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Taking place next week: edie's next masterclass on energy data and the road to net-zero

Hello Matt, Have to question the "Master" class. Without information re potential disruptor, within 2 years all those plans and billions could have gone in the wrong direction.

5 sustainability communications lessons from David Attenborough's Extinction: The Facts - The report

but if we know how to do this communication why are we still struggling so massively to get the biodiversity challenge on the road? Surely Attenborough was signalling that biodiversity champions are yet to master the comms challenge? The scoreboard has a tricky but critically important message: "time to change"?

London and Bristol vow to divest from fossil fuel companies as part of Covid-19 recovery plans

Again it''s not just fossil fuels!!! When will people wake up about petrochemicals and the vital part they play in all our everyday lives. From the fertilisers that grow our plants to the face masks that protect our healthworkers to the circuitboards that power our electronic devices these and millions of other products we all want and need are made from or with PETROCHEMICALS which come from OIL & GAS. Divest all you like but don''t come complaining when there is no one left to search for, produce and refine the oil into pterochemicals and we are back on horse & cart (with the associated excremement problem) and wearing hessian undergarments. Yes LYCRA is a Petrochemical.

5 sustainability communications lessons from David Attenborough's Extinction: The Facts - The report

Great commentary well done much appreciated

Manufacturers aim for carbon-neutral cement by 2050

EMC has one product EMC-50 that reduces OPC content by 50% and uses quartz rich (73.9% SiO2) mine tailings replacing cement. It has the same 7 day strength of OPC concretes. It is the activation of the componets by intergrinding to produce a greater surface area for chemical interaction that is unique to EMC.

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

very nice approches.....................................well done on vertical development thanks S.C.MISHRA PTPS PARICHHA JHANSHI,U.P.(INDIA) WHATTSUP 7376489800

Formula E becomes world's first net-zero certified sport series

Whilst I applaud efforts to reduce CC impacts of operations, I''m willing to bet this includes a substantial proportion of offsetting. It may well be certified, but so is forestry, palm oil etc, but wouldn''t qualify under ScienceBasedTarget.org criteria. I''d like to see them move forward using DIRECT action to reduce emissions, such as installing their own renewables, rather than passing it off to a possibly hypothetical action elsewhere.

5 sustainability communications lessons from David Attenborough's Extinction: The Facts - The report

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World's largest cement manufacturer commits to science-based targets and net-zero pathway

The cement industry has actively ignored alternative alternative "cement" production methods for the last 25 years when the risks of global warming became apparent. - EMC cement (Energetically Modified Cement) was developed over 25 years ago - OPC (Ordinary Portland Cement) finely inter-ground with sand or puzzoulanes with at minimum 50% OPC reduction (and hence carbon emissions reductions). Awards won, bridge built in Sweden 20 years ago, roads & infrastructure in Texas, USA. lowcarboncement.com Geopolymer cements mainly using ferro-siliates rocks/clays that are alternative binders particularly with mechano-chemical processing (grinding techniques) are now being produced ie. no calcination, therefore low CO2 emissions. A lot of geopolymer formulations can also avoid the use of slag from industrial metallurgy or fly ash from coal based electricity (high CO2 emissions) which is the main route for low (sic) CO2 Portland Cement. www.ciments-hoffmann.fr www.geopolymer.org

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

Showing a picture of a cycleway, all clean an usable, look around towns and villages, check out how many paths cannot take a wheel chair or buggy, or a cycle way that was 3m now may be 2m . Maintenance is usually forgotten, all the leaves a great slippery surface. To encourage people to ride and walk make the place safer. I use equipment that solves these problems with the use of pesticides and wonder why nothing is done , each body passed the buck to an under resourced council or contractor who does the job as a afterthought.

Mark Carney: Climate considerations must be 'embedded' in every financial decision for a truly green

"...many corporates and financial bodies are waiting for credible, predictable pathways to give a sense of where the industrial structure is going for energy and transport..." The future of energy supply for all nations in a ''zero'' carbon world is low-carbon electricity generation, plus green-hydrogen production to replace all coal, natural gas and petroleum use for all heating, industrial and all forms of transport. The battle lines for the technologies to win out as the preferred option to supply the low-carbon electricity are clearly drawn. It''s either Wind And Solar Plants (WASPs) or Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs). And WASPs are winning out to the tune of 99.9% in everything seen and heard in the media. Nuclear power support from professional bodies, associations and NGOs of all shades is a pathetic shadow of the prowess displayed by the multifarious backers of WASPs. But WASPs + green-hydrogen only works when humongous volumes of H2 are stored in such as salt caverns, for seasonal and diurnal backup when the Sun don''t shine and the wind don''t blow. This is done through a green-hydrogen powered P2G2P infrastructure, which has a round-trip efficiency of 30%. So even more WASPs are required to make up the missing 70%. The nuclear option though, is perfection. Electrolyser plants respond almost instantaneously to load changes, with no detriment to technical performance - it''s purely economics. Electrolyser plant costs will be heading down to US$300/kW soon, as demand is skyrocketing at the moment. So a NPP/(low cost) electrolyser combo will allow NPPs to operate at 100% availability, as they must do for maximum efficiency, and load follow both electricity demand and hydrogen fuel demand through the lightening load flexibility of the electrolyser. This combo can get paid for electricity and green-hydrogen and also for the grid service of load following, often at premium rates. And in the crazy world of having to mix with WASPs on the grid, they can get paid premium rates too, for frequency correction. What would it take to see commercial capital head the way of this combination and keep energy-inept politicians out of the process. Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) as the NPPs of choice, with build programmes of 2 years (BWRX-300); 3 years (NuScale); 4 years (Rolls-Royce). But are the NPP backers up to it? Will it happen in time, before the WASP/green-hydrogen juggernaut crushes nuclear power down to minor-player status?

Carbon prices to climb 50% over next decade following raised EU climate targets

Carbon pricing has only cut one third of one percent of CO2 emissions. Instead we need the government to be telling companies to adopt low carbon emissions. The book and website "Drawdown" lists 100 inventions that between them do so, so give it a read.

Flurry of corporate plastic announcements hints at a new normal for the circular economy

Please also see this article in the New York Times: "Big Oil Is in Trouble. Its Plan: Flood Africa With Plastic. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/30/climate/oil-kenya-africa-plastics-trade.html

One week left to register: edie's green recovery webinar sessions

I can''t seem to find the button actually to REGISTER. Where should I be looking?

One week left to register: edie's green recovery webinar sessions

UN: 'Business-as-usual' must be transformed to prevent collapse of nature

The one thing you learn from being part of actual change for the last 5 decades. Before you can address a negative to turn it into a positive. You first have to look at there been little success. Then comes the hard part. Is what you have in place part of the problem. As overtime humans with self-interest have learned how to use the old system to their advantage or to the advantage of a privileged few that put money and self-interest for a privileged few before the best interest of the Global community.. Means it time to apply innovation and collaboration to change what money and self interest will not and at some time like anything around as long has the UN has been. it going to have to be brought into the 21st-century to be more than it is and all that it can be or it well continue to lack the ablity to do the job it was designed to do.. COVID just showed we have no border and money now having little impact and change is coming with the young. As they been given the ablity to no longer need the money nor 20th-century thinking leadership. the Question to the UN leadership. Are you mature enough to come into the Youngs 21st-century or be seen as a retirement home for old ways of thinking..

BP: The world may have already passed peak oil

The only reliable, large scale energy source which may be used to generate electricity is nuclear energy. Having worked in this sector for 35 years before retiring, I believe that this is quite possible, but I am doubtful if such a scenario will come about, however desirable, general public acceptance cannot be taken for granted, and politicians depend on it. What mobile energy source would Climate Action 100+ propose??? Richard Phillips

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

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

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Retailers sign up to co-locate on UK's first electric forecourt

Of course, they have time to spare! Batteries are not charged in two minutes!!!!! Richard Phillips

National Infrastructure Commission: Renewables could meet two-thirds of UK's energy demand by 2030

Richard, I agree that energy storage can be difficult but it is essential to accommodate the variation in demand over 24 hours, between the working working week and the weekends and the variation in sun and wind speed. The surplus electric power can be stored in huge battery farms with different technologies such as Li-ion for a quick response and limited battery life, and redox flow for longer life. Or it can be converted into hydrogen which is then stored in tanks, or converted into liquid ammonia, or pumped into deep geological formations. I also agree that nuclear power will be a very important source of our future primary energy because renewables cannot possibly supply all of it because of the limited amount amount of available land and sea. Converting our gas fired power stations to nuclear with small modular reactors (SMRs) that can be mass produced in a factory and taken to site on a heavy road vehicle saves the cost of the steam generation, turbines, generators and distribution equipment already in place, and they are already available from Rolls Royce. All this needs the Government to understand the urgency because of the time that it will take to build up our resources to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. And SMRs can be exported to other countries that do not have our years of experience in nuclear technology.

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

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Sustainability must be at the heart of C-Suite thinking for the 'new normal' in the wake of Covid-19

Great article which encapsulates all of the relevant issues and possible solutions to the Climate Crisis.

National Infrastructure Commission: Renewables could meet two-thirds of UK's energy demand by 2030

Energy storage is difficult and without it, renewables are of little good. Nuclear energy is dependable and clean. Where is the discussion, 80% nuclear power, the rest gas, preferably our own. And nuclear should be in OUR hands, as it once was, but flogged off-- bright move that. Richard Phillips

Green recovery: Why resilience through the lens of sustainability is the only strategy - Lord Debe

My contention is that whatever the business community may achieve in its pursuit of a more sustainable future, it and the advertisers who promote them have been the engines for unsustainability. The public responded by adopting this unsustainability. I recognise that many industry leaders are now moving along the sustainability path. Better late than never. But I see a huge communication gap between these efforts and public understanding of them. ''ESG'' is meaningless to the public. ''Environmental Social and Governance'' is a clumsy expression which few understand. A search of campaigning, industry and government websites produces a kaleidoscope of complexity and confusion. In particular there is very weak and confusing messaging as to what precisely individual members of the public need to do to develop sustainable habits. From much of industry the dominant message is still'' buy and use plastic. Sainsburys'' for example still merrily pushes thick plastic orange shopping bag on customer at check outs. Local authorities operate many different recycling regimes. There is still no legal requirement on non-reusable plastic makers and commercial user to take responsibility for, and make payment for, the recycling of the plastic. We are still merely scratching the surface of thee problem. During the Covid-19 crisis there has been a huge increase in the use of plastic bags due to supermarket chains making deliveries to households - and they do not have a duty to take the back when they make future deliveries. The ''Circular Economy'' is promoted using dense jargon. There are many other examples of failure to communicate with the public in simple, understandable terms, and to carry on with unsustainable habits despite fine words to the contrary. This cannot continue. In my view a new element is needed, a simpler firm of messaging for the public, firmly based on a core national policy but locally based in the local authority - and, most importantly with that national policy subject to amendment based on local experience and initiative. If there is an excellent, workable initiative by one company, or one local authority, or one group involved in practical local action, then the system of communication and learning should be flexible enough to quickly put it in the pot for wider implementation. In my view the key to success lies in public involvement. My proposal to you is that an organisation is formed called something like ''What Works for a Sustainable Future'', with a website which enables the public to report and score inititiatives and to highlight bad practice - and that this bank of data then feeds directly and regularly into national and local policy development and implementation. The strength of this proposal is that it would enable and encourage involvement of the general public, improve general public knowledge and demonstrate to the public that its voice counts, and to industry and government that it has to listen to the public. Thank you for considering my ideas. By the way, I am an ordinary member of the public with no vested interest other than that.

UK could save £1.6bn and 17,000 deaths by improving air quality, report finds

There is nothing as dangerous as living!!!!!! Richard Philiips

UK could save £1.6bn and 17,000 deaths by improving air quality, report finds

Little progress made in tackling air pollution in Europe, research says

There is nothing so harmful to heal than living!!!!! Richard Phillips

Co-op launches in-store collection scheme for single-use plastics

Excellent but what happens to the collected plastic? Hopefully not baled and sent to Turkey

Climate crowdsourcing: Government urged to put digital technology at heart of net-zero strategy

I do dislike the use of the word "smart" as in "smart energy". If anything is smart if is the whole of the generating system, and for sources of energy, it is nuclear energy, clean, dependable, compact. But it scares the pants off MPs who, as a body, lack the scientific and technical knowledge to qualm their fears. Pity! Richard Phillips

5 top tips for tackling your organisation's Scope 3 emissions on the road to net-zero

Carbon is our principal mobile source of energy, what other fuel is suggested for aircraft? Battery cars are still in their infancy. What car can travel 600 miles on a battery weighing the same as a tank of diesel? And the planet is at a low temperature and CO2 part of its geological history. Just some unpopular reflections. Richard Phillips

Mark Carney assembles business giants in drive to scale carbon offsetting markets

Looking at the global record of temperature against CO2 concentration, there is no clear record a correlation. Certainly the mining of coal and its use in electricity generation is a not the healthiest occupation. Nuclear generation is clearly the answer, fission now, but hopefully, fusion in the future. Carbon free cars are very limiting, better may be to come, but the solution is at the moment, obscure. So now fossil fuel takes an awful lot of bettering. In my opinion, of course!!!! Richard Phillips (

Report: Renewables to account for three-quarters of UK's power demand by 2050

UK''s power demand is electricity demand, not the total UK energy demand, which in 2018 was 2,226TWh (BEIS data) when total electricity (power) demand was only 333 TWh or 15% of the total. As we must convert all our primary energy demand to zero carbon electricity by 2050, increasing renewables to 75% of present electricity production is far from enough. What RenewableUK appears to be failing to grasp, is the need to increase renewables by 5 or 6 times by utilising all the available UK land a sea, to help reaching the 2050 target. This is an opportunity for the renewables sector to hugely increase their output by 2050.

Manufacturers aim for carbon-neutral cement by 2050

@JohnDaglish - cement replacements are commonly used within the UK. Post-Fly Ash and Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag (GGBS) are common substitutes. However, these concretes often represent a) a small price uplift (circa. 15%) and b) a delay in striking time due to an lower 7-day strength (although 28 day strength is often the same) so contractors don''t like to use them, as pouring more than one slab adds to the construction programme. . .

Manufacturers aim for carbon-neutral cement by 2050

Why on earth has been EMC Energetically Modified Cement been actively ignored by the cement industry for the last 25 years. EMC cement - OPC (Ordinary Portland Cement) finely inter-ground with sand or puzzoulanes with at least 50% OPC reduction (and hence carbon emissions reductions). Awards won, Bridge built in Sweden 20 years ago, one plant operating in Texas, USA. lowcarboncement.com

Manufacturers aim for carbon-neutral cement by 2050

Jam tomorrow? They need to look at the parasitic load of 11% associated with CCS which means they need to burn more energy to produce the cement. This industry could do significant action today by switching its vehicle delivery fleet to run on biomethane as they are all depot-based and run Limited local milage. As for the production units they are generally in very remote areas away from gas mains and therefore how CCS could be utilised has a big question mark.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches Plastics Pact in US, supported by 60 major signatories

So why not burn it in properly designed "built for purpose" furnaces and generate electricity. Certainly metals recovery should be included, but how much of a problem is that. But it must be designed by engineers and scientist "skilled in the art". This does not include pure politicians. Richard Phillips

Mercedes-Benz targets zero-carbon emissions by 2040, provides 1,800 EVs to Amazon

The rise of the EV raises the question of firstly, our primary electricity generating capacity, and secondly, the supply of lithium, which is comparatively limited. The UK does not have overly ambitious plans for electricity generation. The obvious route is via nuclear fission, and later, we hope nuclear fusion, many years off. But reactors scare the pants off the politicians, mainly through ignorance, how many MPs have physics or chemistry degrees? Richard Phillips

UK Government halves offshore wind cost forecasts

Colin Megson is spot-on. This present policy emphasises the need for policy makers, in the system, to educate ministers on the technical and scientific basis, upon which their decisions must be based. Very few MPs have any scientific training beyond GCSE (School Cert and Matric in my day!!!! Does anyone remember? And we should looking properly at Fast Reactors, so much better fuel utilisation. I spent my career at AERE Harwell, so am rather in favour of nuclear energy!! Richard Phillips

UK Government halves offshore wind cost forecasts

"...The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has slashed its forecasts for offshore wind energy costs through to 2030 by more than half..." How weird is that! If the BEIS decides to follow the National Grid''s FES 2020, and starting in 2020, by 2050, Wind And Solar Plants (WASPs) will be suppling 480 TWh of intermittent electricity. By then, it will have reached an annual capital investment figure of 13.21 billion (+ 2.70 billion per year for backup gas turbines). That''s 15.91 billion of investment required every single year - Forever & Ever & Ever. Alternatively, by 2030, Rolls-Royce will be manufacturing a 440 MW Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) for 1.8 billion (that''s 1/3rd less per MW than Sizewell C). It will have an operational lifespan of 60 years, with the high probability of circumstances dictating an economical life extension to 80 years. From 2030, to 2050, it would require a capital investment of just 12.42 billion per year. Then there would be an investment hiatus - no more investment required for 50 years. It works out as equivalent to $4.06 billion per year. Advanced NPPs require 75% less capital investment than WASPs. Now that would surely mean lower electricity bills for all of us, wouldn''t it? Search for: fes 2020 will cost 13.21 billion every year

UK Government halves offshore wind cost forecasts

"...The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has slashed its forecasts for offshore wind energy costs through to 2030 by more than half..." How weird is that! If the BEIS decides to follow the National Grid''s FES 2020, and starting in 2020, by 2050, Wind And Solar Plants (WASPs) will be suppling 480 TWh of intermittent electricity. By then, it will have reached an annual capital investment figure of 13.21 billion (+ 2.70 billion per year for backup gas turbines). That''s 15.91 billion of investment required every single year - Forever & Ever & Ever. Alternatively, by 2030, Rolls-Royce will be manufacturing a 440 MW Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) for 1.8 billion (that''s 1/3rd less per MW than Sizewell C). It will have an operational lifespan of 60 years, with the high probability of circumstances dictating an economical life extension to 80 years. From 2030, to 2050, it would require a capital investment of just 12.42 billion per year. Then there would be an investment hiatus - no more investment required for 50 years. It works out as equivalent to $4.06 billion per year. Advanced NPPs require 75% less capital investment than WASPs. Now that would surely mean lower electricity bills for all of us, wouldn''t it? https://medium.com/@colinmegson/national-grids-fes-2020-will-cost-13-21-billion-every-year-forever-ce41e7c1fdf9

Ed Davey: Former Energy and Climate Change Secretary appointed Liberal Democrat leader

C.Alvin Scott - as you are so passionate about voting results may I remind you that the British public voted for Brexit which it appears the Lib Dem s still don t accept. This British public decision was comprehensively Ratified at the last election. If we are in a true democracy then we have to accept the results however unpalatable it may be to ourselves.

UK Government halves offshore wind cost forecasts

But generation is still variable, is it not??? Richard Phillips

HSBC signs up for new $1bn natural capital investment fund

HSBC have to mend their ways, a few years ago I gave them tips on how to cut CO2 emissons as part of a Christian Aid campaign and they did nothing. We have to be sceptical of companies acting for profits rather than what is right.

Consumer goods giants accused of sourcing palm oil from 'top deforester'

The larger companies mention are involved, but the companies that process the palm oil are also responsible one as they send the processed oil to the food companies.

Businesses including Glencore launch joint bid to improve conditions in cobalt supply chains

Let s hope that the poorly mined sources are not brought in by the backdoor through legitimate well run supplies and therefore laundered into sustainable product supplies as has happened with other industries.

Hydrogen deployment could deliver 75,000 jobs and ?18bn boon for UK economy

"Respondents were adamant that a national hydrogen strategy...." is somewhat misleading. There were significant submissions questioning the proposed H2 strategy, particularly from the buildings stakeholders end. The 18b sounds worryingly like the extra bill the end consumers will have to pay to the fledgling H2 industry to get it up and running. How about a more rational debate about how to harness H2 undoubted energy storage abilities, without having to throw shed-loads of money at converting all the gas grid? Chris Twinn (The EDGE think tank)

Environment Bill update: UK to introduce legally binding nature, water, air and waste targets from 2

A legally binding limit on NOx production (not just NO2) is welcome but how NOx is produced needs to be understood by legislators. NOx is produced when any flame that directly consumes the oxygen in our air will also produce NOx at the same time, because our air is about 80% nitrogen which is the N of NOx (x is a variable to cover all the different nitrogen oxides produced which depends on the particular burning process). Higher flame temperatures will produce more NOx

Environment Bill update: UK to introduce legally binding nature, water, air and waste targets from 2

Yes it is important that the new framework must be clear and have great efficiency.

Nestl? launches vegan tuna alternative after record plant-based 'meat' sales

166bn or 166mn?

Taking place TODAY AT 1PM: edie?s Earth Overshoot Day webinar featuring Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Excellent panel and I''m looking forward to an informed debate

Recycled aluminium could help Jaguar Land Rover reduce emissions by a quarter

Where does JLR get the Aluminium from for their UK operations? Do they source it from the UK''s only Aluminium foundry, in Fort William? If not then they should be ashamed as they could cut their emissions and help protect UK jobs. This would also increase the market for recycled Aluminium in the UK as would you believe Highland Council, where Lochaber Foundry is based, don''t recycle aluminium?

New renewable energy capacity hit record levels in 2019

It is worth bearing in mind that all renewable energy is dependant upon the vagaries of nature, and hence beyond out control as a source of energy on demand. Energy generation is not something for nothing; there are no free dinners. If energy for all our needs is to be generated on demand, the only viable source is nuclear, just fission at the moment, but fusion is certainly there to be developed to a viable level, and is a work in progress. And is CO2 the devil it is seen to be, it is, after all, the very staff of life, the source of all food for the animal world. ? Francesco La Camera was educated at the University of Messina where he received a degree in political science, with a concentration in economic policy. Not, seemingly, a scientist at any stage I have been able to discover, but an able economist. Richard Phillips

Electric vehicle market to surpass 320 million sales by 2040

And the power is generated where ??? Richard Phillips

Ibstock to pilot net-zero factory

Ibstock to pilot net-zero factory

I think this is definitely the right thing to do. Here are some statistics about the UK Brick Industry in the UK: Average brick weights 2.27Kg There are standard 50 brick in 1M2 Total average weight per 1M2 bricks = 113.5 Kg CO2e for 1M2 of bricks = 22.5 fuel + 10.89 process = 33.39 Kg CO2e / 1M2 Therefore, the percentage of CO2e by weight per brick manufactured = 29.42% I.E. for all the weight of bricks manufactured in UK, almost 1/3 of the weight is Carbon emissions. Note: this does not include any transport or actual building activities.

Tory MPs call for Boris Johnson to go further and faster on climate in Covid-19 recovery plans

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.

'Crack on': Alok Sharma implores businesses to join ?2bn Green Homes Grant

Since leaving the RN I have spent over 30 years working within both of these areas, pioneering non-chemical, non-intrusive hard water (and other fluids) treatment technologies. Please see attached copy of our entry in the current Parliamentary Review giving a brief overview of some of our successes. We recently submitted our contribution to the Government s Call for Evidence - Energy Efficiency of Existing Homes. Please see copy attached. With the challenge of retrofitting Existing Homes, I feel that in the rush to do so we will miss an opportunity of doing so in a way that provides the greatest sustainable results; that is treating each home as a Whole House as recommended in The Dec 2016 Bonfield Review, Jointly commissioned by DECC and DCLG, copy attached. On page 58, para 15.15 is an example the Whole House Approach, where it states: One clear theme emerging from the Home Energy Technologies workstream was the need for stronger guidance on integration between technologies. Many technologies, both existing and new, rely on complementary technologies to operate at their maximum efficiency. For example, the long-term efficiency of heating systems of all types relies upon an efficient boiler, as well as the interaction of compatible controls, water treatment solutions, good user interfaces and solar thermal where installed This is the first time I have seen reference to Water Treatment in an official document; it is sadly omitted in other important documents, for example Part L, SAP, RdSAP, SBEM and BREAAM. If this is not rapidly addressed we will be woefully short of all the CC Targets the Government has set; and not only in the UK as this omission is repeated worldwide. Would welcome your feedback John Thompson (john@electronicdescaler.com)

Magnum to roll out recycled plastic ice cream tubs globally

25% post-consumer recycled plastic is not "recycled plastic ice cream tubs". And unless there''s a mechanism to recycle the Magnum tubs - after their use, this isn''t much better than single use plastic. I''m not familiar with the product, so can''t tell if that''s a large pot of ice-cream (which I presume it is) which could then enter a domestic recycling stream., or a single portion one (which is unlikely to do so).

Tory MPs call for Boris Johnson to go further and faster on climate in Covid-19 recovery plans

The Planing Local and National people and systems are Totally restricting all development that are at no cost to the Tax payer. Blocking all progress and Employment

Treasury defends lack of 'green strings' tied to corporate Covid-19 relief packages

'Crack on': Alok Sharma implores businesses to join ?2bn Green Homes Grant

Don''t think it''s across the UK, it doesn''t include Scotland

Hydrogen deployment could deliver 75,000 jobs and £18bn boon for UK economy

Luke is quite correct. Hydrogen, all of it, requires another form of energy for its production, and in volume/volume terms has only one third of the energy content of methane. A nuclear/hydrogen production process using high temperatures is the only viable option I see, but not yet!!! Man made CO2 is only about one fiftieth of all the CO2 in the atmosphere, our contribution is a fraction of that. Well?? Richard Phillips

Hydrogen deployment could deliver 75,000 jobs and ?18bn boon for UK economy

."..are both non-optional components of the UK s transition to net-zero." or "non-optimal"? With "around 95% of global hydrogen production comes from fossil fuel feedstocks." and the vast amounts of non-saline water required for hydrolysis?

Bus garage in London now hosting 'world's largest' V2G trial

It will be interesting to see long term results of this V2G study with respect to impact on fleet operators primary role (i.e. transport), especially where the fleet requires a high availability (so not sitting (dis)charging or with sub-optimal battery capacity) and impact on battery replacement costs (if cycling from providing grid flexibility reduces performance more quickly)

National Infrastructure Commission: Renewables could meet two-thirds of UK's energy demand by 2030

The greening of our electricity supplies to zero carbon emissions by 2050 should be supported, however this is not enough, because electricity only delivers a small fraction of the UK''s energy demand, while all our energy needs must be converted to net zero carbon in less than 30 years. Using the latest official energy figures at BEIS which are for 2018, in that year the UK energy demand was 2,226 TWh and all electricity supplied was just 333 TWh or 15% of that, and renewables and nuclear together were only 161 TWh, leaving a huge deficit of 2,065 TWh of carbon based energy to be transformed to net zero carbon. Renewables might be increased by say 5 times to around 800 TWh to narrow the gap to 1,426 TWh but the available land and sea will limit this, so where will the other zero carbon electricity come from? It is very important that we all work towards a net zero carbon energy consumption but the supply of the energy to do this is crucial and in the hands of the Government, that needs to focus on converting all our energy supplies to net zero carbon electricity, some of which will be delivered directly, stored in batteries and supplied as hydrogen.

Geothermal mines, low-carbon transport and floating wind projects bag Government R&D funding

As ever, really useful daily briefing thanks. Could we have the bog standard links to any announcements included?

BEIS approves UK's largest solar farm

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Dropbox targets carbon neutrality and 100% renewable electricity within a decade

From where is all the "renewable energy" so often quoted on this site, actually going to come? Sources are limited. Wind and solar are well known, but small in overall terms. Nuclear power only being slowly developed. Is it proposed that oil and petrol is to be replaced by electricity; I do not consider this to be feasible. A great deal more battery storage is not feasible on the scale required, it is very expensive. Richard Phillips

BP vows to cut fossil fuel production by 40% by 2030

So if BP is promising to invest $4bn per year in "low carbon" (renewables) to 2025, how much will it invest in fossil fuels during the same period? And how much were those two figures last year (one being $0.5bn).

Analysts to help align economic recovery plans with net-zero

The letter to the Guardian does not mention the IMF estimate of "post-tax subsidies" to fossil fuels; the quote of 6.5% of global GDP has been added by the writer of this article. People should understand that 94% of what is contained in the IMF "subsidy" estimate does not conform to any standard definition of "subsidy". Rather, it reflects the Fund''s estimate of the gap between what final consumers around the world spend on their fuel and electricity and what the IMF reckons they SHOULD spend, based on what would be required as a tax on those energy sources in order to internalise the costs imposed on society by the combustion of fossil fuels in factories, buildings, vehicles, and power plants. Except for the 6% of its $5.2 trillion a year estimate (which mainly relates to subsidies conferred via actions by governments to depress their domestic prices for petroleum products, natural gas and electricity BELOW world reference prices), what it does NOT represent is actual transfers of money from governments, especially not transfers to fossil-fuel companies. As the author of the linked Atlantic article writes, "It s not that someone is already paying the huge costs of fossil fuels; it s that everyone and no one is." Finally, a significant portion of the $5.2 trillion (29% in the United States) is not related to combustion at all, but to driving, in the form of traffic congestion, traffic accidents, and road wear and tear. The same costs to society would be generated if all vehicles were battery-powered and recharged by electricity.

BP vows to cut fossil fuel production by 40% by 2030

Where does all this power generated??? Wind turbines---heaven help out landscape. Wave and tide---I see no great prospect. Now nuclear power could be built, but there are prospects of great new development here So where,---do tell. Richard Phillips

DPD reaches 2020 fleet electrification target ahead of schedule

According to Google, DPD has 3675 Vehicles not the 7,000 implied above. This is from their website 30 January 2020 The UK s favourite parcel delivery company DPD has confirmed it will take delivery of 300 new electric Nissan e-NV200 vans by May 2020, in what is believed to be the largest single UK commercial electric vehicles van order to date. The order will take DPD s electric fleet to 450 vehicles in total, with plans in place to exceed the firm s stated target of 500 electric vehicles by the end of the year, making it the largest electric vehicles parcel delivery fleet in the UK. DPD is aiming for 10% of its van fleet to be electric in each of its 68 UK depots by that point. False News?

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: The Plastic-Free July special

I think the term plastic free is actually unhelpful a plastic free mark? does this allow other polymers from natural materials that still don''t biodegrade in the marine environment- plastic alternatives PPE is a good idea as long as it can get collected but also we have to ensure that the collection CO2 and processing isn''t greater than the benefits and climate change is an urgent matter. I think saying that plastic free PPE is a polymer and it;s not going to degrade in the environment is also important information to share. It''s about reduction not substituting one single use product with another so again plastic free doesn''t capture this represent this. We should of course be recycling our own plastic waste not sending it else where- the reality is that even if the UK makes changes that resources-money would be better spent to help developing countries to make bigger changes, that''s not an excuse for us to do nothing but we should focus our resources to help other countries...

25,000 jobs could be created through nature investment, charities tell Treasury

EDie thank you for high-lighting the proposal by the WCL to create a National Nature Service. I have been pushing a similar concept to create a "land army" of young adults who receive relevant agri training and orientation that equips them for the start of the tree and hedge planting season - beginning November this year. So important to offer students facing uncertainty an alternative to a gap year !

London unveils ?1.5bn green infrastructure package to kick-start economy post-lockdown

I wrote to the Mayor last year on how to achieve passive temperature control of buildings by simply painting all rooms with Starlite, to no reply. I have just sent my email again, and will see if the Mayor is more anxious this year to do something for the climate and air quality. I would say that using any gas at all for heating is a dead end, and he should be rolling out air source heat pumps in all council properties.

DPD reaches 2020 fleet electrification target ahead of schedule

The technical aspect of electric vehicles lies in the battery. Although batteries have become a little lighter over the years, they are still large and heavy, and no way round this obstacle has yet been found. A breakthrough is awaited. But battery chemistry is the dominant factor, very fundamental. Are there any indications of great advances here???? Richard Phillips

Nando's commits to zero-carbon direct emissions, won't rely on offsetting

The Nando commitment to greening their energy use is commendable, but needs to remember that burning any gas in air, even hydrogen, will produce NOx because our air is 80% nitrogen and a flame oxidises it. NOx are minor greenhouse gasses and are bad for our health, so all Nando''s heating needs to be by fossil-free electricity by 2050.

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

The "fly in the ointment" here is that from the latest BEIS data, that in 2018 the UK electricity generation was only 15% of the UK''s total energy demand, so how are we going to increase electricity generation to supply all of our energy by 2050? Renewables supplied just over half of that 15% in 2018; could we expand their generation by say 6 times to 500 TWh? Perhaps, but the available land and sea will surely limit it to no more than a 6 times increase? That leave a deficit of 2,226 TWh total energy and 500 TWh or 1,726 TWh that can only be covered by the other zero carbon source which is nuclear. Hinkley Point C will generate 16.8 TWh at 60% load factor so we would need over 130 of this size nuclear power station up and running by 2050; seems an impossible challenge. One solution would be to retrofit our existing gas-fired power stations with small modular reactors that can be mass produced in a factory and taken to them by heavy transport. Another solution would be to import hydrogen from nations that have lots of solar power; Japan is already doing this and Germany is making their north sea ports ready to receive hydrogen carriers. What is the UK doing? Behind the curve as usual!

DPD reaches 2020 fleet electrification target ahead of schedule

Where is the increased generation????? Richard phillips

DPD reaches 2020 fleet electrification target ahead of schedule

This is exactly where the focus for EVs should be and not the private personal car. Delivery vehicles are almost entirely diesel and do hundreds of thousands of miles compared to petrol cars doing tens of thousands (insurance company average is 12,000 a year) so vans, trucks and lorries produce vastly more emissions than the private car. So manufacturers need to step up and produce a proper electric fleet of delivery vehicles of all sizes and forget (for a while) the overlarge SUV fleet they seem so determined to produce. With e-bikes and e-cargo bikes there is no reason why our national delivery network can''t almost entirely electric. I say almost as there are always going to be sections of the network that rely on diesel trains (Highlands for instance).

First funding phase approved for Humber net-zero industrial cluster

Indeed Ben, why does HMG buy into such projects;- because HMG do not have the scientific understanding. Economists lawyers and accountants carry much greater weight because politicians having graduate science qualifications are a very rare species indeed. An electrical generation system which is some 80% nuclear would be totally under control, able to respond to demand, and the residue gas generation, would be a far better option. No renewable, they all depend on natural sources, is under our total control, and can leave the market very short indeed. Richard Phillips

First funding phase approved for Humber net-zero industrial cluster

We believe CCS and hydrogen must play a significant role in decarbonising energy systems in the UK and globally, so we are pleased that the UK Government and UKRI have recognised the ambition and potential of these proposals. (built on a hunch that hydrogen is going to fix everything is literally a pipe dream.) You cant use hydrogen in the natural gas network, any concentration over 10% causes the steal pipes and fittings to become brittle from the hydrogen. Cutting down trees, burning them, liquidizing them then storing it in the ground. Between that and running a hydrogen plant at 70% conversion efficiency and the energy needed to carbon capture the entire output of the plant will lead to a net output of stuff all . The fact that the government bought into this is truly baffling. The Drax plant will still be needed to back up all the solar and windmills during dark nights and no wind.

UN maps all land to help businesses halt habitat and biodiversity destruction

Hello Team, Can you please provide me with a reference to this map? I cannot find where it would be located, Nathan

Putting young people at the heart of a greener post-Covid recovery - Therese Noorlander's blog

In your final paragraph you pledge to create a a positive legacy for our children, and their children. How about starting off by weaning them off sugary drinks and instead of adding to the obesity crisis, steer them towards healthy living. But then your earlier comment gives the game away. Your focus is on engaging young people to maintain Coke''s market position: "If our brands do not resonate and align with their social values and expectations, they will vote with their feet, stop buying our products and we will become obsolete." Your article is not about putting young people at the heart of a greener post-Covid recovery, it''s about popularising a sugary drink which will most probably leave young people''s hearts less resilient in a world living with Covid.

Cadent and Electricity North West plot roadmap to net-zero Manchester by 2038

Typo query: It should also plan to bring 19,000 public electric vehicle (EV) charging points online by 2025 and a further 81,000 online by 2018, in partnership with ENWL, so that network demands can be balanced. Is that intended to be 2038?

Cadent and Electricity North West plot roadmap to net-zero Manchester by 2038

I sense the absence of basic science here. From where does the hydrogen originate? it requires energy for its generation. No renewable is capable of reliable generation for electrolysis in huge quantities. A nuclear reactor for such purposes, which raises the picture of a "nuclear/hydrogen" economy. Roll on the day! Richard Phillips

CBI: UK won't reach net-zero without 2025 ban on non-hydrogen-ready boilers

I do wonder if the business oriented CBI has considered the energy required to generate hydrogen; only a percentage of which is recovered as heat. Only one part in fifty of our atmosphere is CO2. Is the ere any explanation of just how a small increase appears to punch so much above its weight??? Richard Phillips

Boris Johnson outlines ?750m green spending for heavy industry and aviation

Suggest like all other media outlets edie need to fact check the lies which come out of this Govt these figures keep getting repeated Main stream press are not doing their job

Boris Johnson outlines ?750m green spending for heavy industry and aviation

Aviation can be turned green with zero fossil hydrocarbons produced by the well know Fischer Tropsch process that can be used to capture CO2 from the air and combine it with hydrogen using zero carbon electricity. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology has a demo unit to show it works. See: https://www.imvt.kit.edu/454_1339.php Steel production can be done with hydrogen.

Shell encourages UK Government to bring petrol and diesel car sale forward

My house already has 57 charge points albeit private ones. about 95% of charging is done at home by owners who are in the lucky 60% who have access to off street parking.

Green number plates for electric vehicles set for UK rollout

As an ev owner I am entitled to cross a local toll bridge for free. I have to apply for a special pass. I don''t know of any lower or free parking rate. These are incentives that the RAC seem to be unenthusiastic about. But they could be efficient because they could be scaled back as the number of evs grow until eventually ice cars are actually penalised. Costs don''t have to be high because it is all down by software anyway.

Drax seeks 'negative emissions' with biomass and CCS trial

About one part in fifty of CO2 in the atmosphere is due to human activity, and UK emissions are a small part of this. Atmospheric temperature has been variable, without the influence of CO2, over thousands of years during geological times. Even lately, we have had warm periods, There was the warm Roman era and in medieval times. Are we being a little simplistic in these matters??? Richard Phillips

Fresh government funding for animal feed made from captured CO2

Of course there is an easy, simple and pre-existing way to use CO2 from power stations. There is? Yes, pump the CO2 into greenhouses and artificially increase the concentration of CO2 in the greenhouse atmosphere to fertilise the plants growing within it. The Dutch have been doing this for years and they supply the UK with a huge % of our fruit and veg, particularly the out of season fruits and veg. So why not invest in the same greenhouses in the UK and grow our own from our own CO2. Also reduces the food miles of our food which is an additional benefit.

Onshore wind and solar 'could boost UK economy by ?29bn'

Build massive wind farms in the home counties NOT the Highlands Put solar installations on top of every supermarket, shopping centre and even airports not in fields

Energy storage planning regulations eased in bid to spur net-zero transition

Not sure I really understand this battery storage business. 15MW is a measure of rate, not capacity. It may be the rate at which a battery can absorb or generate electricity, but it does not indicate how much energy/electricity it can contain. "Wind generation exceeded 15GW for the first time" is clear - that rate of electricity could be generated by the wind farms, but, of course, they will generate nothing when the wind does not blow. Can we please have an idea of the capacity of these storage batteries, plus something on costs? Elon Musk''s "biggest in the world" one in S Australia cost 80 million Ozzie dollars and could power the domestic premises in the state for less than three minutes: that''s capacity!

G20 nations funnel $151bn of Covid-19 recovery funding into fossil fuels

Sarah - I appreciate that and I know Edie themselves are not a campaigning organisation however you must admit that the "headlines" on any story about people or organisations investing in oil and gas do read like something from XR or Greenpeace and tend to lean towards the sense of being anti oil industry. All I am trying to remind people is that not all oil & gas is burnt. Yes a lot is but that figure is slowly coming down (which is a good thing). The main thing is that if we don''t continue to invest in oil & gas exploration and production then our modern, technological society will fall to our knees (quite literally if Lycra stops being made). As I work in the Oil & Gas industry it is something I know more about than others and it is the main bugbear I have with a lot (not all) of the "green" hysteria so I hope you don''t mind if I stand up and shout for our corner in all this. After all it is oil based chemicals that build solar panels, coat wind turbines in corrosion resistant paint and make components for electric vehicles.

G20 nations funnel $151bn of Covid-19 recovery funding into fossil fuels

Hi Kieron, we are well aware of fossil fuels'' use in the materials sector and have recently been covering BP''s petrochemicals/plastics plans. However, the US EIA records that 69% of all oil sold in 2018 was used as transport fuel. In comparison, 27% was used by the industrial and commercial sectors for material. We are not a campaigning organisation for a complete fossil fuel phase out, but a media platform serving sustainability professionals in all sectors - including materials and fuels. Hope this helps!

G20 nations funnel $151bn of Covid-19 recovery funding into fossil fuels

Don''t forget that oil & gas are NOT JUST FOSSIL FUELS. They are the building blocks for billions of everyday products, from clothes to medical masks, from insulation to IVs, from car parts to carpets, that we all use daily and all want in our modern technological society. Imagine a world without the plastic components of your smartphone, wifi router, fridge freezer? A world without the refrigerants that cool our food and lifespaces or heat them if you have a heat pump? A world without medical equipment, PPE and even medications. While we can not afford to continue to waste the hydrocarbon reserves we have left by burning them we will continue to need to find and develop these resources to maintain our standard of society for decades to come. Eventually, maybe, some of these plastic and synthetic materials may be made from renewable source chemicals but oil & gas will be playing a part in life for generations to come.

G20 nations funnel $151bn of Covid-19 recovery funding into fossil fuels

Very interesting comments from Sarah George, but one or two points not very clear. Brent Crude prices went from around $60 a barrel last August as low as $20 a barrel in late April, but have now recovered to around $43 a barrel. That is they dropped to about a third of the last summer price, but have now recovered to70% of that price. The only mention we get is that the prices are "plummeting"! Then, when it comes to investing in low carbon and efficiency measures, the G20 are spending 37% on such measures, while the UK is spending 73.6% on them. Why does one get the impression from the text that we are doing worse than the G20?

Collaboration will be key as cities plot a more sustainable future - The FedEx blog

Might be a few empty office blocks, shopping malls, large premises coming on the market which could be reconfigured?

Three-quarters of UK businesses 'reconsidering their environmental credentials due to Covid-19'

Anthony constantinou agree that the pandemic has heightened worldwide need for reliability and responsibility, especially from big organizations. As businesses aim on transformation in the wake of the COVID-19 era, sustainability is quite important.

BlackRock punishes 53 high-emissions companies over climate inaction, puts 191 more on watch

Action has to start somewhere so instead of focussing on what BlackRock and others may have done in the past let''s look forward to what companies like this can achieve through their influence for the "fair, sustainable" future we want

EU hydrogen strategy: Bloc charts path towards 100% renewable hydrogen

Andy and what is the result of combustion of Hydrogen in air? Yes Water Vapour

First zero-emission McDonald's restaurant unveiled at Disney, Florida

"only be open for Drive-Thru"... so no worry about Scope 3 emissions, then! And globally the "equivalent to planting more than 11 million trees" from buying renewable energy - does that take into account additionaiity - ie. was the renewable energy only generated & installed because it had McDonalds as a customer? And what area would 11 million trees cover, compared to the Amazonian deforestation used to grow soya beans that feed the cattle that make the burgers that McDonalds sell?

Diageo unveils 'world's first' plastic-free, paper-based spirits bottle

What is the liquid barrier made of? Will this be recyclable with paper? Compostable?

EU hydrogen strategy: Bloc charts path towards 100% renewable hydrogen

@Richard. As I have responded to you before, the relatively small increase in the earth''s temperature from CO2 creates a positive feedback loop, increasing the amount of water vapour in the atmosphere. This increase in water vapour amplifies CO2''s warming effect. Water Vapour is a more potent GHG but CO2 is the trigger of the process. A simple internet search would reveal this so I have to question your motives as to why you raise this query every so often. . .

EU hydrogen strategy: Bloc charts path towards 100% renewable hydrogen

@ A Pigott - I agree the true cost of all this Hydrogen isn''t being mentioned and people are being led down the garden path over the viability of Hydrogen, especially when there are cheaper and more efficient means of powering society (HydroElectric being one, Tidal Stream another) that are basically being ignored because they are not "fashionable" or have the right "buzz". Hydrogen has its uses for sure but it also has so many drawbacks that outside of industrial uses I can''t see how it can ever be commercially viable. Oh and if created from Methane it still requires fossil fuel as the primary feedstock or are they going to harness cows?

EU hydrogen strategy: Bloc charts path towards 100% renewable hydrogen

What seems to be continually ignored by the exponents of hydrogen is the cost. Whilst hydrogen can be generated by electrolysis or by steam methane reforming with carbon capture, both methods result in hydrogen costing several times more than natural gas kWh for kWh. Yes, hydrogen can displace fossil fuels but I think many are failing to appreciate that it is going to be one hell of a lot more expensive

EU hydrogen strategy: Bloc charts path towards 100% renewable hydrogen

"Low Carbon" Hydrogen from Fossil Fuels - what a load of tosh! Burning the Methane directly releases more energy directly than messing about trying to rip the Carbon Atom from the 4 Hydrogen atoms then burning the Hydrogen while trying to do something about the Carbon. Pointless even if you use "renewable" electricity to strip the Carbon.

EU hydrogen strategy: Bloc charts path towards 100% renewable hydrogen

I would share some enthusiasm for this policy if not for the fact that to obtain hydrogen gas, a great deal of energy is wasted in inefficiencies. When somebody, a challenge I have broadcast many times without challenge, can produce an explanation for the supposed catastrophic effect of an increase in CO2, such small increases have only a proportionate effect; and water vapour has a far greater greenhouse effect, about 50:1. As a professional chemist I know of no chain effect in which would produce disproportionate heating of the atmosphere. But there''s a lot of money in green enthusiasm!!!! Richard Phillips

Government threatened with legal action over coronavirus recovery package

The roads programme RIS2 is being challenged. The initial letter in the Judicial Review process has gone in and the Department for Transport has responded, claiming the massive roads programme will have no effect on carbon emissions (even though the DfT has not calculated the effect). See: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/stop-largest-ever-roads-programme/

Biodiesel as an Eco-friendly Source of Fuel in the Future - Green Technology

Check the biodiesel production and transesterification process in the following link: https://blogmech.com/biodiesel-transesterification-reaction-biodiesel-materials-biodiesel-feedstocks-biodiesel-blends/

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