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Liverpool to use blockchain technology to become world's first climate-positive city

I have always been lukewarm about carbon offsetting because once you have released your carbon the carbon has been released and paying somebody else not to release carbon is, well, not really balancing your carbon releases. I was hoping that this article would be about clever new ways of improving public transport, insulation etc. However it is good that Liverpool care.

Morrisons trials in-store deposit return system for plastic bottles

Hello, I would like to thank for this communicative information and article. I find this idea excellent, in a transitory period to battle de plastic bottle waste and recycling. I would like to know which are the fabricants of those machines, to propose and copy the same example to other supermarkets. Yours faithfully, Diego Lavarello

One billion people without access to efficient cooling technology, says report

Air conditioning units give out enormous amounts of heat. Where do you think that heat goes from the air it is cooling? Narnia? They use prodigious amounts of energy which also produces heat so cooling a room results in more heating of the atmosphere.

How Coca-Cola is engaging policymakers and the public to combat plastics pollution

The 11 points are sensible and I can imagne have been contributed by Coca Cola Europe where in many countries deposit schemes never stopped or re started a long time ago. We dont have to faff around for much longer. Just go to places like Germany, see the implementation and then just adopt it. These countries have years of experience and they have generally ironed out all the problems. Dont assume that the answer is always recycle. Plastic bottles can also and should also be reused along with glass bottles and they should be standardised so that the containers can be reused by any company so that local circulation can be achieved. The 11 points are pretty well pointing to the German system which is for ALL packaging. If only somebody in government had the wit to grasp this.

UK to champion green aviation through ?343m Sector Deal

It is impossible for a minister to announce anything without "leading the world". I don''t know if any other countries have this arrogance or are they just getting on with it

Economy-wide carbon tax would create 'level playing field' for UK businesses

This looks like a good example of a import levy. Why not extend it to taxing imports from countries with low worker welfare and using the funds to improve conditions for workers in that country.

Waste incineration set to overtake recycling in England, Greens warn

Christopher, I am really really sorry to hear about this. I followed it a bit in Private Eye a few years ago but assumed that sense had prevailed. About 30 years ago, Hampshire was a "beacon" council for recycling for a while but when the incinerators arrived (replacing older ones) recycling fell by the wayside and Hampshire languishes at the bottom of the national recycling league. While Munich kept its last incinerator going the city did not fully join in with the nationwide "yellow bin" packaging recycling in order to feed the incinerator. This looks really stupid from Europe. The still have waste incinerators left over from a bygone age and according to Private eye, the UK had the option of sending waste to Belgium at rock bottom prices which would have tied us over until the recycling infrastructure was in place but politicians become obsessed with these projects. Being the UK the politicians become obsessed with 30 year old ideas that are clearly wrong. Damn them and their stupidity.

Waste incineration set to overtake recycling in England, Greens warn

Gloucester are building the largest incinerator in creation? 500M Old technology on a vast scale! Its 4 times the size of Exeter who are now scaling down their incineration in favour of major recycling and Biomass manufacture. Gloucester is so big that the county cannot feed it 24/7 and have to resort to deliveries of waste from all over the UK? Surprisingly from a reliable source they are even thinking of tendering from the EU??!!!!!!! There will be in access of 70 trucks a day & night feeding the furnaces, so say to produce electricity into the grid?This on an already congested road? Its a major white elephant and as recycling and Biomass takes over, while industries cut back on packaging and waste it will need to seek out rubbish from around the world?? Incredible. The Government that sanctioned it "Pickles I believe" conservative had no real understanding of waste and the dioxins and pollution that could very well hit Gloucester and the towns and villages close by???? They had a real opportunity to create a major recycling industry with major research in the process but choose not to!!! for reasons like big business takes over, environment comes second?????? What an absolute waste of money!! Its out of date before being built? It demands huge resources thereby fostering and trying to maintain waste? its life span is no more that 5 years,before they have to source waste from around the world? It will send a plume out over Gloucester and the pollution will be carried on the westerlies. There is no such thing as zero pollution, FACT??The EU waste tax that is currently in force will no longer apply after Brexit and by then we should be scaling down our land fill by recycling with industrial reductions in waste? after all industry doesn''t want waste or packaging as that''s just wasted money? and the supermarkets are also following suit!!!! there are numerous ways of packing and sending products onto the open market instead of the waste that currently exists!!!! No it''s folly on a grand scale yet they know this???? Having discussed this with specialists that have real inside knowledge of the incineration as opposed to Gasification it''s absurd and like trying to reinvent the 60tys technology with a twig or to??? No Mr Government this contract needs to be stopped and then converted into a major recycling plant with more jobs for Gloucestershire.

Morrisons trials in-store deposit return system for plastic bottles

I lived in Austria 15 years ago and every supermarket had a plastic bottle recycling machine where customers received their deposit back when returning plastic bottles. The scheme also handled glass bottles. The UK is archaic in this regard

Waste incineration set to overtake recycling in England, Greens warn

About 30 years I lived in Munich and the authorities wanted a THIRD incinerator. The argument for recycling actually won the day and so the third was never built. However after a period of time one was converted to coal and the other was shut down. Germany has a nationwide ban on domestic landfill. I dont think that it has to be pointed out just how successful the German economy is so we can assume that they don''t mess about. Another idea from our past and other countries supported by the University of the Bleeding Obvious is the use of REUSEABLE packaging like bottles.

Morrisons trials in-store deposit return system for plastic bottles

Well done Morrisons and Iceland. However the government should be making this mandatory and they should have done it 20 years ago. The UK is still miles behind the front runners

The Climate Coach: Renewable Energy - The Jade Advisory blog

So did I, but I could not get my present salary in my home town, so for the last 30 years I have been commuting in a variety of diesel powered motor cars - no I never considered re-locating even for the future generations - it would have meant re-locating about 6 times!

Majority of UK consumers prefer products made using renewable energy

Awareness is the best strategy to put in place for a sustainable future. the new generation of people begins to understand that the products and services that have been manufactured or acquired respecting the principles of sustainability will have more and more value and worthiness, simply because of they respect our environment, enhancing the quality of life, and healthiness. Diego Lavarello

UK's largest battery storage facility comes online in Hertfordshire

Just curious about what the installation cost to build and its operational cost ?

Molson Coors gets stamp of approval for science-based target

Hi Richard, There''s a breakdown of what Molson Coors is doing with its waste in its ESG report: http://www.molsoncoors.com/-/media/molson-coors-corporate/sustainability/esg-report-en.ashx on page 10. The majority is recycled, reused or composted with some used as "waste to energy".

Molson Coors gets stamp of approval for science-based target

"It reveals that Molson Coors diverted 100% of waste from 14 of its breweries and manufacturing plants from landfill last year, reducing the amount of waste it sent to landfill overall by 30% year-on-year" So what happened to it??? Richard Phillips.

TODAY AT 1PM: edie?s free 30-minute masterclass on sustainability leadership

Hi Derek, unfortunately, the webinar suffered from some technical issues. The completed version will be available on demand shortly.

TODAY AT 1PM: edie’s free 30-minute masterclass on sustainability leadership

I got to slide 31 of a great presentation at then got disconnected, rest of internet connections worked so problem with webinar. How can I get to see the ending?

Government 'distorted figures', says Tidal Lagoon Power

It is good to see this response to the governments decision. I hope that the government reads this and changes direction. I suspect it will not.

Michael Gove vows to safeguard environmental standards post-Brexit

the UK has traditionally shunned the "green crap". Many years ago I was living in Germany a bought myself a car with a catalytic converter. On a visit home I had a map of the 34 petrol stations that had lead free petrol. On question time that evening Nicolas Ridley the then Conservative Environment Minister said that Britain "led the world" on the introduction of lead free petrol. Nobody challenged him. I had no problem getting lead free petrol in Germany and Belgium until reaching these shores and yet we were "leading the world" Politicians will deceive you and Gove was a big part of the biggest deceit carried out in the UK in recent times. Even if Gove has seen the light, the shadowy, group behind him will not. It is not coincidence that Vote Leave shared the same building as the climate change denying organisation GWPF.

Cool down nuclear plan because renewables are better bet, says NIC

None of the NIC are scientifically or engineering qualified. They did realise that renewables do not generate all the time. Have just sent a twelve point criticism to them. Too long for here 2,500 words, as brief as I could make it. Ignorance is everywhere!!!!!! Richard Phillips

Taking place TOMORROW: edie?s free 30-minute masterclass on sustainability leadership

Thanks Matt!

Taking place TOMORROW: edie?s free 30-minute masterclass on sustainability leadership

Hi Melody - the webinar will be available on demand afterwards, there will be an update on edie to direct those who couldn''t tune in on the day.

Taking place TOMORROW: edie?s free 30-minute masterclass on sustainability leadership

Will this webinar be available after this date for those who can''t make that time? Thank you

UK to host world's first battery and rapid EV charging network

EV utilisation is dependent on a wide spread of charge points throughout the country NOT just high concentrations in urban areas. Until there is universal access to all charging operators, with pay per use , contactless payment, owners will predominently rely on home charging . This will severely limit electric car uptake due to ''range anxiety''.

Everything you need to know about the Government?s Road to Zero strategy

"help the UK win a substantial slice of the global EV market" Is the minister aware that Nissan, Renault and BMW are forrin companies and will manufacture where it best suits the companies. The UK has no choice but to do a Norway and just help out with the marketing.

Road to Zero: Green economy reacts as Government unveils EV strategy

I sort of have the feeling that the march of technology and its clear advantages one of which is the lowering of costs will render the 2040 target as irrelevant. It is like banning black and white tvs - who cares.

Road to Zero: Green economy reacts as Government unveils EV strategy

How many Goverment Ministers and Members of Parliament themselves own and run EV s? That would show who are really committed to 100% Electric Vehicles. Put it another way - would you drink dirty (polluted) water? So why breath polluted air? Yet our Law Makers in Parliament are happy that they continue to drag their feet . Countries like Norway, where we have lived, were further ahead in 2014 than we are here in the UK in 2018.

Available on demand: edie?s webinar on electric vehicles

please advise how I can access the on-demand location

Ammonia storage plants and vertical farms: The best green innovations of the week

Plant-based burger sounds great, and it''s excellent that a major retailer are stocking it: however, shipping it over from the USA undermines its environmental credentials a little.

Taking place TODAY: edie’s webinar on electric vehicles

How is it proposed to build the power stations required to supply the chargers, and how is it proposed to upgrade the National, from top to bottom, to accommodate the increase in power flow. Estimated power requirement is about 5GW?? Richard Phillips

Report: UK set to 'dramatically' miss 2030 energy efficiency targets for homes

I agree with the contents of this item I dont know if it is significant but listed buildings have a very difficult task of incorporating energy efficient products as they are said to alter the character of the building. I recently refused to buy a house as it had no insulation, no double glazing metal frames old boiler. I spoke to the authorities and it was clear to me it would be a battle to incorporate them. I moved on and bought a house i could do all of the energy efficient things to. Where is the joined up government?

Achieving Mission Possible: The sustainability success stories of the week

The only thing stopping us from a circular economy is the formally trained 20th- century thinking system. That lack and fear innovation and collaboration. As they would have to become accountable to a Global community structure. As we now live in a technology world and we have no borders. Only growing problems. As all we have are barriers to common problems. That assure only a few win by limiting the future for all, really do not get why change is required. As they never learn from the pass. they live in it; so never grow due to fear of change. That going to happen with or without their support.

Taking place on WEDNESDAY: edie?s webinar on electric vehicles

In PR releases fast charging is often quoted as being between 50 and 150KW. Whilst National Grid believes that future growth of EV can be handled at the grid level, DNOs face some rapid investment decisions and actions

BP takes over UK's largest public EV charging company

Both BP Shell and others are really taking action with some very short time scales mentioned in the PR releases. Can we assume that the forecourts have sufficient power capacity to supply a number of simultaneously connected fast charging vehicles 150Kw per charger is quite a hit. While the driver is waiting, he/she will have plenty of time for shopping

Cargill launches innovation competition to cut shipping sector emissions

@C. Alvin Scott - have you tried this application link? https://rainmaking.typeform.com/to/l4DNDO

Cargill launches innovation competition to cut shipping sector emissions

Is this genuine as I am having difficulty contacting the email address at co2 challenge. Can Edie check this out please.

'Promiscuous' enzymes and fjord-cooled data centres: The best green innovations of the week

Ooh the rooftop wind array is interesting, especially if it is cost effective, as for areas like NW Highlands where we generally have more wind than sun it could offer a more reliable source of sustainable generation (particularly in winter when it is dark all day). On the subject of Data Centres are we missing an option with these things? They kick out a lot of heat so could smaller centres in our towns and cities be hooked up to municipal buildings, schools, hospitals etc to provide these buildings with their central heating? Instead of going bigger and bigger perhaps modular, smaller centres in basements with rooftop generation arrays (solar and this new wind system) could be an option. Could they be further cooled by using the rivers that flow through most towns and cities?

The Greenwashing Scourge: Ways that well-meaning businesses can avoid it - The English Tea Shop Blog

Thanks for a great article! Some really good points that I definitely agree with. As a distributor of sustainable living products (and we run eco retail sites too) of 10+ years it is very rewarding to see the rise in interest of reducing plastic waste, however this is only one part of the many complex environmental challenges we face. Publicly we find it difficult to praise this raise in awareness, but also highlight there are other things that need considering to make a decision that takes all relevant factors into account. Your teabag one is a good example - we had the same conversation with Joe''s tea at a trade show earlier this year! Another discussion we''ve been having is are paper bags actually better than plastic if the overall energy used to make them is taken into account? Any tips on how to communicate this?! How to educate without seeming preachy and overwhelming? How to explain the wider issues without seeming to be critical of small positive steps (that can or cannot be greenwashing!).

M&S, Sainsbury?s and Tesco team up on closed-loop solution for black plastics

I agree with Katie Lindsay. Is there a special reason to use black plastic in food trays?

M&S, Sainsbury?s and Tesco team up on closed-loop solution for black plastics

For this new technology to have any discernable impact, it will need to be available in MRFs across the country. There are already considerable disparities between councils in terms of what can be recycled in what area, based on the technology that is available there. It seems a much cheaper and more straightforward solution is to remove the black plastic packaging from the supply chain as Quorn is doing.

Government says no to Swansea tidal lagoon

For once HMG have got it right, but, it seems, for the wrong reasons. They quoted finance, good but not the most important. Lagoons are yet another example of a variable generator. Swansea would have generated for only 14 out of the 24 hour day. Even then, the generation varies with time as the lagoon level goes up and down. The only useful sources of generation are those able to generate on demand. When you turn on the switch, you expect power. This source would have had to have, in the system, somewhere, back-up. Electricity storage is an unrealistic myth. No system yet devised can store the amounts of power needed industrially, in a way which is even remotely economic. The only reason for it was the profits to be made by owners. Good riddance! Richard Phillips

UK to host new Green Finance Institute

The old saying "Too many chiefs and not enough indian''s" sounds right here Haven''t they just sold off the Green Bank, when are they going to understand that real innovation is the answer. Mainly that does not happen in companies it happens in individuals heads. Generally that is as far as it goes, because there is NO support at this seed stage or for three more TRL levels. Three factors are clear, a) the average innovator does not have the tenacity to keep pushing their innovative product against the tide b) they most certainly cannot access the money needed to get to TRL 3. and c) they are up against all manner of vested interests who do not want a new product or system which will undermine their business. They could of course take an interest and change their model ???

UK Power Networks to host UK's first 'virtual' solar power station

This will be an interesting one to watch to see how well the system copes with a prolonged period of miserable weather. By this I mean a week of fog, or rain or even just heavy overcast conditions where the solar panels are not able to generate to their full capacity. Will the batteries be able to recharge during the day? Particularly in winter when demand on the system is likely to be higher. From my experience with a 12v system on a boat (164w panel charging a 280amp-hr battery through a 20a MPPT regulator) any shade from a cloud drastically reduces the charging current (from around 12amps to less than 1amp) and on a cloudy day it is not possible for the panels to pump in enough amps to balance the drain. Time will tell how this works and how effective it is. It might also help people like me decide if the investment is truly cost effective as here in the Scottish Highlands I''m still not convinced we are able to generate enough given our weather.

UK among nations to pledge stronger climate ambition

What a load of rubbish. The Government has decided on the Heathrow new runway, which will be a massive increase in emissions. Increase in Fracking also mean that there is a major increase in emissions. Electric vehicles with petrol engine-generators still cause emissions. I have a Hydrogen concept and the UK, EU and the planet need to move to Hydrogen like 10 years ago. Instead of prioritising Hydrogen, my new engine type has to compete with petrol engine improvements for funding. This is a case of vested interests, in many ways. If the UK Government wants to claim leading the emissions war, to save lives and stop millions of NHS funding for the Health problems, there is a need for a separate Zero Emissions and Clean Air Ministy/Department.

World Cup 2018 sustainability quiz: are you our tournament winner?

If sustainability is on your mind at the World Cup, consider rooting for the teams who the CO2 emissions data supports-- Germany over Denmark in the finals, you heard it here first! http://chesterenergyandpolicy.com/2018/06/14/how-cleaning-up-a-nations-energy-mix-could-lead-to-cleaning-up-at-the-world-cup/

UPS adds more than 700 natural gas vehicles to delivery fleet

Good job. CNG is possibly superior to LNG because of the potential for fugitive methane emissions (25x GWP of CO2) with the latter

'Bold action’ required: UK mayors unite in calls for 2030 diesel and petrol phase-out

To use the illustration of the diesel car in the photograph is a travesty of journalistic practice. Such a car is clearly totally outside the law on a public road. The particulate emission level set by the MOT test is quite invisible to the unaided eye. It should be noted that Sadiq Khan is a Law graduate, and Michael Gove has a degree in English. Neither hold a qualification in the physical sciences, necessary for any comprehensive understanding. Neither, as I understand it, is there any direct scientific advice directly available to the edie newsoom. In the matter of the report from Oxford and Bath, it did not "conclude" that there were 40,000 premature deaths attributable to atmospheric pollution. It quoted misinformation relating to "equivalent lives". 40,000 people do not die in the UK every year as a result of air pollution. Yet that figure, as respiratory physician Professor Tony Frew explained, is zombie statistic - however many times you try to kill it, it comes back. And it's simply not true. So what is the truth? The Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Paediatrics and Child Health, quoted by Mr Khan, actually says "40,000 EQUIVALENT LIVES" are lost each year as a result of all outdoor air pollution - which is actually only a few hours or days, for each person, over a population of 65 million. Only a tiny fraction of this is down to diesel cars, or indeed to any cars. The misinformation in this sector of news is truly horrendous. Richard Phillips

UK solar power growth halves for second year running

Why should this come as a surprise? UK Gov rightly, in my view, reduced the massive subsidies (amounting to 10x market value in some cases) for this technology. In the UK, solar PV only has a load factor of around 10% and that output, such as it is, is a poor fit with demand. Until 2025 we have 10GW of geriatric coal-fired power station capacity that can be switched on and off to compensate for the peaks and troughs in renewables. It is anyone''s guess where the investment is coming from for electricity generation "when the sun don''t shine and the wind don''t blow" in the next decade once our ageing coal and nuclear plants close ... or simply pack up

Burger King unveils plan to phase-out plastic straws

What do THEY mean by compostable, hopefully straws made from organic materials and not plastic derivatives that turn to plastic dust in time.

Volvo to use 25% recycled plastic in new vehicles

Nice initiative !

Five of the best: Faraday Battery Challenge grant winners

Whilst I applaud the initiative and the well meaning of Government and Industry to seek a low carbon ,renewable ,pollution free vehicle future who is undertaking the Life Cycle Analysis to show that electricity is the best use of energy for the purpose? By definition electricity to drive a vehicle is twice the energy required to drive a hydrocarbon equivalent . Where is all the powder coming from by 2030 ?Billions of tax payers money has been squandered by Government of CCS which will never be economical or deployed and this could be the same .RJL June 2018

Ikea gets stamp of approval for 80% science-based emissions target

"enable more than one billion people to live better lives," inspirational quote came from Joanna Yarrow, Head of Sustainable and Healthier Living, who grew up in Wilderness Wood, Sussex, England, where over 30 years, 1 million people enjoyed a better visit to the countryside.

Ikea gets stamp of approval for 80% science-based emissions target

I find that " An emissions reduction target is defined as 'science-based' if it is developed in line with the scale of reductions required to keep global warming below 2C from pre-industrial levels". As a retired research scientist I tried to find out where "science" comes in. Answer; it doesn''t. Its all words. Richard Phillips

Macquarie offers ?500m of green loans

My name is Samuel K. Guzha. I am a Zimbabwean residing in Zimbabwe. With the present government mantra of "Zimbabwe is open for business". Have you considered in investing in Zimbabwe, where the weather is conducive for going green and generating power from the sun using solar panels. There is so much shortage of power in Africa as a whole and in Zimbabwe the grids used for power generation is not meeting the demand, hence the government is looking to embark on hydo generation in the Batonga gorge. With your project of going green vast land will be availed to you if you are interested. Waiting to hear from you if you are interested want me to do something for you from this side.

Macquarie offers ?500m of green loans

My name is Samuel K. Guzha. I am a Zimbabwean residing in Zimbabwe. With the present government mantra of "Zimbabwe is open for business". Have you considered in investing in Zimbabwe, where the weather is conducive for going green and generating power from the sun using solar panels. There is so much shortage of power in Africa as a whole and in Zimbabwe the grids used for power generation is not meeting the demand, hence the government is looking to embark on hydo generation in the Batonga gorge. With your project of going green vast land will be availed to you if you are interested. Waiting to hear from you if you are interested want me to do something for you from this side.

Dozens of top European banks to trial new green mortgages

Ecology Building Society have been supporting energy efficient homes since the 1980s and continue to fund such projects. It''s about time the big banks recognised the importance of supporting such projects.

Stella McCartney opens London store with 'purest air in the capital'

What if I wish to breath clean air WITHOUT entering this store?

It's time we embrace the fierce urgency of now - Jonathon Porritt's blog

Quoting Jonathan the "race to squeeze the last dregs of profit out of an inherently unsustainable and inequitable model of capitalism." However, this race to squeeze the dregs is built into the very fabric of the sustainable development goals - SDG number 8 "Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all" Here is the obvious, well-worn point; continual economic growth on a finite planet is not sustainable, especially when that economic growth serves a legal obligation to return profit to shareholders that is built into the DNA of the corporate structure? Alternative economic vision without the motivation for continual economic growth needs discussion and new business models such as B corporations, co-operatives and CIC''s should be considered, though even their transparency is only as good as the mechanisms created to oversee their activities and the processes the members / employees are willing to honestly adhere to. REF: https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/envision2030-goal8.html

It's time we embrace the fierce urgency of now - Jonathon Porritt's blog

How refreshing to hear such a realistic appraisal of the step change that is needed if our societies are to become truly sustainable. Please everyone-stop thinking incrementally, think exponentially! The trouble is that those that have positions of authority within companies feel that they have too much at stake to adopt new business models and practices. Added to which our culture of having to hold onto a competitive advantage to win work means we fear true collaboration. And yet we have to hope that somehow we manage a better way of doing business- for the sake of current and future generations. Thanks again for your honest and passionate blog post Jonathon.

Carlsberg exploring energy storage to supplement onsite generation

Fantastic! Great to see such a strong commitment to sustainability. Great post, thank you.

Energy storage revolution within 10 years is essential, says E.ON boss

Scotland outpaces rest of UK in carbon reduction, halving emissions since 1990

I am still not sure what your issue with the article is, we know that renewables such as wind and solar are intermittent, but we also know that over reliance on fossil fuels is causing climate change that will be disastrous, most likely for all life on Earth. A sustainability publication documenting that renewables met over half of a countries demand should not be a cause for lament. The cost of energy should not be the primary reason for selecting an energy source, if the cheapest energy causes problems on a global scale then it is not really the best option. There have been significant advances in energy storage over the past few years with enormous jumps in commercial availability of battery storage exceeding expectations. I am an Energy Manager and about 5 years ago I had written off battery storage as something to consider in 10-15 years time. I am now looking to install about 1MW of battery storage on my site - unsubsidised. These developments will dramatically increase the viability of renewables and also improve the effective utilisation of other generation such as nuclear which, although not my area of expertise, i understand does not respond well to fluctuations in demand. I encourage you to research your point about CO2 increases being good for food production. While there is a clear benefit to fertilizing plants with co2 to increase productivity, there are limiting factors to how much benefit is gained. There is only so much co2 a plant can take before it can take no more. Increasing atmospheric co2 on a global scale is not a positive way to encourage plant growth, fertilization can be dealt with on a local level as required. The most important factor to consider in this is that the increases in temperature that climate change is causing will nullify the net benefit of extra fertilization, as extreme temperatures/drought/flooding will kill food crops on an enormous scale. A lot of research has been completed on this topic and the balanced view is that humans causing climate change by using fossil fuels is not good for anyone

Scotland outpaces rest of UK in carbon reduction, halving emissions since 1990

LUKE MITCHELL 13/06/2018 The whole point is that electricity is a source of power that is available only at the instant of its generation. If it is not "stored", and storage is both difficult, expensive and extremely limited, it is no longer of use, because it is no longer there. Fossil and nuclear generation provide power on demand, whenever and wherever it is required, renewable power is a "grab it when you can get it" provider. These properties mean that when renewables, as wind power has done for almost a fortnight, are not generating, fossil and nuclear step into the breach. Maintenance on fossil and nuclear stations is a planned operation, not a will''o''the wisp happening. The more the mix is biased towards renewables, the more variable (and expensive) it becomes, and the more back-up is required against the almost total failure of wind power. I was using a total figure of wind power installed, it was not intended to refer to Scotland alone. I accept your figure of 19GW, but it was still down to 0.02GW, metered at one time. (an additional about 0.01GW would have been connected as negative demand, not metered). You are quite correct in believing that many of our elected officials (Ministers), are not qualified in their respective appointed areas. OK in 1888, a not particularly technical era compared with our own, but a disaster in 2018. I would not care to be responsible for expertise outside my own area. I would be much happier if I knew that the Sec of State for Energy understood the physics and engineering behind the industry, none have as yet. I worked in this area as scientist at the erstwhile Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell, I am now retired. You may know already that satellite data shows that in the last 30-35 years the Earth had become some 13% greener. If CO2 were to reduced, crops would yield less, but we have an ever increasing population. You might like to look at "equilibrium climate sensitivity", its value dominates all. Thanks for the comments, Luke. Richard Phillips

Battery-stored solar powers Kingfisher's first 'net-zero' energy store

Great example by a corporate and hope we can see more similar investments in products like passivpod and windfarms

Scotland outpaces rest of UK in carbon reduction, halving emissions since 1990

RICHARD PHILLIPS I am not sure what your issue is with this news. The article reports that 68% of electricity came from renewables, this indicates that 32% of electricity was not from renewables, why does the non-renewables part need to be drilled into in a daily newsletter article that highlights achievements in renewable generation? Would you also like them to report on which fossil fuel or nuclear power stations are currently down for maintenance? Even if there are times that renewables have to be substituted with other generation forms, it is better that the mix is heavily biased towards renewables. Out of curiosity where does your claim of scotland having 18GW of wind capacity come from? I had a quick look on the internet and could only find reference to about 10GW of capacity in 2017. Or are you referring to the UK total? Which i believe stands at over 19GW. Also, many elected officials do not have specialist qualification in their respective appointments. Whilst I certainly agree that this is highly desirable, it is difficult to see how this would practically be achieved. So why point out their lack of academic qualification in technical/science fields when their job is really about politics. Surely it is better to consider results as indicator of success, rather than what they studied at University/apprenticed in. AND ANOTHER THING! :) why do we need to remember that CO2 is the basis of all life including our food? Are you concerned that if we reduce co2 emissions too much we will run out of food?

Battery-stored solar powers Kingfisher's first 'net-zero' energy store

Interesting. Good to see a company looking at an integrated sustainable energy solution to power a store. Could this be the way ahead for all retail and commercial properties given the vast acreage of roof space generally unused and the energy demand that retail and commercial properties have. There is still the question of how effective solar panels are in winter when there is less daylight hours and the quality of light is dramatically reduced due to cloud cover, especially in the northern half of the country but every watt that can be generated without burning something is a good thing.

Scotland outpaces rest of UK in carbon reduction, halving emissions since 1990

Hi Maria, Thanks for the comment. The 51% figure comes from European Environment Agency (EEA) Data, which can be found in the UK and EU comparisons tables here: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/06/6601/downloads Kind regards, Sarah

Scotland outpaces rest of UK in carbon reduction, halving emissions since 1990

Oh dear, another example of quoting the bulk output of renewable generation, GWhrs, disregarding completely the times at which output was tiny and demand substantial. From the end of May to the present 13 June, wind generation has been negligible, the whole 18 GW was reduced to as low as 0.02 GW at one time, and barely rose above 1 GW. It is noteworthy that neither Roseanna Cunningham or Claire Mack have professional qualifications in the physical sciences or electrical engineering, vital to the understanding of energy matters, but in politics and economics. And remember CO2 is the staff of life, the basis of ALL our food. Richard Phillips

Scotland outpaces rest of UK in carbon reduction, halving emissions since 1990

Hi! In the article you say that Sweden achieved emissions reductions of 51% since 1990. Where does that figure come from? The official Swedish figures, from the National Environmental Protection Agency, shows a reduction of about 26 % since 1990. Best regards, Maria

Powering performance roundtable: What the future holds for energy efficiency

Energy Efficiency, or more importantly Not Wasting Energy, should be the goal of all of us from the individual to the massive multinational. From turning off lights to complex monitoring and control systems every watt of energy we don''t waste is 1 we don''t need to generate which results in less emissions. Currently there seems to be little in the way of support for researching more efficient system, improving the efficiency of current systems or developing radically new energy efficient systems. Forget the FIT and RHI but a proper R&D support system. Of course one way large corporations can help is by turning the bloody lights off at night in their offices and getting their staff to turn off computers, printers, monitors etc when they go home. And do we really need civic building spotlit all night?

World's first liquid air energy storage facility launches in Bury

Trevor - after reading the article on the "sunken data centre" are we missing a possible source of heat energy for warming these liquid energy stores? Given the amount of cooling these data centres require to stop the computers melting and our massive appetite for data could combining these two very different industries actually "kill 2 birds with 1 stone". Just a thought

?5m Lottery grant to help FareShare divert 25,000 tonnes of food from landfill annually

I feel a bit churlish in pointing out only 2% of the circa 10 million tonnes food waste comes from retail compared to 71% (7.3M tonnes) from households http://www.wrap.org.uk/sites/files/wrap/Estimates_%20in_the_UK_Jan17.pdf

Report: Switching to EVs could save ?325m in health costs

Hybrid cars are selling well, as there are many variants to be seen. Especially those sold by Toyota. Mitsubishi have put a lot of effort into to selling their hybrid with a mains charging capability. However, most of the hybrids are passenger cars. So there is a high level of industry communications about how to get domestic users "plugged in" to Pure EV What to readers believe will bring into play vans and pickup trucks?. The level of mileage incurred by lighter commercial vehicles is surely much higher than the passenger cars. And nearly all are Diesel powered. I assume businesses that need commercial vehicles to have a sensible mileage range between charging cannot/ will not be willing to commit to EV only transport. Will hybrids be capable of reducing the problems of diesel only power??

Sunken data centres and 'sexy' plants: the best green innovations of the week

Caption for "Lost data of Atlantis". "Have you tried switching it off and on again?" Kudos to Microsoft for their innovation. I heard elsewhere that they had another data centre in Denmark which was attached to the local heat grid so there is clearly some interesting information about to emerge.

World's first liquid air energy storage facility launches in Bury

Trevor - yes sometimes the logic behind some of the "green" decisions and financing does baffle me. Don''t get me started on solar panels in Scotland :-) Thanks for the discussion and enlightening a humble Geologist on this subject

World's first liquid air energy storage facility launches in Bury

Keiron as far as I can see you are always going to need a ''free'' / waste heat source to warm up the liquid nitrogen so the source could be any existing industrial process - provided it would be producing the heat anyway. But it has to be done at an economic cost, because you won''t get ANY support - by the same twisted logic that air source heat pumps are subsidised but not the (far easier to recover) heat from a factory chimney stack

World's first liquid air energy storage facility launches in Bury

Trevor - yes that is inefficient. Bit like using electricity to crack Natural Gas to get Hydrogen to burn to heat our houses really. So let''s say we go with the liquified air storage route as in this article how can it be made more efficient? Or alternatively how can landfill gas be replaced to provide heat or energy? Is this where using water sourced heat can fill the gap? I think this kind of energy storage is far better for long term storage than trying to do it with chemical batteries so I am interested in how this facility gets on.

World's first liquid air energy storage facility launches in Bury

Keiron the fundamental issue is you can convert work to heat with 100% efficiency but not vice-versa. Despite the obvious incentive to offer a more efficient product and after decades of development, industrial air compressors STILL require about 7kW of electricity to produce the air to drive a 1 kW air tool ... just search the phrase "compressed air most expensive utility"

World's first liquid air energy storage facility launches in Bury

Trevor - thanks for explaining the physics of the warming/cooling part of the compressed air system. I knew about the pressures involved as that''s basic Boyles Law (P1V1=P2V2). 158bar is not ridiculous and pressure vessels already exist to handle that and more so the engineering there isn''t a problem. If there was a way to capture the heat of compression, perhaps heating the facility or nearby social facilities, then a water source heat pump from the sea or large river providing the heat to warm the expanding air to a suitably warm enough temp for "jet engine turbo fans" to deal with could this work? I guess what is needed is a proper integrated solution rather than looking at bits and pieces

World's first liquid air energy storage facility launches in Bury

Liquid air stored at 10 bar, -167 C has a density of 732 kg/m3 . To achieve the equivalent density with 20 C compressed air you need 158 bar; failing that, to store at lower pressures you need LARGE volume pressure vessels. Also when you compress air it gets very hot and when you expand it gets very cold: T2=T1*(P2/P1)^(2/7) with T in Kelvin which makes it very difficult to achieve a good ''round trip'' storage efficiency - heat losses during ''charging'', which you have to make good when you ''discharge'' later on. Viridor are in an unusual and transient position in that they have waste heat from their landfill gas engines to heat the liquid nitrogen in what is basically a Rankine cycle. NEW landfill is ''discouraged'' from accepting the organic materials which decompose into the 2/3 methane : 1/3 CO2 called landfill gas and the UK government has ended the ROC scheme for new entrants which incentivised landfill gas to electricity generation in the past

World's first liquid air energy storage facility launches in Bury

Be interesting to see how this works over the next year or so to see how viable this kind of technology could be for longer term energy storage, talking multiple days rather than just a few hours. Curious as to why they went with liquified air when just compressed air would do the same? Given jet engine turbines work happily at -50C it''s not beyond engineering to build a compressed air turbine/generator that could cope with the reduced temps associated with expanding gases. Then you are not having to worry about having a potential heat source involved.

World's first liquid air energy storage facility launches in Bury

Well done all, excellent project. Obviously this is about prolonging the availability of clean, renewable, ZERO WASTE power NOT, repeat NOT generating for greedy shareholders and investors and the REAL return on capital employed here, as with all renewables, will be a cleaner planet where our children and grandchildren can breathe clean air and see the demise of ocean acidification.

World's first liquid air energy storage facility launches in Bury

Wholesale electricity price varies over a 24 hour period by perhaps GBP 30 per MW-h, so you might earn GBP 450 per day by ''time-shifting'' 15 MW-h multiply by 365 days annual revenue GBP 164,250 even with zero operating and maintenance cost you''d wait 48 years to pay back your GBP 8 million investment

Network Rail targets plastics, cups and coffee grounds in latest waste drive

Very commendable - although a bit more focus on sorting the timetables out would be welcome ...

'Carbon bubble' could spark global financial crisis, study warns

Low carbon does not mean low oil or gas. Both crude and natural gas form a valuable and vital part of the petrochemical industry that provides us with many of the chemicals and products that we rely on in our modern tech driven life. As much as everyone is banging on about plastics right now where would life be without them? Or fertilizers or the myriad of other products that are made from oil and gas. 55% of a barrel of oil is not used for fuel or transport. By not burning it all we do is make sure the raw material will last us longer into the future. We will still be drilling and extracting the stuff for a long time yet.

World Environment Day: Seven countries leading the charge on plastics pollution

Plastic is becoming one of the most disastrous elements for our planet earth. however, this is every year''s story that we do these occasional write-ups. I was shocked reading these facts about the same https://bit.ly/2J9MLwd

World Environment Day: Seven countries leading the charge on plastics pollution

Hi Phil, Zero Waste Scotland has some details on how the shop operates on its website, including a video. It operates as you''ve stated, like a refill store with recyclable/refillable containers - it''s located on Victoria Road in Glasgow''s Southside. Matt

World Environment Day: Seven countries leading the charge on plastics pollution

Hi, there, Do you have detailed information on Scotland''s first plastic-free supermarket - where it is and how it operates ? The one that opened recently in Amsterdam has come in for quite a lot of criticism.....because of the nature of the packaging. From the photograph it seems the supermarket in Scotland is a refill store with perhaps little or no packaging and/or packaging/containers that can be easily recycled/refilled Phil P

G7 countries pour $100bn a year into oil, gas and coal: study

Thing is we can stop burning fossil fuels but we will still require oil and gas as feedstocks for the petrochemicals industry for decades to come.

Latte levy could cost UK economy £819m as industry calls for infrastructure overhaul

Not a very balanced article? Those that are arguing against this levy are the ones that stand to lose out from it. Was it really wise to give this ''report'' publicity? It sounds like the most blatant self-justification to me. A simple attempt to protect their profits and the status quo, while passing costs onto others.

Latte levy could cost UK economy ?819m as industry calls for infrastructure overhaul

I remember industry saying that a minimum wage in the U.K. would cause the loss of 1 million jobs, based on Treasury model predictions. This turned out to be totally wrong. Industry cried wolf at the thought of a plastic bag charge and was wrong too.

Top pension funds and insurers failing to engage with climate risks

Insuring "stranded Assets" doesn''t make any sense? Fossil fuel energy is sun-setting and the in-fighting and market manipulation won''t make any difference to the ultimate outcome. The Net Energy for the economy is now between 8 and 13 to one. Productivity growth has been in decline all over the world since 1993 and global debt cannot ever be re-paid, it''s mathematically impossible. Economics has changed and we better get use to it.

Google's Project Sunroof arrives in UK

Don''t bother ... domestic solar PV in the UK is dead, dead, dead ... https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/feed-in-tariffs/article/feed-in-tariffs/feed-in-tariff-savings-and-earnings the glory days of 40p to 50p per kW-h FIT are LONG gone

Google's Project Sunroof arrives in UK

Not sure its been released in the UK yet.

Ben & Jerry's trials blockchain platform to offset consumer carbon footprints

Would be very interested in a summary publication of what they have analysed the carbon footprint of each product to be and how they reached that value as that is what would be paid by the customer to offset the emissions.

BEIS calls for evidence on using CCS to hit 2050 emissions targets

I am not certain what Government seeks to achieve by having another enquiry as it must be obvious the CCS was and will never be viable.The test is easy - its a mass balance of the energy required to sequestrate large volumes of CO2 and in simple terms you need to build a new power station for every two where the carbon has been sequestrated .In addition to the power folly it will be obvious to al that for every atom of carbon sequestrated another 2 of oxygen is also sequestrated and us humans need oxygen ! Time for Government to deploy our cash into areas where we can get direct and immediate environmental benefit such as tackling air quality .RJL

Diesel is not dead: BMW sees 'clean' diesel in its vehicle portfolio

HGV,s have starting add blue to clean the diesel is this not possible to do this to cars ,and why dont car manufacturers start to have thin film solar roofs so they are charging while standing and moving .

Ben & Jerry's trials blockchain platform to offset consumer carbon footprints

If Unilever wanted to reduce deforestation, they would stop using Palm Oil!

Decarbonising UK's heating system could cost ?450 billion

So at room temp and pressure hydrogen has half the CV of gas so will it be half the cost to compensate? Given that it is derived from gas in the first place..... then you will need bigger boilers and cookers otherwise it will take twice as long to cook anything... clutching at straws...

Show me the money... from sustainability - The UK Green Building Council Blog

"The problems are plain to see. Think climate change, resource depletion, biodiversity loss, health crises and social inequality." As the built environment in the UK is responsible for close to half of all carbon emissions, yes, it is plain to see climate change is a big problem. Resource depletion, having spoken to the majority of contractors involved in the forthcoming ground works, both temporary and permanent for HS2, there is an anticipation that several million tonnes of quarried stone will be required will be required even in the early stages. Yes, I can see that a massive amount of blasting and crushing will be under way. Biodiversity loss, not sure that the built environment is responsible for any loss of biodiversity, but undoubtably more than a few of god's creatures are inconvenienced when their natural environment is ripped up and paved over. Health crisis is however a big problem for the built environment. How does quarried and crushed stone move from our reducing stock of million-year-old rock formations? By thousands of diesel powered trucks, what happens to the weak soils being replaced by stone. Often this is just trucked elsewhere. Is any body keeping a human toxicity count, these diesel emissions are really poisonous? Social inequality; the unequal distribution of resources. As this is more of a political problem, perhaps the built environment can be excused from not worrying too much about this hot potato. Maybe the term Social injustice would be more appropriate, to create a moral sanction to seize the production and wealth of the competent and productive and give to the less competent and less unproductive. Sustainability begins in the ground for the majority of construction projects, utilising those materials already available at the site to avoid the unsustainable cut and fill scenario is a is the philosophers stone. To quote O'Flaherty as far back as 1988: "The alchemist of ancient times sought the philosopher's stone, which was believed to have the power to transmute the baser metals into gold. The philosopher's stone that intrigues the imagination of the highways engineer today is the thing or method that will have the power to transmute all kinds of soil into material that will resist abrasion and displacement under traffic in all kinds of weather and retain these properties indefinitely" I have been travelling around the UK talking to environmentalists and engineers for several years now, explaining the advantages of the Dutch manufactured PowerCem product RoadCem a soil treatment technology allowing all site soils to be utilised as engineered product. Importing stone should be the last option for setting up temporary and permanent works, unfortunately it is still the first choice. Will things change quickly, will HS2 be a catalyst for change. I do not think so, I am not aware that any of the major construction companies involved in HS2 own or intend sourcing any plant capable of in-situ soil mixing. It is also depressing to note that there are actually very few dedicated specialist soil mixing/stabilisation machines currently available in the UK.

Recycled plastic roads and clothes made from milk: The best green innovations of the week

And as traffic wears the road what happens to the microplastic dust that is released into the ecosystem? I have been building roads all over the world for 30 years and nothing is ''pothole proof''. This will be a classic over-promise/under-deliver sales job leveraging our understandable concern about the damage to the ecosystem from waste plastic

Decarbonising UK's heating system could cost ?450 billion

Low Carbon Hydrogen? Obtained by cracking Methane using electricity? And where pray is all the Methane going to come from and how is all the extra electricity going to be generated? Then there is the fundamental problem that Hydrogen leaks out of everything. Even pressurised cylinders designed to hold it leak like a sieve. I know I have worked with them in a scientific facility. Can''t see the Natural Gas pipelines ever being able to be retrofitted to prevent Hydrogen leaking out. Would you want a highly explosive gas leaking out of the pipes under your house all the time (unlike in the case of Methane where it only leaks if the pipes are damaged).

Recycled plastic roads and clothes made from milk: The best green innovations of the week

Is there a danger that this will lead to an increase of micro-plastics getting into the environment?

How the circular economy is fuelling sustainable growth at IKEA

Good to see IKEA looking at a circular economy. If I was not retired I could think of a more 21st-century sustainability approach. Using innovation and collaboration using our RBIS approach that cut cost improves productivity.

How the circular economy is fuelling sustainable growth at IKEA

Good to see IKEA looking at a circular economy. If I was not retired I could think of a more 21st-century sustainability approach. Using innovation and collaboration using our RBIS approach that cut cost improves productivity.

Packaging industry calls for policy reform to boost plastics recycling

It is hard to believe that DEFRA, the plastics, packaging and fillers sectors plus the supermarkets and the media are still blind about how to recycle plastic packaging waste. Plastic has served everybody extremely well for many years by protecting what we buy and keeping food fresh. The main fault is that too little has been done to ensure it offers whole life performance by making sure it is recycled. The traditional ways to recycle plastic are also at fault, you only have to see how failure after failure has occurred including some of the largest organisations. The reason for this is simple - each time plastics are recycled they degrade in terms of their physical performance, thus after a few times trying to make more short service life packaging to include percentages of recycled plastics the products will fail to be good enough in quality and thus have to be consigned to landfill or waste to energy. There is a proven alternative which for nearly 50 years has been able to use mixed plastic packaging waste to manufacture initially simple products in the form of fencing, bollards and park benches, but for 20 years has been used to make heavy-duty products in the form of rail sleepers, marine pilings and boards to construct groynes and hold out the promise to make utility and cable poles in place of the now banned creosote used to preserve softwood poles. Using mainly polyolefins (LDPE, HDPE and PP) the largest single type of polymers used to make films, containers, pots, tubs, trays and where necessary for performance reinforcing these with glass fibre structurally engineered composite products are set to replace the use of tropical hardwoods, certain concrete products and being inert safe to use as a low cost replacement where creosote has traditionally been used. These composite are extremely durable, as already acknowledged when statements are made about that plastics in our oceans will remain for hundreds of years, but in this case after 50-100 years can be recycled and provide exceptional whole life performance whilst reducing destruction of tropical rain forests and offering a significant means of carbon capture. What is more the material is already here in the UK ready to be exploited rather buried or destroyed inefficiently in an incinerator. Rod Fox, M.D. Revaluetech Ltd.

Energy storage revolution within 10 years is essential, says E.ON boss

Drax launches Europe's first bioenergy carbon capture project

This report tells me nothing, as a chemist, about just what the project proposes to do. Will any further information be forthcoming. I see that electricity generation by renewables is still quoted in TWh, which tells me little about its usefulness; electricity is useful only at its moment of generation. Richard Phillips

Environmental goods sector outstrips rest of UK economy

but as hinted at in this article and reported elsewhere by EDIE https://www.edie.net/news/11/MPs-decry--worrying-collapse--of-clean-investment hits a brick wall after 2015 hope the investors didn''t put all their EGSS in one basket ...

MPs decry 'worrying collapse' of clean investment

"Dramatic and worrying collapse" ... but it can hardly be unforeseen. Exhibit A: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/505972/The_Renewable_Heat_Incentive_-_A_reformed_and_refocussed_scheme.pdf an 89 page document in which "value for money" appears 54 times yet "global warming" is strangely absent ...

Top 10 tips for telling your sustainability story

Coffee cup recycling or cost cutting wrapped up to be a sustainability drive? The garbage block chain is really starting to wear thin. Sustainability ''professionals'' really need to start looking at getting a handle on operational efficiency and zero cost retro commissioning of large mechanical plant. The industry has more buzzwords than actual solutions for common footprint reductions

UK taken to Europe's highest court over air pollution

Yes this is long overdue, the Regulations were agreed in 2005 enacted in 2008 and Into UK Law in 2010. We are now in 2018 and for all the time and many spent on conference after conference Debate after debate, Pressure Groups accusing Governments Yes Governments and that means MPs have failed to have any real outcome. Lets place the blame where it lies, MPs are the only people who have the option to sanction the Government and make them take action to protect the population from harm and injury. It is just not good enough for the MPs to have allowed this to happen, it is on a par with Brexit, there are many who are outspoken, but they will not risk their possibility of promotion within the Party ranks & Government. So it is partly down to self serving MPs both Brexit and Toxic Air. We can also blame the voters who a) do not make themselves aware of the issues, B do not make themselves aware of where the various Parties Stand on issues and c) Blindly support the Main Parties because they are fed a load of misinformation and believe it. I still have people arguing with me that Labour Party supports staying in the EU. It is time to make lying and misinformation by Politicians and Political Parties a Criminal Offence where a Prison sentence is the only outcome I am sick of MPs and Parties laughing off a Fine by the Electoral Commission. To the problem of Clean AIr and Carbon emissions and the Failure of Governments.It is a dereliction of duty and they should all be held to account one at a time, because these failings are a Health Hazard for Children and causing early deaths of older people. If this was a Company and it treated its workers to a does of poisonous gasses they would be fined serious numbers. If they knowingly broke the Law and caused a death they would held to account. Here we have Parliament responsible for the cause of any numbers of deaths. Parliament and LPs should have enacted a Law, "Auto Makers you have 10 years to develop and market Affordable Zero emissions Vehicles if not your vehicles will be banned from sale in the UK" Times Up!!!!!! It is hardly surprising that the UK and EU etc have not reached Zero emissions EVs in 2018, contrary to the publicity the R&D people are still funding petrol engine development but make every excuse in the book for not making initial modelling of Hydrogen engines. This is made worse by the fact that the Leading Auto R&D body the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK makes a public campaign to search for Hydrogen option. Conferences to discuss Hydrogen but and it is a BIG but, they will not contemplate other options for Hydrogen other than the present one which does not appear to be able to sell a few H2 FCEVs, with Not a snowballs chance in Hell of selling millions. This is the intention of the cabal which includes the Oil & Gas. OK to move to Battery EVs because there will be a major increase in the use of Gas Fired Power stations, lower CO2 than Coal by miles but only half the CO2 of a petrol car which is then reduced further by the CO2 emissions in producing a BEV compared to producing a petrol car. Obfuscation from the Auto Industry, their R&D bodies and the Government who are firmly backing Fracking=Oil & Gas. I have been saying this on Edie for many months, there is Hydrogen out here and it is being stifled. e.g. There is a recent development from the US a system which produces Hydrogen on board the EV. This spells the death of Fossil Fuels and it is clear that it is being stifled. This new development was part of a Hydrogen project, in discussion? with Advanced Propulsion Centre passed to their Internal Combustion Spoke Bath University. Even though the Professor was not aware of one detail of the method/process of the Hydrogen production, He stated emphatically that it was "Hydrolysis and would not work". It is baffling that he is a respected authority and supposed to deeply involved in Government and Industry push for Clean Energy Transport and yet he did not ask one question or suggest a meeting to discuss the system. I do not own the IP covering the H2 production system but I can state publicly that, It is not Hydrolysis as known and that it is scientific and NOT magic. Also that it is able to work on board an EV. Because it is not magic, it does need materials which reacting together produce 99.999% H2 It does not work in conjunction with a Fuel Cell on board a EV, so there is a need to develop a Hydrogen engine to make use of the On Board Fuel supply system wold will lead to affordable Zero emissions EVs. It can be seen that there were vested interests in play when Bath University decided that it was Hydrolysis and would not work, because it supported his decision that the Hydrogen engine project would not work. Question for all readers here, "The cost of carrying out initial modelling of a new engine type would be 100,000 or so, given the potential to arrive at Affordable Zero Emissions EVs, would it not be reasonable to cut funding to 5 petrol engine Low-carbon projects and carry out what can be seen as far more important tests on potential Zero emissions project?" In respect to the Clean Air Act, my concept for a Hydrogen Combustion Internal Steam Turbine-generator has been covered in three UK Patent Applications since 2015 and during the intervening months All Auto Co. emailed etc have not even bothered to reply to take a look at the details. London E Taxi Co. replied to say, "we have no intention of taking that direction". Freudian slip perhaps, that all Auto is in cahoots with O & G to resist the end of Hydrocarbons. One thing is clear, the intended Hydrogen fueled engine-generator with on board H2 production, would make an easy fit to get rid of the petrol engine generator Range extender which would make the e.Taxi Zero emissions at all times. We would be interested in hearing what people think and especially if investors would be interested in the project. Al Scott.

RHI fails to provide value for money, PAC concludes

And this comes as a surprise to anyone?

RHI fails to provide value for money, PAC concludes

23 billion cost to tax payers? If this figure is correct it is absolute insanity

edie makes new sustainability commitments for 'Mission Possible Pledge Wall' at edie Live

Thank you David - that's a great pledge. We will place add that to the Pledge Wall at the show next week and tweet the pic to @hullcollegegrp. Good luck on your mission! Luke (content director, edie)

edie makes new sustainability commitments for 'Mission Possible Pledge Wall' at edie Live

A pledge from the Hull College Group: Hull College Group is committed to reducing it''s environmental impacts by 2% in the current academic year and subsequent years across the following: Carbon, Gas, Electricity, Water, Paper, Waste, Business Mileage and to increase the Biodiversity Index by 2 points. This is a continuation of a journey started in 2009/10.

'From coal to clean' - UK does not need to turn to gas, says WWF

Additionally, I would have preferred to see a stronger recommendation of renewable energy bio-fuels used as a back-up power supply to intermittent renewable energy generation, which would allow for a much faster phasing out of fossil fuel natural gas back-up. @RICHARD PHILLIPS As a science graduate, I note that you have erroneously disregarded the decades of "economic and practical" electricity storage via use of - Wikipedia - Pumped-storage hydroelectricity http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumped-storage_hydroelectricity Also, Richard you ought to be aware of - Wikipedia - Power to gas https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_to_gas @IAIN WHYTE It is perfectly possible to design renewable energy grid systems which reliably ensure that "the lights stay on". See - Modelling of wind and pumped-storage power https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/2015/04/03/scientific-computer-modelling-of-wind-pumped-storage-hydro/

'From coal to clean' - UK does not need to turn to gas, says WWF

It''s the governments job to ensure the lights stay on and should do this with a balanced strategy for supply. If the lights go out because of over-reliance on renewables you won''t see the WWF spokesperson coming up with a solution, he''ll just wave his arms and retire.

'From coal to clean' - UK does not need to turn to gas, says WWF

This report has not specified only "battery" storage but says, to quote - ___ "4. Increase innovation funding for long term electricity storage technologies. Longer-term electricity storage will be required to fill in for seasonal and multi-day lulls in renewables output if we are to phase-out gas from our electricity mix in the long term. While we welcome recent Government funding commitments in energy storage, we recommend the Government sets up an innovation fund to tackle long-term electricity storage specifically." ___ Agreed and for example, I have published innovative concepts for the same on my Scottish Scientist blog but have not yet received one penny in "innovation funding" or the like. Hint, hint. However, the report also recommends - ____ "Longer term, the government should look at the role of seasonal energy storage and carbon capture and storage technology in reducing gas emissions to zero." ____ Seasonal energy storage, sure, but most of the carbon capture and storage concepts are scientifically flawed because stored carbon dioxide gas will leak sooner or later, so beware of wasting money on this. Scottish Scientist Independent Scientific Adviser for Scotland https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/ * Wind, storage and back-up system designer * Double Tidal Lagoon Baseload Scheme * Off-Shore Electricity from Wind, Solar and Hydrogen Power * World s biggest-ever pumped-storage hydro-scheme, for Scotland? * Modelling of wind and pumped-storage power * Scotland Electricity Generation my plan for 2020 * South America GREAT for Renewable Energy

NatWest delivers ?3.5bn low-carbon lending in three years

Hi I am working on tide powered desalination in Adelaide, can you help? Regards Charlie Sir Charlie Madden Bt BSc MTech MBA

Closed-loop nappies and bio-microbeads: the best green innovations of the week

With reference to your "Green PE mailing bags", would it not be better to also make them compostable for home composting and for food waste collections?

Closed-loop nappies and bio-microbeads: the best green innovations of the week

Bio-microbeads? Aren''t they walnut husks? (Other husks maybe available). I switched my exfoliating products years ago from ones containing plastic to natural alternatives. Boots, Body Shop and other retailers have them, you just need to look at the ingredient list. If you see Polyethylene or Poly-anything then give it a wide berth and chose something else.

Call for government to 'step up' support for hydrogen

Just noticed that Innovate UK is mentioned. Sorry to say but this company along with a number of linked funding bodies have some difficulty. They way they are set up and the rules actually bring about Corporate Welfare. The rules insist that any innovation is business led and it is the case that businesses do not do Open Innovation, so that this excludes individual innovators. Also that the innovator needs to have an exceptional Bank Balance to fund 30% part funding award, The requirement to get to TRL 3 also excludes many innovative ideas because the innovator does not have access to machines and equipment or expertise/support. There are many instances of innovators not actually being a specialist within the area of the innovative idea. Clergyman= Hydrogen plus a few other, Sir Frank Whittle = Jet engine could not be a Expert on Jet Engines. Daimler = Internal Combustion engine not done before etc etc. Were any of these part of a company or business? Under Innovate UK Funding Competition Rules these people would have been excluded. A mass of innovation is being missed, well known and recognised fact. Successive Govt have said they will sort "Death Valley" and Nothing.

Call for government to 'step up' support for hydrogen

I have been saying exactly this for many months. However, I also say clearly that the direction Hydrogen High pressure storage and fuel cells should not be seen as the only option. All Hydrogen innovation should be funded and developed to the point of failure or to Proof of Concept. We are not in normal business development situation, We, that is globally, are in a dire situation and we should stop looking at Low-Carbon as an option and stop funding development projects. The sole Objective should be Zero Emissions, Hydrocarbons- diesels are an Health Hazard and would be a Court Case if it were a Work Place, whilst continued use of all Fossil Fuels risks a Mass Extinction and yet Oil and Gas are allowed to continue with business as usual, even Tax Payer subsidies. Hydrogen = Zero Emissions and when used it is used it returns to being water. Hydrogen Combustion-Internal Steam Turbine-generator is one option, however it appears that those in charge of funding awards are willing to spend millions on petrol engine development projects, but not spend under 100,000 to carry out "initial modelling" of this new engine type. Add to that, the fact that a US company have developed a H2 Production system for On Board the EV fuel supply. This was developed for use with H2 Fuel Cell EVs, but unfortunately when on the move the Fuel Cell became blocked due to Air Impurities caused by vehicle movement. The fact that H2 Combustion will not be affected by these Air Impurities should flash a Massive Green Light for people who are supposedly looking for Zero emissions. The equally important fact that a "hydrogen engine-generator" offers the quickest and easiest route to Affordable Zero Emissions EVs to effect mass take up of Clean Energy in transport. Whilst On Board the EV Hydrogen production, would cut the need for millions of Charge points and increases in generating capacity globally and grid scale up, which will amount to $trillions saved. This is being blocked at present, "reservations that the engine will not work" yes these issues are accepted. a) Combustion of Hydrogen in a Combustion chamber is well known, b) using high temperature to generate steam is like wise well known, c) using high temperature gasses and steam to power a turbine is also well known d) internally generating steam and forming a number of jets to power the turbine is a new innovation bringing together Steam power which has been "External Combustion" with "internal Combustion". Is this person who daily develops petrol engines to improve emissions saying that he cannot correct the issues, NO he is saying that he is not going to even look at initial modelling to be able to assess what improvements could be made to make HyPulJet work. Have to pose the question, "If HyPulJet used petrol as the combustion fuel would this project be awarded funding to be developed?" Al Scott

UK spearheads new ?50m plastics innovation hub

Hi Ken, The official name of the hub is the Marine Plastics Research and Innovation Framework. Thanks, George

Marks & Spencer trials liquid nitrogen deliveries to slash emissions

So you''ve transferred the energy consumption from the truck to the liquid nitrogen plant. The average cost is around 2$ per litre of liquid nitrogen, the cost of transport the filling of the truck''s storage of the nitrogen. just shifting the pollution to another supplier

UK spearheads new ?50m plastics innovation hub

What is the name of the Innovation Hub?

Tidal power to reduce emissions and boost UK economy by ?1.4bn by 2030, report finds

Found this report: http://www.poyry.co.uk/sites/www.poyry.co.uk/files/tidallagoonpower_levelisedcoststudy_v7_0.pdf which concludes CfD payments 168/MWh (falling to 92/MWh for the larger scale operation) deliver a discounted cash flow rate of return around 6.5%; not phenomenal but the projects would ''wipe their faces'' and with the revenues guaranteed by UK gov this might appeal to pension funds. Note the lower ( 92) figure is very close to the strike price for Hinkley Point C

English Heritage to deploy green energy champions across estate

By now everyone should be addressing Zero Emissions having moved on from Low-Carbon. The reality is that there is little support to develop Hydrogen Zero emissions options, in fact there is resistance in the Auto Research and Development. There has been diesel engine powered generators for decades so why not Hydrogen Combustion Engine powered Generators. People controlling the Development funding do not want Hydrogen to make their profitable petrol engine development projects obsolete. So we continue down the road of CO2 reductions when they could develop Hydrogen.

Tidal power to reduce emissions and boost UK economy by ?1.4bn by 2030, report finds

Richard, Exactly the same as wind turbines but with a predictability that knocks them flat and a reliability that can be easily managed by National Grid. With an additional benefit they don''t destroy the visual environment. As for battery storage I happen to agree with you that chemical batteries are not the solution but everyone is talking about them so might as well add them into the mix. I wouldn''t hold my breath for gas from Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation in this country so unless we suddenly build nuclear generation like there''s no tomorrow (also highly unlikely) we have got to look at harnessing every single energy source this country is blessed with.

Global renewable energy jobs exceed 10 million

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Tidal power to reduce emissions and boost UK economy by £1.4bn by 2030, report finds

The power generated by individual turbines is quite limited, and likely to be of the same order, eventually, as large wind turbines, about 10MW. A farm of 100 would be needed to have a nominal equation to a standard power station, 1GW. But the capacity, as pointed out, is likely to be 20-35%, so for a mean output of 1GW, some 300 would be required. The output varies not only over each tide, but over every tidal type between the spring and the ebb. Batteries are hideously expensive, and for the foreseen future, cannot realistically supply more power than that needed for frequency stabilisation. I come back to my original thesis, tidal turbines are variable generators, "storage" cannot bridge the deficiency, the size of installation has to be immense to yield real power station equivalents and even then they are cannot be demand lead. We really need to get on with the real part of the power programme, nuclear and gas. Sorry, as the Beach Boys had it "Wouldn''t it be nice if ......." Richard P

Barclays updates green bonds to capture 'compelling' economic opportunity

There are so many incredibly innovative green tech based startups that need this form of capital suppport to build out and scale I hope Financing will also be accessible and some of it tailored to facilitate this

Marks & Spencer trials liquid nitrogen deliveries to slash emissions

So you''ve transferred the energy consumption from the truck to the liquid nitrogen plant. The average cost is around 2$ per litre of liquid nitrogen, the cost of transport the filling of the truck''s storage of the nitrogen. just shifting the pollution to another supplier

Tidal power to reduce emissions and boost UK economy by ?1.4bn by 2030, report finds

Trevor, yes there is no changing the laws of physics but the one thing the tides have over wind is they are predictable and reliable. You can go to any point on the coast and find exactly when high or low tide is going to me within a minute and a very accurate indication of how high or low that tide will be above chart datum (Lowest Astronomical Tide at Newlyn) for every day of the next year. Unlike the wind which as we all know even the Met Office supercomputers can''t model accurately more than 48hrs in advance. It is this predicatability that gives tidal streams their edge. As the National Grid would know when and where the "slack" periods were around the coasts they can adjust the supply accordingly. Add in a local battery back up for each tidal stream station and my guess is you''d never notice the "slack". The other good thing is tidal turbines would not need to be "feathered" to protect them from storms as storms do not affect tidal streams as dramatically as they do air streams and wind turbines. At present a wind turbine does not produce meaningful power below 10mph and above 35mph they are throttled back to protect them so produce no meaningful power above about 40mph wind speed.

Heathrow to host 200-strong electric Jaguar I-Pace fleet

8 tonnes NOx emissions saving is equivalent to 300 landing-takeoff cycles for an Airbus A300. Heathrow averaged 1,299 aircraft movements (that counts takeoff and landing separately) per day in 2017. So it''s significant, but not massive, being a little more than half a day''s flights, as the long-haul A300 is a bit above average on emissions.

Tidal power to reduce emissions and boost UK economy by ?1.4bn by 2030, report finds

As a landlubber I must confess I''m approaching this on a theoretical basis. If I model the tide as a sine curve, velocity zero at high and low tide and maximum +/- 1 in between the average absolute velocity (in either direction) is 63.5% of max. Taking the CUBE of the velocity as Richard stated this figure is 42.4% of max. http://eyefidelity.co.uk/wavepower.png So a ''real world'' capacity between 20-35% as given in the reference I cited before has credibility. This is not a defect of the technology, just a consequence of the variable nature of tides. In exactly the same way and for the same reason (velocity-cubed law) wind turbines have the same issue with capacity factor.

Tidal power to reduce emissions and boost UK economy by ?1.4bn by 2030, report finds

Richard, you are right that the marine environment is harsh, just look at what happened to Dawlish Warren in a single storm. That is why wave power and to an extent tidal barrages are not a good idea. To survive storms they have to be so heavily engineered. By putting the tidal turbines on the sea bed they are actually out of the worst of the storms, especially in places like the Corran Narrows on Loch Linnhe. Oh and pretty much out of sight too.

Tidal power to reduce emissions and boost UK economy by £1.4bn by 2030, report finds

As an ex-windsurfer, I recall that the advice to the wary was to sail during the two hours covering the times of high and low tides. Two highs and two lows per day, eight hours of poor water velocity. From other sources, is not the power to be derived from a fluid flow proportional to the cube of the velocity? Certainly tide times vary greatly, but I''ll bet that nature does not gaze particularly generously upon us! I cannot regard the marine environment a particularly gentle. The water to air density ratio is rather greater than 10x For truly low carbon, high reliability and a better landscape, quietly forget renewables try 70-80% nuclear and the residue natural gas CCGT. The gas preferably fracked here in the UK. I am immune from fire and brimstone, just too old to care, say it as it is!! Richard P

Tidal power to reduce emissions and boost UK economy by ?1.4bn by 2030, report finds

Trevor, as a sailor I know slack water is only an hour at high water and another hour at low water. Each tide is 6 1/2hrs from low to high then 6 1/2hrs from high to low. Even then the water does not stop moving but is just "pausing". Are you talking about Tidal Barrages per chance? I''m talking about harnessing the tidal streams themselves not building a big wall across a bay like they suggest in Swansea. Basically putting a smaller version of a wind turbine on the sea bed so the water turns the blades. As water is 10x as dense as air you need a much smaller turbine to produce the same power. I agree that we, as a nation, must make use of all our alternate power sources and where there is a will there is a way to fund the development of multiple different systems. Perhaps getting investors to accept a longer payback term?

Tidal power to reduce emissions and boost UK economy by ?1.4bn by 2030, report finds

according to this website http://www.oceanenergycouncil.com/ocean-energy/tidal-energy/ capacity factors for tidal are in the range 20-35% so I''m a little sceptical about the ''1 hour per tide'' figure. Even so, 20-35% is comparable to wind and better than solar PV; tidal provides useful diversity to those other sources and as a bonus there''s potential to use tidal for energy storage. 300 per MWh though, is way, way too expensive, especially if that is before network and other distribution costs are added. Contrast with the 89.50 per MWh strike price being offered for a putative Sizewell C project, which would provide near 100% capacity factor. It OUGHT to be possible to structure a support scheme like CfD, but with a tapering strike price, so the investors get a quick return for the upfront capital cost but the price paid in the long term reflects operating costs (La Rance has run since 1966!). That need not hurt the business case, short-termism works in our favour in this case, the higher rate of return sought, the more heavily discounted the cash flow from the third ... fourth ... fifth decade

Tidal power to reduce emissions and boost UK economy by ?1.4bn by 2030, report finds

Richard, actually the tidal stream is only "slack" for approximately 1hr per tide so the water is moving for 22 of 24hrs. As the time of the tides varies from place to place the slack periods never coincide so a turbine will be turning somewhere providing power 24/7/365. Given everyone is banging on about battery storage how difficult is it to build a local store to cover the hour when a tidal turbine might be producing minimal power? Not like wind turbines don''t have slack periods, sometimes as long as a few days

Tidal power to reduce emissions and boost UK economy by £1.4bn by 2030, report finds

Tidal streams ebb and flow. Power is not available on demand. It is available, on a moving time line for about 14 out of 24 hours. It varies in strength from spring to neaps. A typical "grab it when you can get it" power source. But lots of public money is available for "research" and "development", because the average member of the HoC, and thus the Cabinet, simply does not understand the physical, unalterable, reality of power generation. Meanwhile we all pay over the odds for a poor product. Richard Phillips

Tidal power to reduce emissions and boost UK economy by ?1.4bn by 2030, report finds

Subsidise the roll out of this technology to the same extent they did with wind turbines and this will be a fantastic source of clean, reliable power. There''s already a start with the Pentland Firth scheme and an experimental site on Loch Linnhe at Connel but the opportunities for Tidal Stream and even river stream power are immense. The tides at Corran Narrows, Loch Eil Narrows and at Ballachulish Narrows, all near where I live, all run at over 6kts. That''s a lot of moving water that can be easily harness to provide local settlements with "baseload" power.

UK runs without coal power for three days in a row

Yes, low demand, nice weather. Try looking at March 24,25,26. No wind, 18GW of turbine capacity down to as low as 0.28GW, and old reliable coal up to around 7GW. Called, and not found wanting, unlike "grab it while you can get it" wind and solar. Mention of Drax and biomass; may I mention again that when transporting 7 million tonnes of woodchip from the USA to Drax, half the weight is chemically combined water, no heat, in fact heat is needed to boil it and throw it away, up the chimney! But the "greens" do not understand. Richard Phillips

Tidal power to reduce emissions and boost UK economy by ?1.4bn by 2030, report finds

Even 90 per MWh costs are over double spot prices for last winter. Assuming the owners want to make a profit we are still looking at a comparatively expensive source of power. I hope they can make this very environmentally friendly technology competitive as its predictability has great advantages for the network and its low emissions will help fight Climate Change.

Air pollution inequality widens between rich and poor, linked to 7 million deaths annually

The simple statement of N people dying from air pollution is such an oversimplification as to largely meaningless. Could edienews seek and print, further explanation from the proper authorities on this important matter. One only has to harp back to the UK 40,000 deaths per year from air pollution when the expression was take from the epidemiological term "equivalent lives". What it expressed was a shortening of a small amount in the lives of the whole population, not bodies in the street!!! These are specialist terms falling into non-professional hands. Sorry Richard Phillips

World's largest wind turbine to be trialled in the UK

!2 MW, yes, great, and when the wind does not blow for a few days, the output will still be next to nothing, as on 26 March last, it would have been about 0.15MW. It is quite remarkable that it still seems not to be realised that any significant amount of electricity cannot be stored. All the batteries and even worse, mechanical devices last only s few hours, and are immensely expensive. For continuous power, on demand at any time, nuclear and natural gas together are by far the best combination. Renewables only make the mix expensive and inefficient. Dear me, how many times???? Richard Phillips

RBS and Tesco extend employee engagement programmes

Industry leaders, like Southwest Airlines, Capital One and BHP Billiton, and hundreds of private companies empower employees to think and act like owners, driving and participating in the profitable growth of the company. These Forbes and Harvard Business Review articles provide more background: https://hbr.org/2018/01/more-than-a-paycheck http://www.forbes.com/sites/fotschcase/2016/05/31/engage-your-employees-in-making-money/

?rsted lines up first major UK battery storage project

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Heathrow Airport champions coffee cup recycling in 2018 sustainability update

Good news to see that Heathrow will recycle ALL disposable coffee cups by the end of the year. Could Mr Holland-Kaye explain what the coffee cups will be recycled into? What are the '' end user'' product markets for disposable ''composite'' coffee cups? Tony Hancock The Independent Packaging Environment and Safety Forum

Heathrow Airport champions coffee cup recycling in 2018 sustainability update

Whoopee! Will they cut the amount of packing and junk in the shopping mals people are forced to walk through and cut the number frequent fly incentives too?

Boston Tea Party becomes first coffee chain to ban all disposable cups

It is refreshing to see a smaller coffee chain operator actually tackling the problem head on. I haven''t used any of their coffee shops but will now certainly attempt to try one out!

Mondelez calls for 'brave' collaboration to bring cocoa supply chain out of poverty

It''s crucial to recognise the limite of the programme essentialy consisting on forming farmers.famers know how to increase theirs cacoa productions.the question how would th production profite to them given that the price ils always low.i think another chain should ne brought to th me.The transformation. Transforming cacoa at place will bring more to farmers than thousand of formation that only profit to professionnals...

Mondelez calls for 'brave' collaboration to bring cocoa supply chain out of poverty

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Mondelez calls for 'brave' collaboration to bring cocoa supply chain out of poverty

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Open cast coal mine rejection faces High Court challenge

Anyone else find it ironic that they make this appeal citing "security of supply" when the UK has just gone 55 hours without using any coal for Power Generation demonstrating that our reliance on "King Coal" is waning? I also know the location of this proposed extraction site and it would damage a beautiful part of Northumberland - so why don''t we keep the coal in the ground for when/if we really need it?

Ban new petrol and diesel cars in 2030, not 2040, says thinktank

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EXCLUSIVE: Costa aims to lead industry transformation with pledge to recycle half a billion coffee c

While this is a step in the right direction, does this action/commitment include the lids (etc) or just the mug? Beyond this, as they seem to state, the better practice will be to remove single use takeaway cups completely from the use chain.

Costa aims to lead industry transformation with pledge to recycle half a billion coffee cups

It is fantastic to see positive recycling stories making the national press, consumers need to know not only that they can recycle paper cups but how. Many coffee shops now have instore recycling, with Starbucks offering to recycle any brand of paper cups, and if you arrive home with your paper cups there are over 300 bringbanks around the country, many in the councils recycling centres, and for the lucky few there is even kerb side collections.

Inside Heathrow 2.0: One week left to register for webinar featuring Airport's chief executive

What sustainable solutions are being put in place for the management of the additional hydrocarbon and glycol run off into the wetlands the expansion of Heathrow will create. Are sustainable solutions being implemented " proactively" to reduce the creation of contamination or "reactively" to deal with the additional contamination that will be result of larger and busier facility in the future.

TODAY AT 2PM: Live behaviour change webinar featuring Tesco and RBS

Do these businesses measure the failure or success through employee engagement metrics in the activity or through the measurement of the objectives / targets of the activity itself?

London startup performs UK's first blockchain energy trade

As Arthur Dally might have said "All nice little earners", no doubt. Any activity has its cost, and those who foot the bill. As always, the end consumer. Ah me! Richard Phillips

Sky and National Geographic join forces in fight against marine plastic pollution

Education is the key to reducing this problem. Especially amongst the younger generations to make them think twice about how they dispose of their waste. Plastic per se isn''t the problem but litter is. Then we need to improve the waste management processes in poorer countries so that waste doesn''t just get dumped to end up in streams and rivers and eventually the sea. The Yellow River and the Ganges/Bhamrhaputra deposit the vast majority of plastic waste into the oceans. Stopping this tidal wave of waste at source will have a massive impact on the oceans

World's largest brewer develops greener way to put bubbles in beer

What a shame this firm''s products are among the least flavoured in their class! Any measures to cut energy inputs must be good, but why not put the money saved into putting more hops into the brews?

The Problem with Solar (and other Renewables) - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Following on about the Thermodynamic Hot Water System I mentioned. Well we took the plunge and got it installed. It''s been garbage and frankly has left me with a sour taste about the whole domestic "renewables" industry. Talk about snake oil. I''m never going to trust any sales person from any aspect of the renewables industry ever again. The biggest load of garbage, hype and baloney ever.

Pret launches reusable bottle range to slash consumer plastics waste

It''s not the water source, but the difference in durability for single use vs reusable bottles. Single use bottles degrade faster and therefore are more likely to have plastic leach into the water if reused.

Pret launches reusable bottle range to slash consumer plastics waste

I love that Pret is making so many clear actions towards sustainability, but why do they still offer only plastic teaspoons and put milk in a single-use espresso cup? It''d be more symbolic, in my opinion, for their stores to phase out the use of these items for eat-in customers at the very least before implementing a reusable bottle scheme that some customers may be priced out of.

Pret launches reusable bottle range to slash consumer plastics waste

I think the sex hormone argument may be overstated - why should refilling a bottle with tap water result in more plasticisers leaching into the water than when it is filled at source? A reused bottle is unlikely to have (tap) water in it for more than a few hours; a bottle of water bought from a convenience store may have had the water in contact with the plastic for several months.

Pret launches reusable bottle range to slash consumer plastics waste

A bit steep at 20 although it will make a difference.

Pret launches reusable bottle range to slash consumer plastics waste

Single use "plastic bottles" may release plastic into the water which can interfere with sex hormones. (https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/why-not-re-use-plastic-water-danger-dirty-bacteria-bottles-sex-hormones-toilet-a7809696.html). It would be interesting to see a correlation with single use plastic bottle uptake with the reported decrease in fertility rates in the western world. How has supply in glass bottles / cans changed over to plastic bottles during this time period?

Pret launches reusable bottle range to slash consumer plastics waste

My current water bottle is --- a Pret single use carbonated water bottle, reused multiple times with tap water. I''m not sure why more people don''t do this - carbonated water bottles in particular last a long time; I sometimes use non-UK bottles to make it obvious that they are not sold. Many bottles have a "do not reuse" warning - but I have never understood why a single-use bottle should be inherently less safe trhan a multiple use bottle, such as those sold to cyclists.

Video How Landsec is achieving a sustainable future for the built environment

The 10 in the 4th para of the comment above is, of course GBP10 but the pound sign was stripped off!

Video How Landsec is achieving a sustainable future for the built environment

Hi Caroline, I want to pick up on one point in what is otherwise a great demonstration of commitment to sustainability... I am assuming that your claim to procure 100% Renewable Energy is achieved by buying "ordinary" energy which have REGOs attached (Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin), rather than by paying the actual cost of the generation (ROCS/FITS/CFDs) which are borne by all electricity consumers. If this is the case, then the aspiration for the procurement of 100% renewable to "contribute to the 2 oC warming target" could be misplaced - in fact it could actually undermine action on climate change and open up Landsec to possible criticisms, for reasons I want to explain here. One way of thinking about these REGOs is as follows. It is as if my neighbour made a charity contribution of 10 to a cause and I then "bought" the rights to claim this donation exclusively for myself from the charity concerned for just a few pence and published this good deed in my annual report as if it was mine. The fact is that REGOs are not an indication that renewable electricity has been made possible by an organisation - they are merely indications that a given amount of renewable electricity has been *_delivered_* to a user. The "good deed" of creating that renewable electricity in the first place was done by all electricity consumers users who paid the "green levies" on their bills. REGOS, as you know, cost between zero and a few pence per MW - nothing like the cost of creating new renewable generation capacity. I have seen no evidence that they do anything to expand the market despite claims by proponents to the contrary. European REGOS are dominated by very low cost certificates from Scandinavian countries who have large hydro generation and this is one reason that they have been banned in Germany. Furthermore, claiming emissions reductions by acquiring REGOs is incompatible with "PAS 2050:2011 Specification for the assessment of the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of goods and services (2011)", and so I would urge Landsec to use the "location method" of the GHG Protocol rather than the flawed "market method" which allows organisations to claim these reductions as if they are responsible for them. This issue with the reporting standard is because the reduction in emissions in generation is recorded in a decreased average grid factor for all UK energy users (who after all paid for this) which invalidates the same emissions reductions being claimed again by individual organisations (see 7.9.4.1 of the Standard). Claiming these reductions as one''s own using the market method is quite simply double-counting and misleading (despite the Protocol allowing this). Why is this important? Another way to think of REGOS is as permits to pollute - they enable the buyers to sidestep their responsibility to reduce emission. Claims of 100% renewable electricity use have potentially a negative effect on the real objective of reducing absolute CO2 emissions - they enable organisations to give the impression that they - through their own actions - have dramatically lowered their own emissions and so it takes the pressure off concerted efforts on efficiency such as implementing ISO 50001, which takes real effort. The practical test is what effect REGOs and statements of 100% renewable energy use have on progress in addressing climate change? I would say REGOS and the whole RE100 movement represent a negative influence as they a) add nothing to new renewable energy generation (at least I have seen no peer-reviewed evidence of this) and b) give the illusion that an organisation is addressing climate change thereby reducing the pressure on them to take responsibility for their emissions. I was at a recent summit here in Manchester where Kevin Anderson, professor of energy and climate change at the University of Manchester stated that at present rates we will "spend" our carbon budget to meet 2oC warming in just 7 years. There is a real need for urgency in our response. Clearly because of these issues, there is also a reputational risk if an organisation were ever seen to be "gaming" the system, which is why I have always advised my clients to steer well clear from "easy" renewable energy claims and instead focus on making real and deep cuts to emissions in their own operations. On a similar note, I would also urge caution on "science-based" targets (a meaningless term which implies that no other targets have science behind them). I am assuming that the 80% you quote is the goal for the UK economy as a whole - much of which will have nothing to do with Landsec, but will be a product of the wider decarbonisation of electricity generation, transport, land-use, dematerialisation of goods and services, and so forth. Indeed over half the 80% is likely to be achieved by other organisations decarbonisation of your supplies - not something that Landsec (or any other property company) can or should claim for itself (unless you wish to be open to accusations of being "free riders"). This concept of only taking credit for what you have actually influenced is called "additionality" amongst sustainability practitioners and while not in the public parlance it is nevertheless important for folks who want to establish themselves as leaders to be aware of this test of claims. A much more relevant "scientific" target is the Committee on Climate Change''s sectoral target for the UK commercial property sector. If you achieve (or, indeed, exceed) these targets then you are truly making your contribution to the overall goal of 80% across the UK economy. I appreciate the desire to take a leadership position on Climate Change, which is to be applauded. Other initiatives such as the EP100 and placing solar panels on your buildings will have a real impact on the only measure that counts - absolute CO2 emissions. My observations, made in a personal capacity, are not offered as criticisms but as a perspective on what I believe leadership in this complex area requires, borne out of some experience but without a claim to know all the answers! So that you may calibrate my comments, you may be interested to know that I have over 25 year''s experience leading large climate change teams in several major UK consultancies, I am a Fellow of the Energy Institute, a Chartered Energy Manager and am passionate about helping organisations to recognise the risks around climate change and getting them to respond effectively. I have recently written a comprehensive book "Energy and Resource Efficiency without the tears - the complete guide to delivering value and sustaining change in organisations", available free of charge as a PDF at www.sustainsuccess.co.uk. All the best with you efforts, I would be delighted to engage further with you on these topics should you wish, and to be corrected/challenged on any of the points above. Niall Enright BA, MA (Cantab), FEI, CEM

Waitrose to remove disposable coffee cups from stores by autumn

I have noticed that the plastic window in the brown paper bags that Waitrose sell bread in has disappeared. I used to rip it out before recycling. Perhaps it is just a local thing.

Scotland smashes onshore wind record

So-called Carbon Capture and "Storage" (and LEAK) CCS (or CCS-L as it should be called) is a fossil fuel industry scam that cannot reliably store carbon dioxide gas without it leaking sooner or later. Any "climate change plan" is doomed for which CCS-L is vital for it to work, as the Scottish government freely admits its plan is. "The Scottish Government is continuing to support the development of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as a vital technology to meet our long-term emissions reductions targets." - Statement by the Scottish Government Back to reality. So because CCS-L doesn''t work, won''t ever work then we can easily deduce that the Scottish government WILL NOT EVER "meet their long-term emissions reductions targets", not with that plan that they just published. Any CCS-L dependent climate change plan is a house of cards. Luckily, if Scotland wants and needs a credible climate change plan then here is mine, which I have published under this title "Scotland Electricity Generation my plan for 2020" Scottish Scientist Independent Scientific Adviser for Scotland https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/ * Wind, storage and back-up system designer * Double Tidal Lagoon Baseload Scheme * Off-Shore Electricity from Wind, Solar and Hydrogen Power * World''s biggest-ever pumped-storage hydro-scheme, for Scotland? * Modelling of wind and pumped-storage power * Scotland Electricity Generation my plan for 2020 * South America GREAT for Renewable Energy

'Invisible' cement polluters urged to double climate efforts

Why on earth has been EMC cement been actively ignored by the European cement industry for the last 25 years. EMC cement - OPC (Ordinary Portland Cement) finely inter-ground with sand or puzzoulanes with up to 50% OPC reduction (and hence CO2 reduction). Bridges built in Norway 20 years ago, one plant operating in Texas, USA. emccement.com

Waitrose to remove disposable coffee cups from stores by autumn

May be a bold move - but the sub title could also be "Waitrose to remove disposable customers from their stores"

Final call for edie readers to take the 'Mission Possible' sustainability survey

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Scotland smashes onshore wind record

Keiron is on the ball, as usual! A major consequence of wind farm installation is the damage done to bird and bat population; the total UK death toll is estimated at some three million. This damage is also prevalent on the continent. But it makes money, not too much useful power, but then, that was never the purpose. Richard Phillips

Scotland smashes onshore wind record

March 2018??? Between the 24th and 26th, the whole of the UK''s 18GW of installed wind power, only about 1GW or less was being generated, and at midday on 26th, generation stood at 0.28GW, about one sixtieth of the potential. To quote total generation in GWhours, is a deliberately misleading act. Electricity is useful only at the moment of generation. As Eric Morecambe might have said "All the right electricity; but not necessarily at the right time". How many times does it have to be said?? But big money rules, and science and engineering are thrown out of the window. However, the longer the run, the bigger the crash. Richard Phillips

Scotland smashes onshore wind record

Hardly a shock when they''ve been installing these monsters all over the Highlands like there''s no tomorrow. Breaking records is easy if you keep changing the goalposts so hardly a news item. But what about the damage these wind farms are doing to the landscape of the Highlands? A fragile ecosystem that the SNP claimed it would protect as a wilderness? Millions of tonnes of concrete poured over peat bogs, thousands of miles of access roads bulldozed across the hills changing drainage patterns, scarring the land. Then what happens when the wind doesn''t blow, which does happen up here, and all these turbines become net consumers of power? I''m all for not burning stuff to generate power but the great wind rush is doing more damage to the environment and destroying one of the biggest assets Scotland has, its stunning landscape, than keeping Longannet Power Station open ever would.

Paving the way to a better built environment - The UK Green Building Council Blog

"The UK's built environment accounts directly for 22% of the UK's carbon footprint - rising to 42% if one includes emissions from road and rail transport" Whilst I doubt that rail transport of construction materials contributes much at all to the UK''s carbon footprint. The unnecessary quarrying, crushing and trucking to site of stone to replace existing site soils most certainly does. With the construction of HS2 later this year, massive amounts of crushed stone will quarried for trucking to the numerous construction sites. It has been calculated that the overall environmental impact of using stone for the construction of temporary haul roads and working platforms is between 172 and 240% higher than stabilising the existing site soils. That is fine most people would expect that to be true. What is not fine for those people living or working in the many, mostly rural construction areas will be the road chaos as "pay by load" tipper truckers thunder through small villages and along inadequate country lanes. The Human Toxicity impact of trucking stone to these sites is going to be a far higher count, with levels increasing by a factor of between 277 and 360% over treating just the existing soils. As working with the soils on site is faster, easier and in most cases safer and cheaper. How can this be justified, products are now available to treat all site soils to strengths way beyond those achievable with stone. Prepare for the storm the construction industry in the UK are not listening or learning. Les Ellaby PowerCem Technologies (UK) Ltd

Wind and solar make more electricity than nuclear for first time in UK

@Ben there is nothing special about "baseload" power. Baseload is just a definition of the minimum amount of power required and is therefore suitable for continuous generators such as nuclear. The statistics are not massaged. They are what actually happened and illustrates how flexible the grid is coping with periods as you say when the sun doesn''t shine. It has always been this way. The daily large swings from maximum to minimum have always been there and the grid has coped. New technology is making this task a lot easier and if solar and wind didn''t exist things like demand side response would still be important because the extra flexibility means the existing grid can be run more efficiently and therefore cheaply. Grab the solar and wind when you can but keep a hand close to the big red button on the gas generators. But they are already doing that.

Wind and solar make more electricity than nuclear for first time in UK

@Ben - and even if the wind is blowing if it isn''t above a minimum speed the blades may be turning but the wind turbine is a net consumer of power

Wind and solar make more electricity than nuclear for first time in UK

Solar don''t work in the dark and wind doesn''t blow all the time. You can hype it up all you want and massage the statistics all you like. It wont be long till the renewable split between baseload power generation and renewables will cause blackouts. http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/

Wind and solar make more electricity than nuclear for first time in UK

Solar don''t work in the dark and wind doesn''t blow all the time. You can hype it up all you want and massage the statistics all you like. It wont be long till the renewable split between baseload power generation and renewables will cause blackouts. http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/

How are YOU going to achieve a sustainable future? Take the Mission Possible survey

Sustainability is like an apprenticeship being able to put humans into the sustainability equation so that most see a reason to want to be part of the sustainable future and those that do not have a choice. Join the effort or do not and be left behind until you figure out it to your advantage to be involved. Whether its an individual, non-profit, corporation small or unicorn, or government we all now have one simple reality. We have no border only barrier to problems coming home at a cost no one can now afford due to 20th century silo thinking that still believe money and self-interest for the few is the key to a sustainable world for the few , but growing problems for the community and government . their 20th century tools now have little positive impact and in some cases all it is doing is driving the cost of living and doing business beyond the one thing all at the top require to have asustainable world is not more money by a means for the masses to beable to spend, but not waste on a very small planet with 9 billion and headed to space and do not want to repeat our negative out comes of exploration and dealing with those that are different.

Central Heating - is the future smart? - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Well the deed has been done and the EvoHome installed. First thing I have to say is how easy it was to install. Even a Geologist can do it :-). Took a couple of hours to change all the TRVs, bind them to the controller etc and set up the schedules. Even replacing the dumb master thermostat for the smart relay was easy. The only thing I didn''t get was the HW control unit as we were planning on installing a renewable HW system (more on that disaster in a separate blog post I think). Early days as to how much it will save, going to take a year to really get an idea as I know how much oil we bought last year (3000+ litres) so need to compare like for like to get as accurate figure as possible. However the early indications suggest we should have a more comfortable, efficient home thanks to the precision temperature setting, the scheduling of when heat is actually required and where (we have 12 heating zones now all individually programmed) and being able to get rid of that stupid master thermostat. We don''t control our energy efficient lighting from a single switch in the hall so why do we still do it with our central heating?

Waitrose builds on plastics pledge by switching to paper straws in cafes

Roger, we will investigate and report back, next week. Luke might you (it takes 3 mins) sign our petition at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stircrazy-1-pret-a-manger-plastic-stirrers-why ?

Inside Heathrow 2.0: edie webinar to discuss Airport's sustainability progress

What progress has been made with Sustainability Plan Goal 6.2 ? launch a cycling plan and strayegy in 2017 ? deliver cycling infrastructure into the Central Terminal Area in 2017 ? Still waiting.......

Wind and solar make more electricity than nuclear for first time in UK

Roger - I agree the grid is capable of dealing with large fluctuations in demand but that is down to the flexibility of the supply and the traditional "baseload" generators. I just wanted to make sure the fact that on many occasions we had to rely on coal fired stations to make up for the lack of any renewables. In an ideal world we would be able to manage without backup systems but it is an unwise man that works without a safety net