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Why we need a human-centred approach for a successful energy transition - The EIT InnoEnergy blog

Hi Elena, I couldn''t agree more and have been writing about these approaches to innovation in other places: https://www.edie.net/blog/Sprints-Thinkathons-and-Hackathons-Getting-creative-on-sustainability/6098664 https://www.dba.org.uk/human-centred-humanity-centred-design/ It would be great to discuss some time. Very best, Chris

JLL targets 'net-zero' buildings by 2030

Starlite should be a paint that is readily available. If you look at this YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqR4_UoBIzY you will find the the likely components are 90% corn starch and 10% baking soda mixed into a putty using PVA glue. There may have been other components as well, because it has been made into a spray paint, and paint. You will need to crack the formula in order to make use of passive temperature control of buildings. You might even be able to improve upon them both.

In numbers: The UK public's attitudes to plastics recycling

"9 in 10 believe all councils should use the same framework..." "48% believe responsibility lies with packaging manufacturers.." Lets stop faffing around, copy the German system which has been working well for over 25 years. 1. Make a central authority responsible for giving EVERY household in the land a free packaging bin completely independent of councils. EVERYBODY has the same collection. 2. Force the manufacturers to pay a small fee for EVERY piece of packaging produced or imported to the central authority. These fees pay for the universal collection and handling (recycling) of the waste. How does this help? 1. Manufacturers are incentivised to use minimum amounts of packaging which are easy to recycle. If it can''t be recycled it cant be used - simple. 2. One bin for ALL packaging for EVERY house - simple. 3. No reliance on local authorities. They are completely out of the scene. 4 Collections organised by population density not local authority boundaries -efficient 5 Small businesses like restaurants producing packaging waste don''t pay trade waste It took 3 years for Germany to set this up. The UK will be "consulting" for 3 years and then continue as a bit better than normal.

M&S showcases vertical farming at London store

Very interesting story, but lacking a couple of key points: 1. What is the comparable price for that bunch of produce, from traditional sources? and 2. What is the capital investment required for this installation, and is that costed in, along with the energy use, in the selling price? Supermarkets are famous for loss leaders. Is this any more than a way of getting positive publicity? The idea of this sort of farming has been around for decades, but has never taken off - for very good reasons!

Bristol Airport switches to 100% renewable electricity

How about installing solar panels across the roof space of the terminal and around the apron area? I see no reason why ground mounted solar panels could not be installed around an airport as they are no higher than any other signage around the field and can be kept a safe distance from runways. Given the vast acreage at an airport this would allow a huge amount of power to be generated (especially at somewhere like Bristol where it is sunnier than average). Then the airport really could claim to be sourcing 100% renewable power.

Sainsbury's to launch refillable lines in bid to halve plastics packaging

It''s a start but how about refillable versions of shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent, washing up liquid and other daily essentials?

Yellowhammer: No-deal Brexit would undermine domestic oil industry, official document reveals

Rick, respect to you for doing all of those things. I''ve looked at solar for my house and it simply isn''t financially viable given where I live (wettest town in Europe) and solar water heating is equally non viable. I tried a thermodynamic HW system but it was a total disaster and has soured my experience of the renewables industry as a whole. I do source my electricity from a sustainable/renewables supplier and have fitted a smart heating control system, lagged all my heating pipes and optimised my hot water tank which has reduced my oil bill by nearly 20%. Right now Electric Vehicles still have a problem for me. They are either way too large for my needs and therefore expensive or don''t have the range to cope with the kind of remote driving I have to do on a regular basis (160 miles coast to coast through mountains). So I replaced my old petrol car (when it was written off) with a newer, more fuel efficient version increasing my fuel economy by 15%. Perhaps as range increases, costs come down and ultra fast recharge stations appear as regularly as unleaded petrol pumps I too will switch. But as my supermarket is an hours walk away and it rains a lot where I live most people might talk the talk but they don''t walk the walk. I have done it with my trusty 65 litre rucksack (made from synthetic fabrics) and honestly I''ll take the car every time, even the bus takes over 90 mins for the return journey (including the walk to the bus stop, the waiting and the walk to the supermarket). Problem is the hardcore "greens" are the ones screaming and shouting and to whom the powers that be seem to be listening to most. Common sense and scientific reason are being throw out the window for the sake of "being seen to be green". Just look at the hoohah over MacDonald''s straws for instance.

NFU: UK farming sector can reach net-zero by 2040, without ditching beef

I would like to see the NFU champion the bicharing of all organic waste, which can then sequester the CO2 in the soil for thousands of years, while being a soil improver. It is simpler than carbon capture and storage, and far cheaper.

Yellowhammer: No-deal Brexit would undermine domestic oil industry, official document reveals

Hi Keiron, Thanks for your reply. Perhaps you should distinguish between the very small hardcore of deep greens that might or might not want to stop using all hydrocarbons and the much larger group that have a more pragmatic approach to the climate emergency. I''d count myself in the latter group and yes I do walk to the Co-Op for my shopping (apart from the stuff that comes in a van from Tesco Direct), I did trade our much loved MX-5 for a plug-in hybrid (Ampera) and we have fitted solar PV and solar thermal to our roof. I know I''m privileged to be able to afford the car and the solar panels, but much of this is about making choices. Driving an EV is no sacrifice at all - believe me.

Yellowhammer: No-deal Brexit would undermine domestic oil industry, official document reveals

Rick, I understand all about "carbon payback" but the point is the "greenies" want to stop using all forms of hydrocarbons if they have their ultimate way. After all they would love to see the Oil and Gas industry collapse given some of the hysteria they promote about the industry. The point is even if we stop burning oil and gas tomorrow, something that I personally agree we have got to do as much as possible, we will continue to need the Oil and Gas Industry to find and recover petroleum for many decades to come in order to produce the very products the "greens" want us to use. Can I ask you if you have decided to walk to the supermarket and carry all your groceries home on a regular basis? Or if you have traded in your ICE vehicle for an EV one? And do you have fancy solar panels on your roof?

TUC and Amnesty International come out in support of student climate strikes

Kids should be in school learning about the issues and how to they can help through understanding them. Screaming jumping up and down blocking traffic and the parents that drove them there/took day off to Make more pollution for others to learn about pollution. Weaponizing children to intensify the pressure of ill thought-out energy policies is the true crime here, I suspect by NGO''s and companies that benefit heavily from renewable incentives. Only way out of this is small modular nuclear reactors, the amount of money wasted so far on bird blenders and solar panels we''d be halfway to decarbonising the energy grid. France had the right idea and the lowest energy costs in Europe and the lowest carbon footprint.

Poll: 84% of football fans want clubs to ditch single-use plastic

Sutton United FC, of the Vanarama National League, has introduced plastic glasses at the bar that can be re-used over 100 times as well as an attractive reusable thermos cup for supporters. The club was also the first outside of the Premier League to issue a stand-alone CSR Report (2014) and has replaced its gas boiler with air-source heat-pumps as well as moving to LED floodlighting.

Yellowhammer: No-deal Brexit would undermine domestic oil industry, official document reveals

I know one should never feed the trolls, but I''ll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume your comment is genuine. Nobody imagines that we can stop using fossil fuels instantly and most of us understand that hydrocarbons drove the industrial revolution and continue to underpin our lifestyles. However it is quite clear that we need to get ourselves off this addiction as quickly as possible. We can all decide to walk more and drive less, to trade in the thirsty IC engine car for a hybrid or EV, or to consider investing in solar PV. The important question is how to motivate these kinds of behaviour change. As to the hydrocarbons embodied in cleantech products like wind turbines, why not educate yourself about carbon payback times? As an example the carbon payback period for a 1.65 MW wind turbine in India is 50 days and for a 25 kW solar PV system it is 144 days.

Yellowhammer: No-deal Brexit would undermine domestic oil industry, official document reveals

Ah but the "greens" want us all to instantly stop using fossil fuels so isn''t this music to their ears? Or will it prove once and for all just how important hydrocarbons are to our modern, technological lifestyles? Just a shame their beloved wind turbines need a lot of hydrocarbons for production and maintenance, their solar panels are made from petrochemicals and the wiring in their panacea Electric Vehicles are all insulated with plastic.

NFU: UK farming sector can reach net-zero by 2040, without ditching beef

"GHG emissions associated with the human consumption of meat and dairy are currently estimated to account for 15% of the world s carbon budget. But with the global population set to surpass 9.5 billion by mid-century, that figure is set to hit 80%." How can anyone write such rubbish without realising how foolish it is. 9.5 billion people, i.e. 2 billion more than now, is going to increase CO2 emissions from 15% to 80%? So we will all be just scraping a living by subsistence farming? I don''t think so. If you want me to keep reading your stuff, please edit it sensibly and stop printing such foolishness.

Asda pilots plastic-free innovation in fight against food waste

I can quite understand that a cucumber lasts longer if wrapped. I would like to see it wrapped in compostable film so the wrap can actually be recovered, if possible, through composting. What I really cannot understand is how so much other fresh foods are wrapped when clearly not needed. M&S coconuts take the biscuit !

Asda pilots plastic-free innovation in fight against food waste

How do you need to treat, e.g. wash the food before human consumption?

UK public unlikely to change habits despite concerns about environment

Perhaps when we see our political leaders sacrificing their cars, jet flights and "grace & favour" homes, when they lead by example and fit solar panels or air source heat pumps, when they walk to work or switch to sustainable power. Then maybe we will see the kind of cultural shift away from waste and consumerism that drives the economy.

Scottish government unveils swathe of green initiatives

Firstly start by improving the home insulation of the current housing stock to reduce energy demand to heat our current homes. Then make all new homes built from yesterday comply with the very very highest energy efficiency standards so they don''t waste heat. Only then can you try to ensure all new builds use renewable/low carbon heating sources. Current housing stock simply is not suitable for Air Source/Ground Source Heating conversion as it doesn''t generate sufficient heat to do the job. As for railway electrification how about looking at Southern for inspiration. What England? Yes. Southern Railways electrified their network in the early 1900s using 1500v DC third rail. Trains today can do over 100mph without the unsightly overhead wires. Even the original EuroStar used 3rd rail before HS1 was built. There are hybrid trains that can run on 3rd rail or overhead too. This would allow electrification of the West Highland lines (Oban/Fort William/Mallaig) and the North Highland lines (Kyle and Wick) without destroying the world class scenery and at a fraction of the cost of overhead lines. Forget Hydrogen for transportation. It leaks out of everything and takes twice as much electricity to produce as you get back from it. Plus you need extremely heavy pressure containers to store a few kilos of the stuff. Better to cut out the wasteful production of a highly explosive gas and just power by electricity.

Sky partners with WWF on UK's biggest seagrass restoration scheme

Now this is a project I can get behind. Seagrass is great stuff for marine life and life above water too. Snorkelling over this stuff is an amazing experience. However a small proviso if I may to WWF and Sky. Please ensure there are still areas for boats to drop anchor or make provision for boats to tie up by installing safe mooring points.

Ocado: Consumer appetite for plastic-free shopping 'bordering on militant'

The ''Daily Mail'' 11 July 2019 reports that single use plastic can now be turned into electricity and hydrogen, both important in a near-zero CO2 economy, it can be used on dirty or mixed plastic, and leaves no residue. The University of Chester, in partnership with PowerHouse Energy, has come up with the process and Waste2Tricity is the exclusive developer in the UK and South East Asia. They intend to stop plastic being dumped in rivers and oceans by making it valuable, paying $50 a tonne to be put in their kilns. The process includes cutting the plastic into 5cm strips, the air is squeezed out, and heating it in a kiln at 1,000 degrees Centigrade which instantly melts and gasifies it. This syngas (synthetic gas similar to natural gas) has very low CO2 content and goes into a pressure swing absorption (PSA) which extracts hydrogen at two tonnes a day. The remainder of the gas is used to generate electricity in a gas engine. It is hoped that the patented technology will soon power the plant at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, 7,000 houses on the grid in a day, and 7,000 hydrogen cars in two weeks. As excess energy from solar and wind turbines will have to be stored for peak use and for night time use, hydrogen is an instant way of providing such energy on demand, and the more the better. PowerHouse Energy say they have received a letter of support from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry about their DMG technology, which is the thermal conversion of carbonaceous organic materials, which is converting complex molecules into simple, safe, molecules. In the letter the Japanese Government Ministry said it considers the DMG technology has many environmental advantages, and views it as a major competitor within the low-cost production of hydrogen industry. Professor Joe Howe, Executive Director of Thornton Energy Research Institute at the University of Chester said: We are extremely excited to be hosting the prototype demonstrator here at the University of Chester. The technology converts all plastic waste into high quality, low carbon hydrogen syngas which can then be used to power gas engines. A by-product of this process is electricity, meaning waste plastic can not only fuel cars but can also keep the lights on at home. Surely the world must wake up to this technology. It will make waste plastic valuable with it being able to power the world''s towns and cities, and most importantly, it can help clean up our oceans of waste plastic now.

Clark: UK may need 40GW of new baseload generation by 2050

One science survey I read said that there were not enough rocks capable of carbon capture. The only option is thus to replace all fossil fuels with renewables.

Boris Johnson insists climate change at the 'absolute core' of Government

I sent Boris Johnson my self-funding near-zero CO2 plan as soon as he became Prime Minister, without reply.

Climate leadership roundtable: Are we on the right track for a net-zero economy?

I have sent my self-funding near-zero CO2 plan to every Prime Minister since 1985, the only reply was from Tony Blair, who said: "Interesting." Theresa May admitted in the press that she had received such plans from several concerned citizens, but did not bother to reply. I campaign to have all politicians have an IQ minimum of 150. This could be easily achieved by teaching logical progression in schools.

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Water Management - Adnams

In the UK half our fresh water goes into cooling fossil fuel power stations, once we have replaced them all with renewables our water shortages will end.

Amazon rainforest fires: We must rise above the egos and insults threatening climate change policy -

I have written to three embassies, sending them my biochar webpage; biochar improves the soil and locks in carbon for thousands of years, where slash and burn lasts for just three years.

What does the future hold for sustainable manufacturing - The EEF blog

This is a great article! You give a nice overview of Sustainability in Manufacturing. For anyone who is hoping to learn more about this topic, I found this : https://ifwe.3ds.com/manufacturing?int_source=blog&int_campaign=blacklink&wockw=manufacturing Hope others find this useful!

UK to double international climate investment contribution to ?1.44bn

The United Nations has called on governments to replace income tax with carbon tax. Until they do so the opposite side of the coin is offsetting, at Trees.org an average family can offset their emissions for a year for the price of a pizza meal.

Willmott Dixon to use non-recyclable plastic in new roads at Bristol housing development

Road surfaces wear away due to the fact that they are textured and not smooth. The effects of braking, wheel friction, UV and weather will inevitably produce dust. To pretend that the surface is permanent and will never wear away, producing micro plastics defies logic. Furthermore; the melting point of bitumen used for roads is around 160 C whereas polyethylene melts at about 110 C so there''s not that much energy saving in production of this novel surfacing material. Will the base course of the road still use a bitumen binder? Asphalt roads are recyclable, often in situ. Is this novel material recyclable?

Ben & Jerry's, Patagonia, Lush and Seventh Generation to take part in global climate strikes

''Greenwash'', Ben & Jerry''s is part of the Unilever Group, which is responsible for massive deforestation for Palm Oil in Indonesia and North Borneo. And on another point, Lush Cosmetics is a privately owned UK company based in Poole, as I am aware of!

EU paper recyclers 'in crisis' as China waste import ban bites

Hi Ken, The report states that the market price has fallen by 300% between those two dates. Market prices can fall by more than 100%. In this case, the fall would imply that firms within the eight million tonne surplus aren't able to even give this surplus away for free as there is simply no demand, so they'd hypothetically have to pay for others to take it off their hands.

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Tideway, Mobility

This award is a joke, based upon Thames Water and Tideway''s smoke and mirrors publicity departments. The "dig and dump" strategy was only possible through gaining permission to dump spoil in the Thames Estuary marshes. The Thames Tideway Tunnel is of itself a thoroughly unsustainable project. For example, it will require the equivalent of a small power station at Beckton to power the pumps that will raise the estimated 18 billion of litres of water 65 metres to the treatment works; year in, year out for about 110 years. The vast majority of that water will be rain water. The project itself emits huge quantities of CO2 through the manufacture and placement of cement, concrete and steel, before it is in a position to demonstrate any Green credentials. Furthermore, as there are doubts that TTT will ever be regularly, if ever, used, - given the upgrades at Thames Water Sewage Treatment Works, the wider adoption of SuDs schemes, green infrastructure etc., - the Green accolade" for Tideway is somewhat jaundiced. The Environment Agency has been automatically monitoring water quality in the Tideway for years and their data demonstrates that water quality in the Tideway already meets their requirements which brings into question the very raison d''etre for constructing the tunnel. All over the world, there are cities with combined sewers overflows who have adopted green solutions because they are sustainable, cost less than "Grey Infrastructure" and have multiple benefits that a grey solution can never provide. London today stands alone in building an outdated, unsustainable tunnel. The only way Thames Water is "reconnecting" London is with the numerous stink pipes it will connect to it''s sewers and the Tunnel. Thames Water are nothing but a bunch of rip off artists. The Government and Ofwat have been complicit in allowing this huge rip off of Thames Water customers.

EU paper recyclers 'in crisis' as China waste import ban bites

I read "whose market price is 300% lower in June 2019 than in June 2017," Why should I believe anything in this story at all, when the advocates believe they can reduce their prices by more than 100%? A 100% discount makes something free. How do you manage a 300% discount? Publishing this rubbish reflects on everyone in the editorial department of edie...

Willmott Dixon to use non-recyclable plastic in new roads at Bristol housing development

Yes, I understand the carbon argument. However, that is not the point I was making - saving carbon is a very important mission. However, there is not much point in harming people in other ways whilst you do it. SUDS are a separate issue, but block paving with a permeable base is arguably better at rainwater retention too. On the acoustics aspect - this is an estate road, not a main route, so speeds and noise are less of an issue here - arguably a non-issue.

Willmott Dixon to use non-recyclable plastic in new roads at Bristol housing development

@Mike - ah but 1 tonne of concrete equals 1 tonne of Carbon Dioxide. Asphalt, like bitumen, is just a hydrocarbon which is all plastic bags are too. 100% natural. In this technique the plastic bags are melted down to become part of the mixture so there won''t be any microplastic as there won''t be any plastic per se.

Underground line to heat up London homes during winter

I''m interested to see how they will move the heat from the underground into the homes as the thermal gradient of 10*c between the home temperature and the underground will make it difficult to transport indirectly.

Willmott Dixon to use non-recyclable plastic in new roads at Bristol housing development

Plastic bags are a lot less damaging in one piece - even if buried, but possibly burning is the best use/disposal method, as we need to eliminate as much plastic as possible. What happens to the micro/nano plastic waste created by erosion and run-off into the drainage system, or wind-blown? Not a good idea really. The best materials for roads are natural ones and estate roads would be better made from concrete (blocks preferably, as they can be re-laid) than bitumen-based materials, which are just the cheapest.

Willmott Dixon to use non-recyclable plastic in new roads at Bristol housing development

If you can''t recycle it repurpose it Beats sending it to landfill or burning it (although burning it could capture the energy creating electricity which is another kind of reusing when you think about it). One question, well in 2 parts, does this new road shed water quicker and is it quieter?

MPs join calls for onshore wind policy overhaul

Keiron Even if the wind mills where within 5 miles of every house it still wouldn''t power the UK if the wind isn''t blowing. The statement should read 2/3 of the public have been lead to believe that wind power is the answer, not knowing that covering the country still wouldn''t meet the demand. If you check https://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/ the windmills have produced no greater than 0.83Gw of there rated capacity of 15Gw since lunch time Friday 23/08/2019 to 27/08. The week before they where throwing out 10Gw.. Subsidies driven madness that will only increase the electric price, as I''m starting to believe that all that renewable energy will achieve and the only outcome they want. As we''ve seen over the past decade that the efficiency of products has become better and better, LED, electric motor technologies etc, but the greater efficiency has only been met by higher pricing to reflect the reduction in consumption globally. The hype and hysteria only to feed ways of ensuring that Joe public are squeezed a little harder under the guise of climate change emergency!

MPs join calls for onshore wind policy overhaul

Keiron Even if the wind mills where within 5 miles of every house it still wouldn''t power the UK if the wind isn''t blowing. The statement should read 2/3 of the public have been lead to believe that wind power is the answer, not knowing that covering the country still wouldn''t meet the demand. If you check https://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/ the windmills have produced no greater than 0.83Gw of there rated capacity of 15Gw since lunch time Friday 23/08/2019 to 27/08. The week before they where throwing out 10Gw.. Subsidies driven madness that will only increase the electric price, as I''m starting to believe that all that renewable energy will achieve and the only outcome they want. As we''ve seen over the past decade that the efficiency of products has become better and better, LED, electric motor technologies etc, but the greater efficiency has only been met by higher pricing to reflect the reduction in consumption globally. The hype and hysteria only to feed ways of ensuring that Joe public are squeezed a little harder under the guise of climate change emergency!

MPs join calls for onshore wind policy overhaul

"The survey additionally found that at least two-thirds of residents in each UK constituency would support turbines within five miles of their home" Really? So why are so many people ready to complain and campaign against wind turbines in their back yards? And why isn''t there a turbine within 5 miles of every home in England? If this was true why isn''t the SE of England covered in turbines as that''s where over a 1/3rd of the country live. Oh that''s why because they like wind turbines but only if they are 600 miles away in the Scottish Highlands.

Planning application submitted for Europe's first low-carbon jet fuel plant in North East Lincolnshi

How about prioritising the creation of a clean, low carbon fuel for those of us NOT on the gas grid instead of supplying aviation? Surely it is better to allow people to heat their homes in a clean, low carbon manner than force us to have to invest in unreliable air source heat pumps, spend a fortune replacing our entire central heating systems or switching to much more expensive ways to heat our homes than continue flying? This is the second such story to hit the news in a few days. I''m all for using waste products to make new products but there are more important things we can use these new, clean fuels for.

'Planet-saving' beer: Inside Toast Ale's climate-focused rebrand

Really interesting article. Perhaps the age old concept of reusing barrels would be even more circular.

MPs join calls for onshore wind policy overhaul

Well said Ben, and the gridwatch/Templar site is very illuminating. The power output of the metered wind energy, about 70% 0f the total, some 14GW stated capacity, remained at about the 1GW level for some seven days between the 7th and 17th of July last. Gas turbines came to the rescue, generating 30GW and above, when required. Nuclear did its usual job at a steady 5GW or so. This is how instantaneous power works, not on the criminally deceptive so-many tera-watt hours per year. This latter propaganda is, in my opinion, no less that traitorous, it seeks a situation putting the national economy in peril. My anger does not cease!!!!!!!!! Richard Phillips

MPs join calls for onshore wind policy overhaul

It doesn''t matter how much wind power you install, the fact that fuel is free is irrelevant when the wind doesn''t blow. You can install all the wind power you want but when you get to near 40% of grid power from wind and it stops blowing then what? Time to burn fuel! have a look at the below site, you can see solar is more reliable but also completely useless https://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/

Tesco boss: We'll delist brands that use excessive plastic packaging

I hope there is a mistake in the Summary - I hope they intend to delist suppliers who use excessive OR non-recyclable packaging. There should be no need for a "double failure" as implied by "and"!

UK supermarkets accused of over-producing low-quality meat

Fascinating full report - follow the link in the edie article to "scorecard" to find it!

Hoarding old gadgets 'preventing circular economy shift' and 'spurring rare mineral shortages'

The survey highlights the reasons why people hang onto old kit: security fears and uncertainty about safe disposal - reports of illegally dumped e-waste in Africa or Asia don''t encourage you to recycle. The RSC is right that in future devices need to be designed to be more easily recyclable, but until then, holding onto old PCs and laptops doesn''t sound like such a bad idea!

Hoarding old gadgets 'preventing circular economy shift' and 'spurring rare mineral shortages'

The survey highlights the reasons why people hang onto old kit: security fears and uncertainty about safe disposal - reports of illegally dumped e-waste in Africa or Asia don''t encourage you to recycle. The RSC is right that in future devices need to be designed to be more easily recyclable, but until then, holding onto old PCs and laptops doesn''t sound like such a bad idea!

MPs join calls for onshore wind policy overhaul

The list of MPs is here https://powerforpeople.org.uk/onshore-wind-supportive-mps/ Yield of rated power is irrelevant for renewables as the "fuel" is free. Yield per cost, per emissions and timing of yield are what matter

Number of flights taken by BEIS officials soars

As usual one rule for the elite and another for the peasants. This of course follows on from Google''s recent Climate Change conference in Sicily which led to 1400 private jets flying to the island.

UK's first national crisp packet recycling scheme launched by Walkers

Has anyone managed to get duty of care documentation from the recycling facilities that Terracycle use?

OVO Energy moves to lower climate impact of its marketing

This is greenwash. If they got their customers to use 1% less electricity and gas they might have something worth talking about.

Catholic churches and schools sign major British Gas renewables deal

Have they switched to a tariff that supports additional renewable generation or simply moved to a "renewables backed" tariff that certifies generation is from renewable sources through REGO certificates? If so this does not reduce emissions as the renewable generation is taking place already. Either way it is a step in the right direction as REGOs at least demonstrate the desire for renewables, but it would be good to know the details of the tariff.

University of Liverpool to divest entirely from fossil fuels

So they will be turning off the gas central heating in the student accommodations then will they?

MPs join calls for onshore wind policy overhaul

One little side observation on the increase in the numbers of turbines. The more there are, the more there are to receive constraint payments when they are not needed, in times of high wind and low demand. The CCC report for zero CO2, advocates an installation of 75GW offshore, at present we have about 8GW installed. The cost of this sort of project is blood curdling, I guarantee that there would be lovely subsidies at the present rates for them all, and the constraint payments This more than doubles the bill to us consumers; but who cares!?!? Richard Phillips

MPs join calls for onshore wind policy overhaul

The push for on shore installation of windmills only serves the purpose of lowering the installation cost V''s offshore. Windmills that are land mounted inherently yield less output than offshore, but cost less to erect. I''m completely convinced that 130 MP''s are completely aware they are handing away more tax payers money to reduced benefit of all.

MPs join calls for onshore wind policy overhaul

No indication is given concerning the identity of these 130 MPs, or even their chiefsignatory. One thing about them is certain, they had little or no knowledge of the technical aspects of wind power generation. Onshore wind yields only about 25 percent of its rated output, overall. This output may be down to 5 percent or less for many hours or days on end. Even this is uncontrollably variable. It isalways quoted in MWdays in order to conceal this crippling weakness. But thr MPs will, I guarantee have no idea of these facts. That 76 percent in favour of onshore wind, I wonder what the questions were?? As for the renewable companies wanting more turbines and subsidies, big sutprise! Richard Phillips

UK water companies to plant 11 million trees to assist carbon-neutral aims

As long as they plant native tree species

Report: Economics of petrol and diesel in 'irreversible decline'

According to National Grid it wasn''t the technology (ie renewable energy) that caused the power cut but the size of the power plants involved. Mr Pollock''s comment conveniently neglects to mention that a gas fired power plant went down also, just before Hornsea did. https://news.sky.com/story/national-grid-rules-out-wind-power-as-cause-of-power-cut-11785089

Water resources infrastructure policy due this Autumn

The proposed policy will highlight the need for infrastructure etc.. There is no mention of using rainwater as a non-potable supply. We have spent a month asking DEFRA, Environment Parliament and water companies why not and there does not appear to be a reason or a thought to consider it. Large water companies give the usual vacuous reply. Why is rainwater not being considered as a non-potable supply. It has to be a waste to use drinking water to wash cars, water gardens and flush toilets.

Raise car fuel prices to fight air pollution, says right-wing thinktank

Righton, Kieron. In the 1950s I lived in Ilford, London, but would not consider car ownership there today. Car hire forout of town journeys. Living now in avillage with sparse bus services, a car is essential. Cycle, as an oldy, insane!!! And can any reader explain the physical chemistry behind thr climate change emergency. What emergency? What time scale? All the panic is promoted in support of renewables and a plethora of business operations. It all comes down tomoney, in the end!! Richard Phillips

Friday's power cut 'underscores need for flexibility'

Ignore for a moment that there was a wind farm involved in this and look at it in terms of pure generating capacity. 1.5GW was lost almost instantaneously. This is the critical thing not where or how the power was generated rather the scale of the loss of capacity. Exactly the same thing could happen if 2 CCGT stations failed at the same time or if 2 of our Nukes SCRAM''d at the same time or any combination of Gas/Coal/Nuke/Hydro or even if we lost the Interconnector to France. Whilst some kind of emergency battery might have (possibly) prevented a total black out due to the loss of frequency it would not (and will never be) the perfect solution. 1.5GW is a huge amount of instantaneous power and a 6MW battery would last a few minutes, possibly long enough to activate Dinorwig or Cruachan Pumped Storage Hydro stations (both of which would be able to provide this kind of load for a while anyway). I say possibly as I doubt even a 60MW battery would last long enough. What this event does show is more investment needs to be made into all forms of generation including pumped storage hydro, tidal stream, fluvial hydro and various forms of energy storage (not just chemical batteries). There is obviously not enough reserve capacity with an {near}instantaneous availability to cope with this kind of sudden loss of generation. It is only going to get worse as more and more of our life becomes electric, be that electric vehicles or electric heating (including the much vaunted Air Source and Ground Source Heat Pumps both of which use electric pumps). Time to invest in candles and gas canisters for my camping stove me thinks

Goldsmiths bans beef burgers as it declares 'Climate Emergency'

Perhaps Professor Corner would like to read Patrick Holden in today''s Daily Telegraph to find out how short-sighted this move is. Holden is one of the best known advocates of organic farming and clearly demonstrates that most British beef is produced off permanent grassland that either could not be used for arable crops or if it was then it would produce far more CO2 which she seems to think is damaging the planet. Given that it is essential for all life, I hope she does not espouse the mad categorisation by the US Environmental Protection Agency of CO2 as a "pollutant". One might just as well call water vapour a pollutant. And this is a university where we expect our best and brightest to distinguish between fact and fiction???

Raise car fuel prices to fight air pollution, says right-wing thinktank

Instead of hitting us with the tax stick all the bloody time how about making the alternatives so economically attractive that it makes no sense to even own a car in a major conurbation let alone drive one? Better and more frequent public transport that is fully integrated and goes to where people live, work and shop for instance. Better infrastructure to encourage cycling including proper segregated cycle ways and secure storage (possibly with changing facilities). Changing the focus in traffic management away from massive, luxury SUVs to smaller, cleaner, nimbler vehicles (make it so damn difficult to drive or park an SUV in a town). For many in rural areas there is no alternative to the private car but in cities there is no argument for a car. Don''t penalise the country dweller because the townie is "crapping in his own backyard"

Goldsmiths bans beef burgers as it declares 'Climate Emergency'

Might I suggest that banning beef is a good example of ill informed tokenism? Had there been a better understanding of the science then Goldsmiths might have appreciated the difference between those greenhouse gases that are part of the natural carbon cycle, and those that result from human activities and the associated burning of fossil fuels and ecosystem degradation. That this might be understandable as it was also reported that Goldsmiths have declined to make Climate Change a compulsory component of their degree courses. If students at Goldsmiths were serious about significantly reducing their climate change impacts, the first activity to be addressed is that of flying. A fundamental point that the wonderful Greta understands and is currently winging across the Atlantic at sea level. But instead ban a beef burger! We might look forward to an announcement from Goldsmiths about them banning students from flying?

Friday's power cut 'underscores need for flexibility'

I''ve said it for years that we are fast approaching renewable blackouts. The statement that battery storage could have prevented this is utter rubbish and the 6mw battery would have tripped instantly or minutes after grid feeders tripped. Be prepared for more power cuts going at the current rate of base load power stations closures.

Raise car fuel prices to fight air pollution, says right-wing thinktank

Mr Shorthouse, I note from linkedin, graduated in history and politics, not godd base from which to make technical or scientific judgements, That 40,000 deaths per year is a complete misunderstanding of anepldemlologocal term equivalent lives . This is a convenient wat to total the length of life span lost by evety member of the population, compressed into cmplete lifespans. The reduction of lifespan of every individual is only days, except for very sensitive people. And please note this is for all sources pollution, domestic and industrial. It is high time that thispiece of nonsense was put to bed. In fact we have generally very godd air, look at 1950s London. Richard Phillips

Asda signs up its fridges to keep the UK warm this winter

Reducing load is indeed useful for a grid network. But this is NOT generation or a battery as your article says. It is just reduction of load, so if total demand on the grid increases beyond the total generation available, then the contracted load (e.g. fridges etc at Asda stores) can be remotely switched off for a maximum agreed time (say 15 minutes). This allows other generation or other control methods to come on line. Asda would be recompensed financially for `allowing this. John Twidell

Aldi begins removing plastic packaging from meat lines

Question: how is the cardboard base prevented from becoming contaminated with blood so that the cardboard can be recycled?

Government doubles funding for on-street EV charging

But has any thought been given to where the poweris to come? HMG following Thatcher, leaves it all to the market. And when we all have evs.......... Nonsense. Richard Phillips

How ING is avoiding greenwash in the new green finance era

I wish to connect with Leonie Schreve, ING Global Head of Sustainable finance to discuss the Green finance loans, how do I contact the ING team to discuss further please? Many thanks Helen helen@b-g-i.co.uk

Audi's supply chain shake-up and Wales' coal plant closure: The sustainability success stories of th

We would have a far greater take up of eliminating fossil fuel use if the so-called experts were to focus on the REAL THREAT their use poses, namely GLOBAL POLLUTION (poisoning the air we breathe and the water we drink whilst acidifying the oceans), rather than climate change which has been happening on this planet since it was formed, long before humanity arrived and long before we started recording temperature. Remember, the British Antarctic Survey tell us that Antarctica was tropical jungle 100 million years ago - its current ice state is hardly the result of global warming!!

Britain's single-use sustainability crisis extends far beyond plastic, says Green Alliance

We talk too much, but do very little. Let''s recycle. There are a lot of interesting ideas in this regards.

Britain's single-use sustainability crisis extends far beyond plastic, says Green Alliance

Sadly its all about water and plastics when the whole spectrum of fluid containers from beer to juices to milk to yoghurt are suitable for reusable containers. I lived in Germany for some time and it is easy and effective. Those of a certain age will remember deposit bottles from their childhoods. the key is to have standard bottles that are interchangeable regardless of supplier so the bottles don''t have to go back to where they come from just anywhere convenient where they can be collected cleaned and sent on for their next "trip". Drinks can be distributed around the country in bulk and individual bottles can be filled locally like milk used to be or local brewers. In Gove''s waste proposal document last year there was a whole chapter (5 I think) "Leading the World showing by example" and as far as I can remember a single paragraph which was an actual warning that reusing bottles would necessitate washing them. There was no warning that recycling glass means collecting it, shipping it to the North East of England, melting it to make new bottles, then shipping it back to the fillers. They collect glass where I live every two weeks. Just think of the cost in money and energy of doing that. A deposit on containers would make sure that the glass is returned for free and it will be all sorted. I live 2 km away from a "dairy" or really a plastic bottling plant and for years have thrown away probably thousands of plastic bottles. In Germany all my beer, juice, water, dairy needs were 100% waste free. I need some of the energy we waste every day to fly to somewhere sunny

M&S launches bra recycling campaign

Great campaign from M&S with real talkability potential. A smart way of working with current shopper behaviour to simultaneously drive social and environmental impact. '

Britain's single-use sustainability crisis extends far beyond plastic, says Green Alliance

Single Use Sustainability - now that is an even better Oxymoron than Military Intelligence :-) But it sums up our current consumer driven economy based on continuous buying of shit we don''t need, with money we don''t have then throwing it away (sometimes without even using it once). Ms Fee is correct that the planet needs us to shift towards a culture of reuse but she is sadly mistaken if she thinks the public wants that. Some of us maybe but the vast majority want it cheap, want it now and don''t care if they throw it away after a single use as long as it is convenient.

Utility giants urge stronger onshore wind policy support on road to net-zero

You could summarise the letter in a few words: give us more money! This despite us being repeatedly told that renewable energy is now so cheap, it can stand on its own two feet. Funny that. Why the need for subsidies then?

Report: Economics of petrol and diesel in 'irreversible decline'

Perhaps Mr Grimwood would like to revise this article in the light of the power failure last Friday. Largely caused by the disconnection of Hornsea 1. Why? No-one has said, but bear in mind that it is brand new, the biggest in the North Sea, that it consists of dozens of separate wind turbines - not one plant that might have a problem. So the reason? Probably too much wind...Could be damaged if it is too windy, so we shut them down - despite a strike price of 158.85/MWhr, guaranteed and inflation proofed for the next 15 years. Just the sort of reliable despatchable energy source we need for the 32 million EVs Mr Grimwood wants to see on our roads. Let''s keep Aberthaw open, burning (Russian) coal but one of the few able to use a black start - when the grid fails to provide electricity...We need proper engineers advising Grant Shapps, not idealistic greens who don''t do maths!

National Grid: Electric cars could form battery hubs to store renewable energy

UK's EV registrations almost triple as diesel sales tumble

The life of lithium batteries is said to be about twelve years, and rapid charging can give rise to crystal growth which penetrates the battery diaphragm. This can cause fires. The true "pollution" to the environment of the complete construction of EVs seems to be a closed book. The power comes from the Grid, about half fossil fuel. Bryan Davis closing sentence is the absolute nub of the matter, but we have no scientists or engineers in the political sector, they are all swayed by business lobbyists. Zero carbon is a total illusion. I have heard of a set of chargers fed by a diesel generator. Worth noting that leading academics from the universities in Italy and Brazil have written to their Governments, demanding an explanation of how CO2 is harmful, and explaining global warming from natural phenomena. The present panic will pauperise us. Richard Phillips

Better Beer: Inside Molson Coors' $20m mission to climate-proof its supply chain

Molson Coors is still part of Coors - a big donor to President Trump who pulled the US out of the Paris agreement. There is again no mention of this. Is this more ''greenwashing''? It''s a shame because it undermines your aims if you give these guys good publicity. Emma

UK's EV registrations almost triple as diesel sales tumble

When are manufacturers going to provide us with an all electric vehicle with better battery life. I was looking at a vehicle the other day with a battery life of 250 miles and as the sales person said that''s if you don''t have your lights on, the radio on the air con on or the heater or rear view demister plus the infrastructure for recharging isn''t very good. Is there any truth that if you rapid charge the battery it shortens its working life.

UK's EV registrations almost triple as diesel sales tumble

When are manufacturers going to provide us with an all electric vehicle with better battery life. I was looking at a vehicle the other day with a battery life of 250 miles and as the sales person said that''s if you don''t have your lights on, the radio on the air con on or the heater or rear view demister plus the infrastructure for recharging isn''t very good. Is there any truth that if you rapid charge the battery it shortens its working life.

UK's EV registrations almost triple as diesel sales tumble

In the interests of balance I''ve just seen this report which may be of interest. https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/electric-cars-co2-emissions-global-warming/ It''s simplistic to look at only one side of the equation - firstly the amount of CO2 generated in manufacturing EV is very high and then secondly (as the report shows) the net benefit isn''t anywhere near as much as we are led to believe. The key to this is to increase our stable base load non carbon generating capacity - until we do this the benefits will be no where near as much as we think

Meet the Sustainability Leader of the Year: Waste Management champions, Canary Wharf Group

What wonderful progress. As a sustainability leader, however, it''s a pity that the Canary Wharf Group lobbies so earnestly against cyclesuperhighways.

Gillette launches nationwide razor recycling scheme

If Gillette are so concerned about plastic and the environment they should start by looking at their packaging as the amount that comes with each razor is ridiculous. Also why is it always cheaper to buy the full disposable razors than just the replaceable heads? That doesn''t make sense.

Utility giants urge stronger onshore wind policy support on road to net-zero

It is only to be expected that all the wind energy developers will be pressing the new Minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, to press ahead with both on- and off-shore turbines. The objective is not electricity generation, but money. No consideration is given, in the on-shore case, to possible disturbance to the local population or the visual amenities of the Highlands. No recognition is made of the uncontrollable and huge variation of output from which they suffer, a defect which is totally beyond any possible rectification. It gives rise to the use of GWhours when quoting productivity, a trap into which politicians tumble time after time; sheer ignorance. The CCC appear to expect the replacement of fossil derived electricity with a ten fold development of off-shore wind power. This ignores the awkward FACT that off-shore turbines are driven by the same weather systems that power their on-shore brothers; and can drop their output by 95% for days. No storage system will ever be built in the foreseeable future which can support such an outage. Kieron is quite correct in his comments on wind power. The amount of power from other sources is however insufficient to meet the huge future demand if the insane zero carbon target is pursued. The only low/zero carbon source is nuclear, but this seems not to be mentioned by the CCC. The government nuclear policy has fallen by the wayside, but it seems to be a matter of little concern. Richard Phillips

Unilever warns it will sell off brands that hurt the planet or society

@Fred - that would be some serious patience needed :-)

Unilever warns it will sell off brands that hurt the planet or society

There has got to be a thousand good reasons to sustain the availability of Marmite. Its positive use as a food ingredient goes a long way in promoting attractive, healthy recipes. And the packaging is already well down the line in terms of sustainability ... all we need is a refill station, and some patience in refilling the pot.

Utility giants urge stronger onshore wind policy support on road to net-zero

Instead of continuing to build unreliable, unliked onshore wind why not invest some of the money into building new hydro or upgrading existing hydro to make more of Scotland''s greatest natural resource - rain. Then invest in harnessing the power of the tides and tidal streams around our shores and the vast amount of heat flowing around the coasts thanks to the Gulf Stream. Forget wind for a while, it will NEVER be able to reliably provide all the power we need, especially as more and more Electric Vehicles come on line and they start telling us we can''t use gas or oil to heat our homes (expect a 10x increase in electricity demand when that happens!).

Amazon continues investment in renewable energy projects

I note that the old, old trick of quoting renewable output in MWhours is again on out doorstep. edie should really be very aware of, and refrain from this trick which hides up, from the uninitiated, the wild and totally uncontrollable nature of wind energy. The only figure which means anything at all, is that which signifies the amount of energy available for instant use, In MW, forget about the hours, that is dishonesty creeping in. On an industrial scale, it is quite impossible to store electricity in the quantities used, for the hours on end that the wind industry falls into the single giga-watt level of generation. I have many many months record of the half hourly metered generation of the whole metered output of the wind industry; about 70% of it. It sinks to single GW level (about one normal power station). Normal demand is 30-50GW. To suppose, as, apparently, do the Climate Change Committee, that all the gas petrol and diesel energy can be replaced by expanding the present 20GW of wind energy to 75GW, is pure fantasy. Richard Phillps

In numbers: What behaviours will Brits happily change to champion sustainability?

What a sad world we live in when we are not prepared to take responsibility for our world and our future. I hope all who are listening will take every opportunity to take to others and normalise the actions we must all take to make the change happen.

Report: UK retailers surpassing carbon reduction commitments early

We need to be careful about claims surrounding renewable electricity due to the ease of double counting. The renewable electricity generators give their REGOs to Government which claims the carbon reduction across the electricity grid. The renewable electricity is then sold by the generators to industry and commerce who assume it comes with carbon savings. If we then add up the total effect across the U.K. then both parties are claiming the same carbon savings. Each claimant should have ownership of the carbon saving certificate so that this unintended consequences does not fool us all.

Report: Energy storage to smash 1,000GW milestone by 2040

"...more than 1,090GW and 2,850GWh by 2040........Facilitation of this demand will require $662bn of investment, according to BNEF,,," That works out at $232/kWh. But I used Bloombergs infographic showing a 2018 cost at $176/kWh to get a figure of 472 billion to raise the figure for wind power generation in a very poor month for wind - July 2018 - up to the monthly average for the year. That level of investment, for batteries to help out wind, when it''s not too blowy, doesn''t stand up very well against investing the same amount in nuclear power. Search for: "a very poor month for wind power - july 2018"

Public EV charge points outnumber petrol stations in the UK

It is disappointing when you read reports like this, why mislead people with an overly positive spin? There are indeed about 8,400 petrol stations in the UK but there are well in excess of 125,000 pumps on these forecourts obviously dwarfing the 13,688 charge points, this is a more realistic measure. I''m in favour of reducing emissions but please be factual and realistic.

Unilever warns it will sell off brands that hurt the planet or society

I agree with Kieran - Marmite is good for vegetarians. Moreover, it''s made from a waste product from the brewing industry. Even the dark glass bottles should be able to be made from recycled glass . I''m less sure how a brand like Dove which sells largely in single use plastic bottles with plastic pumps inside are somehow seen as sustainable. I use four-packs of soap that are sold in a single cellophane wrapper, though they are increasingly hard to find in many supermarkets!

Business leaders put pressure on Boris Johnson over next net-zero steps

I have commented before but not being one to give up easily here goes. I have a concept for a Hydrogen concept for a Hydrogen combustion Turbine. A Team at the Berlin Technical University just completed 5 years of developing a Grid sized Hydrogen Turbine Generator where 50% of R&D Paper they produced covers a great deal of my HyPulJet concept. Message to the Aldersgate Group collaborate to fund the assessment/initial modelling at the BTU the Team leader has agreed in principle to carry out this early stage development. The Team at Berlin Technical University has the expertise, knowledge and equipment to progress the HyPulJet concept to Fail or to a Proof of Concept. This has the potential to bring about Affordable Zero Emissions EVs are the Aldersgate Group up for this challenge????

Unilever warns it will sell off brands that hurt the planet or society

Can someone explain to me how Marmite is so bad? I know it''s a Love / Hate food but as one of the few natural (vegan) sources of Vitamin B12 it has an important part in a low/no meat diet, which in itself has a massive positive impact on the environment. Perhaps instead of looking to cull these products Unilever should work on how to make them more sustainable and promote the positive rather than focus on the negative.

Cambridge becomes first university to set 1.5C science-based targets

I think the University of California may be the first in that our Carbon Neutrality Initiative commits us to reduce all Scoop 1 and 2 emissions to zero (or net zero) by 2025...

IHG to ban bathroom miniatures in plastic reduction drive

Drax halves carbon emissions

Green Spin at its best. Until Drax includes the Carbon emitted by the ships carrying the wood pellets across the ocean, burning thousands of litres of fuel oil every trip there is no way they can claim to be green or even reducing their emissions. End the BS over biomass being green

Cabinet reshuffle: Theresa Villiers replaces Michael Gove as Environment Secretary

Gove was a radical positive-change-maker for the Environment, we think. Villiers does not have the same radicalism, or does she?!

Six huge challenges Boris Johnson must tackle, according to the green economy

Make restoration of functional ecological networks the norm in all land & sea management; urban, rural, coastal and marine. (Making your "priority 5" more joined-up)

Six huge challenges Boris Johnson must tackle, according to the green economy

I would like to see more emphasis placed on Hydrogen Fuel cell vehicles. We seem to be missing the blindingly obvious point that the lithium required in batteries will also be exhausted in due course. What happens then??

Defra proposes personal water 'budgets'

Save water in a country where floods are common !

Coors' plastic-free packaging and solar-powered trains: The sustainability success stories of the we

Coors - a financial backer of President Trump who pulled the US out of the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change mitigation - is NOT an example of corporate support for sustainability! Yet Edie always gives them an airing without mentioning their hypocrisy.

UK Power Networks launches EV smart charging market trial

The elephant in the room, is the growing demand for electricity. But just how much new demand-lead generation plant is being built which is non fossil? Since all renewable plant is not demand-lead, but intermittent, the answer is very little, our nuclear ambitions are stumbling. But HMG seem to think that somehow it will just appear. Zero carbon by 2050, who''s got the wishing spoon? Richard Phillips

UK Power Networks launches EV smart charging market trial

I can tell them the economic benefits of charging during off-peak hours - 4.23p/kWh rather than 23.3p/kWh (at least in my case), as can probably every other electric car owner that charges at home. As for ''smart'' charging, that is achieved with a 15 time clock wired in series with the circuit used for charging and set to coincide with Economy-7 hours

UN launches Green Finance Platform to improve banks and business interactions

"The Green Industry Platform will empower small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with technical support to start acting on sustainability in relation to resource use, waste levels and operational improvements. This transformation will be tied to bottom-line improvements." How will this be delivered then? How will this platform empower SMEs?

British Airways and Shell back plans for UK sustainable jet fuel plant

Gallons? WTF is a gallon? Do you mean Imperial or US? Don''t jet engines burn fuel by the kilogram anyway. And we purchase our petrol, diesel and heating oil in litres so please use a consistent unit of measurement, the one the country has been officially using since 1971 when we went metric. You might as well talk abut Furlongs, Fahrenheit and British Themal Units. Assuming you mean Imperial Gallons then 20 Million of these equates to 91 Million litres of fuel per annum. I hate to sound condescending but that''s enough to keep half the homes in the Highlands of Scotland warm for a year. Wouldn''t it be better to use this fuel for that than waste it jetting around the planet?

Environmental damage of tourism comes under MPs' spotlight

tourism exploration indeed strongly supports the improvement of the regional economic sector and community income. however, nature conservation must be maintained so that the beauty of the tourist attractions is maintained. ecotourism should be carried out in a balanced manner between community empowerment, exploration of tourist areas and tourism nature conservation. this matter as contained in an article published in the unair news at the address below: http://news.unair.ac.id/2016/04/11/ekoturisme-harus-kembangan-wisata-alam-dan-berdayakan-ekonomi-lokal/

Environmental damage of tourism comes under MPs' spotlight

tourism exploration indeed strongly supports the improvement of the regional economic sector and community income. however, nature conservation must be maintained so that the beauty of the tourist attractions is maintained. ecotourism should be carried out in a balanced manner between community empowerment, exploration of tourist areas and tourism nature conservation. this matter as contained in an article published in the unair news at the address below: http://news.unair.ac.id/2016/04/11/ekoturisme-harus-kembangan-wisata-alam-dan-berdayakan-ekonomi-lokal/

Michael Gove backs comprehensive 'all-in' deposit return system for plastics

Again, one of the great problems of our governmental system is that we are living an increasingly science dominated society, but the government is pretty well devoid of scientific knowledge, and of the even the basics which would allow it to take scientific advice. The easily recognised and universal polythene milk bottle is easily kept separate and reprocessed. So is the transparent polyethylene terephthalate drinks bottle. Nearly all other domestic plastics are so complex a mix that separation is not to be contemplated. Burn all this is custom built power stations. But this is a national enterprise, and disposal is in dozens of private hands which must all be required to act together as one system, or be bribed. What do you think?? Richard Phillips

Michael Gove backs comprehensive 'all-in' deposit return system for plastics

"All or nothing" springs to mind. Either instigate a Deposit/Return system for every type of container or don''t bother at all. However the emphasis should not be just on recycling. As Hugh showed on TV recycling makes no difference when the waste just gets shipped somewhere else and burnt. The emphasis should be on reducing unnecessary packaging and waste in the first place, reusing packaging where possible/feasible or available (Why can''t we clean, sterilise and reuse plastic 1litre milk bottles for instance?), repurposing (can we use Mr Morrison''s very nice plastic fruit juice bottles for other things - like storing rice or dried pulses in?) with recycling being the last resort once items can not be reused anymore. PET Bottles, used for soft drinks, can be made into fleece jackets, jeans and a number of other products but why can''t the bottles be returned, cleaned and reused several times before being sent to be recycled? Lastly any D/R scheme has got to be workable. The supermarkets have got to be onboard to take these items back when we come in to do our weekly shop. The local store (Co-op/Tesco Metro/Arkwright''s) has got to be onboard and assisted if necessary to make it work. It should become second nature to clean our containers/packaging/bottles/cans etc and drop them in the "returns" bag to take them to the shop next time rather than just throw them in the bin.

JLR, VW & Ford accelerate electric vehicle development

And the power to drive them will come from........where??? Do tell Richard Phillips

Michael Gove backs comprehensive 'all-in' deposit return system for plastics

"while also warning that time is running out to avert the climate emergency" I wonder where the scientific knowledge comes from which enables Mr Gove, an English graduate, to draw his conclusions. And where did this "emergency" come from. Rather like a rabbit out of the hat! There is no "emergency", but there is a very considerable need for those making decisions upon energy policy matters to understand the physical basis upon which those decisions are made. It could be noted that a considerable number of leading academics from the Universities of both Italy and Brazil, have written long technical letters to their Governments, rejecting the thesis that CO2 is responsible for the global temperature increases over past decades. All is accounted for by natural phenomena. Notable also is the finding by official US government Attorneys, that the statement that 97% of scientists support the concept of anthropogenic Global warming, has no basis. The statement is totally rejected. Use of the media for the propagation of dubious information was well developed in 1930s Germany. Propaganda in fact, and the public lapped it up!!!! Richard Phillips .

UK Government provides ?250m climate aid package for Africa

This is peanuts compared with how much the Conservative Government are giving our hard earned taxes to building fossil fuel power stations in the Third World. We must have prosecutions for this criminal act, our money is supposed to be spent on improving life, not ending it.

Extinction Rebellion protests block traffic in five UK cities

I can understand their concerns - and I share them. However disruption has its own climate cost and I''m especially concerned if they have , in the current weather conditions, young children who may not have enough protection from the heat. Please protect yourselves and your families from immediate harm, we still have some time to prevent disaster globally - some -not a lot- but some

Coca-Cola and Merlin Entertainments extend on-the-go plastic recycling initiative

Method for Disposing of Single Use Plastic Found The ''Daily Mail'' 11 July 2019 reports that single use plastic can now be turned into electricity and hydrogen, both important in a near-zero CO2 economy, it can be used on dirty or mixed plastic, and leaves no residue. The University of Chester, in partnership with PowerHouse Energy, has come up with the process and Waste2Tricity is the exclusive developer in the UK and South East Asia. They intend to stop plastic being dumped in rivers and oceans by making it valuable, paying $50 a tonne to be put in their kilns. The process includes cutting the plastic into 5cm strips, the air is squeezed out, and heating it in a kiln at 1,000 degrees Centigrade which instantly melts and gasifies it. This syngas (synthetic gas similar to natural gas) has very low CO2 content and goes into a pressure swing absorption (PSA) which extracts hydrogen at two tonnes a day. The remainder of the gas is used to generate electricity in a gas engine. It is hoped that the patented technology will soon power the plant at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, 7,000 houses on the grid in a day, and 7,000 hydrogen cars in two weeks. As excess energy from solar and wind turbines will have to be stored for peak use and for night time use, hydrogen is an instant way of providing such energy on demand, and the more the better. PowerHouse Energy say they have received a letter of support from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry about their DMG technology, which is the thermal conversion of carbonaceous organic materials, which is converting complex molecules into simple, safe, molecules. In the letter the Japanese Government Ministry said it considers the DMG technology has many environmental advantages, and views it as a major competitor within the low-cost production of hydrogen industry. Professor Joe Howe, Executive Director of Thornton Energy Research Institute at the University of Chester said: We are extremely excited to be hosting the prototype demonstrator here at the University of Chester. The technology converts all plastic waste into high quality, low carbon hydrogen syngas which can then be used to power gas engines. A by-product of this process is electricity, meaning waste plastic can not only fuel cars but can also keep the lights on at home. Surely the world must wake up to this technology. It will make waste plastic valuable with it being able to power the world''s towns and cities, and most importantly, it can help clean up our oceans of waste plastic now.

Citizens Advice: Government lacking 'credible' plan to decarbonise heat

All very interesting but the key precursor to any discussion on heat supply should be heat demand. Where are the methods, incentives and targets to significantly reduce heat demand, particularly for the existing housing stock?

How sustainable is Wimbledon 2019?

Almost any event that attracts large numbers of the public will have a larger carbon footprint than if those same members of the public stayed at home and watched it on TV. However, event managers can - and must - make sure that food & goods they sell have a lower impact than if all those TV-watchers consumed similar produce (so should ensure efficient cooking of pizzas and locally sourced strawberries as far as possible in SW19). Avoiding idling is a small step, but if it leads to behaviour change by taxi drivers elsewhere, may have a larger impact. In the end, there''s always a narrow line between genuinely trying to do the right thing and greenwash. It''s interesting that the article doesn''t mention BS ISO 20121 "sustainable events management" which might have helped Wimbledon out.

Citizens Advice: Government lacking 'credible' plan to decarbonise heat

Heat networks sound great and in principle if installed in new build developments can be very effective ways of heating as long as the homes they are supplying are built to the Platinum standard of energy efficiency and insulation and not the brass standard currently aimed for (and often missed). There''s a new 400 home development alongside a new hospital and STEM centre near me. An ideal opportunity to put in a district Ground Source Heat Pump and Water Source Heat Pump (Loch Linnhe is less than a mile away with copious amounts of Gulf Stream heat to use) but the houses are going to be built to the bare minimal standard and there''s no talk of district heating. Wasted opportunities meaning householders will probably be faced with large upgrade bills in the future. Then there is the question of how do we decarbonise the existing housing stock? I''ve looked into alternatives to my oil fired heating (A rated condensing boiler before anyone screams) and frankly it is out of reach financially. I''m looking at in excess of 10,000 so until my boiler packs in I''m not even going to think about it. To install an Air Source or Ground Source system I need to replace all the piping and radiators or try to install underfloor heating. Then there is the question of heating the 300litre hot water tank. I could simply switch the electric immersion on but that will take twice as long and cost nearly 4 times as much (not to mention where does the electricity come from - in my case renewably sourced and probably hydro electric given I live in the Highlands). I''m not prepared to freeze in winter as the "warm and fuzzy" feeling isn''t going to be enough to heat my home so until there is a proper system in place to help ALL households decarbonise (not just those on benefits) I will continue to buy my oil from a company that plants a tree for every 1000 litres purchased to offset at least some of the emissions.

Sir David Attenborough: 'Radical' battle against climate change can be a 'huge opportunity'

Dominic, the Forcing Effect is used by both the IPCC and the Met Office to explain the effect of CO2. It is postulated that a small effect in the heat generated from CO2, evaporates more water which has a large effect. When examined in a little more detail it begins to fall to pieces. Richard Phillips

National Grid: Electric cars could form battery hubs to store renewable energy

First this assume we will have 35 million EVs, 2nd that they will all be plugged in when not in use and 3rd that owners will be happy to let the grid take the power from the vehicle in the first place. The last is like saying to Tesco that they can borrow the petrol from your tank while you do the groceries as long as they promise to refill it when you need it. And that AIN''T going to happen. Come on really? Would anyone be happy to allow their car''s range to be reduced while it sits in the drive? What happens if there is some urgent need to drive and your battery is sitting at half or less because the grid needs power? Are you really going to sit there waiting for an hour or more to charge up? A totally unpracticable idea that should be buried in the compost heap of good intentions and recycled as plant food

Scottish Power boss: Onshore wind and energy storage policy key to net-zero transition

50MW of battery storage? Is that all, that will last about an hour if we are lucky. The only realistic grid scale energy storage is Pumped Storage Hydro but there''s no desire to invest in that or even upgrade existing hydro schemes such as Inverewe. We need GWs of storage to cover the prolonged periods when wind doesn''t blow, at night and when it is foggy (so there''s no solar input either). Hydro storage will last generations whereas batteries will maybe last a decade before they need replacing. What about investing in tidal stream generation as well as just putting more and more bloody wind turbines everywhere. A tidal turbine or a river flow turbine can sit and churn away producing reliable power all day everyday and doesn''t impact the visual environment. How about redeveloping Longannet power station into the UK''s first grid scale cryogenic or compressed air storage station? Infrastructure is already in place and it is an area desperate for new development. There''s space and a ready supply of water to use as a both an electrical and heat source from the tidal Forth. Time to start thinking outside the wind/chemical battery box. Open your eyes to every technology, invest in some radical R&D and come up with something new instead of trotting out the same, flawed, stuff all the time. Be bold.

Sir David Attenborough: 'Radical' battle against climate change can be a 'huge opportunity'

No, Andy, disagree absolutely! The biggest renewable is wind. Since the 19th of last month, the 20+GW of wind power has suffered periods of 4.5, 6, and 6 days when the generation did not rise above 5Gw and was at or below 1GW for some 3.5 days. This is not untypical. A source as unreliable as that is only a liability; it has to have an equal back-up on tap, gas generation. Because this is an uneconomic way to run gas generation, it has to be subsidised!!! It is all in private hands , don''t forget. Solar is no better, nor are tidal lagoons, wave power is hopeless. Hydro, is now about at its maximum, little more there. Put your 10.5 billion into nuclear, this can work for weeks on end at near full design power if need be. In the 1962/3 winter, it was at 98.5% of design power for some 5-6 weeks when the UK temperature never went above zero, and coal was arriving at the power stations full of ice, not good news. I remember it very well, a new Dad, in a prefab, on top of the Berkshire downs! Renewables--- Bah- Humbug!!!! Richard Phillips

Sir David Attenborough: 'Radical' battle against climate change can be a 'huge opportunity'

Coal subsidies in the UK are 10.5 billion a year, we should be spending it all on renewables.

Sir David Attenborough: 'Radical' battle against climate change can be a 'huge opportunity'

"how CO2, at about one fiftieth of concentration of the principal greenhouse gas, water vapour, manages to punch so much above it weight, hugely above??" Well it doesn''t, others such as methane are even higher per part and together contribute as much as CO2 so it''s hardly hugely ''above its weight'', just we use CO2 equivalent as the measurement as it is the largest single contributor due to larger amounts of that than others... http://scrippsscholars.ucsd.edu/vramanathan/content/trace-gas-greenhouse-effect-and-global-warming-underlying-principles-and-outstanding-issues-

E.ON now supplying all customers with 100% renewable electricity

Interesting as a month ago when I was looking for a new deal, and E.On were my supplier, their tariff would only give you renewable electricity if you paid an extra 2 a month. Needless to say I switched to a smaller, independent supplier who offered 100% renewable at no extra cost and saved me over 100 a year.

Sir David Attenborough: 'Radical' battle against climate change can be a 'huge opportunity'

Yes, Nick, theatre. Ordinary people can do little or nothing, we just have to put up with the great body politic "fighting climate change", now apparently an "emergency". A totally unexplained emergency, but that is because Green body politic understands little, but shouts ever louder!!! Now Ken. We are not yet at double pre industrial levels, which I understand to have been 280ppm, and we are now at about 415ppm. we have some way to go. The IPCC favour a figure of 3 degrees as the result of doubling. Note "favour", no proof, just preference. This figure is the Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity. Measurement of its value from historical data, ie in the recent past, indicates a value of about 1.4 degrees. The "heat in the atmosphere is measured by its temperature, there is no hidden heat. There has been little if any increase in global temperature during the last two decades. Richard Phillips

Sir David Attenborough: 'Radical' battle against climate change can be a 'huge opportunity'

Nice theatre - so what do ordinary people need to do?

Sir David Attenborough: 'Radical' battle against climate change can be a 'huge opportunity'

Granted, water vapour is a more powerful greenhouse gas that Carbon dioxide and is a greater component of the atmosphere. That said, it is part of a cycle which is currently in reasonable balance, although ocean warming is increasing evaporation and that can be part of the reason for more violent storms -though I don''t have exact figures. In the case of CO2 we are now at double the pre-industrial CO2 content of the atmosphere, and the research of well over a century ago concluded that a doubling of atmospheric CO2 content would lead to an increase in average global temperature of 2deg Celsius. that''s where we''re heading. We''ve added huge amounts since Al Gore presented "An Inconvenient Truth" and the increase doesn''t seem to be slowing down world-wide. If, as also seems to be happening, there is enough extra heat in the atmosphere, melting of permafrost can lead to ground emissions of methane, 20 times more powerful than CO2. The key is not just "How much is there?" but "How sensitive is the system?"

Sir David Attenborough: 'Radical' battle against climate change can be a 'huge opportunity'

Sir David Attenborough: 'Radical' battle against climate change can be a 'huge opportunity'

Sir David Attenborough: 'Radical' battle against climate change can be a 'huge opportunity'

Throughout the report, there is not a single mention of just how, if we abandon coal, gas and the fossil fuel needed for transport and heating, we are going to obtain the energy we need. This energy must be, in this situation, electricity. The problem of generating a reliable supply, far greater than the present network, is never mentioned in any of these learned discussions. Did I say learned??? Sir David is a zoologist, and a very fine one, he also studied geology; he is not a physical scientist, chemistry of physics, or an engineer. But energy is these latter, it is not zoology . The only other named individual is MP Mark Pawsey, who has a degree in Estate Management. When is somebody going to appear, anywhere, and propose a scientifically demonstrable mechanism to explain how CO2, at about one fiftieth of concentration of the principal greenhouse gas, water vapour, manages to punch so much above it weight, hugely above?? Richard Phillips

Government commission necessary for 'just' transition to net-zero, trade unions argue

I read the TUC Report, and note the comments made by various people. The Report contained not one word on just how this conversion to a zero carbon economy would actually get its energy, nor did any of the people named above, who are all non technical. It has long been axiomatic in the field of technology, that the foundation science of any proposed scheme of work has to be demonstrably true, and that the ensuing engineering has to produce an economically viable process. Nature will not be thwarted by Acts of Parliament! Fine words are all very well, but when it comes to the nuts and bolts, that, is all they are. None of the upper echelons seem to notice the scale of the proposed policy. Nor does it seem to be realised that renewable energy is far too unreliable to pay any significant role in the undertaking. There is only one solution, that is a predominantly nuclear power generation system. This necessitates a complete regeneration of the Grid and all local supply systems. The political side of infrastructure does not have a clue of what is involved. I do not believe that it will come about. Richard Phillips

Official EU petition calls for minimum carbon price

I hope Eddie will publish the petition for us to sign once it is available.

Official EU petition calls for minimum carbon price

A crust above: Tesco to use waste bread in new products

1. How about working with local schools, colleges and universities and selling to them at a discounted price so that include these in their menu or cafeteria. 2. Distribute at a discounted price to Charitable organisations who help the needy and the elderly. Excellent initiatives Tesco - keep up the good work. This is the reason we shop at Tesco and will always shop at Tesco.

Report: Businesses hosting decentralised energy 'key' to meeting net-zero

invention from the ''70s was Starlite, which if coated on the walls and ceilings of the office and home, could cut heating and cooling bills to near-zero, automatic windows could control most of the temperature adjustment needs. See: https://www.starlitethermashield.com/ An alternative to Starlite is Fireputty, invented by Canadian Troy Hurtubise, who was looking for financial backing for lab time so that he could make a household paint out of it, before his untimely death.

UK unveils Green Finance Strategy to drive progress towards net-zero goal

Erratum to my last comment. I should have said, of course, that I regarded a total conversion to electric power as impossible, not the opposite. Put it down to an octogenarian midnight moment!!!! Richard Phillips

UK unveils Green Finance Strategy to drive progress towards net-zero goal

It has long been axiomatic in the field of technology, that the foundation science of any proposed scheme of work has to be demonstrably true, and that the ensuing engineering has to produce an economically viable process. Nature will not be thwarted by Acts of Parliament! I cannot persuade myself that to convert all our energy consuming devices to electricity, is an impossible task. We simply cannot construct the nuclear generating capacity in a mere 30 years, however much the politicians dream about it. And totally variable renewables cannot fulfil the task either, another Westminster dream. Richard Phillips

UK unveils Green Finance Strategy to drive progress towards net-zero goal

I have been contacting UK Prime Ministers since 1985 about my self-funding near-zero CO2 plan. The present one has had it for three years, and has not bothered to reply. She obviously has not told the G20 so I did it myself. There is no point in telling other members they should have near-zero CO2 emissions if she does not tell them how to do it. I campaign to have all politicians have IQs of at least 150 as 100 simply does not cut it.

The National Trust to divest entirely from fossil fuels

And what is a "fossil fuel" company? The major oil and gas companies are not just about fossil fuels. Hydrocarbons are used for far more than just burning, they are the raw materials for the Petrochemical industry that provides materials for solar panels, wind turbines, electric vehicles, lifesaving medical equipment, electronics, electrical insulation and a myriad of other everyday essentials. Is it not up to us, shareholders in Earth PLC, to reduce our demand for fuel and to preserve this valuable resource for far more vital applications than simply burning? And I am certain many NT properties are heated by gas so there is a certain level of hypocrisy going on too. As a major shareholder in oil & gas companies the NT could push for a greater sustainability within the economic model of the companies. We are going to need hydrocarbons for many many years so the oil & gas companies will still exist and will still make money. By divesting not only do NT lose their voice as shareholders but they allow less scrupulous investors to benefit from the dividends.

Conservative MPs set out green manifesto urging more eco-friendly policies

But they ignore concrete manufacture as they push on with large commercial developments such as HS2 etc....more imports of LNG from the other side of the world rather than lower impact domestic supplies...who s fooling who?

The National Trust to divest entirely from fossil fuels

Good call, now extend it to all construction groups that use concrete which has a very high carbon footprint- divest from infrastructure builders unless they are using sustainable products in construction....

UK's liquid gas sector targets 100% biofuel by 2040

Interesting article although it seems like the author is not aware of the difference between LPG (liquefied petroleum gas, mainly propane) and LNG (liquefied natural gas, i.e. methane). LNG is not used to heat 2 million homes, as the caption under an LNG ship states...

UK's liquid gas sector targets 100% biofuel by 2040

Interesting article although it seems like the author is not aware of the difference between LPG (liquefied petroleum gas, mainly propane) and LNG (liquefied natural gas, i.e. methane). LNG is not used to heat 2 million homes, as the caption under an LNG train states...

London Mayor calls for Green New Deal for the UK

It would be a start if more of our elected representatives were trained in science or engineering, then they would better understand the issues and what to do about reversing the rise in greenhouse gasses. Although the UK''s efforts in reducing CO2 will have minor impact on worldwide emissions, we need to set an example to other nations and use it to demonstrate what is possible.

UK's liquid gas sector targets 100% biofuel by 2040

It looks hopeful; however, nobody seems prepared to name the "various oils" used as feedstock. Granted that BioLPG will reduce CO2 emissions by its users, does it contain palm oil? The palm oil industry is responsible for vast and continuing deforestation in Indonesia and elsewhere. The gains from bio LPG would be nullified by the loss of carbon sinks in rain forests, not to mention the possible extinction of species like the Orang-Utan

Five key considerations for businesses attempting to reach net-zero emissions

As targets are seldom achieved I think 2030 should be made the target. Society has to change there is no option. Housing at present is still being built in the thousands as we speak with no thought of being energy efficient, inspite of requests to the local authority to enforce net zero standards, developers are all powerful in maintaining the status quo and will continue until forced to do otherwise. Pat Wilkinson

Co-op to halve emissions with 1.5C science-based target

Why show a picture of a plastic bag in an article about CO2 emissions. Plastic bags have the lowest CO2 emissions of all bags!

UK unveils Green Finance Strategy to drive progress towards net-zero goal

In principle, I support the proposed green finance initiatives. However, based on 15 years of experience within various Government initiatives Solar PV feed-in tariffs, Green Deal, Renewable heating incentive, ECO etc. The quality management of deployment has been abysmal. Often resulting in Housing associations and homeowners having to spend vast amounts of cash on rectification work. Money that could have been spent other priorities. So from lessons learned I fully support Richard Phillips comments and recommend that any new initiatives have a rigorous quality management program.

UK unveils Green Finance Strategy to drive progress towards net-zero goal

The money is absolutely useless if it not directed to projects founded on valid scientific principles, and directed by scientists and engineers having the relevant knowledge. If it is left in the hands of politicians, the vast majority of whom abandoned any study of science at GCSE level at 16, failure is inevitable. I note that the Energy and Clean Growth Minister, Chris Skidmore, (above), is a Modern History graduate, First Class. In matters of modern history I would bow to his very superior knowledge every time, but not in matters of energy generation and distribution. Our modern Parliamentary system of the obliged selection of Ministers from the Commons is entirely inappropriate to a knowledge lead Cabinet. This weakness is all too evident Richard Phillips

JD Sports joins RE100 as business pledges roll in for London Climate Action week

26,000 charges saving only 137 tonnes of carbon - sounds a bit low, have they used 2016 grid carbon figures, and are those EV''s not travelling very far?

V2G 'could cut £270m a year off cost of running UK power system'

This situation, the policies being ordained by those with minimal knowledge, if that, of the subject in question, is doing enormous damage to the whole structure of our society. This is especially true where science and engineering is involved. We have nobody in the Cabinet with a background in either, and in the BEIS or DECC, there has never been a Minister with any relevant knowledge. They seem to pick up catch phrases as they go. And when discussion and advice is offered, it is rebuffed. A faint sign of rebellion is to be found in the questioning of the need for the 1.5 degree limit by many nations at COP24. I can find no explanation for the so-called forcing effect of CO2. Indeed, when my questioning thoughts have been submitted to a number of "warmist" luminaries, the response is complete silence. Had it been found fallacious, I am sure that the heavens would have descended on me. Thanks for your comments, Ben. Richard Phillips

V2G 'could cut £270m a year off cost of running UK power system'

270 million a year? 1.86 GWh this doesn''t represent 0.38% of the uk demand. As Richard said below there isn''t enough cable in the ground let alone generation to recharge these cars. If we all go electric by 2030 we''ll have to build another 15 nuclear power plants. I''m seriously starting to question the people in charge of polices and general knowledge of these individuals making these outlandish claims. We need proper electrical engineers and scientists that can grapple these issues and deliver the solutions that the country requires.

V2G 'could cut £270m a year off cost of running UK power system'

No electrical engineering qualifications among the named persons, as far as I could determine. All business driven and full of caveats. Unless a great deal of new generation is built, there will be immense problems. And the provision of power chargers greater than 7KW will lead to cable problems all the way back. I just do not see it. Richard Phillips

edie launches report on landlords and renewable energy

It seems to be assumed that by the term "energy", referral is just to electricity. The sources of this electricity are principally wind and solar. During evenings and night-time, solar may be discounted, leaving principally wind. Is it known, at the moment, if the total demand of all the suppliers selling their product under the banner of "renewable", can have their total demand either at the time of demand, or in total watt/hours, met by the available supply. I would be greatly surprised, indeed I regard the first scenario as quite impossible, bearing in mind that metered wind generation (70% of total wind), can fall from its design capacity of about 20GW, to much less than 1GW for many tens of hours. It is on the record. I would be interested if anyone could show that, even considering generation over the year, that generation could cover even the present renewable demand of its'' advertisers. There is a great deal of difference between paying for "renewable" power, and actually getting it! Richard Phillips

Tideway's super sewer project is slashing transport emissions and combatting plastic pollution

This "fake news" with factual errors. It reads like a Tideway PR piece. The TTT will not "capture 39 million tonnes of sewage".but an estimated 18.4 million tonnes. The completed upgrade of Mogden sewage works and the Lee Tunnel have already dealt with the rest. There is zero evidence that the tunnel will deal with what this article claims. It is a contractual requirement that river transport is maximised but that didn''t stop Tideway seeking to change from river to cheaper road transport in Greenwich. Luckily for residents, their application was refused by Greenwich Council. The project is in financial difficulty and Tideway are seeking to cut costs. Regarding bottles, it was established by the Thames Tideway Strategic Study that 90% of rubbish in the Tideway is blown in by the wind or deliberately thrown in. For many years, there have been collection barges all along the Tideway that capture floating debris. The TTT is carbon intensive and not a sustainable, green solution to avoiding CSO''s (Combined Sewer Overflows) It is expensive and the opposite of what other cities throughout the world with same problem are doing. As Tideway are seeking to find cost savings, their first step should be to save Millions by shutting down their fake news PR department and concentrate upon getting the job done.

Seven things sustainability professionals can learn from Hugh and Anita's War on Plastic

@Roger - yes I have read this and added my evidence to the debate. It''s still all a bit up in the air right now but there is sufficient argument for the Anthropogene to be created as a sub division of the current Holocene Period. Certainly the global appearance of plastic in sediments and fall out from the post WWII atomic weapons tests give a potentially very clear geological marker, as clear as the K-T Iridium layer that marks the end of the dinosaurs around 63 million years ago.

Seven things sustainability professionals can learn from Hugh and Anita's War on Plastic

@Keiron if you a geologist you might be interested in the following although this is way off topic https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/30/anthropocene-epoch-have-we-entered-a-new-phase-of-planetary-history

Seven things sustainability professionals can learn from Hugh and Anita's War on Plastic

@Bob - yes you are correct. Our consumeristic economy is the 500lb Gorilla that no one wants to admit to. While our economy is based on buy shite we don''t need with money we don''t have there will continue to be a massive problem. I''m with you on making things last. I have a 20 year old Gore-Tex jacket that still looks as good as it did the day I bought it and still keeps me dry in the very wet climate of the NW Highlands. @Mark - Odd you ask about alternatives to plastics as my wife and I were out kayaking yesterday and noticed that our oaty bars were packaged in "non plastic packaging" that was "compostable in domestic composters". If this company (Stoates) can do this why can''t more of our packaging be made this way? Not only reducing the amount of plastic we produce then dispose of but also preserving the raw materials (oil and gas) for those more vital synthetic products that save lives or simply cannot be made from alternatives (for various reasons including safety). One thing about microplastics is they are slowly but surely being removed from the oceans by sedimentation. I know at present we are creating more than is being sedimented but the process is ongoing. These ocean sediments eventually get recycled back into the molten mantle of the planet via subduction. Might present an interesting set of new rocks when all this plastic gets erupted from a volcano at some time in the future. Will also present future geologists with an interesting dating tool as we know plastics didn''t exist before 1940. Being able to pin point the exact date of a sedimentary rock like that is a geological Holy Grail. Yes I am a geologist before you ask :-)

Seven things sustainability professionals can learn from Hugh and Anita's War on Plastic

To some extent it depends on how dangerous nano and micro plastics are. They seem inevitable and unavoidable if we use plastics at all. We perhaps can limit losses of large plastic bits and reduce the damage they do to acceptable levels. I understand the evidence of harm from nano plastics is pretty incomplete but not absent. If the harm is as serious as that caused by CFCs on the ozone layer we will have to find safe replacements. This is likely to be from cellulose and lignin from wood or seaweed, and maybe we ought to do more of this anyway to avoid fossil carbon sources where possible. I do agree that our consumption based economic model will remain a challenge

Seven things sustainability professionals can learn from Hugh and Anita's War on Plastic

Excellent comment from Roger Munford on the governance of collections comparing UK with Germany. What I am commenting on is the elephant in the bin- plastic packaging and other forms of plastic consumption are simply functions of... consumption. No amount of improved recyclability or collections will really address the fundamental issue that consumption , the growth of which underpins our economies and ways of life, must be reduced. The plastics debate is simply the top layer, both literally and metaphorically, of a consumptions lifestyle that is getting out of control. Every piece of "problem plastic" has a long tail of resource consumption and transport behind it. I seem to recall the figure of 70 kilos of resource needed for 1 kilo of consumption at end user. How do we wean ourselves off excessive consumption? Not sure quite frankly that it can be done via appeals to individuals. This is where (brave) government and regulation comes in : proper taxation of externalised costs currently foisted on to the planet and the public including a price for carbon; increasing the cost to on line retailers of delivery and returns (up to one third of all clothing orders...) restrictions on advertising volumes/locations for disposable fashion ( we do it for cigarettes and alcohol). And no doubt many more ideas that libertarians would cry foul at. The irony is that unless economies make the necessary adjustments there will be little left of those economies for gainsayers to protect their interests. And yes if you ask, I keep my clothes for many years, and it shows, they are still good as they were made to last....

Seven things sustainability professionals can learn from Hugh and Anita's War on Plastic

@Dave - Plastics are created from hydrocarbons which can also be fossil fuels but not necessarily. Polypropylene for instance is made from Propane which is a hydrocarbon gas sometimes used as a fuel (Calor Gas for instance). Many other longer chain polymers are made from hydrocarbons that have no or little use as a fuel source. And to be fair pretty much everything else we produce and consume uses fossil fuels somewhere in the chain. However, fuels are used to manufacture the polymers and at present much of this is Methane (Natural Gas) but there is nothing to stop Ineos installing a massive solar farm, installing wind turbines offshore and building hydropower to provide the energy required. And I would hazard a supposition they may even have that on the books as a plan for the future. We, as a society, have to learn to separate fuels from feedstock. Not all oil or gas is used as fuel. It''s around 50/50 at present and getting less on the fuel side as we switch to alternatives. We can''t keep wasting it by simply burning it as it is much more valuable as a petrochemical feedstock for many everyday things, such as the circuit boards in my laptop, medical equipment that saves lives, even the materials that make solar panels and wind turbines. Not to mention the plastics that go into making an Electric Vehicle.

Seven things sustainability professionals can learn from Hugh and Anita's War on Plastic

All credit to Hugh. He is the first high-profile figure that I have seen to state the blindingly obvious that plastics are produced by consuming fossil fuels and is therefore a very significant Global warming/climate change issue.

Seven things sustainability professionals can learn from Hugh and Anita's War on Plastic

"Plastic itself is not a problem material". Until the recycling rate of all types of plastic meet satisfactory levels and aren''t prompting War on Plastics programs as such, I disagree, it is very much a problem material. I agree with the valuable properties of plastic, but we must also factor in the total carbon footprint, from cradle to grave. How do you quantify the carbon footprint of a plastic bottle in 1 of the many plastic mountains in Indonesia? Is the mountain the end of life? Burnt (for energy)? Landfilled? Recycled? What the war on plastic program highlighted was the total lack of due diligence and until we know that, it's fair to assume the worst case scenario - burnt and landfill. When you factor that in, and the loose shipping containment C02 footprint from the UK to these far reaching countries, I'd argue there is little point wasting your time other than for completeness to compare it against the total C02 footprint of an aluminium can or other materials. In any given case, I'd argue that recycling plastic can never be the answer to the plastic problem. Where we actually manage to recycle a tiny proportion of plastic, it returns as polyester, carpets and fleece. Items I would deem to be far worse when you consider the microfibers and micro plastics. How do you recycle micro plastics? Recycling plastic back into its original form has no commercial value. What irked me with the program was when it came to the clothing microfiber segment. Sustainable clothing is a very touchy subject and Hugh dodged it well - it summed up the 3 part program. There is no easy answer and the only way out of this growing mess is a cultural shift in the way we think about the life cycle of goods. We have become a throw away nation, the world is becoming a throw away nation. Even with the best waste producer responsibility reforms, nothing will change. We need more organisations like Waitrose and the unpacked initiative to just step up and JFDI.

Seven things sustainability professionals can learn from Hugh and Anita's War on Plastic

Interesting to read comments from "outside" the plastics reduction world. The world''s biggest brands and retailers started to take reduction and replacement seriously at the tail end of 2018, and in the first few months of 2019. Anyone who is working at VP/Board level with big fmcg will know just how many substitutions are being made. This work takes years to see the light of day, but we are getting announcements on a regular basis. The touch paper has been lit.

Burberry to reduce emissions by 95% through approved 1.5C science-based target

Ian makes a valid point. The whole field of advice on energy and, by association climate, matters, seems to be very ill-defined, open to all-comers. One has only to recall the policy lines set out in June/July last year by the National Infrastructure Commission Chairman, on energy policy, again on the advice of a company in the field; the advice was utter nonsense. The area is the latest bandwagon. The SBTi is the core advisory body, the source of the science, not one of the advised, whom, I agree entirely, are not expected to have the top to bottom knowledge, that should be found in the advisory body, but I was surprised in its structure. I am persuaded that many cases of the supply of renewable energy are questionable. How many assurances of "100% renewable" can stand scrutiny? In times of low wind, is the demand always less than the available supply??? To make an argument that the overall supply in time, is sufficient, is to place reliance on fossil sources. I feel that there is quite a lot of snake oil lubricating the waggon wheels; follow the money! Richard Phillips

Seven things sustainability professionals can learn from Hugh and Anita's War on Plastic

Roger / Keiron your points are well made, and as we know the retailers and supermarkets have made some real progress went it comes to packaging volume, but as you say there is still a lot of room for improvements. Whilst some package real does add value , by reducing wastage and extending shelf life, I can''t but help notice how much progress has been made on secondary packaging, that which is taken of in stores and generally back hauled to the distribution hubs for recycling as apposed to primary packaging. Our retails have made great inroads in to specifying the nature and materials which are entering their waste streams to optimise their recovery rated and reduce instore handling times. When in comes to primary packaging the progress has been much slower, with the exception of a few flagship brand, significant amounts of products are still frequently over sized and specified on appearance and brand over function. The mine is bigger and better value or quality to the rest on the shelf mentality. Hopefully, whilst it did have its flaws, this series and the profile of ocean plastic, Carbon Zero, and the Greta Thunburg effect with help change purchasing patterns and the price of PRN''s and the future impact of a plastic packaging tax and extended producer responsibilities will all help focus attention as much on the packaging waste that is placed in consumers bins and drive the move away from materials with little or no viable recovery market.

Burberry to reduce emissions by 95% through approved 1.5C science-based target

Richard Phillips - interesting point, but I''m not sure I would agree with you. I looked at the technical advisory board, and although many of the people don''t have a full academic record shown, most have other relevant expertise, including engineering degrees. Companies wishing to reduce their carbon emissions don''t really need to know or apply the understanding basic science - it''s mainly about good energy management, which in turn is partly engineering based, and partly behavioural science. But it''s also necessary to have other disciplines involved - you need accountants to be able to speak to the finance directors and explain why it makes good financial sense (or at worst, is not going to bankrupt the company)! My main criticism is that too many companies seem to rely on buying renewable energy, without fully considering additionality - ie. will that purchase lead to incremental renewable energy production (and hence an equivalent fall in fossil felled energy), or is it merely an accounting sleight of hand, so my greener supply makes everyone else''s electricity slightly browner?

Seven things sustainability professionals can learn from Hugh and Anita's War on Plastic

Good summary and also a good comment from Keiron. I found myself agreeing with the Ineos exec that the problem was not plastic but plastic in the wrong place (putting aside other issues like energy etc) Responsibility for packaging ultimately rests with local authorities as part of traditional waste management. This is where the problem lies. Each and every local authority has to decide on what is done with every piece of packaging at almost no expense to the producer of the packaging. Recycling targets are too low and optional and collection and recycling has to compete with all the other local authority services. The new waste proposals by the government wont change that. There is a realisation that producers should bear more cost and responsibility which isn''t really much of a big idea but everything else stays the same with local authorities perhaps getting more funding but still packaging will be dealt with within local authority borders. Local authority borders are meaningless when it comes to the flow of shopping reaching households. Tesco decides how its goods are distributed based on population densities and transport links not on the local authority boundaries. When the packaging flows in the other direction from households to recycling it should also depend on population and transport links. Local authorities should be cut out of the chain. Germany did this decades ago. Every household in Germany has a free unlimited yellow bin for packaging only. Independent of the local authority. The collection and recycling is paid for by a small fee levied on the packaging. This system ensures that every piece of packaging in every part of the country has a route to the recycling process. Even litter bins on the tops of mountains are financed by this fee. Theoretically it is 100% coverage and leakage is due to the human factor. As a bonus, the fees are scaled according to how difficult the packaging is to recycle. Card is cheaper than plastic. There is a built in incentive to use the minimum amount of packaging. As an example look at the thin plastic yoghurt pots with a cardboard strengthener. This would work in the UK. It would also take a lot of expenditure out of local authorities but I am sure the government would take that back.

Seven things sustainability professionals can learn from Hugh and Anita's War on Plastic

The big issue I have had with this series of programmes is there has been no (or very little) discussion on alternatives to plastic. It is all well and good focusing on the waste in the plastic world we live in, why on earth does a cauliflower need a plastic bag (especially a non recyclable one)? However what about alternatives we can switch too? The real eye openers were the piles of UK waste in Malaysia and the 16 tonnes of waste wipes Bristol produced in 3 days. Plastic itself is not a problem material. Single type plastic can be recycled readily and when used for durable packaging or goods plastic is often the very best material. It is hygienic, inert, durable and most of all lightweight. That reduces the amount of energy needed to transport goods which in turn reduces "carbon foot prints". Glass milk bottles needed reusing something like 30 times to become energy neutral but a plastic milk bottle, rinsed and recycled uses a lot less energy in transport. Sometimes the alternatives end up being worse for the environment because they require more energy to transport. Microfibre cloths replacing wipes sounds good until you realise the microfibres are made of synthetic (plastic) material too, ever wash of that cloth releases fibres into the water system of course. There is no simple fix other than for each and everyone of us to radically change our attitudes to life. As we all want cheap and convenient the market for plastic will continue. When demand drops companies like Ineos won''t need to manufacture as much and if a proper recycling regime can be found that allows for new plastic to be created from old then maybe, just maybe, a balance can be found. Oh and by the way it wasn''t a Redcar street but a Bristol one.

Beyond 'token' items: What's next for London's war on plastics?

Copying Nature''s Ability to Digest Plastic A team of Japanese scientists has found a species of bacteria that eats the type of plastic found in most disposable water bottles, and thus adds to the list of microbes that eat various plastics. The plastic found in water bottles is known as polyethylene terephthalate, or PET. It is also found in polyester clothing, frozen-dinner trays and blister packaging. Part of the appeal of PET is that it is lightweight, colorless and strong. However, it has also been notoriously resistant to being broken down by microbes -what experts call "biodegradation." Previous studies had found a few species of fungi can grow on PET, but until now, no one had found any microbes that can eat it. To find the plastic-eating bacterium described in the study, the Japanese research team from Kyoto Institute of Technology and Keio University collected 250 PET-contaminated samples including sediment, soil and wastewater from a plastic bottle recycling site. Next they screened the microbes living on the samples to see whether any of them were eating the PET and using it to grow. They originally found a consortium of bugs that appeared to break down a PET film, but they eventually discovered that just one of bacteria species was responsible for the PET degradation. They named it Ideonella sakainesis. Further tests in the lab revealed that it used two enzymes to break down the PET. After adhering to the PET surface, the bacteria secretes one enzyme onto the PET to generate an intermediate chemical. That chemical is then taken up by the cell, where another enzyme breaks it down even further, providing the bacteria with carbon and energy to grow. The researchers report that a community of Ideonella sakaiensis working this way could break down a thin film of PET over the course of six weeks if the temperature were held at a steady 86 degrees Fahrenheit. The various species of microbes that have been discovered within the degrading process of polyethene and nylon (both plastics) are as follows Moracella sp. (Bacteria), Pseudomonas sp. (Bacteria), Bacillus sp. (Bacteria), Diplococcus sp. (Bacteria), A. Niger (Fungi), A. Omatus (Fungi), A. Cremeus (Fungi), A. Candidus (Fungi) Yeast (Fungi). Other plastics are also digested. Aspergillus tubingensis, a fungus that can digest polyurethane Ideonella sakaiensis, a bacterium capable of breaking down PET Galleria mellonella, a caterpillar that can digest polyethylene It may well be that there are creatures that eat all of the types of plastic, we just have to find them. Much of these fungi can be located within moist environments. Specifically, there has been traces of many of these fungi living on the shores of beaches, as they have probably been washed up from a body of water, where a high concentration of bacterium have been found. Since these species of microbes have shown to be degrade plastic within the environment, they can have a significant positive impact on the emerging, evolving and growth of the population of various animals across the world. The larvae of the greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella), can devour polyethylene, which along with the closely related polypropylene is the main type of plastic found in waste. But you would need billions of them to do it. It s possible that bacteria might, in fact, be responsible for the plastic-digesting ability of Galleria mellonella larvae. Another wax-eater, the Indian mealmot,h was found in 2014 to house bacteria in its digestive tract that can break down polyethylene. Galleria might prove to have such gut bacteria too. We must find out how the bacteria break down the plastic so that we can copy and concentrate it in the lab. It might not be desirable to breed large colonies of these species to eat our plastic because many would escape and potentially cause a lot of damage to the environment, but if we could work out the mechanism for their ability to eat plastic, and if we are able to duplicate and concentrate the method then we might be able to scale up our working model to an industrial scale that could deal with the threats that plastic poses for life on earth. Such an important and broad-ranging task should not be left to private industry, an intergovernmental body should oversee such work. Inventing plastic without inventing a safe way of disposing of it seems like having a war with no exit strategy, but this is where we find ourselves today. 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year, most goes to landfill and takes 500 years to decompose, some is recycled (10% in the USA), and some is biodegradable (emitting greenhouse gas methane in the process).Being able to digest the plastic with concentrated enzymes would give mankind a fourth option, we should take it. Please see: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/plastic-eating-enzyme-pollution-solution-waste-bottles-bacteria-portsmouth-a8307371.html

Private sector must be forced to invest in 'green revolution', says Labour

1980s technologies can decrease CO2 emissions to less than zero, but need central planning, more detail than can be fitted here can be seen at: http://kadir-buxton.com/near-zero-co2-plan In the early 1980s I came up with the world''s first self-funding near-zero CO2 plan, no major economy had adopted such a plan as yet. To summarize: A 10 kilometre deep lined and capped water well can convert all power stations to clean energy, a cut of 30% in CO2 emissions. A 20% cut would come from electrification of all vehicles. 41% would come from coating all buildings in Starlite. Aircraft and Ships could halve emissions by using fuel mixed with water using an ultrasonic dibber. Aircraft account for 6% of CO2, while shipping accounts for 4.5%, so another 5.25% can be saved. The total savings would then be 96.25%. Improving soil using biochar would then cut CO2 in the atmosphere by locking it in the ground. It can all be paid for by eliminating mental illness using the Kadir-Buxton Method. From: https://www.policyforum.labour.org.uk/commissions/commissions/environment/self-funding-near-zero-co2-plan

UK's offshore wind sector spurred by ?100m initiative

At least another 41% cut in CO2 emissions can be realised if we convert all houses and industries to near zero-carbon emissions. This does not have to be expensive. The cheapest and simplest method would be to paint the surfaces of all rooms with Starlite, invented by Maurice Ward; this would prevent heat escaping and so minimise heating requirements. As far as I am aware, the secret formula for Starlite was passed onto his immediate family members so has not been lost by his tragic death. Starlite can also prevent heat loss with attempts to store energy with molten salt, and Economy 7 radiators. If we can store all the excess capacity of electrical generation at night then we can cut the number of power stations needed so storage of energy is important. Maurice Ward Information See: https://www.starlitethermashield.com/ (This figure assumes that 80% of heating is by gas, and that domestic gas use is 29%, and industry heating is 22% of total energy consumption.) An alternative to Starlite is Firepaste, invented by Canadian Troy Hurtubise, we were looking for financial backing for lab time so that he could make a household paint out of it when he died, a great tragedy not only for friends and family, but for the environment as well. RIP. As both Maurice and Troy said that they made their inventions out of household products I am attempting to get a government lab set up to recreate their inventions.

UK's offshore wind sector spurred by £100m initiative

Yes! Another 2GW, 2,000MW But let us not forget that in overall terms this will generate an average of some 500MW. In addition, it may drop as low as 100MW or lower, for several days, together with a similar drop for all other turbines, when a large high pressure dominates the British Isles, as it did a year ago. At that time, May 28 to June 10, for a total of 180 hours, the metered output of 70% of the fleet was below 1GW, at times touching zero. The non-metered output is permanently connected and termed "negative demand". Should we live in an area in which turbines generated reliably, at a regular 50% efficiency, the wind would blow at 20mph at least, which at the moment it does for 20 days per year. We would not like it!!! Richard Phillips

Burberry to reduce emissions by 95% through approved 1.5C science-based target

Upon viewing the SBTi website, I noted that the only graduate science qualification whichI could identify, was a single Natural Sciences. Surely the basis for any work in this area has be in the realm of the physics and chemistry involved in the whole-life of all activities. With so little of these sciences, this must be difficult. Richard Phillips

IHG taps into AI technology in bid to slash food waste by 30%

Former National Grid boss Steve Holliday: We can't isolate oil & gas majors on path to net-zero

Do not see this at all. At present I have a Hydrogen concept and I am not even being asked to provide details. The Hydrogen engine is aimed at Auto and affordable Zero emissions EVs. It does also have effects on all energy generation. There is also a concept/project covering low cost Hydrogen production on demand = PDF from University of Nottingham - PhusionH2 The big issue I have with this defence of industry is that 26 years after the Shell video Shell and Oil & Gas Majors have done little. They have continued to undermine the "Science and need to change". They can see that to change to hydrogen they will lose out. Easy to see that anyone can produce Hydrogen so long as they put in place safe systems. They have stifled Hydrogen which has shown potential to work. I have a Hydrogen engine concept, lets see them put up 500,000 to a UK University to carry out initial modelling of this new engine type. Yes if indications are good this would make serious changes when linked with ACE II as adapted On board the EV fuel production system (PhusionH2-U of Nottingham) Sorry but the same H2 system will bring about H2 Combined Heat and Power units where a cassette containing materials will provide Hydrogen on demand

Aerospace giants back technology to provide 'relentless' aviation decarbonisation

Do you think we could stop using the word "electric" when we mean battery powered? For most people, electric power implies plugging in to the mains. For aircraft it means using energy stored as chemical energy in a battery and then converted to thrust in an engine, as with burning fuels. Motors by themselves are not much use, as we all know from running out of petrol at times...

Co-op to host reverse vending machines for plastic bottles at UK festivals

Hi Noah, the Co-op sent us a press release directly on this occasion. Best, Sarah, reporter, edie

Co-op to host reverse vending machines for plastic bottles at UK festivals

i cant find this story anywhere else, wheres the source?

War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita: 'Hidden' plastics placed in the spotlight

I checked while in a supermarket and microfibre cloths are indeed made from synthetic fibres as are the humble J cloth. I guess the few fibres lost from washing the microfibre cloths is an order of magnitude better than single use disposable wipes and given the ecological disaster that can be caused by cotton I think the lesser of two evils comes into play here. So I''m ditching the wipes and investing in some reusable, washable cloths.

War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita: 'Hidden' plastics placed in the spotlight

I saw a programme on how tea bags were made. You guessed it, with plastic, approx 30%, if I recall correctly. I wonder how much I''ve been drinking over the years, and how much is now in my garden due to composting. Contacted Taylor''s of Harrogate who make the tea I drink and they said they''re replacing plastic in their bags. Don''t know if it''s complete. I''d like to know what they''re using as well.

'Flagship' EV charging hubs to spark 'electric revolution' in London

The establishment of a network of charging points, must surely require a good understanding of the electrical engineering involved. High power units are involved, but I note that of the nine ChargePoint Team, only two have electrical engineering qualifications. This seems to be a modern trend, starting with the Cabinet!!! The final array of points, if all vehicles are to be EVs, will have a huge electrical demand, then there is domestic heating, I do not think that the generating capacity can be built on the timescales on the wish list. Richard Phillips

Five tips for building a CSR strategy from scratch - Five tips for building a CSR strategy from scra

Thank you very much for sharing this! To me, parts of this process sound very similar to Design Thinking - understanding the Problem before trying to find the solution, focusing on stakeholders etc. So maybe some tools from the Design Thinking process could help you (and others :) ) going forward!

'Flagship' EV charging hubs to spark 'electric revolution' in London

Need to figure out how to allow people who don''t have a garage or a drive, who park on the street or in communal parking areas to charge their EVs. Then London can claim to be a world leader as it bans all liquid fuel vehicles from its streets unless they pay a massive "clean air tax". Mind you I''d also ban all taxis from idling while waiting for a fare. The amount of fumes coming out of all those black cabs with their diesel engines running doing nothing must be horrendous.

War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita: 'Hidden' plastics placed in the spotlight

This show has been a real eye opener and should be required watching at schools. Only by educating the next generation and by using pester power will there be the massive cultural change needed to have a real impact. Seeing the 16 tonnes of wipes disposed of my one city (Bristol) in 3 days was astounding and has made me reconsider my use of wipes but what to use in replacement? Microfibre cloths would be the obvious but aren''t they made of synthetic materials too? As for the single use packaging around fruit and veg, well don''t get me started. In Morrisons this week I wanted some apples, loose they were 32p each. In a pack of 6, in plastic, they were 20p each!! WTF! And the plastic wrapping is not recyclable at this time! Supermarkets in Asia are now using banana leaves to package bundles of vegetables so how about we do the same. My only complaint about the programme is they are focusing on the amount of plastic but not on the alternatives enough. It is all well and good telling us wipes are made of 95% plastic but give some examples of what sustainable options there are to replace them and at what financial cost. Otherwise it is a great investigation and really hits home the massive impact our wasteful, convenience based, consumer driven life is having.

18 EU countries now support 2050 carbon neutrality goal

I invented the world''s first self-funding near-zero CO2 plan in 1985, funded by ending the scourge of mental illness using the Kadir-Buxton Method, which takes thirty seconds. This would save the UK alone 100 billion a year, enough to fund the rest of the plan. My plan can be seen at: http://www.kadir-buxton.com/near-zero-co2-plan Since it''s invention in 1985 no UK Prime Minister has answered my letter about it in writing, never mind implemented it.

UK to be left with five coal power stations after Fiddler's Ferry closure

The introduction of my invention Economy 7 shut four power stations in the UK in 1974. We could update the radiators with a coating of Starlite to bring them up to date and then install them in every house ready for clean electricity, and to cut the need for fossil fuels by using night time electricity during the day. (This saves on the time wasted in getting coal power stations up to speed).We could also install a battery in every home so that airconditioning is also clean.

Conservative Party leadership: What are the final 10's records on environmental policy?

The ''Gove-effect'' has been 100 times that of the Leadsom (she was his predecessor). Anyone disagree?

Scotland and Wales place hopes in battery power

The important measure is KW h not KW. More data please.

War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita: Supermarkets brace for further backlash on packaging

Congratulations on outstanding reporting! Please come over to the USA (the colonies) and have a go at the same thing here. We need it desperately!!!

War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita: Supermarkets brace for further backlash on packaging

We have been here before! Back in the late 1990s, people had become worried about waste packaging, especially plastics. WRAP (Waste and Resource Action Programme) was set-up to promote sustainable waste management. Also in 2005, the Courtould Commitment, a voluntary commitment to reduce was signed by the major UK supermarkets. Nearly tens years later, we are still talking about the problem, despite the propaganda, that the UK was doing something about it! The UK is still very much, the ''Dirty Man of Europe''. http://www.wrap.org.uk/

Prime Minister agrees legally binding net-zero emissions target for 2050

Yes we need to achieve this but it needs to be on a life-cycle analysis basis to negate any unintended consequences on social and environmental grounds from the mining of minerals.

UK Government's Smart Export Guarantee to stabilise small-scale renewables market

"cost of residential solar panels which are now more than 50% cheaper compared to 2011" The cost of panels is way cheaper than 50% but electricians and scaffolding etc are slightly more expensive. Do we have to wait to 2020? Octopus Energy and others are offering something like 5.5p Kwh for export. Bless them