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Strengthen climate policies now or risk catastrophe, warns energy agency

That CO2 has a heating effect on the global atmosphere is undisputed. But the air contains, on average, one molecule of CO2 for every fifty molecules of water vapour, the predominant greenhouse gas. The of about equal greenhouse potency. The unresolved question is just how can CO2 have such dominating effect. The IPCC use one factor which is unprovenly high, and other theories cannot agree with the real world, a basic scientific requirement of any theory. There is plenty of assertion that CO2 is heading us for disaster, climate emergency in fact; the latest panic bellow. But they emanate from either ignorance or vested interest. The science is not yet resolved. But nobody listens

John Lewis & Partners: Net-zero a commercial opportunity for business

Thank you for & regarding this article, as well as e.g. a talk I went to this week by a Professor from the University of Reading on Sustainable Futures: Whilst it''s heartening & significant to see the way that "low carbon" has been replaced by "net zero", it strikes me that: bearing in mind what this books saying FYI (& more vital than BXXXXX) The Water Will Come; Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World Jeff Goodell, Black Inc, 2018 https://www.greenhousethinktank.org/the-water-will-come.html in the increasingly harsh reality that we''re being confronted with, concerning the need for extremely urgent action by 2025, we have to recognize the need for for more stringency than even "net zero" i.e. to make any impact on meaningfully reducing the carbon in our atmosphere e.g. to actually & actively get SIGNIFICANTLY BELOW ZERO CARBON, not just zero to today''s already vastly too high levels - and thus have a chance of reducing the likely 6m-9m of sea level increases (never mind other related impacts) otherwise coming our way worldwide

Greenwash or necessity: What role does carbon offsetting play in reaching net-zero?

@Andy - actually we don''t want to take CO2 out of the atmosphere at all simply control the amount. If we remove it plants will die then about 3 weeks later so will we as the food runs out. CO2 is actually the gas of life and not a pollutant at all. the 400ppm currently in the atmosphere is less than 1/4 of what it was when the dinosaurs roamed the planet so really it isn''t that high.

Greenwash or necessity: What role does carbon offsetting play in reaching net-zero?

Two industries that would lead to carbon reduction, and need funding are Starlite, a coat of which would make temperature control of buildings neutral, and biochar, which is the only method we have for taking CO2 out of the atmosphere en masse at the moment.

Superficial progress: Global banks failing to deliver time-bound climate strategies

Why do you provide me with buttons to easily share your articles on FB, LI & Twitter and then have a note that I can''t distribute it without prior written consent?

Greenwash or necessity: What role does carbon offsetting play in reaching net-zero?

If "offsetting" is done properly, for instance I offset my heating oil by supporting the Woodland Trust and Project Seagrass, then it can form a valuable part of the arsenal. Particularly for individual offsetting such as mine (please note I have no choice over heating fuel as we are not on the gas main and ASHP or GSHP are not an option either). However there is too much fluff, fog, confusion and misuse of the system currently so it easy, too easy, for a company or organisation to claim they fully offset when in fact it is nothing like and it is an easy way to achieve a marketing goal. We all need to be more cynical and ethical when it comes to offsetting. Asking "have we done everything possible to reduce energy wastage and emissions?" before we offset. The problem is we could end up using more energy to offset than we could save thereby actually making the problem worse. it isn''t just about carbon dioxide as water vapour is far more effective a greenhouse gas and it is our voracious appetite for electricity and energy in general that is more the problem than the gas we all exhale with every breath.

Birmingham Airport sets net-zero carbon target for 2033

By "onsite renewables" do they intend to put solar panels on all the terminal building roofs and around the apron? Given the vast acreage around any airport the generation capacity should be incredible with minimal impact to the visual environment and preserving agricultural land for crops.

The collaborative push for net-zero emissions in the built environment

An invention from the ''70s was Starlite, which if coated on the walls and ceilings of the office and home, could cut heating and cooling bills to near-zero, automatic windows could control most of the temperature adjustment needs. See: https://www.starlitethermashield.com/ An alternative to Starlite is Fireputty, invented by Canadian Troy Hurtubise, who was looking for financial backing for lab time so that he could make a household paint out of it, before his untimely death. There is a competition that Starlite and Firepaste could be entered in with a prize of US $1 million for a method of cutting cooling bills for buildings, with the idea that global warming will mean that more buildings will have to have cooling. A passive cooling system like Starlite and Firepaste, if made into a paint, would cut both heating and cooling to near-zero, both in turns of fuel needed, and CO2 emissions, and as such will probably be unbeatable in the competition. If you look at this YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqR4_UoBIzY you will find the the likely components are 90% corn starch and 10% baking soda mixed into a putty using PVA glue. There may have been other components as well, because it has been made into a spray paint, and paint. You will need to crack the formula in order to make use of passive temperature control of buildings. To enter the competition, just head to: https://globalcoolingprize.org/prize-details/faq/

2,500 scientists urge EU to reform environmentally 'damaging' agriculture policy

Is this going to include less meat and more plants for human consumption? The evidence for both the human health and planetary health of a plant based diet are unequivocal. Cut out the middle cow and massively reduce water pollution from animal waste, save millions of tonnes of CO2 and CH4 emissions and preserve billions of litres of drinking water.

'To truly embed sustainability, businesses must redefine value itself'

Advanced thinking and if you understand sustainability it all about problem-solving and problem-solving is all about innovation and collaboration to do what money and self-interest will not do or cannot due in the best interest of all the community, rather than just a privileged few. Will require applying a different value system. IRC Ottawa used it from 1995 -2010 to test blockchain technology. $1 turned into $55 worth of R&D productivity. helping introduce change in not what humans do but how they need to do it to allow everything to have value or potential value. Dies require time and a new vaue system.

EV batteries could be 'huge waste mountain of the future', researchers warn

The problem is ruled simply by the question "can they be recycle and make money"? Richard Phillips

EV batteries could be 'huge waste mountain of the future', researchers warn

Electrification of just 2% of the current global car fleet would represent a line of cars that could stretch around the circumference of the Earth some 140 million vehicles, report co-author Professor Andrew Abbott, of the University of Leicester, said. Normally stuff like this would be filed in Private Eye by "Phil Space" 2% of the worlds petrol cars would take up the same amount of space. The battery in the picture looks like it could be disassembled by a bloke with a couple of spanners in and hour or so - and there are you tube videos showing just that. The cells themselves seems to be layers of material with a simple structure which don''t look too difficult to disassemble. Compare that with a picture of a pile of a couple of tons of ore. Which would be the obvious one to get the minerals out of especially if the old battery is already in the part of the world that you want to make your next battery. What are the reasons that EV batteries may become a "huge waste mountain in the future"? common sense dictates that it won''t but have they uncovered a major problem. If so that would be news

Oil and gas giants must cut production by a third to meet climate targets

Rubbish, it''s not production that must be cut but demand and waste of fuels/energy. Even then we will continue to need oil and gas for decades to come for petrochemicals to make the myriad of everyday products we all want and need, including life saving medicines and medical equipment.

Marston's to remove 500,000 plastic bottles from inns by end of the year

Please Please Please make those bottles reusable and not just waste a load of energy transporting them to the North of England then wasting more energy melting them when a quick rinse will do . They used to do it

COP25: Spain offers to host climate summit following Chile's cancellation

This will cause problems for Greta, I hope they can get her there safely

Redesign, collaborate and collect: Inside Coca-Cola European Partner's plastics strategy

Lots of words in the article. Is it really so complex or a smokescreen? "in Germany and the Netherlands, the totals reach 98% and 86% respectively" not sure about the Netherlands but Germany has a compulsory DRS and has for ages. I can imagine the 2% that gets out into the wild is about as low as you can get due to human fallibility. Meanwhile in the UK 26% doesn''t get returned and that is not likely to change much regardless of the number of pilot projects, initiatives etc that get regularly trotted out. Isn''t it bleeding obvious that the DRS system that many grew up with is the way to go. It also delivers all the used plastic bottles to Coca Cola so that they can pay for the disposal and not local authorities.

Optimistic but lacking action: Green groups offer mixed reaction to Environment Bill

It is good that the Government is making new laws to protect the environment. It is very disappointing, however, that the new laws exempt some areas of industry concerning biodiversity. That is counter-productive and inexcusable and very short-sighted. We welcome any new legislation to protect our environment but we must not relax and keep pushing the government and industry and farmers and the public to do much more. End investment in all fossil fuels at home and abroad. Stop the insane road building visions of our governments and restore bigger fuel taxes and massively invest in clean public transport. Many other things too. I believe only the greens can save our countries from self-destruction.

IEA: Offshore windfarms 'can provide more electricity than the world needs'

Kieron, neatly put on the useful range of wind power. The use of a single technology, is different. With coal, gas, or nuclear power, the outage of one unit is individual, the power sources are not unified. But with wind or solar, its one out, possibly all out. For one week last July, a high pressure area dominated the UK, and wind power went down to a few hundred MW, from a possible 20,000MW. From 20 power stations on paper to about one, and less, for a week. And all the business people and politicians can talk about is the potency of wind. All the right energy, but not NECESSARILY at the right time! read the reports from official sources, its all TWh, no hint of absence of demand lead power. They just do not know, end of story until they do understand. Richard Phillips

IEA: Offshore windfarms 'can provide more electricity than the world needs'

Until the wind doesn''t blow. Remember that unless the wind is more than 4m/s (14km/hr or 9mph) the blades might be turning but the turbine is a net consumer of power. Then when it is more than 20m/s (70km/hr or 44mph) they have to feather and brake them to stop them blowing up. If we rely on a single source of power, whatever it is, we will find times when the lights go out. Instead of focusing on what this or that can do we have got to concentrate on a varied, balanced generation capability involving all forms of non combustion generation (with some minor CCS Gas generation as emergency backup). I''m talking hydro, fluvial, tidal stream, pumped storage, compressed storage, solar, wind, thermal source pumps (Air, Ground Water). In the Mediaeval waterwheels powered blast furnaces to smelt steel so why don''t we look back to look forward?

Supermarket sweep: Tesco inks onsite solar deal as Lidl eyes rapid EV charging points

How about combining the projects? Install massive solar arrays on the roof of the supermarket to power the EV charging points? Possibly even powering the fridges and freezers in the store too. Given the acreage of the average supermarket roof there is a huge potential generation capacity going unused.

Dozens of fashion giants sign pact to eliminate emissions and single-use plastics

An equally important part of the solution to fashion industry''s pollution problem is behaviour change, i.e. getting people to wear what they buy and for longer. This might be helped if the world''s celebrity culture, especially the film and media world persuaded it''s ''gliterarty'' that it is socially acceptable for them to wear the same outfit to more than one awards ceremony or gala ball. That might then send a powerful message to the masses that wearing what you buy until it wears out is part of the solution to environmental pollution.

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

Where do you go to recycle old tech?

Net-Zero November: edie to launch themed month of content and events

Please try to have speakers and exhibitors talking about hydrogen power for transport, and if you can, have speakers talking about fusion nuclear power the holy grail of energy production (try Tokamak Energy)

Morrisons launches first round of rapid EV chargers

Why on the perimeter? If we really want to encourage a switch to EV then surely priority should be given to these and charge points should be located in the main areas of the car park, under a shelter, right next to the trolley point. With ANPR it''s easy enough to monitor and the trolley herders can keep an eye on the spaces and put a polite message on the windscreen of non EV cars to remind them not to park in the wrong space. @Colin - who are you getting your lecky from at 6p/kwhr? I pay 13.2p/kwhr so twice what you seem to get. Even so I agree 30p/kwhr is excessive given the SVR from the Big 6 is around 15p/kwhr

Morrisons launches first round of rapid EV chargers

Wow, 12p per mile for an electric vehicle compared to compared to 14p per mile diesel and 15p per mile petrol. Not much saving given The much higher price of the electric vehicle. domestic price around 6p per kilowatt hour compared to this rate of 30p-how do they justify that?

Government consults on green license plates for electric vehicles

A green number plate won''t make any difference to me and my choices. Price, range and design are much much more important. I want a decent mid sized car (similar to my C''eed), that can do 240 miles on 70% of charge (3hrs motorway driving from 80% to 10%) and doesn''t cost 30 grand. As a cyclist who often has to fight for space in bus lanes with taxis, motorcycles, disabled drivers and let''s not forget 20 tonne buses I might as well give up and ride on the pavement if green licence plated EV''s can use bus lanes too. I mean what would be any different to any other lane on the road? Forget gimmicks and focus on getting people out of cars as much as practical. Make public transport so financially attractive that it isn''t worth taking a car (ICE or EV) into town or even owning one if you live in a major conurbation. Hell even make bus travel free for all (not just the over 60s) if that gets people to use public transport. To give an example it costs my wife and I 7.50 return to go into town by bus. At 45p a mile (HMRC rate) it costs 3.60 by car. That gives us 3.90 for parking which is nearly 4hrs. So for a night out we drive, it''s cheaper and a hell of a lot more convenient as we aren''t limited by bus times (last bus home is early). If EV''s get even cheaper parking there''s even less reason to take public transport meaning we still have a congestion problem. And finally, where''s all the power coming from to power all these EVs that everyone is going to have? Can the network cope? I doubt it as the lights flicker in my house on a regular basis meaning if I plugged in an EV to charge I''d black out the neighbourhood. Mr F Popular!!

Renewable energy to expand by 50% in next five years - report

But "appetite of energy-hungry businesses and factories" will expect their appetite to be satisfied by the availability of electricity when and as it is needed. Both solar and wind power are to noted for generating electricity on their own terms, not on demand. None of the economists or businessmen speaking on this subject ever address this pivotal point, or the geographical diversity and distances from points or generation to consumption. The real world is far from removed. Richard Phillips

300 MPs call for Parliamentary Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuels

IT ISN"T JUST FUEL!!! FFS wake up and smell the coffee. Oil and Gas are the raw materials for billions of everyday products we all want and need, including life saving pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, fertilizers that help us grow the food we need, insulation around the electric cables that bring the power from the wind turbines and solar panels, paints that protect those turbines from corrosion and plastics that make up the solar panels. While I agree we can''t keep burning it wastefully we can''t "keep it in the ground" unless you want to go back to hessian underpants, tallow candles and dung on the streets.

Bentley achieves carbon-neutral certification at solar-powered Crewe plant

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'Risking a carbon budget blowout': UK Government gives go-ahead to Drax gas plant

An alternative for the Wood pellet burners is to produce charcoal or biochar. This solid carbon is much easier to store than CO2 gas - a bit like un-coalmining. It''s already being done in Oregon on a 35MW electricity plant. Thanks. Matthew Tulley

'Risking a carbon budget blowout': UK Government gives go-ahead to Drax gas plant

An alternative for the Wood pellet burners is to produce charcoal or biochar. This solid carbon is much easier to store than CO2 gas - a bit like un-coalmining. It''s already being done in Oregon on a 35MW electricity plant. Thanks. Matthew Tulley

'Risking a carbon budget blowout': UK Government gives go-ahead to Drax gas plant

An alternative for the Wood pellet burners is to produce charcoal or biochar. This solid carbon is much easier to store than CO2 gas - a bit like un-coalmining. It''s already being done in Oregon on a 35MW electricity plant. Thanks. Matthew Tulley

UK retailers to generate 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste from Halloween costumes

"Fortunately, more fashion brands are stepping up to tackle circularity and incorporate recycled plastics into products." C''mon edie, that''s not addressing the problem of cheap plastic disposable costumes for Halloween one iota and almost denigrates the work that Hubbub is doing, raising awareness and looking for options for reuse of costumes. Would the problem be significantly better if the disposable costume were to have been made from a recycled fishing net rather than virgin raw materials? Not really...

Hold the front page: The Guardian targets net-zero by 2030

Hello Tim. Yes, I am aware of the solution to the "problem" of radioactive waste, it was with us well over 40 years ago, it lies in vitrification, sealing into stainless vessels, and then into geological disposal. The scientists and engineers involved understand it well, the problem lies with political go ahead. The political body responsible CoRWM, have kicked it down the road five times over decades, it scares them stiff, simple non-comprehension. That 16% nuclear was at one time 26%, but HMG simply will not invest, has not done so for over 30 years, so our old reactors go valiantly on for well over their design life. With no replacement when they close down. Wind turbines deteriorate after about 12 years or so, design life 25 years. I admire your totally unfounded optimism over a "technical" to intermittency, what will be doing the generation? Have you looked at the cost of storage of any sort, it becomes comparable with our GDP. And don''t forget the problem of over generation from wind turbines in very high winds. Absolutely no control over the weather. High proportions of renewables, over about 30% for wind will pose serious problems of instability. In the winter of 62/63 the whole of the UK was snow covered and temperatures never rose above 0oC for over five weeks. Coal to the power stations was heavily loaded with ice-problems. Our then new nuclear stations prevented blackouts, working at 98.5% of their design capacity for all that time. The lights and heating kept on. I was living in a prefab, with a wife and baby, on top of the Berkshire Downs at the time, well recollected. There is absolutely no prospect of renewables performing in such a fashion. I must not go on so!!!!!! Richard Phillips

Hold the front page: The Guardian targets net-zero by 2030

Richard, what on earth has your comment got to do with this article? In what way will The Guardian''s CSR policy influence government energy policy? Aside from which 70 yrs of investment in nuclear technology has given us a source of power accounting for 16% of output (gov''t figures 1st Qtr 2019) Vs 35.8% for renewables. Hardly the basis for hope, given the financial price to consumers (latest 40/Mw hr vs 80-odd/Me Hr nuclear) And that''s without going into the cost of Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima etc. There will be technical solutions found to intermittency and other supply issues for renewables. I''m not aware of a successful solution for the mountain of radioactive waste that nuclear power produces. Are you? Or fall out from melt down of an atomic pile?

Hold the front page: The Guardian targets net-zero by 2030

Richard, what on earth has your comment got to do with this article? In what way will The Guardian''s CSR policy influence government energy policy? Aside from which 70 yrs of investment in nuclear technology has given us a source of power accounting for 16% of output (gov''t figures 1st Qtr 2019) Vs 35.8% for renewables. Hardly the basis for hope, given the financial price to consumers (latest 40/Mw hr vs 80-odd/Me Hr nuclear) And that''s without going into the cost of Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima etc. There will be technical solutions found to intermittency and other supply issues for renewables. I''m not aware of a successful solution for the mountain of radioactive waste that nuclear power produces. Are you? Or fall out from melt down of an atomic pile?

Hold the front page: The Guardian targets net-zero by 2030

Let us hope that this augers a move to recognise the value of nuclear power as the sole non-carbon based source of energy which is able to supply electricity, up to its design limit, on demand, at any time; abilities for ever out of the reach of any renewable source. Richard Phillips

Pret-A-Manger: We can't greenwash our way out of the war on plastics

Interesting article. Perhaps Pret could do more about communicating some of these issues; even if it''s only the 10% who recognise that there are trade offs who read them, that''s still a sizeable number of customers. More detail on the relative lifecycle emissions calculations for plastic, aluminium and glass would be welcome, too. But Pret''s 50p off if you bring your own cup is definitely a winner as far as I am concerned - now I always have my own cup with me it makes Pret the coffee shop of choice.

'We're up for it': Sky exploring its role in net-zero future

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. Cement based on magnesium silicates, not only requires much less heating, it also absorbs large amounts of CO2 as it hardens, making it carbon negative. It can all be paid for by eliminating mental illness using the Kadir-Buxton Method. Biochar is an ancient invention being found by archaeologists that locks atmospheric CO2 in the soil for thousands of years, a by-product of it''s soil improving function.

Report: 'Sustainable' seafood in UK supermarkets 'wiping out wild fish stocks'

A Practical Solution To Fish Stock Depletion Fish in the wild are being over exploited, and whole fish species face extinction. But there is an easy way of preventing these extinctions. An international law should be passed which ensures that the gonads of all fish caught are liquidized and put into water containers, the fish are usually gutted anyway so this would not be a great hardship for the fishermen. Once liquidized, artificial fertilization takes place, and after twenty four hours the fertilized fish eggs can be released into the sea. It does not matter where the eggs are put back because the fry of each species find their way back to the environment they originally come from. In this way, the sea can be repopulated, and fishing can even become sustainable. The Japanese were the first country to fish in this way, and had their Navy protect the massive shoal until the fish matured. I have only heard of it being done the once, though. Copyright Kadir-Buxton 2019 Created at Mr Site

EPCs: The seldom-used tool that can unlock greater efficiency - The Mitie Blog

This approach is by far the simplest and best aproach to moving into a carbon neutral world as it allows all companies and domestic energy users to start working towards being carbon neutral without extra cost. The only issue i have found With domestic users is that they can''t be bothered to change somthing if it is working perfectly well For instance why change a lightbulb that cost 50p for an led bulb that costs 3 what they are unable to see is that the 50p bulb will use 90% more energy than the LED so will cost more over the life of the bulb because most are unable to work out the cost saving and therefore have to trust what someone else tells them but are reluctent to do because it sounds too good to be true.

Government unveils new net-zero support for buildings and 'every single mode of transport'

Many thanks Sarah

Government unveils new net-zero support for buildings and 'every single mode of transport'

@ Gavin Hodgson - the consultation can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/non-domestic-private-rented-sector-minimum-energy-efficiency-standards-future-trajectory-to-2030 Best, Sarah, reporter, edie

Renewable generation overtakes fossil fuels in UK electricity for first time

Roger, I have little sympathy with public subsidy for platform removal; was gas and oil not a private industry, highly profitable? Why did they not pay, they put them up. With regard to gas imports for power, fracking for our own gas has been tossed aside at the behest of an ignorant fringe, why? The matter of redundancy is more complex than your description. Certainly power stations were running at a low level, but gas stations still do, in order to balance wind generation and demand. This is uneconomic, so they have to be subsidised. There are worries in this area, now termed power inertia. But as wind power grows, and reliable fossil generation falls, it is falling also. For a serious outage, all the deft rapid communication on Earth will not replace actual generation. Forget batteries for industrial quantities, the cost would be a serious portion of GDP. Yes, I would opt for spinning reserve, inertia, wind and solar have none...Above about 30% wind power this is regarded as serious. Serious wind outages, ie generation of a nominal 20GW down to a few hundred MW, can last for days on end, and did so last July. But in mid-winter that is not good I agree entirely with your comment concerning the place of engineers. The original Grid was built on the specifications of two electrical engineers, Mertz and Kennedy their work was almost verbatim in the form of the Electricity (Supply) Act 1926. Completed in 1935, it enabled the UK to have a powerful industrial base in WWII. Certainly engineers will build and run our Grid, after the accountants have agreed. We only have such a poor generator as wind because it has been very profitable for the suppliers I am convinced that our electricity supply would be an optimum or thereabouts with some 80% nuclear, balance UK fracked gas. Renewables should not feature on account of their unreliability. But this takes time, simply because a certain Prime Minister dumped all our nuclear industry, about 30 years ago! Richard Phillips

Government unveils new net-zero support for buildings and 'every single mode of transport'

The linked paper mentions nothing about ''minimum energy efficiency standard of EPC band B by 2030'' - can you supply the source please.

Government unveils new net-zero support for buildings and 'every single mode of transport'

First off they should immediately change the planning laws and building regulations so ALL new build properties (domestic and commercial) have to be constructed to A+ energy efficiency including use of non combustion based heating systems. That should be backdated to the date of the original announcement. There is a new development of "social" housing about to be constructed here in Fort William that talk is will be fitted with gas central heating - in a town with no mains gas. Social housing should be constructed to minimise the cost of living to those living in them and new builds should not be allowed to fit combustion based heating now. As a cyclist, in Fort William (the wettest town in Europe) to encourage me to cycle there needs to be secure, covered cycle racks and possibly even changing facilites dotted around town. Morrison''s have a "second thought" cycle area which is pathetic and located away from the main entrance. There''s very little cycle storage in town and forget trying to dry off and get changed. Finally, what options do the government have to decarbonise my home heating? As we have no mains gas we have to use oil. Some homes still have to use coal fires and a back boiler! ASHPs are no good for our needs, ask any number of council tenants who have had them fitted and hate them as the house is damp and it costs 4x as much to run. I offset through Woodland Trust and my oil company also offset but to replace my central heating could cost me 10''s of thousands. Until I see some sensible strategies and real action I''ll take all of this with a massive pinch of salt as really it is just normal political hot air.

WATCH: Al Gore on disruptive politics, Green New Deals and climate strikes

I was there when he spoke and it was the most powerful speech I heard in a long time, quite moving and also inspiring, giving those of us who work on these issues a call to arms and the feeling we are not alone.

WATCH: Al Gore on disruptive politics, Green New Deals and climate strikes

I was there when he spoke and it was the most powerful speech I heard in a long time, quite moving and also inspiring, giving those of us who work on these issues a call to arms and the feeling we are not alone.

Renewable generation overtakes fossil fuels in UK electricity for first time

Richard Phillips There are enough reminders from the press to ensure that we never forget subsidies for wind generation but the fossil fuel subsidies such as the tax payer funded decommissioning of North Sea platforms dont seem to find the space. The North sea was a great boon to the nations balance of payments and if subsidies were necessary to get the benefits then it was money well spent. As you are probably aware the UK imports increasing amounts of gas and reducing our reliance on foreign imports must be a good thing. When the national grid was set up there were huge amounts of redundancy because the technology of the day could not cope with sudden change. Today''s grid is much more efficient with high speed communication and the ability to supply large amounts of power within seconds. Would you like to go back to the good old days of spinning reserve where coal stations were all powered up but not producing anything. As for itemising all the subsidies on a consumers bill. Is there ever an example of an invoice that lists the tax paid, directors bonuses, labour transport etc etc. Because they are not listed they must be "secret". The Amazon invoice would be bigger than the parcel. I agree that "the government simply do not understand the science" so it is lucky that engineers are running the grid and I am sure that the people who have kept it running since the 30''s without interruption including the war, would have noticed the danger of grid instability and taken measures against it. Go to http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/ and see in real time how the grid seamlessly balances wind gas coal nuclear and foreign imports.

Renewable generation overtakes fossil fuels in UK electricity for first time

In the apparent bargain price of wind generation, have we somehow forgotten the subsidies still paid for offshore generation? And we must not forget the very large additional cost of this highly and rapidly variable source on the additional costs from National Grid. None of these are itemised on the consumers bill, indeed a lot of it is secret. The danger of grid instability due to the high variability of wind power seems to be lost on the upper echelons of Government, who simply do not understand the science, so ignore it; and upon so many reporters in this area Richard Phillips

Renewable generation overtakes fossil fuels in UK electricity for first time

A good start, however let s see the figures for quarter one 2020 when the electricity demand is at its highest in winter and offshore wind or solar may not be at their optimum generation level . Remember government also wishes to transfer heat to an electric platform and as such that requires an additional twice the capacity of the current electricity generation capability. In all cases you need to have The maximum demand point Capacity available otherwise people Or industry will have to go without. This is just reality.

'We're up for it': Sky exploring its role in net-zero future

Well, Sky has been very important in regards to say "Plastic Pollution", but for a start on the full & comprehensive Climate & Ecological issue set - many times worse than even Plastic Pollution is (as part of this issue set): Can one suggest that some Sky presenters &/or participants in e.g. "The Pledge", need to "revise" their views on Climate & Ecological solutions - which go out far & wide where they must be very influential

Unilever partners with Veolia to create circular economy for plastic packaging

Hopefully, Unilever will help some of us companies who are trying to do the actual work of recovery of existing plastics in the ecosystems. While their approach to collection at the point of consumption is absolutely a must, we also need to recover plastics already in the ecosystem. We are ready to go to work. Not just attend conferences and additional research on an issue we are already acutely aware of.

Cargill, Maersk Tankers and Mitsui & Co team up on 'over-the-shelf' emissions technology for shippin

A lot of words, but what is actually going to propel the ships, it cannot be done on hot air from the Global Heads. Richard Phillips

Coca-Cola unveils drinks bottle made from recycled ocean plastics

Just enforce deposits on their bottles as they do elsewhere in Europe and then Coca Cola can recycle them the bottles themselves. At the moment they rely on local authorities to dispose of them, litter the countryside etc. I am getting tired of the stream of "initiatives" to make bottles more recyclable. Slap a deposit on the bottles, watch them disappear from the seas and countryside and deliver them all to Coca Cola. Then they really will become recyclable and Coca Cola will disappear from the news. They do it in Germany and nobody has to care.

'Risking a carbon budget blowout': UK Government gives go-ahead to Drax gas plant

Whilst being absolutely no fan of this project, would it have been worth mentioning two things: 1) I understand that these turbines will be replacing ones currently powered by coal burning. They will therefore significantly reduce CO2 emissions compared to the current fuel. 2) Drax is committed to CCUS research for its wood pellet burning units. I presume therefore that they have a serious intention to carry that work through to this project. If that is done and if the government stops prevaricating and builds a network to allow seabed injection, then the project does effectively become carbon neutral. Was this the reasoning for Leadsom authorising the build?

'Risking a carbon budget blowout': UK Government gives go-ahead to Drax gas plant

Whilst being absolutely no fan of this project, would it have been worth mentioning two things: 1) I understand that these turbines will be replacing ones currently powered by coal burning. They will therefore significantly reduce CO2 emissions compared to the current fuel. 2) Drax is committed to CCUS research for its wood pellet burning units. I presume therefore that they have a serious intention to carry that work through to this project. If that is done and if the government stops prevaricating and builds a network to allow seabed injection, then the project does effectively become carbon neutral. Was this the reasoning for Leadsom authorising the build?

P&G to donate 500,000 litres of clean water across the globe

Sounds very impressive until you realise that, between them, the houses in even the shortest British streets use more than 500,000 litres of water every year, and if they are metered it will cost them a total of no more than 2000, including what we pay for waste water treatment.

P&G to donate 500,000 litres of clean water across the globe

Doesn''t feel like the most stretching of commitments for a Company of this size and stature! A fifth of the volume of typical Olympic size swimming pool - surely there are a couple of zeros missing from the number?

Report: Less than half of global banks have sustainable energy finance commitments

Look it isn''t all about fuel when it comes to oil and gas. Where do you think the plastic materials used to make your smart phone, laptop, solar panels and wind turbines come from? Yes PETROCHEMICALS all produced from oil and gas as the raw feedstock. Now look at your wardrobe, how many items are made from polyester, nylon, acrylic? How many have Lycra(tm) in them? All synthetic fabrics made from oil. Whilst I agree that we can not afford to simply burn the stuff we as a society will need men and women like myself to go out into the worst Mother Nature can throw at us (as I type the wind is up to 35kts out here and increasing) to find and produce the raw material for millions and millions of everyday products each and everyone of us wants and needs. Like the insulation around the electric cables in your house, the casings around the batteries in your EVs, the paint that protects the wind turbines from the seawater. Only if you want to go back to burning whale oil in lanterns and wearing hessian undergarments can you honestly say you don''t want to invest in oil and gas.

Conservatives hint at plans for earlier petrol and diesel car sale ban

Some confusion here re vehicles! You give a link to the CCC''s recommendations for all "conventionally powered petrol and diesel vehicles" sales to stop in 2035. The CCC report says " the deadline to make electric vehicles the only mode of transport should be brought forward to 2035 or earlier, the CCC says. Huge difference. Current HMG recommendations are for all "conventional" petrol and diesel vehicles to be banned from 2040. This is a way of allowing local authorities to insist that hybrids run on electric power in towns and cities to reduce air pollution. Banning all petrol and diesel vehicles is completely different and begs the question of how you generate the electricity to charge them. Some clarity on this would be welcomed!

Coal drops to record low generation share in UK

A Buxton Geothermal Turbine Generator is a lined and capped well, filled with water, which is ten kilometres deep. Because the ground heats up at a constant rate the deeper one digs, the cap of the well is at three times boiling point, the precise temperature at which power stations generate electricity with their turbine generators. Any power station can easily be converted to Buxton Geothermal Turbine Generators. The power they can generate is only limited by how wide the well is dug, and energy generation greater than nuclear power stations is easily possible. It should be noted that due to temperature variations in different localities, the well would have to be dug until the temperature at the bottom reached three times boiling point, which is an average of ten kilometres. As far as the cost of such a project is concerned, the recent Aachen bore hole was dug to a depth of 2.5 kilometres in three months, so we can assume that it would take just a year to get down to a depth where the rocks are at the temperature of three times boiling point. Figures available on the internet say that a bore hole of 5.54 kilometres costs 4.7 million, which equates to 8.5 million for a ten kilometre bore hole. This is thus a very cheap way of cleaning up the pollution caused by present power stations. There are approximately 107 main power stations in the UK producing 47 million tonnes of carbon (2004 figures) or 30% of the total UK production of carbon, and this would take 909.5 million to convert to BGTGs. A drop of 30% in carbon production would go a long way towards the Government''s present target of 60% of 1990 emissions by 2050. We must also compare the cost of converting all power stations to BGTGs with the conservative estimate of 2 billion to build just one nuclear power station. Information on other Super Deep Boreholes can be seen at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kola_Superdeep_Borehole

Everything you may have missed: The sustainability success stories of the UN Climate Summit

The world''s first self-funding near-zero CO2 plan was invented in 1985, why the long wait?

Conservatives focus on nuclear and EVs in net-zero vision for 2050

A million trees is not enough when the UN says the planet needs a trillion. We can increase this by 15% if we plant the trees in equilateral triangles rather than squares. As for nuclear power, it is so expensive we should be spending all the money on solar and wind instead. If you want to do your bit use the Ecosia seach engine, which plants trees for free. And offset your family emissions for the price of a family pizza meal by planting forest gardens at: Trees.org

RWE to become carbon-neutral by 2040

Carbon capture and storage may never work because there are not enough of the correct type of rocks to inject the CO2 into. The only way we can do this is by biocharing all our organic waste and using it as a soil improver.

UK Government will continue to invest in fossil fuels overseas, despite MPs' concerns

We should have a minimum requirement of 150 IQ points for all those wishing to serve, any less obviously does not cut it.

Brexit 'could help UK to reverse solar VAT hike', Conservatives claim

In France TVA on the purchase of photovoltaic systems less than 3kWp is 10%. The TVA on the installation of photovoltaic systems is 5,5%.

Half of UK businesses 'targeting carbon neutrality by 2030'

The cheapest way of net-zero CO2 is to offset by planting trees. Any business can change it''s web search engine to Ecosia, which plants trees for free. And Trees.org plants forest gardens in Africa cheaply. An average family can offset their annual emissions for the price of a family pizza meal at Trees.org You won''t find cheaper.

In numbers: What's stopping people from switching to 'greener' habits?

I wanted to buy a small, basic electric car seven years ago. There wasn''t one available. So I bought my present Nisan Pixo. It is small, basic, no central locking or electric windows. I hope I can buy a similar electric car when I need a new one in about three to five years time. The technology is available. If the Government banned new petrol and deisel cars within, say, the next five years, the car manufacturers would get their act together! I live in a country area where there is NO public transport. I try to drive as little as possible.

E-waste: Can businesses solve the world's fastest-growing domestic waste stream?

При нормальном подходе к этой проблеме ее можно и нужно решать еще и с прибылью.

Universities, colleges and students urged accelerate climate action

Climate change as a result of increases of greenhouse gasses other than the major gas, water vapour, is a matter yet to be resolved by the physical science involved. Variation in the total water vapour burden of the Earth is indeterminate. In the absence of a wide base in the physical sciences, views on this matter can have little foundation. I note that Zamzam Ibrahim is a graduate in the area of law and accountancy. The absence of a satisfactory base for the understanding of these matters must be a common feature of school children and the majority of the university population. Knowledge is fundamental. Look also at the industries so stridently promoting green matters to our politicians, fortunes are being made on little evidence. Follow the money!!! I fully realise that I will be most unpopular, but as very Senior Citizen, retired after 35 years of scientific research in nuclear energy, I feel immune to it!!! Richard Phillips

In numbers: What's stopping people from switching to 'greener' habits?

Many small firms still don''t have proper recycling facilities in the workplace, in part because of the additional costs incurred with multiple waste streams. So I find myself taking home my apple cores and read newspapers where they are able to be recycled at no extra cost. (I currently rent an office from a large workspace provider, which probably ought to do better!)

Which? accused of defamation over 'misleading' renewable guarantees claims

Rego''s are a scam, Which? had every right to highlight the greenwash surrounding these forms of certificates. They are neither here nor there regarding where the energy is coming from. As its dark at night and the wind doesn''t blow all the time. What then I ask is what is powering these ''''100%'''' renewable pass through trading companies? Fossil fuelled generation. All just green wishy washy to the real facts that people are paying over inflated prices for intermittent power that gets forced onto the grid. The whole REGO system of certificates are a mechanism to sell the useless power that causes greater amounts of pollution from ramping up and down of power stations. Check https://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/ and you''ll see that the windmills go days without generating renewable energy, who are these consumers buying power off then?

RWE to become carbon-neutral by 2040

Worrying that RWE are going to employ biomass given the destruction of habitats that this involves. Also high emissions of pollution from particulates, soot etc. Even if CCUS is employed true renewables are less damaging. Hopefully no subsidies will be paid for this, unlike Drax.

Survey: Half of passengers use Uber over environmental concerns

The impact of ride-hailing on the city s traffic patterns may actually create the opposite and make congestion potentially worse and increase vehicle miles travelled. https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/8/18535627/uber-lyft-sf-traffic-congestion-increase-study There is a need for balance, the convenience of sitting in a ride hail car is no different then sitting in your own personal car, it still causes congestion and car miles. Active travel needs to be prioritised over car journeys and provides multiple benefits.

Recycle Week 2019: The state of UK household recycling in 8 charts

I am not sure I understand the graphs very well. There is no mention of organics recycling, ie garden and food waste, by far the biggest single household waste stream. It talks only of dry recycling, but wet recycling is actually the untold story. I''m not sure why they are omitted.

Which? accused of defamation over 'misleading' renewable guarantees claims

The problem is how do we, the consumer, know that the power we are buying from any company is "renewable"? All it takes is for a new company to set up a shiny website with all sorts of claims about renewable energy and the consumer is non the wiser. Even if you dig through the small print most consumers wouldn''t know a REGO from a LEGO(tm). It''s not necessarily a problem for most companies, who rely on their good name and reputation, but there is a risk that some companies might say one thing but in fact are not doing quite what they stipulate. That''s probably what Which! were saying about "misleading" claims.

Fairytales, Thunberg and why business as usual is very worried about climate activism - Matt Mace's

Economies propped up by fossil fuel giants? Really? Economies are being propped up by governments. Fossil fuel companies had nothing to do with Quantitative Easing, Money Printing or bailing out RBS and other failing financial institutions. And please not all oil and gas is used as fuel. Much is actually used to make the myriad of everyday products each and every single one of us, including Ms Thunberg, need and want. Including I would like to point out her very fetching yellow waterproof.

UK banks 'pouring billions into fossil fuels and deforestation', despite green pledges

I sent this letter to John Flint, HSBC Chief Executive as part of a Christian Aid campaign: "...Cutting Heating and Cooling Bills While Slashing CO2 Emissions From the moment that we switch our radiators on half of the heat given off by them is lost as it goes into the wall behind them. We can, however, get around this problem with an invention from a then schoolboy prodigy that got onto the ''Tomorrow''s World'' program in the UK in the 1970s. He had learned from School that heat is given off by way of conduction, convection, and radiation, so when his Grandmother had problems meeting her heating bills the schoolboy reasoned that heat loss due to conduction and convection could be stopped by putting a lining of cardboard covered with silver cooking foil behind his Grandmother''s radiators. Heat loss through the wall is now slashed, and rooms heat up faster when the heating comes on. The Fire Brigade said at the time that the cardboard was not a fire hazard as behind the radiator is the least damaged part of a room in the event of a fire. And this saving cuts the CO2 emissions of your house. The UK Government now recommends two more expensive alternatives which are neater, and I use Radflek; to be as neat with cardboard you would have to take the radiator down from the wall. If you only boil as much water in your kettle as you need instead of filling the kettle then you save enough money every day to heat a room, with these inventions you can thus heat two rooms for free. Another invention from the ''70s was Starlite, which if coated on the walls and ceilings of the office and home, could cut heating and cooling bills to near-zero, automatic windows could control most of the temperature adjustment needs. An alternative to Starlite is Fireputty, invented by Canadian Troy Hurtubise, who was looking for financial backing for lab time so that he could make a household paint out of it, before his untimely death. There is a competition that Starlite and Firepaste could be entered in with a prize of US $1 million for a method of cutting cooling bills for buildings, with the idea that global warming will mean that more buildings will have to have cooling. A passive cooling system like Starlite and Firepaste, if made into a paint, would cut both heating and cooling to near-zero, both in turns of fuel needed, and CO2 emissions, and as such will probably be unbeatable in the competition. To enter the competition, just head to: https://globalcoolingprize.org/prize-details/faq/..." No reply so far for my letter of 27 February 2019!

Net-zero not possible without circular economy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation finds

We could biochar all organic waste, taking CO2 from the atmosphere and locking it in the soil for thousands of years as a soil improver.

Heathrow CEO: Aviation sector must set net-zero plan 'as soon as possible'

"Shut down my whorehouse, and men will just go down the street." That argument doesn''t justify selling sex, or mean that its levels of supply are inevitable. Perhaps long-distance flights should return to being "the trip of a lifetime," rather than an easy alternative to more local holidays. What does Orlando have that the Costas cannot offer? The food couldn''t be worse than in the US. Most destinations in Europe are now quickly reached by train, and fling is NOT necessary. Let''s stop behaving like spoilt, selfish brats!

Labour commits to 2030 net-zero target as part of Green New Deal

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. Cement based on magnesium silicates, not only requires much less heating, it also absorbs large amounts of CO2 as it hardens, making it carbon negative. It can all be paid for by eliminating mental illness using the Kadir-Buxton Method.

Embodied carbon: WorldGBC embarks on 'radical' new approach towards net-zero

An invention from the ''70s was Starlite, which if coated on the walls and ceilings of the office and home, could cut heating and cooling bills to near-zero, automatic windows could control most of the temperature adjustment needs. See: https://www.starlitethermashield.com/ An alternative to Starlite is Fireputty, invented by Canadian Troy Hurtubise, who was looking for financial backing for lab time so that he could make a household paint out of it, before his untimely death. There is a competition that Starlite and Firepaste could be entered in with a prize of US $1 million for a method of cutting cooling bills for buildings, with the idea that global warming will mean that more buildings will have to have cooling. A passive cooling system like Starlite and Firepaste, if made into a paint, would cut both heating and cooling to near-zero, both in turns of fuel needed, and CO2 emissions, and as such will probably be unbeatable in the competition. If you look at this YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqR4_UoBIzY you will find the the likely components are 90% corn starch and 10% baking soda mixed into a putty using PVA glue. There may have been other components as well, because it has been made into a spray paint, and paint. You will need to crack the formula in order to make use of passive temperature control of buildings. To enter the competition, just head to: https://globalcoolingprize.org/prize-details/faq/

Heathrow CEO: Aviation sector must set net-zero plan 'as soon as possible'

One plan involved everyone in a lottery to win a flight, this can then be used or sold to the highest bidder. Thus the number of flights is controlled.

Labour commits to 2030 net-zero target as part of Green New Deal

Further driving up the cost per mWh of unreliable intermittent power, note worthy on the back of the current climate emergency fronted by screaming children. Installing 52GW of capacity that the UK on average only uses 35GW currently and still unreliable intermittent power. Rebecca Long-Bailey and the others in parliament that drive these initiatives with zero engineering or scientific knowledge, as they say all or nothing = blackouts. Wednesday to Friday last week 20-09-2019 UK windmills made nothing, now imagine what powers the grid when an additional 52GW isn''t doing anything. don''t believe me check grid watch https://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/

Three learnings on circular innovation - The sustainable innovation blog

The natural world has 4 billion years'' experience of what works, what lasts and what is beautiful. Perhaps we should work in harmony rather than in conflict with her. It''s called "Biomimicry"

Brits support limiting air travel and meat reductions to combat climate change

Do you have a link to this YouGov survey? Not that I''m skeptical or anything, but it wouldn''t be the first survey that has been wildly over interpreted. Are we sure that the survey didn''t just find that the respondents would be happy for other people to curtail their flying habits and eat less meat?

FT's climate campaign and urban rooftop farming: The sustainability success stories of the week

Capitalism has many components. I work with a fellow "leftie" and we happily embrace the market, trying hard to deliver good value. However it is the market manipulators, the brexit /Johnson funders that have to be confronted. Apart from the morality of what they are doing it introduces inefficiency and we need maximum efficiency to combat climate change.

Brits support air travel limits and meat reductions to combat climate change

This is misleading. The original questionnaire questions were much more in the vein of whether the respondents think we should limit our own flying / meat eating. It did not suggest that government should impose top-down limits as is implied in the text here.

Subsidy-free solar 'coming of age' thanks to battery technology

The only reason that solar is now viable without subsidy is because of the kWh price increase created by the renewables. Last time I checked its still so narrowly breaking even on battery storage and not worth doing. When the grid starts to have intermittent blackout because of too much renewables we''ll see batteries become more profitable.

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