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Aviation fuel made from air and next-gen hydropower: The best green innovations of February 2021

Keiron, hi. I agree with the central point you make, i.e. that fossil fuel use should end. The reality is, if course, different. We''ve seen numerous gas powered power stations proposed in the UK alone, the Nord Stream gas pipeline in the EU, etc, etc. Only this morning I see on my LinkedIn feed another post from GE Power advocating the virtues of converting from coal to gas generation, with not a mention of CCS readiness. They trumpet a 60% CO2 reduction. Excuse me, GE Power, how does that solve the problem? That''s 40% too much. No, I fear fossil fuels will be with us for decades, and there is an undeniable argument regarding grid stability and assurance of supply. It needs immediate legislation (and willingness on the part of the power plant builders and operators) to install CCS right now so that emissions are effectively zero. The sad thing is that plant operators are missing out on a future revenue stream from projects like the one in this article, and demand for SAF is starting to increase rapidly, though from a small base.

Aviation fuel made from air and next-gen hydropower: The best green innovations of February 2021

@Tim - you raise a very good point. It would be better to capture exhaust CO2, which is done in some cases to grow crops in greenhouses. I suppose the argument would be that eventually the intention is to stop burning fossil fuels so then where would the "raw" material come from.

Aviation fuel made from air and next-gen hydropower: The best green innovations of February 2021

Re using direct air capture for production of aviation fuel. What on earth is the point of capturing atmospheric CO2, when it is so diluted, compared to the volume of CO2 coming out of a chimney stack, such as at a power station? Why not fit CCS equipment to every generation set in the world to prevent atmospheric build up of CO2. Produce fuel from that, or store it. Once that''s done, there''s an argument for DAC, but not before. Capturing atmospheric CO2 is akin to closing the stable door after the horse has bolted, to use an old aphorism. And it must, logically, be less energy efficient too?

Aviation fuel made from air and next-gen hydropower: The best green innovations of February 2021

Re using direct air capture for production of aviation fuel. What on earth is the point of capturing atmospheric CO2, when it is so diluted, compared to the volume of CO2 coming out of a chimney stack, such as at a power station? Why not fit CCS equipment to every generation set in the world to prevent atmospheric build up of CO2. Produce fuel from that, or store it. Once that''s done, there''s an argument for DAC, but not before. Capturing atmospheric CO2 is akin to closing the stable door after the horse has bolted, to use an old aphorism. And it must, logically, be less energy efficient too?

Aviation fuel made from air and next-gen hydropower: The best green innovations of February 2021

RE: "Aviation fuel made from captured carbon" If this can be truly made without an excessive energy cost (even if that energy is renewable it has an energy cost) then instead of burning it in jet engines perhaps that Kerosene could be repurposed to allow remote homes to use it to heat themselves instead of using crude kerosene or having to spend hundreds of thousands to install poorly efficient alternatives.

Burger King to ditch all single-use plastic in the UK

How about BK and other fast food companies actually doing something concrete about dealing with the litter from all their packaging? It''s all well and good saying it''s recyclable or compostable but when it is thrown out a car window or dropped on the floor it doesn''t matter if it is paper or plastic. A simple measure would be to use ANPR technology to print the vehicle registration on all drive thru packaging so it can be traced when found at the side of the road and BK et al putting some of their vast profits back into local community clean ups and litter education programmes. Come on BK how about leading from the front and doing something to clean up the communities you serve?

Hydrogen: Is UK policy and industry at a tipping point?

A major feature of the National Grid''s plan is to produce hydrogen by electrolysis using excess energy from offshore wind farms. This energy would not all be usable otherwise and would potentially go to waste.

Hydrogen: Is UK policy and industry at a tipping point?

Let us not forget that it takes energy to produce hydrogen, and thus more inefficiency in the energy chain. Just a thought! Richard Phillips

BlackRock Investment Institute: Tackling climate change will provide a financial boost, not a net co

Lovely wind turbines, the sky sets them off very well. Richard Phillips

UN: Global climate pledges will only reduce emissions by 1% this decade

But climates have always changed. We. have had low CO2 and high temperatures, and high CO2 and low temperatures Water vapour is a more important GHG than CO2, and it is deal more abundant than CO2 and of about the same potential as CO2. But it cannot be controlled (and would probably mis handled if it could be, someone would just make money, as they do now out of renewables. We have little influence on climate, but a lot of money is made in the process. But perhaps this is only me, I just like clean air, I remember London in the forties and early fifties !!! Richard Phillips

Borealis to cut emissions at Finnish facility through ?15m energy efficiency upgrade

No details of the technology involved, just business matters. Ah me! Richard Phillips

600 business giants form new network on climate resilience and adaptation

As someone who''s spent the last 10 years working in this field in the UK, this is welcome news to see businesses waking up and really getting moving. A point of clarification though - the UK''s Adaptation Communication is a regular part of reporting to the UNFCCC, not a statement of new plans - these come in the INDC''s - the UK''s recent communication covers activity already underway from all four nations. It covers England''s Second National Adaptation Programme, and the other devolved nations. I''d very much disagree with your analysis of the EU Adaptation Strategy vs the UK NAP - the new EU Strategy continues to put consideration of climate risk throughout the whole of Commission activity, and contains many new commitments to action, compared to the UK''s National Adaptation Programme, which has been extremely limited by comparison and has been criticized numerous times by the Committee on Climate Change.

600 business giants form new network on climate resilience and adaptation

The major consideration is the generation of electricicity for all the proposed uses. The only reliable form of generation is nuclear. All Renewables are outside our control or command. End of story. Richard Phillips

UK introduces new mandate on sustainable petrol blends

Yes, and lower mpg. Richard Phillips

600 business giants form new network on climate resilience and adaptation

Sadly, this resilience network is an attempt to protect the assests and future trading profits of a select few, powerful companies. This will not reduce consumption of resources and goods, which is a major requirement if there is to be a serious attempt to reduce the world''s carbon emissions. Smacks of business as usual .... business protectionism, hard engineered infrastructure programmes and continuing inequality. Sigh ..... Edie, do you really believe in your own articles? Where is you criticism and why don''t you puch for better?

Stop offshoring emissions to poorer countries, Fairtrade Foundation urges Government

Completely agree that we need to account for and consider the implication of imported emissions. At a consumer level, even voluntary carbon labelling would help - for example I (as a professional in the subject) have no real feeling for the relative emissions associated with a British apple, a South African apple, or a Costa Rican banana. And if I were to buy a punnet of grapes at this time of year (which I deliberately don''t) have they been air-freighted? Where is the land/surface split on different fruit and veg, for example? Ironically, by banning the Cumbria coal mine and relying more on imported steel or coking coal, we are likely to increase imported emissions.

From Audi to Volkswagen: How are big carmakers approaching the EV transition?

What about commercial vehicles? These account for the majority of miles driven and as these are almost all diesels account for the vast majority of vehicle emissions. So far I''ve only seen the Nissan Leaf Van on the road, the driver of which said "it was brilliant" but with millions of Transits, Traffics, Vivaros and other panel vans burning billions of litres of diesel a year one has to ask "what''s the point of private electric vehicles?" And what about electric public transport?

As Trinity College Cambridge divests, UK council pensions still hold ?10bn in fossil fuels

Divestment is a two edged sword. While it can encourage targeted companies to transition out of fossil fuels, it can also starve them of the capital to do so, and may lead to them selling fossil fuel assets to private equity investors who are less inclined to take action on change. There''s also a degree of hypocrisy - if you are still a user of fossil fuels, someone has to provide them. Even EV drivers are indirectly using the gas used for electricity generation.

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

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Royal Mail to install fuel-efficiency-boosting tech across its fleet

169,000 evs, which represents a requirement for electricity generation to replace all the fossil fuel which would have been used. Is there any co-operation between the utilities concerned to ensure that such generation will be forthcoming? The only CO2 saving, in any real quantity, that can be made is to supply all the power needed, from nuclear generation. But I see little real enthusiasm to have really sustantial generation inn this sector. I wish it were not so, being from the very beginning, a nuclear enthusiast and scientist in this industry! Richard Phillips

Royal Mail to install fuel-efficiency-boosting tech across its fleet

169,000 evs, which represents a requirement for electricity generation to replace all the fossil fuel which would have been used. Is there any co-operation between the utilities concerned to ensure that such generation will be forthcoming? The only CO2 saving, in any real quantity, that can be made is to supply all the power needed, from nuclear generation. But I see little real enthusiasm to have really sustantial generation inn this sector. I wish it were not so, being from the very beginning, a nuclear enthusiast and scientist in this industry! Richard Phillips

Heathrow secures Government funding to develop net-zero aviation roadmap

Aircraft account for 6% of CO2, while shipping accounts for 4.5% and these figures could be halved by an international consortium producing engines that can run on paraffin oil based fuel mixed with water using an ultrasonic device to a ratio of 50% or more. This engine would have the added advantage of burning at a lower temperature so less cooling devices would be needed which would lead to a drop in the cost of engines; so another 5.25% can be saved.

Ford vows to only sell electric vehicles in Europe from 2030

@Richard - yes you are correct that the electric power has to be generated and stored, which is a big consideration. However a friend of mine has a Leaf which he charges using the solar panels on the roof of his house so perhaps that is one area that needs to be advanced - domestic generation. Lithium is the element of choice at present due to a variety of reasons but again it is a rare metal. Recent news from a geothermal prospect in Cornwall does raise the possibility of extracting Lithium from the groundwater from this project and that would open up a domestic supply. The other big issue for electric vehicles is the Rare Earth Elements and Cobalt supply. These are also vital for electrical generation by renewables and there isn''t a lot of them around. Plus they tend to come from big holes in the ground - hardly environmentally friendly. Personally I think the days of the "private" automobile are seriously numbered. Generation Z (the Millenials) are moving away from big purchases like cars so give it a few more years and perhaps shared ownership/car clubs and the like will mean less cars on the road, more public transport and less of an issue over batteries etc. Who knows?

Ford vows to only sell electric vehicles in Europe from 2030

I will point out again that in order to replace the use of petrol and Diesel engines by electric ones, the electric power has to be generated, and then stored in the vehicle batteries. Battery production has be huge, and probably will use lithium by choice. But lithium is not hugely abundant, so some new battery ideas? The power has be generated centrally and a distribution system installed before the system is of general use. Type of generation system? Fossil or nuclear? Renewables are too variable for this important duty. And who pays up the costs? Not impossible, of course, but very difficult. Any answers please!! Richard Phillips

Ford vows to only sell electric vehicles in Europe from 2030

I will point out again that in order to replace the use of petrol and Diesel engines by electric ones, the electric power has to be generated, and then stored in the vehicle batteries. Battery production has be huge, and probably will use lithium by choice. But lithium is not hugely abundant, so some new battery ideas? The power has be generated centrally and a distribution system installed before the system is of general use. Type of generation system? Fossil or nuclear? Renewables are too variable for this important duty. And who pays up the costs? Not impossible, of course, but very difficult. Any answers please!! Richard Phillips

Ford vows to only sell electric vehicles in Europe from 2030

Are they going to start producing small round town cars, mid size family cars and other economy type cars? The Ka and Fiesta for instance or will it all be Kuga and other performance and SUV models that most people can''t afford?

Coventry unveils plans to host battery Gigafactory by 2025

With reference to the comment in your last oaragraphBritishvolt recently announced that the site for their Gigafactory was now going to be in the North East at Blyth in Northumberland, bringing anger from many in Wales but joy in the North East!

Jaguar to switch to fully electric vehicle portfolio by 2025

The increase in EVs will place a huge demand on the electricity grid and for en-route re-charging. A 50mph national speed limit would reduce this demand and range anxiety as this is the top of the optimal range for current EV models. A 50mph limit would reduce or remove the comparative advantage of ICEs thereby making EVs (and 60mph coaches) even more popular and increasing the pressures on recharging (points and electricity). It would also make the smaller (and more efficient) of JLRs six models more attractive.

EV100: Businesses doubled electric vehicle roll-outs in 2020

Two points concern me in the ambition to turn to electric vehicles. From where is it envisaged that we can derive the electricity. Most of our power at the moment is moment is generated from carbon based fuel. Renewables, wind and solar are are weak and unreliable. No solar at night!! Perhaps as little as only as only as a few hundred megawatts from wind for days on end.. Nuclear, fission or fusion is of course the answer,, but it is little favoured by the non scientific political body. Batteries are needed for all ever increasing number of Evs, but who has voiced concern over the very little lithium in the earths crust, and ambition is voiced to replace all the petrol and Diesel engines. And more significantly, all the petrol and diesel! I see no better technology than lithium for batteries, is there any on the horizon? Am I alone in theses matters? Richard Phillips

Purpose-led products: Ocado launches a dedicated aisle for B-Corp brands

It s worth noting the regarding BCorp - the article omitted to include the UKs largest BCorp- Danone UK with its yogurt brands. For disclosure, I used to work for Danone but haven t for almost 2 years

UK oil major backs new waste-to-jet-fuel plant

This is interesting and proves the old adage "where there''s muck there''s money". It is also interesting from the point of view of domestic heating. As I live in a remote part of the country away from the Gas grid I have to burn heating oil to keep warm and provide hot water. Kerosene heating oil is basically the same as jet fuel so it would be great to be able to use bio-kerosene from waste instead of raw crude kerosene. I already offset the carbon emissions from the heating oil we burn through tree planting and forest management but to know my fuel is even just a little greener to start with would be nice. It would also save me about 10-15k to change my very efficient oil burner and microbore pipe radiators for a heat pump (that I''m not convinced is more efficient in cold weather when you need the heat) and replacing all my heating pipework.

The energy sector needs the right skills and people if we're to deliver on ambitious climate change

The pivotal point in this discussion concerns the manner of generating energy. The necessary skills lie primarily with the physical sciences and engineering. If non fossil sources are called for, only nuclear is the clear answer. Wind, wave and solar are not 24 hour reliable sources. Only nuclear can supply all our demand for electricity, but it seems not to be in great favour, it is not cheap and promises no quick profits, vital to the financial sector. Richard Phillips ex AERE Harwell.

Billions to be slashed from Green Homes Grant budget

I have recently communicated with the youngest daughter of Maurice Ward, the inventor of Starlite, she states that this invention prevents all heat loss at all temperatures. If this is the case then we have a cheap paint that can make all buildings passive temperature controlled, which will cut CO2 emissions by 41% and end our dependence on gas central heating.

Green recovery report: Just 12% of global Covid-19 stimulus will benefit climate and nature

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. ​ Recently lies have been permeating that wind turbines do not generate enough volts for heavy industry so we will have to keep fossil fuel power stations. This is not true, for example, offshore wind turbines generate electricity at 230 volts, an offshore transformer boosts this to 220,000 volts, which is boosted to 400,000 volts with an onshore supergrid transformer; this is the highest voltage you get in the UK.

Boris Johnson faces pressure from his own Tory MPs to close net-zero 'policy gaps'

My self-funding low carbon plan has been sent to every Prime Minister since 1985 without a result. These Conservative MPs have an uphill struggle with a Prime Minister who took 1 million from climate deniers at the last General Election.

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We are suppliers of fresh fruit to the major retailers, we want the major high street retailers to take much more positive action with regard to reducing the use of single use plastic packaging, we use million of Polypropylene punnets each year without a harmonised system of recycling in the UK how much of this plastic is going straight to landfill.

Major renewable hydrogen demo project comes online at Welsh cement plant

Question: as hydrogen has one third of the calorific value of natural gas they will have to burn three times as much volume of hydrogen. Therefore can they generate enough renewable electricity to provide that amount of hydrogen? And at what cost?

Kwasi Kwarteng: Recent policy decisions send mixed messages on UK climate action

The transport argument for the Cumbria mines is invalid. If as stated 80% of output would be exported the transportion associated with the venture has a net negative Carbon impact. So in principle, presentation and fact this is a poorly conceived proposal that should not have been approved. Local authorities and governance must have full information, policy direction and frameworks for decision making. All appear to be lacking and the Government is accountable.

UK's energy storage pipeline passes 16GW

Unfortunately this article - like the Renewable UK one to which it refers - includes a fundamental error. The figures such as 16GW should actually say 16GWh, i.e. provide 16GW for 1 hour. In fact, for batteries - and according to the National Grid''s published plans - in 2030 the power from batteries will be something above 8GW in total with a storage capacity of under 12 GWh, so even if all of the storage capacity of 16 GWh were achieved by then, batteries would only provide about 8GW for less than a couple of hours. With wind lulls of many hours leaving deficits of tens of GW (CCGT gas capacity will have been halved and coal will have been eliminated) batteries will not make much of an impact. I''m not in favour of burning fossil fuels - quite the opposite. But I am in favour of plans that could actually work. Making all those batteries and then discovering that we have wasted the resources would seem particularly foolish, as we can already see that they won''t do the job.

Coca-Cola to trial 2,000 paper-based drinks bottles in Europe

"There is still a plastic cap and a plastic lining, but these components weigh less than traditional PET bottles" - so it''s not actually a paper bottle at all! It may be a marginal improvement, but clearly still has some way to go. Also, I don''t know much about AdeZ - is it carbonated or still? In the meantime, it would be interesting to see less hype and more in-depth analysis of how these compare to recyclable aluminium cans, and refillable lightweight bottles. When I was young, Coca-cola always came in glass bottles with a deposit on them...

Major renewable hydrogen demo project comes online at Welsh cement plant

Surely it is the separated Hydrogen that is funelled into the burner not the oxygen as stated above?

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We are beginning to see an increase in pace as the financial and social benefits are realised. Progress must be matched by joined up realistic planning from national, regional and local government in close association with enterprise.

Premier Inn turns to flywheel energy storage to assist electric vehicle charging

Many people confuse ''power'' - the rate at which energy is delivered - with ''energy'' itself. The limitation on power at a particular point in the grid network is overcome by having a local store to collect it in, in this case a mass spinning in a box. This is just one of many technologies quickly advancing that will enable naturally intermittent renewables to replace nature-and-humanity-threatening fossil fuels. Nuclear is very clever and low carbon but it is wrong to suggest it is superior to renewables+storage.

UK's energy storage pipeline passes 16GW

If we use sodium batteries for storage we are saving scarce lithium for vehicles because it is lighter. Heavier storage batteries would not be a problem. The weight of the sodium is not going to be as heavy as the battery itself.

Cumbria County Council puts plans for controversial coal mine on hold

Is this correct? Do we know the real story? I was of the understanding the mine was for coking coal for local steel production where we are currently importing the coking coal?

Cumbria County Council puts plans for controversial coal mine on hold

How do you make steel without carbon?

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Premier Inn turns to flywheel energy storage to assist electric vehicle charging

The whole problem nicely summarised in the first sentence insufficient power in the grid . It matters not how the power is managed, but how it may be generated in the first place. To repeat it for the nth time, no renewable is under our control, nature is always in command. Only one source of energy is totally carbon dioxide free (I dislike the reference always to carbon ), and that is nuclear. Wood and coal. are our only other fuels, generating CO2. Hydrogen does not occur naturally uncombined. On the flywheel, is it contained in a vacuum, air resistance at high speeds would be very damping. Does anybody disagree?? Richard Phillips

Cumbria County Council puts plans for controversial coal mine on hold

It''s sad that the proposed new coal mine in Cumbria will send a negative message on climate change to the rest of the Earth eating countries of the world. MT

B Corp businesses grow 28 times faster than national average

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Report: Tyres and synthetic clothes 'big cause of microplastic pollution'

Report: Tyres and synthetic clothes 'big cause of microplastic pollution'

The abrasion rare of car tyres must surely be dominated by manner in which the car is driven. The gently driven car is not necessarily a lot slower than the wheel skidding fierce drive away. How many times have we seen tear away from one set of lights at a full stop at the next!! Richard Phillips.

Nestl? reduces plastic from cereal packaging and rolls out paper Smarties packs worldwide

Ironic that Smarties used to be in paper tubes!

Health of 12 million Brits at risk from climate crisis

Re: heatwaves How To Stay Cool in Global Weirding With the climate crisis already here temperature records are being regularly broken, and the average temperature also goes up with nearly every passing year. While I would suggest to everyone that they should be getting a personal body cooler if they can afford it, there are many in the world who can not; for them I have a cheap solution, namely using the wind chill factor. This is the lowering of the body temperature due to the passing flow of lower temperature air. To use the wind chill factor to keep cool on a hot, and potentially dangerous day, just cover your naked flesh with cold water and stand in front of a fan until chilly. If you have done it too long you will feel a cold sting even in the hottest countries ( Jack Frost ), so adjust the time in front of the fan you are using, which will vary from model to model. With the death rates mounting due to record temperatures over record days this invention can save lives. Fans are both cheaper than air conditioning, and better for the environment.

Low-carbon heat: UK's heat pump sales set to almost double this year

Hi Andy Thanks for the info on the CO2 HP - EcoDan which I had not heard about. If this really can provide sufficient 90 C water and meet the needs of a microbore heating system then it may well be an future replacement option for my well insulated home. The secret though is still "well insulated". Based on a recent Heating Cost survey: Air Sourced HP with Radiators costs on average 1768 per year compared to 747 for Oil (Condensing Boiler). ASHP Underfloor is 1354 and Wood Pellets 1491. Oil is even cheaper than Gas too.

Low-carbon heat: UK's heat pump sales set to almost double this year

Hi Kieron, you are correct in you assertations that badly designed heat pump systems can be highly detrimental to occupants as they unable to meet the heating requirements of older dwellings. However, I would contest that heat pumps are only for new builds. Have a look at some of the CO2 heat pumps on the market (E.g. The EcoDan) which can achieve good COPs in low temperatures and, more importantly, deliver water up to 90Degs - so they can work within the existing wet systems. As for the changes in costs to occupants, I haven''t looked at the numbers in detail but given that heat demand may still be high, there is potentially still a cost uplift . At 17p/kWh unit of electricity used in a heat pump with a COP of 3 is about 5.6p/kWh vs the UK average of 4.4p/kWh for a unit of gas. So even with good heat pumps, fuel price escalation and potential for fuel poverty may still be a risk as you highlight. Thus reinforcing the need to combine heat pumps with improvements in building fabric which, as we know, is the trickier issue to address.

CCC calls for stamp duty and winter fuel payment reform to help decarbonise homes

Until HMG realise that the only carbon free source of electricity which is totally under our control is nuclear power, no amount of governmental dictat will achieve the stated goals. This will mean, at the present moment, the replacement of gas, about five times as much nuclear power be needed to reach an all nuclear base load. Then there is the question of the electrification of transport. In reality this means the replacement of petrol and diesel by nuclear generated electricity for battery charging etc. In actuality the concept is realisable only a timeline of many decades. Such concepts are not at the moment contemplated. But CO2 makes the garden grow, the earth is greener due our increased generation of power, and as for climate warming, it has always been an up and down. Periods when temperature and CO2 levels been out of kinter, so to speak. We concern ourselves with CO2 levels, but water vapour is as powerful a ghg as CO2, but there is no chance money to be made there, even it were desirable, perhaps the business opportunities of decarbonisation are quite a spur! Richard Phillips

Low-carbon heat: UK's heat pump sales set to almost double this year

As long as these extra Heat Pumps are destined for new builds, built to the highest energy efficiency and insulation standards, this will be a good thing. Sadly though many will be used to "tick boxes" to meet KPIs and targets and will be installed in poorly insulated homes thereby costing the residents far more than their current heating system. There''s more than just anecdotal evidence that this happens. There are many council and housing association tenants who regularly complain their homes are now cold, damp and expensive to heat because they were forced to swap from an efficient gas/oil wet central heating system to a poorly designed Heat Pump than now costs them 4 times as much to run. Heat Pumps (whatever the heat source) do work. The physics is well proven but the problem is when they are retrofitted to older homes that rely on a wet heating system. Heat Pumps don''t get the water hot enough for standard radiators and work best with purpose built underfloor heating systems not wall mounted radiators, especially if you have microbore heating pipes. Don''t let this "dash from gas" leave more and more people in fuel poverty, living in cold, damp homes just to tick a box and claim you are being green.

UK's progress on nature and the environment 'painfully slow', MPs warn

Its almost like we need a Department of Energy and Climate Change?

Beyond net-zero targets: What role can businesses play in solving the climate emergency?

First, make everyone aware - especially EDIE members - that ''net zero'' is not actually zero at all, and that on current plans the UK will still be responsible in 2050 for emissions nearly at today''s rate whilst hitting that goal - http://sdl.re/NetZeroDeceit. What business can do? ... include in its plans *all* carbon emissions caused by UK customers, suppliers and agencies, including those created outside UK borders.

UK's progress on nature and the environment 'painfully slow', MPs warn

The government are frightened of central planning.

Report: UK needs to install five times as many EV charging points to meet climate goals

And the UK will require 5 times as much electricity generation capacity and where is that going to come from? And if we go down the road of battery storage where is all the Lithium, Cobalt and other metals (not to mention all the plastic cases) going to come from? Yes big holes in the ground often in poor countries - now how Green is that? The focus should not be on the private car but on the commercial vehicle market. Especially delivery vehicles which are generally diesel and generally do an order of magnitude more miles than the average domestic motorist. And often many more stop start miles than the average motorist which is even worse for pollution. After speaking to a delivery driver who runs a Nissan E-Van the future is electric for local deliveries, he loves it and will never go back to a diesel van but he did confirm if he needed to drive from Fort William to Inverness and back he could not do that on a single charge (130 mile round trip), especially in winter.

Greenwash: 40% of websites 'misleading' consumers on environmental credentials

Greenwashing is too easy with Electricity Companies claiming to be green suppliers when they just wash a bit of renewable. There is not enough wind and solar for everyone as shown on 5th of Jan when the 5pm hourly price topped 1000 per MWh because the wind was light and the sun had set!

Report: Renewables overtook fossil fuels as UK's main electricity source in 2020

Wow, I live in the UK and I didn''t realise we had achieved this milestone. Great article.

Report: Renewables overtook fossil fuels as UK's main electricity source in 2020

The wind is a source which is both highly variable and totally out of our control. We can only have full control over nuclear, but that scares the politicians to bits, that scares the politicians to death, they do not understand the science. Ah Me! Richard Phillips

Biden signs flurry of executive orders on nature conservation and fossil fuels

Awesome!

Biden signs flurry of executive orders on nature conservation and fossil fuels

Report: Renewables overtook fossil fuels as UK's main electricity source in 2020

Interesting, however more segregation is needed to show trends. A graph showing the day by day generation from each mode would show seasonal trends that have significant effects on what is needed particularly winter verses summer. Including maintenance times across all generation types. We need to be careful about sweeping statements that could mislead.

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Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Marta Perricone, Unilever

As you said... The mentor is very important and decisive for our development. I had a similar experience and I''m very grateful for my hole life. But, in the other hand, We can recognize that some "blockers" or "destroyers" can change your dreams. We must always be careful of the stars which are not interested in a harmonic sky.

Electric vehicles and heat pumps set for exponential growth on road to net-zero

I think it s important to clear up some significant areas of confusion here. The scenarios referred to come from the National Grid. They were introduced in their current form in the summer of 2020. They refer to the electricity system for Great Britain, not the UK. The electricity system in Northern Ireland is part of the Irish system . UK Power Networks appear to have used the National Grid s Future Energy Scenarios documents and scaled down the numbers to apply to their area of operation which is roughly speaking East Anglia and the South East. The numbers in the tables in their report refer to their area of operation and not to the whole of the UK (or GB). The author of the edie news item implies that the numbers all refer to the whole of the UK. For example, the first sentence begins More than 4.5 million electric vehicles (EVs) could be on UK roads whereas the figure for the whole of GB would be up to about 11 million.

Why Joe Biden's inauguration provides a timely injection for climate optimism - Matt Mace's blog

Joe Biden can be good for climate change issues but need to continue Trump''s policy of not going into wars. https://real-politique.blogspot.com/2021/01/will-bidens-america-start-new-wars.html

Major gas grid companies team up to outline hydrogen deployment plans

How much if the trial isGov funded? I am afraid the the Gov 10 point plan is badly flawed with the dependence given to CCS and the roll out of the hydrogen economy . Both facets are practically and economically undeliverable at scale especially at a time when our economy is effectively bust The gas companies like the oil companies just want to sell more gas and if that experiment is paid fir by taxpayer - happy days

Major gas grid companies team up to outline hydrogen deployment plans

So let s see if I ve got this right. Hydrogen has a third the calorific value and therefore the 20% hydrogen will only be able to replace 7% of the methane that would ve been burned. Therefore more gas will have to be burnt deliver the same heat output. Wonder if that is why they are not conducting the test through a winter period of November to February?

Government unveils 'radical' energy efficiency standards for homes and offices

While this is great news it doesn''t go far enough. Why didn''t the Government insist on all new build homes to be PassivHaus standard? Unless the bar is set high builders will only go as far as the regulations state, they will never exceed them voluntarily. And who is going to ensure new builds are actually built to these new standards? We all know the "Friday 4pm" situation where something is just covered up with a "sod it no one will ever know" attitude. I myself have a large "hole" in the roof insulation in my home that I can not do anything to rectify without taking the entire roof off. It also worries me that Heat Pumps are being pushed as the only option for home/office heating. While they do work when installed in a properly designed building (the Finns use them a lot but they have super insulated homes) they simply do not work effectively in older housing stock and can end up costing the owner 4 or more times more to heat their homes. Or in one case I know unable to actually heat their home after they were swapped from oil boiler to ASHP.

Trade Bill: UK Government votes to allow food imports with lower environmental standards

Great article, is there a way readers can take action on this? Frustrating to read and further steps would allow an outlet for that.

EU lawmakers raise concerns about UK 'regression' on pesticides

Back in August 20 Peter Watson of British Sugar stated " This year has been a difficult year for growers, primarily because of the spring weather, he said. Although everyone talks about virus yellows, the yield drop-off like any other spring crop is mostly due to the seed bed, but also the May drought. For the crop in the ground, we predict we will be 15pc down on yield two thirds of that is weather-related and one third is virus-related. And yet the Government justification talks about "danger" and states an emergency : "Sugar beet yields were significantly reduced in the 2020 season due to the incidence of virus, and similar conditions in 2021 would be likely to present similar dangers." To me this looks to be entirely a commercial decision only 8 days out of the EU! For consumer choice purposes I think Silver spoon would be the recipient of this Beet in the UK, although I may be incorrect.

Government to limit UK business exposure to Xinjiang human rights issues

These change are long overdue. All companies should ensure that they do not buy products or trade with companies (or any organisation) that oppresses people or indulges in any forms of slavery or violence.

McKinsey: Global fossil fuel demand will peak in 2027

We need it to end by 2027.

McKinsey: Global fossil fuel demand will peak in 2027

Fossil Fuel demand may well peak and decline from 2027 but that does not mean global OIL & GAS demand will. Oil and Gas are vital raw materials for billions of products we all use and want everyday. From electrical insulation to medical equipment, from fertilizers to anti corrosion paints, from the interior of electric vehicles to the blades of wind turbines. Even things like solar panels, battery packs, laptops, smart phones, wifi routers all use petrochemicals in some form. I happen to agree that we can no longer afford to waste these valuable resources by burning them. We have to husband them and use them wisely. And as more sustainable options arrive (such as plant based polymers) then we can use even less petrochemicals and make them last even longer. However that does not mean the Oil & Gas Industry is doomed nor that it should be divested from. We all need petrochemicals and will do so for the remainder of this century probably longer. IT''S NOT JUST FUEL!

Bruichladdich distillery explores hydrogen heating

You''re on the right track Zak. . Swap CO2 heat pumps in for the electric boilers, which can produce high temperature heat at lower temperatures, and a thermal storage large enough to iron out the intermittency of renewables. . and you''re pretty much there.

Taking place next week: edie's free webinar exploring onsite net-zero technologies

Good afternoon, your link does not allow me to register for the webinar. Can you send a live link. Many thanks. Regards, Terry

Bruichladdich distillery explores hydrogen heating

"with the distillery aiming to decarbonise production-based emissions by 2025" As 99% of all hydrogen currently produced is black hydrogen from fossil fuels it seems strange they''re looking at this as an option for decarbonisation, especially given the logistical challenges of hydrogen and the island''s remote location. Surely solar PV and wind with electric boilers, or even biomass would be a lower carbon alternative? Seems disappointing that UK Government aren''t exploring these options with as much focus as hydrogen is.

UK's coal power spikes amid cold snap, despite 'greenest year on record' for electricity in 2020

@ Lawrence - we are on the same page, I agree we can not keep burning things to generate electricity (and I personally include biomass in that, particularly where it burns virgin wood not wood waste). At the end of the day every watt that can be generated without burning something is a good thing be that wind, solar, tidal, river or some new technology we haven''t determined yet. And there is room for all other sources to be scaled up if only the subsidies were available the same as Wind had. Nuclear is not a competitor to anything, none of them compete with each other really. Nuclear''s strength is the consistency of supply, its weakness is cost. Gas'' strength is speed of ignition, weakness is of course emissions (same for Coal), Wind is "clean" but unreliable, Solar doesn''t work at night or when it is heavy overcast or foggy. There''s pros and cons to every generation system. One big thing we can all do though is to stop wasting energy. I think electricity is actually too cheap right now, so cheap it doesn''t encourage people to think about how they are wasting it. Think if we all tried to reduce our electricity demand by 10% we could avoid having to build another Hinkley C power station (3.2GW). The big problem is going to come when we all have Electric Cars, all public transport is electric and all our heating has to be electric (even Heat Pumps have to use electricity). Then demand is going to skyrocket!

UK's coal power spikes amid cold snap, despite 'greenest year on record' for electricity in 2020

We need total supply that ranges from about 25GW to about 65GW (more or less). The total supply to grid at present for all marine sources is only about 15MW. The total to the grid for hydro is currently about 1.3GW. The National Grid are keen to plug the gap, and if you can suggest ways to plug either the base load (constant) gap or the variable gap, I think they''d be keen to hear them! I also don''t see wind farms and solar as a good solution. The problem is that they can provide a solution some of the time, whereas nobody can come up with one that provides a "net zero" solution that provides electricity all of the time. They re trying to do it with interconnectors and storage, of course. Anyway, this discussion has now drifted from the original subject, which is that nuclear is not a competitor to coal+gas. They each supply a different component of demand. At present we need all of them, but one can t replace the other. We need to get rid of coal and gas. I would also like to have electricity all of the time. I''m just another very awkward customer, I suppose.

UK's coal power spikes amid cold snap, despite 'greenest year on record' for electricity in 2020

Bruichladdich distillery explores hydrogen heating

Why not take a much simpler zero route by looking at BioLNG or BioLPG both of which will be far more cost-effective. The key points with this feasibility is where is the renewable hydrogen made and what is the energy efficiency of baking hydrogen and then burning it to produce heat when hydrogen has one third the calorific value of Methane? The distillery could even make its own Biomethane from waste organic streams!!

UK's coal power spikes amid cold snap, despite 'greenest year on record' for electricity in 2020

@ Lawrence The probable reason the proposed sources are only included to a limited extent is because there is next to zero support for them. Atlantis Resources have a field of tidal turbines in the Pentland Firth providing multiple megawatts (the total escapes me right now) and O2 are developing their tidal turbine which can provide 2MW per turbine and could be installed wherever there is a suitable tidal stream (such as the Corran Narrows near where I live which runs at 6kts). Hydro does not need mountains. It just needs flow. There is a power station on the River Tay that has a 15m hydrostatic head but produces 15MW+ from the immense flow of the Tay at that point. It has been producing reliable base load power for decades. There are many other suitable locations along all the major rivers in UK that could produce similar amounts and soon adds up to GW. During the Middle Ages every river in Britain has harnessed every half mile to power everything from grain mills to blast furnace, all powered by running water. We either diversify our power generation options into all forms available to us or we continue to build wind turbines and solar farms that don''t provide a single Watt when it is calm or dark. I don''t know about you but I''d rather not have to go back to using candles when the wind don''t blow and it is foggy or nightime.

UK's coal power spikes amid cold snap, despite 'greenest year on record' for electricity in 2020

What I wrote is certainly not obvious to everybody. It''s worth noting that the National Grid''s plans to 2050 only include your proposed sources to a limited extent. Can you provide any quantified justification for any of them to work in GB to a significant level? Hydro fails on the shortage of mountains, etc.

UK's coal power spikes amid cold snap, despite 'greenest year on record' for electricity in 2020

And the award for "Stating the Bleedin Obvious" goes to ............... Many of us have been saying just this, that "renewables" (especially wind and solar) can not provide reliable enough generation capability to ensure continuous supply to demand. We HAVE to have backup or reliable sources. More investment into Hydro, Pumped Storage, Tidal Stream and even Fluvial is required. Oh and you do know that many wind turbine farms have diesel generators on site to provide backup? How "Green" is that?

UK's coal power spikes amid cold snap, despite 'greenest year on record' for electricity in 2020

Unfortunately this article betrays a sad lack of understanding of how different energy sources work together to provide electricity in GB. Nuclear provides a significant contribution to our "base load" requirement, which is currently around 25GW throughout the year. It is true that the plans currently indicate a reduction in nuclear for the reasons stated, so we have that problem. There is a strong argument that we need to maintain or even increase nuclear capacity to help to supply our base load . The plan is to also use CCS biomass to supply base load in the longer term, replacing the current contribution from non-CCS biomass. The rest of our load (above base) varies up to about a further 30GW or so, depending on the time of year and the time of the week. We use primarily gas and to a lesser extent coal to make up the deficit, together with some other sources, including interconnectors, storage, hydro, etc.. Wind and solar cannot actually solve this reliably as they are intermittent. When wind and/or solar are available they can make a contribution, and often do. When they aren''t adequate (and they have never been adequate even for 1 minute in GB), we use those controllable sources to achieve the required supply. These need to be controllable so that we can always meet the required demand without relying on the whims of the weather. In the longer term the plan is to solve intermittency using more storage and increased capacity from the international interconnector network. In the meantime, an attempt to say that this is a balancing act of some kind between nuclear and gas+coal just shows that the author needs to find out more about the basic of electricity supply in GB. Having more nuclear capacity won t solve the intermittency issue, which is what we need to do to eliminate coal and (later) gas.

Prince Charles launches 'earth charter' for businesses tackling nature and climate crises

Survey: Circular economy businesses outperform those that take, make and dispose

Interesting Numbers! Where can we find more information about the Kearney survey? Thank you! /Jan Agri, Tricircular AB.

Survey: Circular economy businesses outperform those that take, make and dispose

Interesting Numbers! Where can we find more information about the Kearney survey? Thank you! /Jan Agri, Tricircular AB.

Two weeks to register for edie's free webinar exploring onsite net-zero technologies

"Low carbon heat" with no representation from the heat pump sector !! I would suggest Bean Beanland - Heat Pump Federation.

Report: More farmland must be converted to forests and meadows if UK is to reach net-zero

The report states that the amount of land available for green and ecological infrastructure including meadows and hedgerows will need to almost double by 2030. This quote from Sarah George''s article makes me think, that once again, policy thinking re- feeding sixty million people, is naive to say the least. The answer seems to be buy ''it'' in. And as for the bit about "including meadows and hedgerows" well, what can I say. Meadows grow crops (hay) to feed livestock and hedgerows keep said livestock from wandering.

UK EV registrations up 185% in 2020, despite impact of Covid-19

The power has to be somewhere; in this case the power station, nuclear or fossil fuel. For fossil fuelled power stations, this is where the CO2 arises. We have little nuclear power, and, as I understand it, little prospect of much more. A little bit of renewable power. I don''t see much alteration of the overall power generation position. The "clean" car has merely had its CO2 generated elsewhere. Unburned hydrocarbon emissions are a separate matter. Richard Phillips

Report: More farmland must be converted to forests and meadows if UK is to reach net-zero

We could seize all land at present used to make biofuels and plant them with local trees, which can then later be biochared.

North of England homes to pilot hydrogen heating

Natural gas occurs naturally either from ground sources or organic waste. Hydrogen has to be manufactured; it does not occur naturally Less hydrogen is generated than the energy input, as inefficiencies occur. The conventional electrolytic generation is an obvious example, but all other processes are less than 100% efficient. Hydrogen is the "leakiest" of all gasses, and not the easiest to handle. So why is their so much enthusiasm for it?? Yes, it is CO2 free, but how much CO2 precedes this? Richard Phillips

North of England homes to pilot hydrogen heating

It does not eliminate the generation of carbon pollutant, produced by the gas. They should migrate to clean electrical energy generated by water systems. For example Hydropower. www.deimx.com SIHE Francisco Ojeda Civil Engineer

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

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Dewley Hill: Newcastle City Council blocks controversial coal mine

The main group which brought about the brilliant result is Defend Dewley Hill. The community group, made up of people from the local villages, fought hard to encourage people to show that this application would offer no benefit to the local community. Well done Defend Dewley Hill and all their supporters

Global decarbonisation efforts need to be five times greater to reach 1.5C pathway

Thank you, though with all respect, isn''t the 7.6%PA cut for every year upto & including 2030 a year out of date i.e. stemming as it does from the UN Emissions Gap Report of 26 Nov 20, whereas the UN just published their Emissions Gap Report on 9 Dec 20

In numbers: What is the environmental impact of Christmas?

Regarding the plastic Christmas Tree what is considered to be the "lifetime" of said tree? If the lifetime is 25 years how does it compare to 25 real trees and does the calculation include the emissions from driving to collect a real tree every year, the emissions taking it to the recycling centre (or waste lorry collecting it) and how about if the real tree is just landfilled? Headline stats sometimes need to be used carefully and be fully explained

Net-zero impact on UK economy to be 'relatively small', Treasury finds

The world''s first self-funding near-zero carbon plan was invented in 1985, and still has not been adopted. Mental illness costs the UK 100 billion a year, enough to pay for any such plan. Mental illness can be cured in thirty seconds using the Kadir-Buxton Method and is simple enough for practice nurses and First Aiders to replace the whole mental health regime of any country.

Jacobs reaches 100% renewables and net-zero emissions for business operations

I do just wonder if we have any equation between all the claims to be using "entirely sustainable energy" is equalled by its generation???? I suspect that we do not really know!! Richard Phillips

Hydrogen, nuclear and wind: UK's energy network operators chart course to net-zero

"But hydrogen is not inherently "green" - more than 90% produced last year used fossil fuels." The nail on the head!! In the UK renewables are not sufficiently reliable to give us much energy. A dearth and then profusion is no answer in the energy field. The only reliable answer lies with nuclear energy, fission now then, perhaps, fusion; the ultimate dream. It might be noted that hydrogen is produced by electrolysis at about 80% efficiency, and used at about the same efficiency. So overall about 60%. It is very attractive, but not without snags, nature seems to be like that!!! Richard Phillips PS Why so few comments, I seem be alone!!!!

Jacobs reaches 100% renewables and net-zero emissions for business operations

Does the renewable electricity that they purchase come with a carbon certificate or has the carbon saving already been given to government to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the electricity grid. If it is the latter then there is no carbon saving associated with that renewable electricity as it has already been claimed by government.

Oil and gas giants sign up to Teesside net-zero carbon capture project

If there were a real desire to avoid the generation of CO2 during energy, the obvious generation system is the nuclear reactor; but it seems to have gone out of favour. Has all the work in this area just thrown on the rubbish heap with new generations coming in????? I was in that generation that worked on the many facets of nuclear generation, and it is perfectly feasible, but now quite out of fashion, it seems. Thermal reactors served us well, and there is vast store of knowledge on the fast reactors. Wind simply does not do the job. It cannot never be on demand, forget it. What is the snag?? "that is old stuff"???? Answers please. Richard Phillips

Starbucks outlines next steps on renewable energy and regenerative agriculture

Although there''s some good stuff there, this is the same Starbucks that has announced plans to close over 1,000 city centre stores and build as many new drive-thrus. Perhaps we should be asking them to account for Scope 3 emissions of customers driving to buy a cup of coffee, which they could just about as easily make at home? Putting solar panels on the roof of a drive-thru doesn''t make it sustainable...

KFC to install electric vehicle chargers at hundreds of UK restaurants

Two points strike me on this issue. From where does the necessary power originate? Does such rapid charging do any physical damage to the battery? This latter cannot be immune from heating effects, and they are very expensive components of the car. Richard Phillips

UK to slash emissions by 68% by 2030, as part of Paris Agreement NDC

The main increase in global warming gases is projected to come from developing countries. We have little support for British scientists and engineers making available advanced renewable energy systems. Jean Aldous www.greenmotorsport.com www.fuelcellpower.wordpress.com

PepsiCo targets 100% recycled plastic bottles in Europe

Recycled plastic escapes into the environment just like virgin plastic. GREENWASH, PEPSI. GREENWASH.

Green recovery: UK urged to accelerate 'just' transition from North Sea oil and gas

It is NOT JUST FUEL!! Petrochemicals from oil & gas make all the PPE our health service and care home staff have been wearing the past 10 months. All the life saving medical equipment they have used. Petrochemicals are the paints that protect wind turbines from the sea, the basis of most solar panels, the insulation and structure of the batteries in an EV. Petrochemicals are the backbone of millions of everyday items we all use and want. Without oil & gas there are no petrochemicals. Please stop banging on about "fossil fuels". While I agree we can not afford to keep burning these valuable commodities we still need to find and extract them for all the petrochemical products they create.

The Climate Group unites business giants in push for net-zero steel

This will kill steel producers of western countries that produce steel from raw materials. The above ''net-zero'' will only work with steel recycling plants that are electric arc furnaces. The very process of producing net-zero steel from raw material will never be achieved by the very processes required to produce iron ore into steel using coking coal and blast furnaces. Only the corporations touting Green policies are the one''s signing up to these frameworks, none are steel producers. Very careful consideration must be taken into these ''net-zero'' frameworks without crushing another industry sector of manufacturing and the usual outcome of moving skilled jobs overseas where counties don''t give a hoot about pollution..

The Climate Group unites business giants in push for net-zero steel

This will kill steel producers of western countries that produce steel from raw materials. The above ''net-zero'' will only work with steel recycling plants that are electric arc furnaces. The very process of producing net-zero steel from raw material will never be achieved by the very processes required to produce iron ore into steel using coking coal and blast furnaces. Only the corporations touting Green policies are the one''s signing up to these frameworks, none are steel producers. Very careful consideration must be taken into these ''net-zero'' frameworks without crushing another industry sector of manufacturing and the usual outcome of moving skilled jobs overseas where counties don''t give a hoot about pollution..

Electric vehicle revolution: Government creates Zero-Emission Vehicle Transition Council

The second hand point is interesting - will it turn into a loophole, if a dealer buys a UK spec car in (say) Ireland, has it registered there, and drive over the border into Northern Ireland, so he can sell it to me as second hand? 20 years ago there was a tax loophole which led to a lot of cars being pre-registered in Belgium.

Government 'must hold businesses like Apple and Amazon to account over e-waste'

When I purchase a new phone or laptop I generally want to retain the old one until I''m confident that I still have access to all the information stored on them, which is not instant, so I rarely take advantage of the option to return items to the seller for recycling. As a result I still have old items that should be recycled - I need to make the effort to get them recycled I found it particularly annoying recently to discover when replacing my mobile phone (because the battery had reached the end of its life but could not be replaced) that none of the potential replacement phones had replaceable batteries. Despite being fully functional apart from the battery, the old phone is now effectively useless

What does the green recovery mean for Black Friday?

Can someone explain to me how the Ella''s food pouch contributes to sustainability? I accept that it''s difficult if that''s what the competition are ding too, but could we educate the public away from such packaging?

What does the green recovery mean for Black Friday?

It comes down to a simple principle: Don''t buy stuff you don''t need with money you don''t have So unless you really need a new fridge, TV, phone, dress, suit, shoes (and I mean really really need, like they are broken or worn out) don''t get caught up in the whole Black Friday hype. It is just a marketing scam to get your hard earned cash. The Green Recovery is not about sales and constant growth. We can not continue the consumer driven, infinite growth model when we live on a finite planet. Black Friday has nothing to do with sustainable or Green it is purely money driven.

The road to net-zero, and how electrification will get us there - The UKRI blog

Several things about electric vehicles. 1) They are not especially efficient - perhaps 65% of basic energy requirement of petroleum vehicles if you take lifetime (manufacture, material sourcing and running) energy demands. They only become relatively green if all the stages in the lifetime use only renewable energy. Not green at all if you count the environmental cost of battery chemical mining. 2) There appears to be no serious government plan to generate enough renewable energy for the total economy within any sensible timescale to meet our climate commitments. The Government has only announced 40GW of windpower (less than a fifth of what is needed even assuming no growth of output and assuming imported embodied energy and international aviation and shipping doesn t count. Plus the government plans massive expansion in both road use and aviation). The blog is wrong incidentally to assert that renewable energy in the UK is rapidly expanding the rate of growth over the last 5 years has been pretty steadily falling 3) There is no explanation as to why road transport should be entitled to have what renewable energy becomes available. Road transport is the most discretionary of our activities, i.e the one we can most easily do with less of. Why should it have priority access to green energy over industry, agriculture, public services, domestic heating etc.? We obviously do need to do a lot of new technology, but the blog gets carried away with much magic thinking (it s this sort of nonsense that allows the government to think expanding road building is an investment in the future), when what is really needed is behaviour change. We cannot keep believing we don t have to do anything about climate change this is the new denial.

Net-zero pensions 'could deliver ?1trn for UK's green recovery'

It seems ridiculous that our pension fund is not focused on climate change, why are we investing in a polluting future which will end our future. We need to invest our money solely in renewable energy, green technologies, pollution-free circular products. The only way we can drive this change is through educating all those people who don t see the issue.

Report: Renewables and flexible energy could cut ?660m off UK's net-zero transition

Yet another meaningless article. Please use KW and GW for rate of supply of power and MWh and GWh for the capacity of the storage system or batteries. The correct interpretation is is usually fairly obvious but it shows a lack of competence when writing accounts of developments. None of the current proposals match our increasing dependence on more electrical systems with the need to avoid of power outages. Also the large proposed increase in Wind Generation capacity will lead to large increases in costs that will greatly reduce our competitive performance post Brexit and COVID . .

Podback: Coffee brands join forces on UK pod recycling scheme

I really don''t see what the problem is with recycling coffee pods, except laziness. An ''ex'' had one of these pointless gadgets. I used to peek off the lid, scoop out the coffee into her food waste bin, rinse the grouts out of the capsule and throw the aluminium capsule into the recycling. I prefer a coffee press (Cafetiere) myself. Far simpler.

Podback: Coffee brands join forces on UK pod recycling scheme

Hmm, I smell greenwash among the coffee aromas here. There are alternatives that don''t require pods. Probably the best is a simple cafetiere, as grounds can simply go straight into compost. I tend to use traditional coffee filters, also compostable but take time to degrade. And instant coffee is possibly best of all, tending to be supplied in recyclable glass jars. Coffee pods, whether aluminium or plastic, are a recent innovation, and probably one that wasn''t necessary - putting convenience over the environment. (Individual coffee gabs/pads, such as those sold by HEMA are a better single cup solution, as they too are compostable. "sustainably source aluminium" - hmmm, better than from virgin bauxite, but still not ideal, assuming they mean from recycled aluminium. Renewable energy powering Nespresso shops - designed to make you feel good as you trash the environment? And sorry, why would anyone who likes coffee go to a Nespresso shop if the could go to a Pret, Caffe Nero, or the like? Nespresso capsules are OK, but they are still not as good as the real thing!

Anger as IMO approves deal that will let shipping emissions rise through 2030

One of the weaknesses of decisions and comments in low carbon matters is the paucity of scientific and technical knowledge in the political circle governing such matters. It is all very well for Mr Attwood to say that ambitions were "lamentable". but it takes energy to drive ships, and the only realistic source of the power is diesel. What has he got to offer as a substitute which is totally in our control, and economic??? Small nuclear reactors. as in the nuclear submarines are very good, but I would think very expensive for all but very large bulk carriers. I also have the thought that C02 and water have very similar IR spectra, but reducing our use of carbon fuels is a money maker as a policy but the public pays Richard Phillips

Anger as IMO approves deal that will let shipping emissions rise through 2030

One of the weaknesses of decisions and comments in low carbon matters is the paucity of scientific and technical knowledge in the political circle governing such matters. It is all very well for Mr Attwood to say that ambitions were "lamentable". but it takes energy to drive ships, and the only realistic source of the power is diesel. What has he got to offer as a substitute which is totally in our control, and economic??? Small nuclear reactors. as in the nuclear submarines are very good, but I would think very expensive for all but very large bulk carriers. I also have the thought that C02 and water have very similar IR spectra, but reducing our use of carbon fuels is a money maker as a policy but the public pays Richard Phillips

Aviation sector spells out plans to be at heart of UK's green recovery

Are you able to provide details of the members of the coalition that have contributed to this article and lobbying request

Advertising sector launches new initiative to eliminate negative environmental impacts

this stylish house was retrofitted with eco tech that improves health and comfort. it shares ideas, dramatic insight, low impact solutions with others in the Advertising industry and clients.. to lead the change consumers to want to buy into. https://valleyviews.uk/ message its creator M Edwards

'An ambitious plan for a green industrial revolution': Reaction to Boris Johnson's Ten Point net-zer

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is an important stepping stone to decarbonising huge swathes of UK industry, allowing carbon dioxide (CO2) producing processes to continue, while alternative zero fossil carbon emitting processes are developed and implemented. But CCS must be planned to be phased out by 2050, as the capture can only be up to 95% (The equilibrium of chemical reactions) so it will continue to allow at least 5% of CO2 to escape. And CCS is expensive, with the high cost of pumping the CO2 at high pressure into deep geological formations. And CCS has not yet been proven at scale, so it remains a fig leaf to allow CO2 producing processes to continue. The reliance of CCS as a corner stone of the UK''s plan to achieve the 2050 target is dangerous, as it diverts resources from the development of true zero fossil fuel energy.

Boris Johnson unveils ?12bn Ten Point Plan for net-zero transition

This latest Government plan to achieve net zero fossil fuel carbon emissions by 2050 gives insufficient support for the hydrogen economy compared with that given to EVs, when we will need to to deliver so much more green power by 2050 to heavy transport: busses, HGVs, trains, earthmovers and ships, as well as to decarbonising steel and cement manufacture which are all much more efficiently supplied with the energy carrier hydrogen. The UK is already behind many other developed economies in the roll out of our hydrogen infrastructure, such as France, Germany, Japan and even California. And hydrogen can be used to produce zero fossil hydrocarbons to fuel aircraft. An infrastructure of hydrogen filling stations is urgently needed in the UK to refuel heavy transport and these could also refuel hydrogen powered cars which are needed for many people in cities and towns who do not have a driveway for charging an EV.

Boris Johnson unveils ?12bn Ten Point Plan for net-zero transition

Yet another example of how we export our pollution to other countries so that we can appear greenish. Rare metals mined at huge environmental cost in Africa and Finland, batteries made by Chinese industries reliant on coal fired power stations then transported by highly polluting ships to the UK. Yes the UK will be greener - a sort of sickly green. I doubt if 2030 will happen for cars, there will be several changes of government by then. Don''t forget that the government has no money, it is our money that they spend frivolously and waste.

Investment gap: ?400bn required to deliver net-zero transition, report finds

"... 400bn required to deliver net-zero transition..." It''s 40 bn per year for 10 years, but the lifespan of wind and solar plants (WASPs) is between 20 and 30 years, so there''ll be a lapse of about 15 years and then it will all ahe to start over again. Another 10 bn per year for the next 10 years. It works out at 16 bn every year, forever! But generating the same amount of electricity every year (of the 24/7/365 variety) using advanced nuclear power plants (NPPs) would only cost 4.06 bn per year - 1/4 of the cost means lower electricity bills. Search for: National Grid s FES 2020 will cost 18.47 billion every year-FOREVER!!!

'An ambitious plan for a green industrial revolution': Reaction to Boris Johnson's Ten Point net-zer

Lord Deben and his CCC, with their love of wind and solar plants (WASPs) and their hate of nuclear power plants (NPPs) has got the gall to say ""...the ability to tell our children and grandchildren that the UK acted in time. ..."" With every duplicitous utterance they make about WASPs getting cheaper by the day, our electricity bills get more expensive by the day. Indecipherable subsidies cover up the 4X higher capital investment needed in WASPs than in advanced nuclear power plants (NPPs). If we go the way of the CCC, it will kill people: The winter of 2017/18 saw the highest recorded number of Excess Winter Deaths since 1975 1976, with 50,100 excess deaths in England & Wales (provisional). Of these, 15,030 (30%) were attributable to cold homes Search for: National Grid s FES 2020 will cost 18.47 billion every year-FOREVER!!! And, compared to the microscopic environmental impact of NPPs, the environmental impact of WASPs will be a horrifying reality for our children. Just look at the map, for the environmental impact of offshore wind alone, and consider the effect of landfilling 1.5 billion tonnes of shredded GRP (fibreglass) blades over the 25 years lifespan of wind turbines. Search for: "What is the environmental impact of Offshore Wind Farms?"

Boris Johnson unveils ?12bn Ten Point Plan for net-zero transition

Don''t just dabble with nuclear power, Boris! Decarbonise all UK energy use with massive build out of nuclear power plants (NPPs). You''ll do it for less than 1/4 of the capital investment needed per GW than attempting it with wind and solar plants (WASPs). The basket case energy economy of Germany, with their WASP obsession, have committed 9 billion to the manufacture of green hydrogen. But 2 billion of that is going to Morocco, because Germany can''t build out enough WASPs to manufacture their own. How lunatic is that??? NPPs combined with electrolyser plants are the combination made in heaven. The NPPs can generate 24/7/365 electricity at 100% availability and load follow electricity and/or green hydrogen demand. Not only can it be done on a daily basis, but also across the seasons of the year, by switching between grid electricity supply and green hydrogen manufacture. It doesn''t matter how many TWh per year needs generating, this proportion of 18.47 billion every year for WASPs, against 4.06 billion every year for NPPs will apply: Search for: National Grid s FES 2020 will cost 18.47 billion every year-FOREVER!!!

Boris Johnson unveils ?12bn Ten Point Plan for net-zero transition

There''s no mention I can see of how road freight can be decarbonised, or diesel emissions reduced, as ELVs are ineffective in this sector. What is needed instead is investment in sustainable biofuels as an intermediate technology ahead of the more technically challenging aviation fuel substitution or the demands on the grid and renewable generation placed by electric cars.

Boris Johnson unveils ?12bn Ten Point Plan for net-zero transition

This ten point plan has at least two points which do not move us towards zero carbon. Nuclear power is actually relatively high carbon compared to renewables as the fuel is processed from extremely low ore concentrations and the energy calculation for the fuel is almost balanced ie as much energy to process as gained from the power station. Also a new review of carbon capture and storage shows that at a useful scale all mechanical methods add CO2 to the atmosphere - such are the resource and energy requirements of the installations.

Boris Johnson unveils ?12bn Ten Point Plan for net-zero transition

No mention of support for local govt initiatives.

Boris Johnson unveils ?12bn Ten Point Plan for net-zero transition

We welcome any plan to save us from ourselves but much more needs to be done. This ten point plan falls well short of what is needed.

What to expect on a journey to carbon-neutrality - The Mott MacDonald blog

Nice to know that Mott Macdonald are addressing their in-house emissions, but these are pretty negligible compared with the emissions for which they are responsible elsewhere. Mott Macdonald is a very big player in road building, which in the UK alone under RIS2 plans and MRN, HIF and LEP funding will absolutely ensure that the UK stands no chance of meeting its international climate commitments. Believing that the solution is electric and hydrogen vehicles or off-setting are dangerous delusions that allow Mott Macdonald and other planet wreckers to carry on their business as usual.

Lord Deben: 'Climate change is the symptom, not the disease'

The National Grid is on the same wavelength as the CCC in respect of the capacity of wind and solar plants (WASPs) they would like to see installed. One of the National Grid''s FES2020 Scenarios would require a capital investment of 18.47 billion per year, every year, starting now to get to zero-carbon by 2050. And because WASPs need decommissioning and replacement plants built, every 20 to 30 years, that 18.47 billion would have to be paid every year, forever! And that''s about 0.9% of GDP. Rolls-Royce''s first 440 MW nuclear power plant (NPP) will be operational in 2029. Starting 2030, plants capacity could be installed by 2050 to reach the same level of generation, for a capital investment of 12.42 billion per year, but just for 20 years. Then, because of the 60 years lifespan of NPPs, there would be a 40 years hiatus before investment was required again. That equates to 4.06 billion per year, or less than 0.2% of GDP. The NPP solution well cost almost 80% less than the WASP solution. That will make a huge difference to the low-paid and disadvantaged in our society, Lord Deben. https://medium.com/@colinmegson/national-grids-fes-2020-will-cost-13-21-billion-every-year-forever-ce41e7c1fdf9

Ribena redesigns plastic labels in bid for 'bottle-to-bottle' recycling

Why not make them out of paper with an "easy rip" strip so we can simply tear off the paper and put both in the recycling? Or is that just too simple??

Rolls-Royce unveils plans to build 16 mini nuclear plants in the UK

While I can agree partly with Greenpeace that we should be investing more in Geothermal, Hydro, Tidal and heck why not even Hydrogen (even with my massive reservations about that gas) we still need a reliable source of constant power, the so called baseload, that will keep the lights on at night when the wind isn''t blowing. While yes there is still a risk with these SMRs one just has to look at where the expertise is with this kind of technology. The US Navy have been using them successfully and safely for decades in their nuclear submarines, aircraft carriers and ships. With that kind of knowledge base and security/safety protocols these could be the mid term solution to the energy storage problem.

Lord Deben: 'Climate change is the symptom, not the disease'

Hello, Just one major issue there with Lord Deben speech He relates to costs in terms of GDP that was, as of now, leading through December and January, we are seeing a clear contraction of the Industries and Corporations which means a contraction in GDP and Tax revenue. Al Scott

Renewables and restoration: Water sector outlines net-zero routemap for 2030

We could biochar all sewage to turn it into a soil improver and carbon storage, which cuts down the hormones entering the sea by 90%. Shutting all turbine generators by going renewable will double the supply of fresh water that the UK has.

UK retail sector pledges to reach net-zero emissions by 2040

Will this include accounting for emissions that are *not* included in the net-zero definition - notably those from shipping imported goods. I believe, for example, it costs 3+ tons of emissions to air-freight 1 ton of flowers from Africa or shrink-wrapped baby-corn from India. See http://sdl.re/netzerodeceit for why the UK net-zero target is not truly for net-zero.

IPPR: UK Government must spend ?33bn annually to combat climate and nature crises

And where''s that money going to come from? Oh yes us taxpayers

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

This report predicts that by 2030 wind power could be 26 GW or 50% of "UK''s power demand" which implies that the UK''s total power in 2030 would be 132 GW when the UK''s primary energy demand in 2019 was 2,226 TWh (BEIS data) which is a power base of 254 GW so how can this report claim that the UK''s power demand could be covered by wind power, or is the report only considering electric power, in which case that needs to be clarified?

BT powered by 100% renewable electricity globally

So they are just buying green energy? Id like to see them invest in renewables, energy reduction and refurbishment projects to make some real progress.

Oatly slashes emissions with all-electric truck fleet

This is where the world should be focussing its efforts on low emission vehicles, distribution. Not private motoring which is still focussed on the 50,000 plus luxury SUV sector. Delivery vehicles do far more miles per annum than the average private motorist and are almost entirely diesel powered.

The Est?e Lauder Companies reaches net-zero operational emissions, 100% renewable electricity

At last, a company that makes sure it owns the carbon saving from the generation of the renewable electricity by owning the certificates. Most companies buy RE where the carbon saving has been given to government to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the general electricity grid and therefore are fooling themselves or not receiving what they think they have bought.

L'Oreal unveils 'world's first' plastic bottles made from captured carbon

While this appears to be good re-use of materials, the end product does not seem to be bio-degradable, so not a huge amount of help, is that correct?

Supermarket and packaging giants call for UK-wide ban on degradable plastics

One use of these plastics is in dog poo bags. These are now widespread, and the expectation then is that the bags and contents can in effect be composted. I''m not familiar with exactly how this is done when dog poo bags are collected and enter the waste stream, but is there a viable alternative?

Banks and agribusiness linked to biodiversity loss

So where''s the call for pensions, investment houses and even individual investors to ditch the banks from their portfolios? Given the hysteria about ditching oil & gas companies over the so called Climate Emergency it seems only fair that business that are actively destroying the environment should be tarred with the same brush

Hubbub and Coca-Cola launch on-street recycling scheme in Dublin

East Lothian tried this unfortunately due constant contamination and lack of common sense they were eventually removed, in theory it''s wonderful.

Unilever expects to double use of recycled plastics in next 12 months

Recycled vs Virgin plastic is a non started. the plastic still ends up in the sea. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/23/plastic-waste-entering-oceans-triple-20-years-research

Investors ask most-emitting companies to prove their climate lobbying is Paris-Agreement-aligned

It seems to me that the movement towards net-zero is not being covered adequately by mainstream media - BBC and SKY News for example. I would be very surprised if anything like a majority of the public has even a vague idea on what is happening. I would be interested to know how you think this knowledge gap might be bridged. I am a visual information person, so would welcome a short document which explains progress graphically. Others might prefer a different information base. Ideally I would like to see TV coverage (regular news updates and a documentary series) on the basis of an industry and campaigning body agreed basic format. Such an information base would, I am sure, be welcomed by schools, universities, media companies and the general public. Coincidentally, while writing this, the Chief Executive of EON has just popped up on Sky News (10.30am, Weds 28 Oct) in a very informative item on green energy. I am simply urging more of this kind of coverage - but within a coherent, continuous framework. Thank you for considering this.

Energy giants launch Northern Endurance Partnership to explore carbon capture opportunities

So now there is the dilemma, do we invest in energy companies or not? Edie and others have been reporting for ages that companies and organisations are divesting from "fossil fuel companies" left, right and centre so now is the narrative going to change as these very same companies are driving the development of these clean technologies and especially in an area of the country that has been so intrinsically linked to coal, oil and heavy industries for decades.

Net-zero by 2030: Lime becomes first micro-mobility firm to pledge to science-based targets

Lime has actually launched its eScooter services in Milton Keynes, alongside Spin and Ginger. However there are still legal restrictions that prohibit their use outside the pilot test areas, unlike the suggestion in the article that they have been lifted.

Huge wind-powered boats and a boon for solar in the US: The sustainability success stories of the we

Re Oceanbird, what is it for? What cargo does it carry? Does it have an engine and propellor for windless days or can it store excess energy in onboard batteries? Take a look at the cargo ships of the world and you will find they carry containers on their decks - huge numbers covering the whole deck area. How does that fit in with Oceanbird''s sails? How would the dockside cranes get access to containers in among the sails?

Microsoft to become water positive by 2030

nice

The Body Shop launches in-store take-back scheme for plastic packaging

bold

Priceless Planet: Banks and airlines join coalition planting 100 million trees

When are we going to let go of the nonsense that planting trees will mitigate climate change and halt run away ecological collapse. We need to protect the trees we already have and allocate areas for regeneration of natural species which in turn create habitat. We need to protect excessive consumption of resources. It is not honest nor genuine to encourage people to spend more money on unnecessary stuff by telling them in the process they will be helping to plant trees. Planting trees will not save us from climate change or biodiversity loss nor will consuming more - in fact people must do the exact opposite. I am getting quite tired of EDIE''s GREENWASH.

Britvic to switch to 100% recycled plastic bottles by 2022

I will say this again - bottles made from recycled plastic escape into the environment just as virgin plastic bottles do. Its not the type of plastic that matters, its NO plastic which makes the difference. I will certainly not be buying from Britvic and will ensure friends and family are aware of this too.

Asda opens 'sustainability store' with refill stations and plastic-free groceries

Well done Asda, please trial in Yeovil...

Sainsbury's invests in trucks powered by kinetic energy

I was discussing the source of the kinetic energy online with a colleague and we both felt that it was simply likely to be regenerative braking partially recharging the batteries, rather than being dissipated in waste heat. Not exactly a new technology!

Sainsbury's invests in trucks powered by kinetic energy

But where does the kinetic energy originate?. This article appears to be attempting to mislead us, which I''m sure is not edie''s intention. Does the lithium ion battery capture energy as loads are lowered, (comparable to regenerative braking)? I presume that the trucks are charged from the mains just like the existing lead-acid batteries, but are more efficient because of the energy that is not wasted as loads are lowered.

How sustainable is the new iPhone 12?

Sainsbury's invests in trucks powered by kinetic energy

Sainsbury's invests in trucks powered by kinetic energy

Kinetic energy is simply the energy of bodies in motion. With that in mind, this article doesn''t make sense, unless Sainsburys & Toyota have found a perpetual motion machine. I suspect they are trying to tell us that the kinetic energy during operation is used (in part) to recharge the lithium-ion batteries (regenerative braking), whereas with the previous lead-acid batteries energy was simply lost in braking (as low grade heat). But really, edie, unless you are trying to discredit Sainsburys by publishing such a garbled press release, I would have hoped to see some editing to try and make sense if it!

Morrisons, Waitrose and John Lewis remove glitter from Christmas items

Would it be possible to find out what other retailers are doing in relation to glitter? M&S is the one that springs to mind as I know a lot of their cards and wrapping paper have historically had glitter on them.

Plastic-free flights and blockchain offsets: The sustainability success stories of the week

thanks for share information, it''s so nice for an articel

Lawmakers vote to exclude fossil fuels from EU recovery fund

So what will be our source of energy to generate out electricity?????????? Richard Phillips

'Together We Can': edie unveils first wave of speakers for flagship Sustainability Leaders Forum 202

As a leader in the field and independent of the brands and retailers i should have a slot to talk on this. Can you let me know who to talk to please. Ian Schofield 07557259380

Tesco links ?2.5bn loan to key emissions, energy and food waste targets

Hmmm. Does the renewable electricity come with the carbon certificate to show that it is carbon savings from Tesco operations or is it just renewable electricity where the certificate has been given to government to reduce the overall carbon impact of the grid. If it is the latter then it isn t carbon reduction at all.

World's first hydrogen-powered double-decker bus hits Scottish streets

The world''s first hydrogen powered double-decker bus was in London over a year ago but not in general service yet.

Birmingham's hydrogen buses and Levi's circular economy store: The sustainability success stories of

The world''s first hydrogen powered bus was in London over a year ago but not in general service.

Report: UK's domestic heat 'extremely unlikely' to reach net-zero without policy overhaul

It isn''t just a case of simply swapping a gas or oil fired boiler for a Heat Pump (ASHP or GSHP). While HPs do work when built into a properly designed, constructed and insulated home they are not as effective in older, leakier and less insulated buildings. There are also considerations as to how to upgrade or modify the central heating system to work with an alternative heat source. For instance my home, 20 years old and fairly well insulated, is fitted with a wet central heating system powered by an A standard Condensing oil fired boiler. This heats the water in the pipes to 65 C which flows around to the radiators to heat the rooms to the desired temperature. With the microbore copper pipes used in modern central heating systems you have a major problem converting to a Heat Pump. Heat Pumps work at a lower temperature, around 40 C. To work with a wet system you need bigger, higher flow radiators which require high flow, wider bore piping. Or underfloor heating. So in order to adapt my home to a Heat Pump I would have to rip out and replace every single radiator (19) and around half a kilometre of perfectly good copper pipe. Hardly environmentally friendly when you think about it. And for what? A significantly less effective heating system than runs on electricity, electricity that is 4 times as expensive per KWH as oil is. I know people who installed Heat Pumps thinking it was the right thing to do only to discover they couldn''t heat their home, suffered horrible damp problems and ended up spending multiple times more on fuel than previously. So they reinstated the oil fired boiler. I''m not anti Heat Pumps by the way. I think they are an excellent way to heat a modern, insulated, efficient home. They are not a panacea and should not be forced on people living in older homes just to tick a bloody box on someones KPI list for their performance bonus. We need a properly thought out, effective application of facts to reduce our reliance on burning things to heat our homes (and this includes Biomass boilers which are also a joke environmentally). Don''t put thousands of people into fuel poverty, damp or cold homes just because "it''s Green". No one should be cold and no one should be in fuel poverty but that is what I fear will happen with this "dash for Heat Pumps"

Earthshot Prize: Royals to spend ?50m on climate and nature innovations by 2030

Hello Edie and Sarah, 10 years does not have a good look to it. I have a Concept for a Zero Emissions Rotary Engine - generator - it forms the centre of a larger concept to have Fuel from water on board the EV For 5 years in the UK stifled and blocked from funding for initial modelling approached Berlin Technical University agreed in principle to carry out initial modelling. Taken 12 months to form a De SME to cooperate with Tu B and get new Patents Drafted and filed. To be clear I do not want a prize, success will lead to profits and compensation and a major level of satisfaction from 16 years of my life. 2.5 million in total to cover the next 5 years of the company. Does not need major H2 infrastructure nor does it plug into the grids and a good fit for many applications.

Facebook accused of failing to tackle climate misinformation, despite crackdown on fake news

Is edie suggesting that no arguments against the mainstream view of the causes and consequences of climate change should be admitted? It very much seems that way. Sadly, the mainstream view is beginning to bear the characteristics of a religion, complete with campaigns against heresies etc. I would suggest that a lot more questioning is in order, for example the preposterous idea that zero emissions in the UK would make a significant impact on global CO2 levels when new sources are being added by China at the rate of about half the UK''s currrent total CO2 emissions annually.

Unilever CEO: Climate change and Covid-19 mean capitalism must change

This is a turnaround! 10 years ago anyone who even referred to ''capitalism'' was immediately labelled a commie subversive

'Build Back Greener': Boris Johnson vows that UK will host 40GW of offshore wind by 2030

The National Grid''s FES 2020 ''Consumer Transformation'' Scenario wants to get to 480 TWh per year with Wind And Solar Plants (WASPs). But WASPs plus backup would cost 18.47 billion every year - FOREVER. And, it''s a fair bet 90% of the equipment would be imported. Rolls-Royce are recruiting now to start building factories next year for the production of components for their ''home-grown'' 440 MW Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), the first of which will be operational in 2029. To generate the same 480 TWh per year, by 2050, a 20-years build out of these NPPs would cost 12.42 billion per year, but just for 20 years. Then there would be a 40 years hiatus before investment starts again in 2090. It''s equivalent to 4.06 billion per year - down to almost 20% of the figure for WASPs. Search for: fes-2020-will-cost-13-21-billion-every-year-forever And then there are the WASP waste mountains. Have a look at the follow up ''stories''.

'Build Back Greener': Boris Johnson vows that UK will host 40GW of offshore wind by 2030

40 GW of wind power by 2050 is only 350 TWh in a year when in 2019 the UK primary energy demand (BEIS data) was 2,226 TWh and rising, so we need a lot more green energy to reach 2050. Why is the Government not considering ocean currents which are showing great promise off the north of Scotland, as currents are more consistent than wind, such as the MeyGen project. And what about nuclear power? Small modular reactors (SMR) can be mass produced and shipped to site by heavy road transport, and could be used to retrofit our gas fired stations, saving the cost of steam generation, turbines, generators and electricity distribution equipment already in place. SMRs are a big export opportunity to countries that do not have nuclear power capability.

Net-Zero Live 2020: Speakers and programme revealed for virtual event

I hope that the speakers will consider the amount of primary energy that will be required by 2050. It was 2,226 TWh in 2019 and rising, in spite of energy savings and better insulation. Renewables cannot deliver it all, as we don''t have enough available space on land and sea, so where is the rest going to come from?

Global energy storage capacity to grow by one-third every year to 2030, report

I would love to know what are the current installed capacities of storage of different kinds by country, and what''s predicted in the future vs where we need to actually get to to meet certain renewable energy production targets.

What makes a sustainability leader? Get to know Willmott Dixon's award-winning team

Well done Willmott Dixon , it''s a start which needs to be reflected in the quality and performance standards of the houses you are building, none of which, in my view, are sufficiently energy efficient, installing boilers especially gas boilers is not necessary, but heat recovery ventilation is, as are solar pv. Please aim for Passivhaus from now on

Tesco to increase sales of meat alternatives by 300% to reduce environmental impact of products

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. Jehova''s Witness artificial blood complete with red colouring was added. 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.

Plastic-eating 'super-enzymes' and water-based fuel: The best green innovations of September 2020

excellent reading Material with a lot of exciting developments. It will be interesting to see how they progress.

?2bn Green Homes Grant and ?1bn Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme open for applications

The wrong direction -- the aim should be to have "Zero Emissions energy" generation. Cost of developing a Hydrogen based CHP unit 2.25 mil and it also brings about Affordable Zero Emissions Transport. Whilst the efficiency of heat retention is important Using it to cut down on Fossil Fuel energy and emissions or to make RE generation feasible is the wrong way. To be developed by Berlin Technical University starting 2021 Zero emissions energy generation is the way, does nit matter if a person uses 50 times more energy, it does not increase GHG emissions and increase Global Warming Cleary experts have lost the plot.

?2bn Green Homes Grant and ?1bn Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme open for applications

Not so good pic, sorry poor choice, work does not appear to meet current Regulations

Plastic straws to be banned in England from Thursday

As for cotton buds with plastic stems, the UK currently uses close to two billion per year. Many major retailers have gotten ahead of the legislation curve by phasing them out already, including Waitrose and the Co-op. The use of the non-standard English (American English) term ''gotten'' sits very uncomfortably in professional article. An opinion, I concede. But it creates a poor impression, at least to this reader.

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.