable. Why is, therefore, carbon dioxide given such prominence; could it be that we have some control over man made CO2, and this gives us the chance to lavish large amounts of money on its control??? "Follow the money" !!!!!!! Richard Phillips

Equinor to deliver world's largest at-scale hydrogen from carbon capture plant in Hull

What a waste of energy! Firstly to crack the hydrogen atoms from the Methane takes more than you get back from burning the Hydrogen, then all the extra energy needed to capture and compress the Carbon Dioxide and pump it into storage. Methane has far more important industrial uses than just being burnt, be that as Methane or as Hydrogen. A total waste of time and effort and a classic example of when a "green" idea really is turd brown

Barratt Developments sets net-zero target for 2040

Now, is that the same Barratt Developments that I met in Newcastle mid 2011? We were there to offer our non-chemical simple solution to treating hard water that wastes so much energy. He asked me the price than said "If I told you that we save 1 on each house we build by not putting a number on the door you will realise we are also not interested in water treatment" John Thompson Environmental Treatment Concepts Ltd

McDonald's to install EV chargers at all UK drive-thrus

Surely they should be installed in every McD''s car park regardless of if it has a Drive Thru or not. Aren''t Drive Thru meant to be just that, drive through, purchase, drive off, consume? What Drive thru customer is going to drive in, sit in the line, get their burger then sit in the car park plugged into the mains for 20 mins? If you are going to have to sit around you might as well just park up, go in and order then sit at a table to eat.

One in ten jobs at risk without 'green' reskilling, Mayors warn Treasury

Hi Sarah, Is there a link to the published briefing?

UK's Covid-19 recovery package must mandate building retrofits, 100 businesses tell Ministers

This is admiral sentiment and an honest goal to which we should all aspire. Anything and everything that reduces our energy wastage, particularly heating, has to be investigated and implemented where it is proven to be effective. But, and it''s a big but, we can not blindly replace existing, effective, heating with often ineffective Heat Pumps in older housing. I know many people who have had this done by local housing authorities who now have fuel bills 3x higher than previously AND damp homes. That is simply unacceptable and is purely because of "box ticking" by organisations.

Hydrogen 'could provide half of the UK's net-zero energy demand'

phase 2 of this project would make this possible - so ignore the misinformed comments! https://orsted.co.uk/media/newsroom/news/2020/02/gigastack-phase-2

Report: Most oil majors' net-zero strategies are greenwash, with US firms faring the worst

If we are honest, most scope 3 emissions are outside the control of oil companies unless they pivot away from oil completely as Orsted have done, but that''s a lot easier for a relatively small company operating mainly in Northern Europe. Scope 3 emissions are largely driven by demand for oil from consumers, and although at the margins Big Oil can help them use it more efficiently, they have a lot less control over demand that the major car companies or Government in driving changes to demand. So the second best approach is to look at offsets - which may work in the short term but cannot be a long-term solution. If Shell and BP miraculously sold all their oil & gas assets tomorrow and invested them in renewables, that would have little short term effect on demand, yet might open the oil industry to less ethical players from Russia and the Middle East. Real progress has to be led by Government creating structural demand changes - carbon taxes will help but so will investment in public infrastructure (and that is one place where Big Oil should be looking rather than continuing to invest in fossil production assets). BTW, a higher percentage of scope 3 emissions often means that the company is using less energy in its own operations, and so is being more efficient - so is actually a good sign!

Hydrogen 'could provide half of the UK's net-zero energy demand'

At its most (unrealistically) optimistic assessment, "blue" hydrogen, derived from wind power, is 40% efficient as a store of electricity. Your article says nothing about actual capex and opex. Without the radical breakthrough which has eluded hydrogen enthusiasts (nut cases) these last 150 years, the whole thing will turn out to be yet another disgraceful, green boondoggle! Theadora Smith is right on as regards, "grey" hydrogen!

CCC: Covid-19 recovery a 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' to spur net-zero transition

More of the same --- what about support and funding for new hydrogen innovation Good money after bad $$ Billions on Fusion over 20 30 years --- Carbon Capture and Store Why not Hydrogen a different way ??? 10 mill and by 2032 by restrofitting on the road diesel trucks and other vehicles perhaps 50% of daily emissions can be stopped Sorry if the Policy makers cannot take time to research new innovation then their policy decision is flawed.

Hydrogen 'could provide half of the UK's net-zero energy demand'

Hydrogen is high-carbon, accounting for 830 MILLION tonnes of carbon dioxide yearly (IEA figures) and elies on fossilfuel gas. Nothing green or low-carbon about it. What happened to energy efficiency?

Unilever launches ?1bn climate and nature fund, targets net-zero emissions by 2039

Yes, but what about reducing/eliminating the plastic in all those brands it owns?

Rapid EV charging points to be installed at 10 major UK shopping hubs

This is the sort of thing that WILL make EV''s more appealing to the masses. It will also remove much of the range anxiety and make smaller EV''s with their shorter battery range more feasible, mind you who needs more than 50 miles around town really? To be really effective though they will need to install the charge points at the prime parking spots, that is closest to the main entrances of the centres. Not on the far edge of the car park where is often the case.

Government planning to replace RHI with Clean Heat Grant

@Paul - yes I do speak of piping and cost as that is what most households in the UK will face to retro-fit our heating systems especially if they are to be effective and efficient. If you have 15mm pipes then lucky you as most modern, ie less than 20 years old, will have microbore piping and slimline radiators as that is what builders fitted. I''ve no problem with renewable or clean alternatives to my A rated Oil Fired system but everyone is so focussed on Air Source Heat Pumps that no one is seriously looking at the other options or how it will even work to try to fit ASHP into every home and make it properly effective and efficient. When people who have had ASHP fitted tell me they spend 3x as much to heat their home and it is never properly warm or it is damp, or people reinstate their oil fired boilers as it is actually more efficient than an ASHP I have to ask "what is the bloody point" and is this "dash for Heat Pumps" actually making the situation worse.

Government planning to replace RHI with Clean Heat Grant

KEIRON SHATWELL''s comment speaks of piping and high cost. Presumably he has microbore. Installers are telling me that I should upgrade older rads but my 15mm piping is OK as is. The grant would still be important to me but mainly because of retro-fit labour costs and the installer''s need to make a profit.

'Happy Birthday, you haven't aged a day': One year on from the UK's net-zero announcement - Matt Mac

Many thanks Matt for your timely and comprehensive summary of the battles ahead to reach net-zero. What are your thoughts on curbing the enthusiasm of the natural gas industry to play a significant but unsustainable role in the production of hydrogen?

Logitech to roll out carbon labelling

The Danish reference is interesting, but I cannot find any references to it on "official" websites. It appears to have been a proposal put forward in November 2018, but as yet seems to be unconfirmed. Can edie (or anyone else) shed some light on this? It''s good to see Quorn re-starting this. They took part in an earlier CT labelling scheme, along with brands such as Innocent, but that seems to have fizzled out a couple of years ago.

Green number plates for electric vehicles set for UK rollout

Constant, subliminal messages work, and ongoing cost once the system is in place must be almost zero, so great idea.

Green number plates for electric vehicles set for UK rollout

What a total waste of time and money. Complete and utter nonsense

Jet Zero Council: Government unveils new collaborative initiative to decarbonise aviation

I would hope that some of the environmental groups contain good scientists. I don''t think that there can realistically be a science or engineering-based solution to this; the answers are likely to be at least in part behavioural (fly less) and possibly develop more high speed rail as alternatives to flying. There is a need for sustainable fuels, as well as potentially for slow aviation (airships, etc.) but these cannot be expected to match recent levels of mass aviation. And I say that with some sadness as someone who loves to travel. @Richard Phillips

Jet Zero Council: Government unveils new collaborative initiative to decarbonise aviation

THAT FIRST SENTENCE, NOT A WHIFF OF SCIENTISTS OR ENGINEERS, BUT WHY SHOULD I BE SURPRISED!!!!!!! Richard Phillips

Report: Remote working means UK businesses will underreport 470,000 tonnes of carbon in 2020

I agree with Roger, but it''s a whole lot more complex than it appears at first sight. I rent shared office space, so that''s still being lit (and possibly heated) when I''m not there. If you use public transport, the odds are that much of it will be running, even if you are not on it. So many of the apparent savings may be illusory. Phil Grunewald of the ECI in Oxford has also done some interesting analysis, especially of the increase in domestic use. What''s not clear yet is whether the overall reduction in use is mainly from industry or includes office sector use too. Certainly I think I our energy intensity has worsened (energy used per unit of GDP). And I looked on the websites of both Bulb and Eco-Act, yet couldn''t find this report. There is a Net Zero report on Eco_act, but I don''t see it relates.

Wind sector is getting bigger, in more ways than one

Getting bigger yes But still entirely under the control of nature. We quite frequently have periods of very low wind (days and weeks), even in the North Sea. But there is a lot of money to be made!!!!!!! Richard Phillips

Wales to play host to Gigafactory and marine energy hub

This is yet another example of the development of devices which operate on a "take it while you can get it" basis. Electricity generated on this basis is not fit for general purposes. Electricity is only valuable if it is always available at the power required, haphazard generation only generates chaos when attempts are made to connect it to the grid. A backup is needed full-time, and this is generally gas. Big deal, and very expensive. Note should be taken of the constancy of the level of nuclear generation, at the moment, it stands a constant line over months and years. It has been argued that it is unable to operate flexibly, but modern pressurised reactors are capable of flexible operation. Nuclear should have continued to be developed in the UK, but a certain Mrs. T put paid to that! " we can always buy nuclear technology in the Market". And when we do we are not in charge. and the price is governed by the seller Richard Phillips

Report: Remote working means UK businesses will underreport 470,000 tonnes of carbon in 2020

No mention in the article of the carbon (and urban atmospheric pollution) saved through people not driving to work. Would have been good to see a link to the report on which this article is based

Britain goes 60 days without coal-fired power generation

Excellent news but beware the Drax story as importring woodchip from Canada is a logistics nonsense and burning the woodchip releases CO2 previously trapped in the wood - it is not CO2 neutral. Drax would be better converted to use UK RDF as we produce more than we can burn at the moment and send much to Denmark when it should be used here to produce much needed green electricity and heat.

What role will hydrogen play in green Covid-19 recovery plans?

If hydrogen as a fuel to be injected into our natural gas system, it must not be overlooked that, volume for volume, it has only about one third of the heat capacity of methane, the gas it is replacing. One hopes that if it is provided for the domestic market, note will have to taken also of its lower viscosity, and thought given to appliance jet size??? Richard Phillips

Britain goes 60 days without coal-fired power generation

@Chris - when they make a cargo ship that runs on hydrogen, wood chips or even back to sails then I won''t complain, and I''m not complaining now just pointing out the 500lb pink gorilla in the room. To give you some idea of how much heavy fuel oil a cargo ship uses a "Capesize" ship of 205,000tonnes displacement uses 69,000kg of fuel oil per day to make 14kts (1kg is roughly 1 litre of oil). The Atlantic from New York to Liverpool is 300Nautical Miles. At 14kts that is a 9 day steam. Which is 621,000kg of fuel oil per single journey. Sure potatoes take energy to harvest and transport but I buy my spuds from UK growers so the energy footprint is not Trans-Atlantic and are you 100% certain that "old growth" forest is not or has not been cut down in SE America? Yes Ironbridge biomass plant does use forestry/timber waste as its fuel but Drax certainly doesn''t. Sadly there are a lot of so called "Green" projects out there that are distinctly brown when you look at the big picture and factor in everything.

Britain goes 60 days without coal-fired power generation

Sorry, Ben and Keiron, you are largely wrong. The woodchip comes from plantations, not "old growth," and also wood waste from manufacturing which in recent years was wasted. Sure, chips take some energy to harvest and transport, but so do the spuds on your plate. There are already electric chainsaws on the market, which can be charged with renewably-sourced electricity. What will you complain about when the cargo ships are fired by biofuel?

Britain goes 60 days without coal-fired power generation

Just replacing coal for old growth forest (Drax) and also burning more gas. https://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/

Race to Zero: COP26 campaign launched to push nations towards net-zero targets

Lets hope when the Institute for New Economic Thinking s (INET) senior fellow Adair Turner talks about technologically solutions he inclides initiatives to fix the ''blue planet''? If we are going to save humankind from an environmental disaster then we need to think differently about some of the solutions. Some would say its all about prioritising our blue planet. Consider - a tree absorbs on average only 22 kg of carbon a year. A whale 32,000kgs by feeding on phytoplankton. If we can raise phytoplankton levels by 1% that is equivalent to 2 billion trees. So if we recognise the contribution of whales and their ocean food sources and raise their numbers by protecting and cleaning the oceans we have one of the biggest contributing solutions! We can avoid unproven costly and untested technological solutions, such as capturing carbon. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/11/whales-carbon-capture-climate-change/

Coronavirus: Is this the beginning of the end for the 'self-sabotaging' meat sector?

Vegan ''Meat'' Alternative better, and cheaper, than Meat The ''Holy Grail'' of vegetarians and vegans used to be to create a plant based food product that had the texture and taste of meat, a prize was going to be awarded by the animal rights organisation PETA. Linda McCartney won the award, with a product cheaper than meat. The new target is to produce real meat in the laboratory, but looks like it will be expensive and bad for the environment, so my invention is still better. The raw vegetable matter was flavoured, and fortified with vitamin B12 (missing from such diets) and then compacted to a density higher than beef. The result is then tenderised by automated steak mallets until the correct tenderisation of the meat you are mimicking is achieved. A few trials provides the answer to that. As veganism is healthier for the planet than animals fed grain, uses less water, fossil fuel used in intensive farming, and greenhouse gas emissions then perhaps all vegans should be campaigning to have more of their food processed in this way.

Report: Global carbon budget will be exhausted in 15 years without fossil fuel finance overhaul

Clean Electricity in Just Eight Years for Free Will Double Fresh Water Supplies The UK Conservative Government gives 10.5 billion in subsidies from our taxes to fossil fuel companies each year, which equates to 16,153,846 per constituency. With an average of 70,530 constituents in each constituency this works out as 229 generously donated by our caring government per person which leads to more CO2 and more pollution. The project cost of a 3.5 MW Enercon E126 EP 3 wind turbine costs 3.13 million, and if the subsidies were diverted to renewables we could have an extra wind farm of 5.16 wind turbines in every constituency every year, generating 18.06 MW per hour per year. 34.82 MW per hour is used by the average person in the UK per year, so our wind turbines would provide clean electricity to 8,766‬ more people in every constituency every year, in eight years every constituency would have clean electricity provided locally. As nuclear and fossil fuel turbine generators use 50% of our fresh water in the process of generating electricity having such a policy will also double fresh water sources, that are being increasingly stretched by global weirding. Think Green. Think Clean.

Britain goes 60 days without coal-fired power generation

While this is a good milestone we do have to take it "with a pinch of salt". The salt being "what is the true environmental cost of compressed wood pellets as used by Drax?" and "what is the breakdown of the 10% of imports?" As the wood pellets are harvested, processed and transported using oil they can hardly be called Low Carbon. A cargo ship crossing the Atlantic uses thousands of litres of Heavy Fuel Oil. A truck uses hundreds of litres of diesel. A chainsaw tens of litres of petrol. If the imports are coming from Germany (for instance) some of that will be from coal, and dirty brown coal a lot of the time. A milestone but one that has to be tempered at this time but within a short time we will be generating electricity without burning any coal at all. Not using Gas though will take a far longer time to achieve.

Investors target Facebook, Nintendo and other business giants over climate disclosure

We Need a Moore''s Law for the Carbon Footprint of Computing In the climate crisis we have to look at how to reduce the carbon footprint of our computing. This would involve minimising green house gasses at production, use, recycling, and deconstruction at end of life. Buying our products in carbon intensive China is a suicide mission, and we can be leading the way to getting a cleaner China by ensuring that our component producing companies use renewable energy to power construction, which is now cheaper than new build fossil fuels. Factory cooling can be most cheaply done by planting trees nearby rather than having air conditioning, as Google has found to good effect. As the United Nations is attempting to plant a trillion trees, every one counts; if we plant the trees in equilateral triangles we can plant 15% more trees. (for mathematical proof see: http://www.kadir-buxton.com/crows-footing-increases-crop-yields-by-15-percent) We must now design our tech to use as little electricity as possible, and have a Moore s law for efficiency instead of speed. Every time there is an increase in computer speed the software becomes sloppier, we can reduce future energy consumption by improving software design, minimalism must be made to be more important than bell and whistles. Do we need a new version of our favourite game every year when a new extra difficult level could be downloaded? Bloatware must be confined to the past. Mobile phones are renowned for having a battery that lasts for two years, and those phones that you can replace batteries with often die soon afterwards, this cynical design flaw should be removed by law. Refurbished tech should become a standard, once we break free from the tradition of replacing our tech every three years for insurance purposes we can have a Luddite policy of producing replacement parts for old tech (have you tried to get a replacement motherboard for one that has failed only to find you need a new chip and RAM as well?) New tech and software should only be allowed if it can be proven to cut CO2 emissions in the medium term, and this would have the effect of keeping prices down. All of these policies would help to spread computing into the developing world, either as new, refurbished or free.

Businesses commit to renewables, electric vehicles and energy efficiency on World Environment Day

Dare one ask from what the power is generated to enable all these electrically driven devices? Every renewable generator cannot be relied upon to produce power on demand. But this is exactly the property essential for a generator. Between the 6th and the tenth of May, wind power fell to 1 or2GW, but it had an average expectation of 8 or 9GW. And MPs are pursuing an ambition of over 50%, to be available from renewables, presumably, all the time; indeed it not much use if it is not! Is it realised that the only realistic non carbon dioxide source of reliable power is nuclear, but our nuclear industry was sold off with the idea that "we can always nuclear power plant if we need it"-----Mrs T. I believe that the very source of these difficulties lies in the non-scientific/technical understanding of the House- understandable, very few have such a background. To our cost. Richard Phillips

Green recovery: Net-zero transition can create ?90bn annual benefits for the UK

The WWF, oh so concerned about the environmental impact oh humanity on all ecosystems and species, is supporting the recommendations of a report that says: "...most electricity can be generated through renewables, although nuclear and CCS- enabled plants, to ensure peak demand cover in winter, may be required..." It would be good if a WWF representative explained to Suffolk folk about the alternatives to Sizewell C, that protest groups are railing against, because of the local environmental impact. All revealed in a simple picture: https://bwrx-300-nuclear-uk.blogspot.com/2020/04/pp-slides-to-create-web-page-addresses.html

EU urged not to mess with UN aviation rules

Is anyone able to tell me how CO2 manages, so it would appear, to punch so much above its weight in the global warming field. Molecule for molecule, its warming potential is comparable with that of water vapour, but its abundance is only about one fiftieth that of water vapour. Certainly water vapour is of variable concentration and has a residence time in the atmosphere much shorter than CO2, but it is instantaneous concentrations that are important. Could it be that we are able to have a little control over CO2, but not water vapour, and is a little bit of money not being made of "absolute necessity2 to do so????? Could money possibly be a motive??? Richard Phillips

Fossil fuel profits set to collapse by two-thirds

Remember it is NOT JUST FUEL! It is all the medical PPE and life saving equipment It is the protective coatings and many parts for wind turbines It is solar panels It is components for Electric Vehicles, including battery casings and electric insulation It is your smartphone, tablet, laptop and WiFi router It is the insulation in your fridge it is the elastic in your underwear Oil is not just fuel it is much, much more than that. if the Oil industry collapses then so does modern civilisation.

World's first plastic-free PPE equipment launched to combat coronavirus pandemic

I would love to speak to someone for possibility to adopt this into construction sites. Thanks, MS

Cooling sector lagging behind on low-carbon innovation

Humans are funny creatures. When it is 25C it is too hot so we turn on the Air Con to make it 18C but when it is 18C we turn on the heating to make it 25C. Go figure that logic out if you can

Green recovery: Net-zero transition can create £90bn annual benefits for the UK

Has this report been sent to The Chancellor and the Business Secretary? If so have you received a response from them?

UPS offers month-long carbon offset incentive for deliveries

I hope UPS publicise the outcomes of this; ideally not just how many tonnes of offsets bought, but also the percentage of customers opting into the the scheme. Data on voluntary actions by customers is all too often seen as commercially sensitive, but releasing it could help achieve the wider objectives of encouraging well-designed offset schemes. Obviously a flat rate per parcel can at best only represent a board average, and the balance between emissions attributable to mass or volume and distance to delivery point is hugely variable, but it would be great to have some clues as to how they calculated the correct fee level (or, more saliently, the correct offset level in kgCO2e/parcel).

Coronavirus: EU's ?750bn recovery fund to funnel investments towards climate action

10 May 2020 Clean Electricity in Just Eight Years for Free Will Double Fresh Water Supplies The UK Conservative Government gives 10.5 billion in subsidies from our taxes to fossil fuel companies each year, which equates to 16,153,846 per constituency. With an average of 70,530 constituents in each constituency this works out as 229 generously donated by our caring government per person which leads to more CO2 and more pollution. The project cost of a 3.5 MW Enercon E126 EP 3 wind turbine costs 3.13 million, and if the subsidies were diverted to renewables we could have an extra wind farm of 5.16 wind turbines in every constituency every year, generating 18.06 MW per hour per year. 34.82 MW per hour is used by the average person in the UK per year, so our wind turbines would provide clean electricity to 8,766‬ more people in every constituency every year, in eight years every constituency would have clean electricity provided locally. As nuclear and fossil fuel turbine generators use 50% of our fresh water in the process of generating electricity having such a policy will also double fresh water sources, that are being increasingly stretched by global weirding. Think Green. Think Clean. Yours faithfully Andy Kadir-Buxton ''RedRoseAndy''

edie launches new business guide on carbon offsetting

Thanks for this. I think where you say on this page it is free to download for readers you should state that this is if you agree to be contacted by the Woodland Trust. I''d also respectfully feed back to WT that there is no harm in supporting something like this genuinely for free - ie without the reader having to become recipient of info.

Industry under pressure to pay for pollution in South African suburb

nice

MPs call for Just Transition Fund to spur green recovery towards net-zero

Clean Electricity in Just Eight Years for Free The UK Conservative Government gives 10.5 billion in subsidies from our taxes to fossil fuel companies each year, which equates to 16,153,846 per constituency. With an average of 70,530 constituents in each constituency this works out as 229 generously donated by our caring government per person which leads to more CO2 and more pollution. The project cost of a 3.5 MW Enercon E126 EP 3 wind turbine costs 3.13 million, and if the subsidies were diverted to renewables we could have an extra wind farm of 5.16 wind turbines in every constituency every year, generating 18.06 MW per hour per year. 34.82 MW per hour is used by the average person in the UK per year, so our wind turbines would provide clean electricity to 8,766‬ more people in every constituency every year, in eight years every constituency would have clean electricity provided locally. Think Green. Think Clean.

UK's largest solar farm expected to be approved

But why 900 acres of farmland? Farmland that can be used to grow crops to be consumed locally with minimal "food miles". Farmland that can be used for trees if not crops. When there are thousands and thousands of acres of rooftops sitting empty, doing nothing why aren''t we utilising this wasted space rather than filling up fields? I can think of a few hundred acres of land around Heathrow and Gatwick that could easily be filled with solar panels for instance

FedEx plans to deliver 'future of aviation' with biofuels drive

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World's largest hydrogen plant and UK's Gigafactory: The sustainability success stories of the week

James, I would not disagree that ''using'' the waste rather than just putting it in a hole in the ground is a huge advance but a/ surely they are recycling a large proportion of what was once just land-filled already and b/ why complicate it by making the end product H2 rather than methane which could be utilised perfectly well with existing technology. In short, why re-invent the wheel?!

#SustyTalk: Danone's Eric Soubeiran on Covid-19 and World Biodiversity Day

This man does not understand that the more we consume the more we exacerbate the problem. Given people more choice will not solve the issue of declining biodiversity. He understands the issues, but his solutions are dire and will make the situation worse.

World's largest hydrogen plant and UK's Gigafactory: The sustainability success stories of the week

While I would not argue with Martin Winlow''s reservations about "the hydrogen economy" the point that Mayor R. Rex is making is that it solves the problem of disposing of 42,000 tonnes of recycled organic and plastic waste annually, with a net gain of producing usable hydrogen safely, against the alternative damage to the environment of current waste disposal methods. If the cost of the process is competitive with other forms of waste disposal and it actually creates a demand for such waste, then it will be a "game changing technology".

World's largest hydrogen plant and UK's Gigafactory: The sustainability success stories of the week

Europe's draft 'green recovery' plan leaked

We Need a Moore''s Law for the Carbon Footprint of Computing In the climate crisis we have to look at how to reduce the carbon footprint of our computing. This would involve minimising green house gasses at production, use, recycling, and deconstruction at end of life. Buying our products in carbon intensive China is a suicide mission, and we can be leading the way to getting a cleaner China by ensuring that our component producing companies use renewable energy to power construction, which is now cheaper than new build fossil fuels. Factory cooling can be most cheaply done by planting trees nearby rather than having air conditioning, as Google has found to good effect. As the United Nations is attempting to plant a trillion trees, every one counts; if we plant the trees in equilateral triangles we can plant 15% more trees. (for mathematical proof see: http://www.kadir-buxton.com/crows-footing-increases-crop-yields-by-15-percent) We must now design our tech to use as little electricity as possible, and have a Moore s law for efficiency instead of speed. Every time there is an increase in computer speed the software becomes sloppier, we can reduce future energy consumption by improving software design, minimalism must be made to be more important than bell and whistles. Do we need a new version of our favourite game every year when a new extra difficult level could be downloaded? Bloatware must be confined to the past. Mobile phones are renowned for having a battery that lasts for two years, and those phones that you can replace batteries with often die soon afterwards, this cynical design flaw should be removed by law. Refurbished tech should become a standard, once we break free from the tradition of replacing our tech every three years for insurance purposes we can have a Luddite policy of producing replacement parts for old tech (have you tried to get a replacement motherboard for one that has failed only to find you need a new chip and RAM as well?) New tech and software should only be allowed if it can be proven to cut CO2 emissions in the medium term, and this would have the effect of keeping prices down. All of these policies would help to spread computing into the developing world, either as new, refurbished or free.

Government launches ?40m Clean Growth Fund to assist with net-zero vision

Clean Electricity in Just Eight Years for Free The UK Conservative Government gives 10.5 billion in subsidies from our taxes to fossil fuel companies each year, which equates to 16,153,846 per constituency. With an average of 70,530 constituents in each constituency this works out as 229 generously donated by our caring government per person which leads to more CO2 and more pollution. The project cost of a 3.5 MW Enercon E126 EP 3 wind turbine costs 3.13 million, and if the subsidies were diverted to renewables we could have an extra wind farm of 5.16 wind turbines in every constituency every year, generating 18.06 MW per hour per year. 34.82 MW per hour is used by the average person in the UK per year, so our wind turbines would provide clean electricity to 8,766‬ more people in every constituency every year, in eight years every constituency would have clean electricity provided locally. Think Green. Think Clean.

Government taskforce sets out tools to unlock ?65bn investment into green housing

Cutting Heating and Cooling Bills While Slashing CO2 Emissions From the moment that we switch our radiators on half of the heat given off by them is lost as it goes into the wall behind them. We can, however, get around this problem with an invention from a then schoolboy prodigy that got onto the ''Tomorrow''s World'' program in the UK in the 1970s. He had learned from School that heat is given off by way of conduction, convection, and radiation, so when his Grandmother had problems meeting her heating bills the schoolboy reasoned that heat loss due to conduction and convection could be stopped by putting a lining of cardboard covered with silver cooking foil behind his Grandmother''s radiators. Heat loss through the wall is now slashed, and rooms heat up faster when the heating comes on. The Fire Brigade said at the time that the cardboard was not a fire hazard as behind the radiator is the least damaged part of a room in the event of a fire. And this saving cuts the CO2 emissions of your house. The UK Government now recommends two more expensive alternatives which are neater, and I use Radflek; to be as neat with cardboard you would have to take the radiator down from the wall. If you only boil as much water in your kettle as you need instead of filling the kettle then you save enough money every day to heat a room, with these inventions you can thus heat two rooms for free. Another invention from the ''70s was Starlite, which if coated on the walls and ceilings of the office and home, could cut heating and cooling bills to near-zero, automatic windows could control most of the temperature adjustment needs. See: https://www.starlitethermashield.com/ An alternative to Starlite is Fireputty, invented by Canadian Troy Hurtubise, who was looking for financial backing for lab time so that he could make a household paint out of it, before his untimely death. There is a competition that Starlite and Firepaste could be entered in with a prize of US $1 million for a method of cutting cooling bills for buildings, with the idea that global warming will mean that more buildings will have to have cooling. A passive cooling system like Starlite and Firepaste, if made into a paint, would cut both heating and cooling to near-zero, both in turns of fuel needed, and CO2 emissions, and as such will probably be unbeatable in the competition. If you look at this YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqR4_UoBIzY you will find the the likely components are 90% corn starch and 10% baking soda mixed into a putty using PVA glue. There may have been other components as well, because it has been made into a spray paint, and paint. You will need to crack the formula in order to make use of passive temperature control of buildings. To enter the competition, just head to: https://globalcoolingprize.org/prize-details/faq/

Sir David Attenborough backs new conservation crisis fund

Tree Planting by Drone Could Help To Reach UN Target of a Trillion Trees DENDRA, the makers of Sky Tractors (drones) say that they can plant 150 times faster than conventional methods and in hard to reach places, the land is scanned to ensure that the germinated seed pods are not wasted on such things as rocks and water, before planting starts, the Sky Tractors can be then flown several at a time (if the country permits this) for maximum speed. I have been in contact with Susan Graham CEO with a view to getting the Sky Tractors to plant in equilateral triangles in order to increase crop production by 15% (see Crow''s Footing page). My friend Don Shaw from Australia says: Woke up 2am to smell of smoke drifting from fires, Sounds bit like a California scenario. and sent a photograph he took of the flames sky high. In the climate crisis land use is going to be critical, and also, tree rings around cities, towns, and villages, will keep the area cooler as trees give off water vapour, I have already got Google to cool their servers with trees, it works out cheaper than conventional electrical cooling. Beijing does not have to be the only city with a ring of trees. The Drawdown book edited by Paul Hawken recommends silvopasture, which is planting trees in fields where animals graze, this provides shade, sequester carbon above and below ground, and cut farmer''s costs for feed, fertiliser, and herbicides, it could save 31.19 gigatons of reduced CO2 for a cost of $41.6 billion with a saving of $699.4 billion. Managed grazing can also help. By breaking up fields into smaller areas with fencing, and then moving the animals on regularly the grass is not over cropped and gets time to grow back. Drawdown estimates that this would save 16.34 gigatons of CO2, would cost $50.5 billion, and would save $735.3 billion, so another obvious weapon in the hands of environmentalists.

Planning application for UK's first waste-to-jet fuel plant given green light

Can you tell us exactly what fuel they are making and how? Is it related to hydrogen production?

Government taskforce sets out tools to unlock ?65bn investment into green housing

One small point I missed in the story. If we spend 65 billion on upgrading the energy efficiency of our homes, how much money will we save on our energy bills? Never mind emissions. Hard cash! What saving in our costs of heating our homes every year? Is it a good deal? Personally, it seems a bit doubtful...

Achieving a green recovery: edie launches flagship Mission Possible 2020 report

Hi Edie, Any research and the findings in a Report are only as good as the level of input into the research Since I nor any of Hypuljet Ltd have not been contacted or had discussions you are missing a potential major change in the direction of hydrogen in Zero emissions future for Transport and Energy generation in general I am not saying it is here and now but without a doubt it is part of the future and based on what can be seen It will have a considerable effect Globally At present in collaboration with Berlin Technical University to carry out initial modelling of the new type engine Al Scott

Report: annual 10% decarbonisation rate needed to meet UK's net-zero target

More basically, a flexible, reliable, totally "carbon free" generation of electricity is needed. Nuclear generation is about as carbon free as is practicable, but requires political understanding which is almost totally lacking among MPs, who do not rise from the science, engineering quarter. But our nuclear industry was crippled by a certain PM in the 80s. As for the renewable front, note the wind generation was almost zero 6,7,8, and 9 this month. And renewables are all liable to uncontrollable outage. Does anybody out there have a molecule/molecule mechanism for a process whereby CO2 can punch so much above its weight; water vapour rules the climate system. Oh! heresy! Richard Phillips

Christiana Figueres: Businesses must put net-zero at heart of green recovery

What an opener for Net-Zero Week! Well done EDIE team.

Switching all UK cars to electric vehicles would slash emissions by 12%, researchers claim

I''m finding it hard to access the data and assumptions behind this assertion. The NTU website has a press release saying a little more than the edie report, but crucially doesn''t give any assumptions around the CO2 emissions of marginal or additional electricity generation - are they continuing to use a grid average, and how are they forecasting this forward? The key is in "While this will lead to an increase in emissions from electricity consumption, the researchers believe it will cause a modest 2.1% increase in emissions". On the face of it, this seems unlikely, as electricity demand would be likely to go up by around a quarter, so that might suggest 80% of the incremental demand would be met by renewables. Does anyone have any firm data on this?

2,500 by 2030: Government unveils rapid charging vision for England's roads

6,000 charging points at 350 kW each for a quarter of an hour adds 8.4 GW to a peak demand of about 60 GW, on rush-hour evenings, which must surely mean a fair amount of upgrading of transmission and distribution networks. And all of this expenditure wasted, because the green hydrogen juggernaut is rolling, backed by fossil fuel money going into renewables to ''solve'' the Intermittency Problem. Genuine 24/7/365 electricity from renewables via salt cavern storage and P2G2P, hydrogen fueled gas turbines. Green hydrogen is the inescapable route to zero carbon by 2050, by displacing petroleum and natural gas for heating and transport. Only hydrogen can power heavy goods and passenger vehicles, rail, shipping and aviation. With an extensive infrastructure in place and electrolyser costs tumbling, BEVs will bite the dust, to all be replaced by FCEVs and ''Fool Cell'' Musk will be hung out to dry.

Dunkin' switches to plastic-free cups and plans to double number of green restaurants

This just shows how far behind Europe the US is in environmental matters. While it''s a (small) move in the right direction, Europe is rapidly moving towards reusable cups and trying to cut down on paper cups; expanded polystyrene ones were generally phased out years ago. I was in the US late last year and horrified at the amount of packaging waste each breakfast generated. To define a restaurant that uses 25% less energy as a "green restaurant" also sadly lacks ambition, and to aim to get there by 2025....

More than one million citizens back calls for EU green investments to spur Covid-19 recovery

Excellent article. Would kick start us Europeans to get to the end game quicker. No more fossil fuel support. Well done Frank Mulcahy CEO/OWNER Ocon Chemicals ltd. www.oconchemicals.ie .

Northern Powergrid unveils community engagement decarbonisation plans

There is a great deal of difference between better utilisation of electricity, and decarbonisation. I take the latter to refer only to electricity generation using non-CO2 emitting systems. Am I mistaken or too fussy (perhaps the latter, I''m within spitting distance of 90) Richard Phillips

UK windfarms to spur green job growth

Wind power, on or off-shore turbines are subject to huge variations in output; just what is not needed in our National Grid. Certainly these uncontrollable are, indeed have to, be managed. But there are times, not that infrequent, when their output drops to nearly zero for many hours. Such an occurrence was only last week, 6,6,8,9 of May. Grid generation generation rose only briefly to above 1GW. About 22GW is installed, and some 9GW is the expected average. these variations are compensated by gas turbines. Nuclear is zero CO2, generates for very long periods, and over a lifespan is not as expensive. But it scares politicians to death. In the main, they do not understand it. Richard Phillips

Centrica and Lotus partner up on electric vehicle energy storage

The comment from Richard Phillips'' supporting the use of nuclear energy because the sun doesn''t shine at night and the wind doesn''t always blow, is so last century. The wind and solar industry is showing we have moved on from that mentality. We know that nuclear is not the answer because it depends upon a finite fuel source and we haven''t dealt with the radioactive waste that was produced in nuclear plants 60 years ago. That''s why every of subsidy spent on wind and solar is a step forward, and every spent on nuclear is a leap back.

Centrica and Lotus partner up on electric vehicle energy storage

The comment from Richard Phillips'' supporting the use of nuclear energy because the sun doesn''t shine at night and the wind doesn''t always blow, is so last century. The wind and solar industry is showing we have moved on from that mentality. We know that nuclear is not the answer because it depends upon a finite fuel source and we haven''t dealt with the radioactive waste that was produced in nuclear plants 60 years ago. That''s why every of subsidy spent on wind and solar is a step forward, and every spent on nuclear is a leap back.

Centrica and Lotus partner up on electric vehicle energy storage

MPs to vote virtually on Agriculture Bill

Additionally if we, the UK, are committed to animal welfare then we can all make a stand and tell our supermarkets NO. If there is no market for "cheap" hormone fed or chlorine washed meat then they won''t stock it. But I fear cost will be king and people will buy it if it is cheaper.

Unilever's Alan Jope on repairing capitalism, Covid-19 and Sustainable Living Plans

I second Karen LaBorde''s conments, especially re palm oil and developing local skills.

Centrica and Lotus partner up on electric vehicle energy storage

This concerns the use of electricity in EVs. All very fine, but the power has to be generated in the first place. If EVs become the main component (there are those who wish to see them as the only component), from where will the power come??? Coal is out, Gas, our principal on demand generator, but the CO2 fanatics. Renewables remain. Renewables really mean wind or solar. Solar is out overnight, just when EVs, in the main are recharged. Wind is uncontrollably variable. From April 23/24, until 29/30th, last month,wind generation dropped to below 2.5GW, and was as low as below 1GW . The installed capacity is now above 22GW, which implies an expected average of about 9GW. BUT THIS NOT ON DEMAND, WHICH IS THE ONLY USEFUL GENERATION. The only generator left is nuclear, which ticks all the boxes, but scares the technically uninformed, including most politicians, out of their wits. That this generator is sufficiently flexible for nearly all our needs has been demonstrated in France which achieved 83% nuclear, and hydro. But here little is happening, it all has to be done by private industry. Pity it was all put to bed by a certain Prime Minister some 30 years ago. Now we wait for the wind to blow, and pour public money into wind farms. 13 billion in subsidy last year!!!!!!!!!!!! Richard Phillips

Engaging with the SDGs can help us build a better future post-pandemic - The UK Stakeholders for Su

How true that last paragraph above is i.e. By starting with what society and the planet need of us, we can set ourselves on a more ambitious trajectory for collaboration and switch-on SDG action. And it is only by working together that we will create a post-pandemic future that is fairer, just and sustainable. & similarly, isn''t it really saying what - albeit in another form of words - UN 1992''s Rio Conference''s Agenda 21, Chapter 28 says

Unilever's Alan Jope on repairing capitalism, Covid-19 and Sustainable Living Plans

I wish I could believe this ambition.... Unilever still lobbies for global free trade which is damaging to the planet and people, Unilever still sells in countries which require their products to be tested on animals, and still haven''t resolved the use of palm oil in their products - here''s a suggestion - design new products which don''t require palm oil. It really is that simple. Focus on local manufacture for local production and instead of consulting the work force make them direct beneficiaries of their labour and give them a stake or shares in the company.

Green buildings on the BBC: Is the built environment about to have its 'Blue Planet' moment?

It would be great if the series did have the Blue Planet effect, but the difference between the two is that on Blue Planet, strong emotions were evoked (a) by seeing living or recently living creatures disabled and damaged, which stimulated empathy and (b) negative images of the despoilation of beautiful natural environments. With green buildings, neither of these apply so those strong emotions will not be evoked. If Blue Planet had shown stories of the design and production of bioegradable plastics without having shown the negative images, I think the effect would have been far smaller. Maybe this is a fundamental of human psychology and the necessary ''disgust'' stage in the influencing of human behaviour.

CCC: Change tax systems to build green economic recovery post-coronavirus

"...The cost of doing so, the letter says, must not burden those least able to pay for it, echoing calls for a fair and just societal shift to net-zero emissions...". Renewables occupy the high ground in all recommendations to Government, from the CCC and others. But now, renewables, combined with green hydrogen manufacture, is a bandwagon starting to roll at ever increasing speed with every day that passes. Green hydrogen is the only technology that can actually solve the ''Intermittency Problem'', deliver 24/7/365 electricity and also completely replace natural gas in heating and petroleum in all forms of transport and industrial processes. The powerful and well financed renewable lobbyists will put maximum effort into ensuring this linkage works and they''ll do it by ''selling'' their otherwise dumped oversupply of electricity at marginal, or even zero, cost to the electrolyser operators. In fact they''re so good at spinning to gullible politicians, it would not surprise me if they are persuaded to hand out constraint money (from our bills and taxes) to the plant operators. But this completely ignores burgeoning developments in advanced nuclear power plants. This simple combination of a total energy system comprising low carbon electricity generation and green hydrogen allows a simple analysis of the cost of the renewables path, versus the advanced nuclear path. Starting in 2020, to decarbonise the UK''s energy use, a possible combination of biomass, wind and solar would cost 170 billion every year, for the 30 years to 2050. That''s 6% of GDP, which would bankrupt any nation. Starting in 2030, advanced nuclear would cost 50 billion every year, for the 20 years to 2050. That''s 2% of GDP and manageable. Now which one would not burden those least able to pay? A real head-scratcher. Search for: bwrx-300 remember the name

CCC: Change tax systems to build green economic recovery post-coronavirus

We have been given a unique opportunity to radically reshape our lives. Not only for our own benefits by rebalancing the "work life" balance and focussing our minds on what is actually important but by changing the way we go about our business. If we fail to build on what this virus has presented us we have failed our children. Reduce the road building plans and swap that for improved Active Travel options, including properly segregated cycle ways and improving the nations broadband connectivity (no where should be a "not spot"). Encourage flexible working and working from home or distance working (do companies need a massive office in a city, could they have more regional offices??). We have an unprecedented opportunity to rip up Tolly''s 22,000 page tax code and replace it with something simpler, fairer and greener to help every person and every business rebuild

Engaging with the SDGs can help us build a better future post-pandemic - The UK Stakeholders for Su

20th-century formal training attached to technology created a 20 yr Gold Rush GDP. History shows what happens when you base the future of any community on an unsustainable economic engine. Where a privileged few win. As money and self-interest are the only things of value and the problems become the responsibility of the community and government. Only the privilged few own the keys to the supply train and the cost outstrips the ability of the community to maintain what it already has. Has t creates two many Nortel ending, Blackstone approaches and Bombardier executive thinking, leaving most communities looking like Detroit or Hamilton and at one-time lack the leadership to us innovation and collaboration to do what money can no longer do nor under 20th-century formal training will support. As it based on sustainability and they see little value in it. Has they become accountable to the community for any actions taken for short term gain but long term problems for a sustainable global community. Has we have no borders anymore. Just unsustainable problems impacting all countries now and money can not address. This means we need a more sustainable approach. As mother nature just showed it ability to close down the world economy. The question is do we have the 21st-century sustainable thinking leadership. We already have the ablity.

Yorkshire Tea achieves carbon-neutral certification for operations and products

Panic and the pandemic: Managing wellbeing in the lockdown - Andy Brown Blog

Lovely piece, thanks Andy. There is something about having established the simple daily HABITS of looking after ourselves which is such a good place to get to - and possibly a lifesaver. I''d recommend https://www.actionforhappiness.org/ and their postcards that summarise all this. I''ve got one by my toilet roll holder!

Five steps to building a resilient carbon strategy in a post-pandemic world

Don''t forget the simple little things. Use power saving settings on computers and monitors so they shut down or sleep when not in use, remind staff to shutdown computers/monitors and other electrical devices at close of business. Use timers and motion sensors on lighting so they are not left burning power all night in an empty office. Encourage the proper paperless office, you don''t need to print out every email, memo, document. HMRC will accept a PDF for tax returns so you can accept an email as proof. There''s a million more little things that every business can implement that not only reduces their energy demand but also the amount of resources they use (and waste).

Available to watch on-demand: edie's 45-minute masterclass on net-zero implementation

I would have expected a significant input from a science oriented direction, but did not find it with the speakers, was it present? Richard Phillips

IEA: Global emissions in 2020 to plummet by largest margin ever recorded due to Covid-19

Good news, but probably more of a blip than a progressive decline. Listen to ''More or Less'', BBC R4, 29-Apr-19, from minute 14 of programme. It''s like slowing down the rate of filling your bath a little for a short time. How can we make it permanent?

Government planning to replace RHI with Clean Heat Grant

4K would barely cover the cost of replacing the radiators in my house, let alone re-plumbing the near 1/3rd of a kilometre of piping that would need to be undertaken for me to switch to a Heat Pump based system. This is a necessity due to the simple fact that HP systems do not reach the same water temperature as a wet boiler. My system is optimised for 65C water in the radiators so will never heat my home at the ~45C from a HP system. It won''t go far in insulating homes to make them more effective at keeping heat in, another requirement for most HP systems, or installing new underfloor heating which is a far more efficient and effective heat system for HP. What we really need is research and development into a properly designed, effective, efficient and cost effective replacement for the wet boiler so that when I have to replace my oil fired boiler I can simply swap it out for a new, thermally efficient renewable system.

Yorkshire Tea achieves carbon-neutral certification for operations and products

Are the teabags ok for the compost pile yet?

Yorkshire Tea achieves carbon-neutral certification for operations and products

Just wondering how they receive a carbon neutral certificate when the boxes of tea (such as the one pictured) come wrapped in cellophane that can''t be recycled? It seems an obvious negative against the credit they have clearly worked up in the five year programme to reach carbon-neutral in other ways. Some companies are delivering boxed tea to shelves without this plastic wrapping now.

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

Finally, some thing top in this crisis. I am just disillusioned that groups most effective now make critical changes due to this coronavirus. Before, employees need to commute to paintings at homes which growth emission, now they can work from home which decrease emissions. Why they didn''t do that earlier than after they can just makes me mad. Climate change might be very powerful at killing us if it is not forestall earlier. https://u.to/6OdNFw

Onshore wind and solar 'cheapest' form of energy for two-thirds of global population

Cheap - it''s a relative term. Is it cheap to dig up hundreds of tonnes of highland peat bog, destroying an ecosystem that has taken 15,000 years to create and releasing a tonne of CO2 for every tonne of peat? Add a tonne of CO2 for every tonne of concrete poured to support the turbines. Is it cheap to destroy land by strip mining for metals needed to build the generators and the battery storage. Is it cheap to pollute millions of litres of water for the Lithium, Cobalt, Nickel? Please do not use "Cheap" as an excuse to destroy the environment

Two-thirds of consumers support carbon footprints on product labelling

Ah yes, apologies - I didn''t read the article closely enough! Best wishes, Caroline

Two-thirds of consumers support carbon footprints on product labelling

Hi Caroline, the 9,000 figure is from the 2019 survey, the 2020 survey featured 10,000 respondents, and the results are largely the same.

Two-thirds of consumers support carbon footprints on product labelling

At the start of the article, the figure for the number of people surveyed is 10,000 but then later it''s quoted as 9,000. Which is it? Caroline Aistrop

National Grid 'ready to handle' zero-carbon network by 2025

Between the 21st and the 25th of January this year, wind generation to the Grid never rose above 5GW, and fell to below 1GW on one occasion. Wind is ruled absolutely by nature, it listens only to itself. There is lots of talk about a "carbon free grid", but the fact remains that we have only nuclear and renewables for CfG. Only nuclear is within our control. It is an established and economic generator. It has two stumbling blocks; politicians in general are nervous of reactors, and the waste products, but the scientists understand both, and both are no obstacle. Without gas, nuclear is our only reliable energy generator, all renewables have periods of zero output, beyond our control. Reliable, non carbon, generation on demand, is only satisfied by nuclear. End of story. Richard Phillips

Climate change optimism in a post-pandemic world - The Nestl? Blog

A very insightful article that really draws on the status of the human relationship with the natural environment and their associated activities in the 21st century. We all have a responsibility to affect the changes that have now begun due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Food production, waste, energy and any other aspects of the human impact on the World need to be reflected upon and now is that time.

Climate change optimism in a post-pandemic world - The Nestl? Blog

Hi Anna, I really appreciated reading your views on this. How do you think Nestle and other large food manufacturers will respond? Are there any ideas in the pipeline to increase biodiversity on the large swathes of agricultural land across the world? Or any ideas to use brownfield land for more innovative forms of food production (e.g. vertical farming and/or synthetically made products), rather than bulldozing virgin old growth forest for palm oil? Kind regards, Lara

CCC boss: Green and resilient economic recovery can push UK towards net-zero target

The CCC, National Grid and others are recommending to the Government the virtual sidelining of nuclear power and an all out push for renewables to get to Net Zero. They all willfully ignore burgeoning developments in advanced nuclear power plants [npps]. Daily the truth is leaking out about the importance of green hydrogen to wind and solar. It is the only - the one and only - technology that ''cures'' the ''Intermittency Problem''. Without it the farcical hodgepodge ''solutions'' being recommended will die after wasting billions on it, doesn''t hack it. But knowing green hydrogen is the only way forward for renewables allows a simple calculation to put cost figures on a possible combination of renewables and compare this to advanced npps. And it''s sickening: 4,029 TWh of electricity from low carbon generation is required every year, to produce the green hydrogen necessary to replace heating and hot water for buildings and industry and replace petroleum for industrial use and all transport - land, sea and air. Starting 2020, a possible combination of biomass, wind and solar would have a capital cost of 170 billion per year, for the 30 years to 2050 to generate sufficient intermittent electricity. The cost of the green hydrogen storage and distribution backup infrastructure, to guarantee 24/7/365 electricity, diurnally and seasonally, has not been calculated. The first advanced npps, operational in 2026, will be available in the UK by 2030. Low carbon electricity from nuclear power, of the 24/7/365 variety, requiring no backup, would have a capital cost of 50 billion per year, for the 20 years, from 2030 to 2050. Then there''s the environmental impact, material and resource use and waste mountains to consider. Does Chris Stark''s generation really want to bequeath to the next 3 generations the mess renewables will make of their planet? Search for: "simplified costing of competing low-carbon, electricity" "simplified environmental impact of competing low-carbon electricity" "simplified quantities of material used and waste streams"

First funding phase approved for Humber net-zero industrial cluster

Why is hydrogen suddenly the new wonder gas. Volume for volume it contains only one hid of the energy of methane. When CO2 has a very similar IR spectrum to water vapour, how is it able to punch so much above its weight? Water vapour varies hugely across the Earth, does not this variation present an effect greater than small increases in CO2.? Richard Phillips

Sustainable Business Leadership in 2020: edie publishes results of flagship annual survey

Is there a way to listen to the talks from the Net Zero Live events if we missed them this week? Thanks, Zoe

UK smashes solar generation record

Yes, great; but what was it doing at 8 or nine in the evenings, when I wanted a little more??? No renewable is demand lead, or ever will be. Its back to nature. I want electricity when I need it. No renewable does that!!! But fossil and nuclear do!!! Richard Phillips

UK smashes solar generation record

The title mentions "UK smashes solar generation record". However the report inside states that solar PV accounted for just 1.4% of renewable generation in that period and accounted for 3.9% of total 2019 electricity generation! Seeking clarity on this

UK smashes solar generation record

And Kinlochleven Hydro Station has produced it''s highest level of power in decades, 23MW, thanks to investment in infrastructure to bring back once defunct side-supply and improve efficiency. That''s enough power from one hydro station to power all of Inverness. Best thing about that though is, unlike Solar, it produces 23MW all the time, day and night. Time for UK PLC to invest in our geography and harness all the renewable sources we have rather than concentrating on a few, especially those that are naturally variable like Wind and Solar. We have great tidal streams, huge tidal ranges, big rivers that could all provide a regular flow of electricity. We have pre-existing hydro stations that could be re-developed to become more efficient or converted to Pumped Storage Hydro (like Inverewe on Loch Lomond for instance) and what is stopping someone developing a string of micro generation stations along the lengths of our great rivers? Instead of one 20MW power station how about 80x 250kw ones? And why are we not insisting all factories, supermarkets, airfields and other industrial roofspace and flat grounds are not developed with solar and battery storage? Hectares and Hectares of roof space unused while we cover land with panels - utter madness.

IRENA: Renewables transition to boost global economy by $98trn

If you look at IRENA''s summary, they say this list of items is needed: " flexible power grids, efficiency solutions, electric vehicle charging, energy storage, interconnected hydropower, green hydrogen and other technology investments consistent with long-term energy and climate sustainability" Please note not a single mention of the source of renewable energy (except hydropower)! Why should anyone take the slightest notice of a report from such self-serving source that can''t even name where the energy is coming from? Epic fail!

Evian achieves carbon neutral certification globally

Ian I agree wholeheartedly. And in addition to shipping water around the world, there are the unintended externalities which are difficult to control like the dumping and burning of plastic waste, sometimes as a fuel that the desperate poor use just to keep warm. Rather than look at operations piecemeal Danone could look at the whole, from sourcing through to use and re-use. But first and foremost in the post Covid world to revisit the question, why does the world need us? What would be missed if we did not exist? And start from there.

Evian achieves carbon neutral certification globally

Content comes at a cost: Reducing the harm of our video habits on the planet - The Yiannis Andreopou

Thank you for this article, great content. It is really nice to read about this subject somewhat technical subject in almost laymans terms.

Evian achieves carbon neutral certification globally

Tricky one, this. There are clearly some good initiatives there, but for countries where the tap water is safely potable, isn''t there something fundamentally unsustainable about shipping water in from the French Alps? I fear that this really boils down to greenwash of the whole product.

Content comes at a cost: Reducing the harm of our video habits on the planet - The Yiannis Andreopou

Circular computing is an emerging and challenging profession. It is much more than e-waste management. The electric consumption when downloading video contents is amazing. And everything is to be done. A real career opportunity for sustainable, STEAM based start-ups, fully aligned with the recently launched European Green Deal.

The transition to carbon-neutral gas - Climate responsibilities into positive outcomes

OK, many thanks. Soon as I get a moment I''ll investigate the link in more detail. Nigel

The transition to carbon-neutral gas - Climate responsibilities into positive outcomes

@Nigel, shouldn''t be prioritised over heavy operational, supply chain and use phase emissions cuts but can help create positive change. https://www.ethicalconsumer.org/energy/short-guide-carbon-offsets

Net-zero: Is the UK's gas grid ready to go green?

As to hydrogen, the benefits would come from being able to create it directly from renewables using new technologies, or via electricity whilst we have an excess, meaning we have to install less renewables and/or batteries, reducing costs if we can get relatively efficient processes

Net-zero: Is the UK's gas grid ready to go green?

@Richard, Why stop at CO2, methane is 28 times more than CO2 and others hundreds of times more. We''ve added several hundred billion tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. Water vapour is forecast to become more prevalent as we warm creating a feedback loop but not a directly controlled one so we don''t talk about it... https://climatechangeconnection.org/science/what-about-water-vapour/

Net-zero: Is the UK's gas grid ready to go green?

Methane is obtained directly by drilling, that is the only major energy input. Biomethane requires large digesters, and energy for handling , again a god bargain. Hydrogen, however, has to manufactured and requires a larger input of energy than it yields on use (electrolysis inefficiency). And the electricity is hard won. Moreover, molecule for molecule, it yields only one third of the energy of methane. It all adds up to the fact that to substitute these two gasses for the present supply is expensive, and you pay, dear reader. However, can any reader tell me just how, by what molecular mechanism, CO2, at about an average of one fiftieth the concentration of water vapour (our major greenhouse gas, and mol for mol about the same greenhouse potential as CO2) manages to punch so much above its weight. I have sought this information at the very top, but nowhere, and from nobody, have I had an explanation!! Nobody talks of controlling water, surprise, surprise! Richard Phillips

Content comes at a cost: Reducing the harm of our video habits on the planet - The Yiannis Andreopou

Another option is to host "Data Centres" in our homes. This was actually trialed in France several years ago where the company paid the homeowner a small fee per month to host the computer(s) and to cover the electricity and broadband while the homeowner benefitted from the heat from the computers, thereby saving money on their heating bill. I''d happily host a bank of data centres in my hot water cupboard if they could be plumbed in to heat my hot water or in the wee cupboard under the stairs to help heat my home. I''ve got fast enough upload speeds and could easily set up a dedicated connection through my router.

Content comes at a cost: Reducing the harm of our video habits on the planet - The Yiannis Andreopou

Please note - Carbon Brief wrote a piece highlighting flaws in the Shift Project analysis: https://www.carbonbrief.org/factcheck-what-is-the-carbon-footprint-of-streaming-video-on-netflix

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

A balanced view of two ideas: social progress of developing economies and achieving environmental sustainability in the process - well articulated. Thank you!

Tesla to unveil 400-mile range Model 3 as production ramps up in China

@Richard "Tesla batteries are designed to last between 300,000 and 500,000 miles, so replacement shouldn''t be a major concern for most drivers. It''s estimated that the cost to replace a Model 3 battery will be in the $3,000 to $7,000 range" https://evannex.com/pages/the-cost-of-a-tesla-the-costs-of-the-tesla-models-maintenance-charging-and-more Agreed the cost of EVs still need to come down, which they will, and that expanding generation capacity is occurring at a snails pace (don''t forget the electrification of heat either)

Tesla to unveil 400-mile range Model 3 as production ramps up in China

EVs are fine, but expensive; replacement batteries are expensive, who, then, buys second hand EV, soon to need a new battery at anything up to 10,000? Further, the power ha to be generated somehow, and if EV take up matches the ambitions of the suppliers, where does this come from. There does not seem any hurry to plan for this generation, is it to be renewables (when the wind blows of the sun shines), but conventional generation on the scale in prospect, non carbon generation has to nuclear. But how??????????? Richard Phillips

Scientists report huge upswing in efficiency for enzyme-based plastic recycling solution

@Andy - if that is the case then I will be very impressed given previous history with "greens" and revolutionary biological solutions. Most notably the hysterical reaction to the bacteria that was engineered (naturally as it happens) to enhance its ability to digest crude oil making it an ideal, natural, organic response to oil spills instead of dispersing it with detergents. Same with their reaction to the engineered strain of rice that would save millions from Vitamin A deficiency - quotes of "we will burn the fields if we find it being grown" and other such.

Tesla to unveil 400-mile range Model 3 as production ramps up in China

Is the 4 million tonnes of C02 saving correct when looking at the whole life cycle of the vehicle production including production? However a 400mile range car is great news but it does need to be affordable.

Scientists report huge upswing in efficiency for enzyme-based plastic recycling solution

@Keiron - Really? All I''ve seen is positive articles on the Enzyme, including from the deep green corners of the internet.

Scientists report huge upswing in efficiency for enzyme-based plastic recycling solution

Very interesting development and one to watch. This could have the potential to be a game changer for plastic recycling particularly if it massively reduces the need to use raw oil to make PET plastic. This saves the oil for other, often life saving plastic products (such as medical PPE and equipment). But watch the "greens" and enviro-mentals scream and shout because it is using a novel enzyme - shouts of "hell no to GMO" are ringing already, like they did to the bacteria that was created to digest oil spills several years ago.

Keir Starmer: Exploring the green policy views of the new Labour leader

The world''s first self-funding near-zero CO2 plan can be seen at: http://www.kadir-buxton.com/near-zero-co2-plan

'Normal was a crisis': Why the Green New Deal is the perfect response for the post-Covid-19 economy

This is one of the best articles I''ve seen regarding the current socio-political-environmental-COVID concerns yet. I have forwarded it around my friends and family. I do not post on social media so that is left out. I particularly appreciated the link "The People''s Balilout!" and signed the letter to my Congress Representative and Senators. THANK YOU! PS In order to submit a comment I joined your edie network. However in answering your profile questions I realize I do not technically belong. Still, appreciate the opportunity to join you and receive future environmentally responsible news. Gratitude! Judith Fenley

Renewables eclipse other power sources in Great Britain for first quarter of 2020

In the first quarter, wind, the principal renewable generator, fell to below 5GW, from an installed 22GW, for a total of 14 days. This is not mentioned in the above article. During this period, gas had to step in. Get rid of fossil fuel, and what does this job? Only nuclear is left as a reliable, on demand generator, but what is left of the nuclear programme??? Politicians are not fit to oversee our electricity generation, they quite simply do not understand the first priciples Richard Phillips

Lockdown screening: 8 of the best film recommendations for sustainability and energy professionals

Surprised not see Ponyo here (studio Ghibli) - family viewing that highlights the pervasive problem of ocean littering and effects of climate change on our oceans.

Lockdown screening: 8 of the best film recommendations for sustainability and energy professionals

It would be helpful if you included where to stream these films, not just the youtube trailer!

Renewables eclipse other power sources in Great Britain for first quarter of 2020

Yet today (9th April at 08:41) renewables account for 14.4% of UK total demand. By renewables I am counting Wind, Solar and Hydro only. I do not include Biomass as renewable as it still involves burning something and do not believe it is carbon neutral if you factor in all the hydrocarbons needed to cut, transport and process wood.

Lockdown reading: 8 of the best book recommendations for sustainability and energy professionals

"Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things" by William McDonough & Michael Braungart. The authors explain how products can be designed from the outset so that, after their useful lives, they will provide nourishment for something new. They can be conceived as "biological nutrients" that will easily reenter the water or soil without depositing synthetic materials and toxins. Or they can be "technical nutrients" that will continually circulate as pure and valuable materials within closed-loop industrial cycles, rather than being "recycled" - really downcycled - into low-grade materials and uses.

Nations risking 'uneconomic' coronavirus responses by prioritising coal, report warns

A clear and disturbing analysis from this reliably independent source. A compelling case for reversing the implied threat, but will it be heard amongst the clamour to get back to business as usual. Sincerely hope so!

Nations risking 'uneconomic' coronavirus responses by prioritising coal, report warns

A clear and disturbing analysis from this reliably independent source. A compelling case for reversing the implied threat, but will it be heard amongst the clamour to get back to business as usual. Sincerely hope so!

Prioritise Small-scale technology to deliver affordable net-zero transition, researchers claim

There seems to be a natural tendency to look for the "big fix" that will enable someone else to solve all our (climate) problems for us, but if I interpret this report correctly, the researchers are confirming that it really needs a lot of little things. And that means mobilising almost everyone, from Government, energy suppliers and construction companies to households, motorists and businesses.

Company car tax rates for electric vehicles slashed to spur market uptake

Should we be encouraging "company cars"? Should we be encouraging private car ownership of any form? Priority now should be on electrifying public transport through things like trolley buses (using overhead power), hybrid buses using batteries/fuel cells and clean burn engines (for the more remote routes), trams, electric tuk tuks, electric taxis (or at least maxi hybrid taxis) and distribution vehicles such as the post office vans, Amazon vans and the whole host of other delivery vehicles. The current circumstances have proven technology is able to allow many many people to work from home successfully which has proven that many many people do not need to commute for hours to an office just to sit at a computer. It has proven that conferences can be virtual and even national governments can still function when everyone is remote. Now is the time to build on that and break our love affair with the private car and especially the "perk" that is the company car that never gets used for company purposes.

Severn Trent to make entire transport fleet electric by 2030

The driver doesn''t look too happy about it!!!! Richard Phillips

Hackney Council powered by 100% renewable electricity

I just wonder, in times when the climatic conditions reduces our total wind turbine power to below I GW (a "standard" power station), how the clean electricity suppliers will assure Mr Glanville that his supply is all "green", and not from generating stations on the continent. Recent investigations revealed that a lot of power supplied in this fashion was from, not gas, but from coal , and not nice coal at that. Richard Phillips

Coronavirus and plastics: Are we headed back towards single-use?

I think the key point in all this is the line "system they operate in is broken". This is very true as the problem is not the plastic itself but the method(s) of collection, processing and disposal of plastic that is the problem. That and lazy humans dropping plastic on the side of a street or throwing it in a bush. Plastic is a wonder material; lightweight, inert, resilient. A 1 litre plastic bottle weighs significantly less than its glass counterpart for instance. However why can''t we take our 1 litre plastic fruit juice bottle back to the supermarket for it to be cleaned, sterilised and refilled? Why when there are so many different kinds of plastic do we not have a recycling stream for every single type? Why are we still allowing food manufacturers to use mixed plastic packaging? We have to reduce unnecessary plastic but at the same time we must not "throw baby out with the bathwater" and end up with a worse situation by changing materials just because of a perception that plastic is bad. Glass bottles weigh more so take more energy to transport than plastic bottles, this all has to be taken into account before we "knee jerk" react.

WBA: Companies with embedded sustainability best-placed to weather coronavirus storm

Can you give advice to a business which is totally committed to social and environmental responsibility, but which sells gifts, mostly not necessities, in a global economy where there is so much inequality, and where the whole basis of trade is threatened as it is with Covid-19? Relationships with suppliers may be excellent, the products fairly traded and sustainable, but is this enough?

Carbon pricing, flexibility and scaling-up hydrogen: UK energy sector unveils net-zero innovation pl

I see this piece is written by Sarah George. I wish she understood that electricity and hydrogen are not sources of energy, but ways of moving it around. Understanding that, she might be a bit more critical of these pronouncements. Where does the electricity come from? Wind, solar and nuclear. The first two are unreliable, and use a lot of (fossil fuel) energy to create. Very low EROEI. Nuclear is expensive but reliable and long lived. Sadly, under a cloud for the wrong reasons. SMRs are a real alternative. Hydrogen comes from water - brilliant, no CO2! But you need energy to extract it from the water, and that means fossil fuels. Even the CCC recognised that and said carbon capture and storage is essential to reach net zero carbon by 2050. Can we please put some numbers in these articles and a little more scepticism about how easy it is to achieve? Ever looked at how long the biggest battery in the world - Elon Musk''s one in S Australia - would last in a blackout? Serving domestic premises only, it could keep S Australia going for 2.57 minutes. Just about long enough for a CCGT blackstart to generate electricity from ??? fossil fuels...

The transition to carbon-neutral gas - Climate responsibilities into positive outcomes

How verifiable is carbon offsetting? If an estate installs a heat pump (zero-carbon emissions) which is in turn powered by power from a zero-carbon source it''s probably fair to say that''s a zero-carbon system, although even that is open to challenge if we take a holistic view. Is carbon offsetting a legitimate way to get an organisation to become net zero-carbon or is it clever accounting? I don''t know. I''m asking...

In numbers: Tracking coronavirus' impact on energy and the environment

Autopsies in China reveal that the victims had drowned of phlegm in the lungs. The UK Labour Government "Cobra" in 2009 gave this advice to those with swine flu: Simple Treatments for Colds, Flu, and Pneumonia To summarise: 1) Breath deeply all day to prevent aching muscles which could lead to death. 2) Roll on your side to cough up a lung at a time of mucus, to prevent drowning. 3) Go to bed an hour earlier to increase your energy that you will need to fight with tomorrow. 4) Imagine doing exercises to increase muscle mass because your body will be using your muscles as energy. 5) Stay warm. Pass it on.

WBA: Companies with embedded sustainability best-placed to weather coronavirus storm

Autopsies in China reveal that the victims had drowned of phlegm in the lungs. The UK Labour Government "Cobra" in 2009 gave this advice to those with swine flu: Simple Treatments for Colds, Flu, and Pneumonia To summarise: 1) Breath deeply all day to prevent aching muscles which could lead to death. 2) Roll on your side to cough up a lung at a time of mucus, to prevent drowning. 3) Go to bed an hour earlier to increase your energy that you will need to fight with tomorrow. 4) Imagine doing exercises to increase muscle mass because your body will be using your muscles as energy. 5) Stay warm.

'Burnt and dumped': Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Unilever and Nestl? plastics waste fuelling climate change

It should also be a requirement that all domestic cleaners including shampoo and shower products are sold in 500ml containers rather than 250, 330 and 400ml. The additional plastic in the container would be perhaps 10% for up to 100% increase in product volume. Significant reduction in plastic use for very little effort.

BNEF: Green hydrogen could slash energy, transport and industry emissions by one-third

Produce hydrogen gas at 0.64- 1.30 per kg in 2050?? It currently costs 7.00 per kg @commercial energy prices. (there abouts 0.0145 pence kWh). It takes approx 48kWh of electrical energy to produce 1kg of hydrogen through electrolysis. So unless your''re producing hydrogen at 100% efficiency (never) and you''re buying power at 0.010 pence in 2050 ???? All renewable generation would have to be circa 5 x the actual country demand to produce any quantity of Hydrogen based on current laws thermodynamics. Hydrogen in concentrations of greater 10 to 15% mixed in with natural gas network can causes steel to become brittle in pipe work and boilers. Gas leak ? more than likely.. This Hydrogen economy isn''t counting the cost of the fuel cells to produce electricity as they are full of precious metals, nearly doubling the price of a small car, let alone the lay over infrastructure on top of natural gas network. All of this wouldn''t even be spoken about if there wasn''t enough green cash subsidies to ''Make it look attractive'' to pipe dream investing.

Study: Climate-wrecking products 'should come with smoking-style warnings'

Interesting idea, but a health warning is rather a pass/fail type of approach. I''m not sure how much Joe Public would take notice of it. A mandatory carbon label, while only speaking to a smaller section of the public, graded on a red-amber-green traffic light system similar to some UK food labels, might however provide a better nudge to move from the worst carbon polluters to less bad ones.

One year on: How has the solar feed-in-tariff closure impacted renewables in the UK?

The problem with FIT was it was based on an assumption that you would export half of the rated power of your installation all the time. Blatantly absurd and meant you could get paid twice in effect if you used all your power as you''d save on the electricity you''d normally draw from the grid but also get paid for power you were not actually supplying. While the SEG isn''t perfect it is a fairer way to pay for actually power supplied to the grid based on what an installation actually does provide rather than an assumption. We all know what happens when you ASSUME, you make an ASS out of U and ME

BNEF: Green hydrogen could slash energy, transport and industry emissions by one-third

Renewable hydrogen will be able to be produced for $0.80-$1.60 ( 0.64- 1.30) by 2050 $0.80-$1.60 ( 0.64- 1.30) per ????

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

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

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?

Sir Robert McAlpine targets net-zero emissions by 2024

At least another 41% cut in CO2 emissions can be realised if we convert all houses and industries to near zero-carbon emissions. This does not have to be expensive. The cheapest and simplest method would be to paint the surfaces of all rooms with Starlite, invented by Maurice Ward; this would prevent heat escaping and so minimise heating requirements. As far as I am aware, the secret formula for Starlite was passed onto his immediate family members so has not been lost by his tragic death. Starlite can also prevent heat loss with attempts to store energy with molten salt, and Economy 7 radiators. If we can store all the excess capacity of electrical generation at night then we can cut the number of power stations needed so storage of energy is important. Maurice Ward Information See: https://www.starlitethermashield.com/ (This figure assumes that 80% of heating is by gas, and that domestic gas use is 29%, and industry heating is 22% of total energy consumption.) An alternative to Starlite is Firepaste, invented by Canadian Troy Hurtubise, we were looking for financial backing for lab time so that he could make a household paint out of it when he died, a great tragedy not only for friends and family, but for the environment as well. RIP. As both Maurice and Troy said that they made their inventions out of household products I am attempting to get a government lab set up to recreate their inventions. If you look at this YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqR4_UoBIzY you will find the the likely components are 90% corn starch and 10% baking soda mixed into a putty using PVA glue. There may have been other components as well, because it has been made into a spray paint, and paint. You will need to crack the formula in order to make use of passive temperature control of buildings. You might even be able to improve upon them both. Making traditional cement results in greenhouse gas emissions from two sources: it requires intense heat, and so a lot of energy to heat up the ovens that cook the raw material, such as limestone. That then releases further CO2 as it burns. Nikolaos Vlasopoulos, chief scientist at Novacem, says that cement based on magnesium silicates, not only requires much less heating, it also absorbs large amounts of CO2 as it hardens, making it carbon negative. According to Novacem, its product can absorb, over its life cycle, around 0.6 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of cement. This compares to carbon emissions of about 0.4 tonnes per tonne of standard cement.

Environmental net gain: An enduring development concept for resilient legacies - The Environmental I

Hi Thanks for sharing this interesting and important work. I can see the need to develop from BNG to ENG. But from the paper I couldn''t see how and if net zero was incorporated?

'A mixed picture': Key green economy figures react to the Budget's environmental provisions

Here''s the thing about roads and road investment; Electric Vehicles need roads as much as ICE vehicles. Public transport needs roads, delivery vehicles need roads, cyclists need roads, pedestrians need roads (well roadside pavements). If we don''t continue to maintain and invest in our road network then before long they will fall apart and travel will become almost impossible. That means your Amazon Prime deliveries will not come next day, your Deliveroo rider will bring you a scrambled meal and there will be no food in the supermarkets. Oh and lorries will not be able to transport components of wind farms and solar installations either. Investment in roads is NOT a bad thing it is an absolute necessity

'A national first': UK generates more electricity from renewables than gas

@ Richard - thank you for providing some numbers to back me up. From a screenshot from Gridwatch I can confirm at 02:40hrs on 8th July 2019 Wind was providing 1.60GW (7.5%) of demand with Gas via CCGT providing 10.62GW (49.8%) and Nuclear 4.83GW (22.63%) (add in French Nuclear via the Interconnector and Nuclear comes to 6.5GW or 30.6%).

'A national first': UK generates more electricity from renewables than gas

"In its latest renewables update, covering July-September 2019, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reveals that renewable electricity generation during the period was 28.8TWh, compared to 28.6TWh for gas" Above Sounds impressive "Wind alone comprised 19% of generation during the quarter". BUT in the period, from 7 July to 12 July, and the 15 to 17 .July, metered wind generation was down from a possible 9GW to IGW and near zero. Such uncontrollable generation has to compensated by very flexible gas generation (loss making!) Who can envisage such an uncontrollable source being our main source of power? POLITICIANS OF COURSE!!!!, encouraged by the wind industry, all for net zero, a totally unreal concept for the real world, domestic and industrial. Richard Phillips

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: An International Women's Day 2020 special

Great Playbook for Sustainability & Energy Professionals !

Does the Budget put the UK on course for net-zero emissions?

No. Why not? Too much reliance on CCS, not enough action on energy efficiency or transport, especially given the continuing large sums for road building. The money for buses is far too little to bring about the necessary sea-change to encourage most people to use them. And more should be done to discourage flying.

'A national first': UK generates more electricity from renewables than gas

Does this include the days when COAL was producing more electricity than Wind and Solar put together?

Green policies? Actions speak louder than words - The Ethex Blog

slept so far

Clean transport, CCS and biodiversity championed in Budget 2020

27 Billion to tarmac and concrete over the country, and no increase in fuel duty. Let''s not get excited about this government''s commitment to tackling the climate and ecological crises all around us. https://library.wmo.int/index.php?lvl=notice_display&id=21700#.Xmoliaj7SUk

'Another step towards net-zero': Anglian Water invests in onsite solar at key site

11.6 MW over 42,000 panels is about 276 Wp per panel, surely they''re using better panels than this? A 375 Wp panel would need about 31,000 panels to match the same array size. . reducing panel mounts and labour costs. Is someone having Anglian Water on or am I missing something?

The Heathrow domino: Is Government nearing the promised land of joined-up climate policy? - Matt Mac

The Court decision on the third runway at Heathrow failed to take into account emerging technology that will probably be introduced by 2050. For aircraft this means powering them with net zero carbon fuel which can be made by carbon capture of CO2 and green hydrogen using the Fisher-Troph process. This technology is not new, and the University of Karlsruhe has a container size demonstration unit to show it works. The other infrastructure projects such as better roads should not be impeded by ignorance of technologies to reduce carbon emissions to zero, such as hydrogen or electric powered vehicles when the electricity comes from zero carbon sources.

Clean transport, CCS and biodiversity championed in Budget 2020

I listened to Sunak''s speech and was impressed by his delivery and the content of the budget. However his decision to increase funding for biomass is misguided if the source of any wood pellets is not carbon neutral; at present a great deal comes from Canada, so if you factor in the environmental cost of growing, harvesting, processing and shipping the pellets to the UK, they are not carbon neutral. Also it is known that some people such as farmers, have installed large biomass boilers and run them outside releasing the heat into the air to profit from the present subsidy. Its a pity that Sunak did not mention hydrogen powered vehicles who''s technology is better suited to HGVs, trains and ships than pure battery, and will ultimately replace many EVs.

UK's net-zero target possible with 'unprecedented' low-carbon innovation

What happens when we have covered the entire country with solar panels, wind turbines and forest but emissions are still not Net Zero? Then what do we do? One thing every household and business can do right now which is simple and helps make for a better living environment is grow plants. Window boxes, hanging baskets, tubs, planters full of leafy green flowering plants or even delicious edible crops all help to clean the air we breathe and transform CO2 into biomass and Oxygen. Vertical gardens down the sides of buildings, roof top gardens on tower blocks it would all help "green" our environment. Then of course we can all reduce our energy wastage so we don''t need to generate quite so much. If the UK cut electricity demand by a paltry 10% we would not need to build Hinckley C (3.2GW). One of our biggest energy demands is streaming data which is estimated to produce more CO2 annually than aviation (4% vs 2% of global emissions) and set to double by 2040. We all do it, even now as I type this a server somewhere is eating power and kicking out heat, but we can reduce our data demand by downloading and storing regularly listened to music on our devices, or videos we watch over and over instead of streaming them over and over and over again. Sometimes little things really do have a cumulative difference

Lifecycle approach required: Government's plastics policies could triple UK packaging emissions

A classic example of "the Road to Hell being paved with Good Intentions" Until we factor in the total energy, resource and emission costs to everything this kind of thing will continue to happen. Another example is biomass wood pellets, are they truly "green" when you factor in the amount of petrol used for chainsaws, diesel for haulage and handling equipment then transportation from forest to sawmill (with associated wear and tear on roads), energy needed by the sawmill then transportation of pellets etc to final place of use. When pellets are shipped across oceans in large oil burning cargo ships they become even less green.

Creating a sustainable food system depends on a shared mentality as well as collaboration - The Peps

Great piece. A further sustainability challenge is that too many people are eating too much food and not helpful calories. What part do food and product manufacturers have in that element of sustainability? It impacts of course on quality of life, health systems, resources... Reduced consumption is more sustainable than the circular economy based on over-consumption...