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Businesses will defy Trump in low-carbon transition, say climate experts

Fully agree. Trump is delusional if he thinks any private investor is going to build a new coal fired power station for example to help "bring back jobs" to the coal industry.

Can UK plc set the pace on energy?

Good question and I suppose anything is possible. After all, the UK government is so clueless as to have no idea what to invest in that they systematically under-invest requiring the Bank of England to invest 100s billions in Quantitative Easing funds. If that scale of investment goes via UK plc into the renewable energy schemes which I recommend then yes, yes we can. Scottish Scientist Independent Scientific Adviser for Scotland https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/ * Double Tidal Lagoon Baseload Scheme * Off-Shore Electricity from Wind, Solar and Hydrogen Power * World s biggest-ever pumped-storage hydro-scheme, for Scotland? * Modelling of wind and pumped-storage power * Scotland Electricity Generation my plan for 2020

Energy transition of 'exceptional scope' can unlock $10trn annually

"the report claims that carbon capture and storage (CCS) will offer fossil fuel assets the chance to recover investments and minimize stranded assets" ____ Forget so-called "carbon capture and storage" which I take to be a fraudulent exercise by the fossil fuel industry. Typically, with CCS fraud, most of the carbon dioxide which may be captured won''t be stored for long before it is sneakily vented to the atmosphere by cowboy operators because there will be a profit in doing so. Leaking CO2 will always be cheaper than storing CO2. Storage can''t be policed. Indeed the fossil fuel industry has no intention of policing CCS. The CCS fraud is simply promoted to serve as a slogan and an excuse for ignorant government ministers to repeat, while continuing to support the business-as-usual fossil fuel industry and dodging valid criticisms of fossil fuel burning causing global warming and environmental damage. Certainly the world need leadership towards a 100% renewable energy future but it is scientists like myself who offer that leadership, not stooges for the fossil fuel industry. Scottish Scientist Independent Scientific Adviser for Scotland https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/ * Double Tidal Lagoon Baseload Scheme * Off-Shore Electricity from Wind, Solar and Hydrogen Power * World s biggest-ever pumped-storage hydro-scheme, for Scotland? * Modelling of wind and pumped-storage power * Scotland Electricity Generation my plan for 2020

Battle cry: Where should the War on Waste go next?

What next....Pallets! The unsung hero that keeps the worldwide supply chain moving, or a BIG problem that we chose to sweep under the unit load (the carpet is one of the exceptions) If we think that paper cups are an issue just look at these numbers: Over a billion new pallets enter the US supply chain every year. Over 600Million new pallets enter the EU supply chain every year. Only 12% of the total volume is provided by rental pool pallets, the rest are 1-3 trip ponies and then what. What goes in must cum out, allowing for some market growth. That''s a lot of wood going to waste and whare does it all originate from? Every truck with 24 pallets onboard is carrying up to 500kg of dead weight (wood) that''s up to a tonne on a double-decker truck a lot of wasted energy in just moving them, and what about the return logistics if they are pooled. They transfer pathogens and disease across the globe, are a fire and safety hazard. This is a serious waste issue that receives little or no attention, it''s about time we looked a little more closely at this Elefant in the ...factory.... warehouse... DC...backn of the store.... builders merchants...DIY retail store.....Industrial estate car parks.... builders skips....incinerator fuel stockpiles...and Bonfires on the 5th of November. The odd bits of DIY garden fence and recycled garden furniture won''t solve the issue. How about not using pallets at all in any form, plastic, wood or pooled, just think of a different way to move stuff around. There is a way, it not only irradiates the requirement for any form of consumable pallet it provides a raft of efficiency and environmental gains in all the locations that the concept is deployed! Hugh Frost (Freight Lift -Pallet-Free Materials Handling)

Can the UK become a world-leader on decentralised energy post-Brexit?

Decentralised energy must also rule out any new nuclear build and enforce the 2012 Health and Social Care Act requirement to protect the public from exposure to nuclear radiation.

Thames Water hit with record ?20m fine for 'catastrophic' Thames pollution

So they get fined the equivalent of one weeks investment for what the court describes as wicked acts. Is this the sort of punishment that will make a company of this size and level of income think again before they let another few million litres pollute the environment, I think not!!!

Breakthroughs for biofuel in aviation and transport sectors

Most major UK sewage treatment works have harvested the methane produced by their anaerobic digestors for decades. It''s usually used to power generator sets on the sites, providing the electricity for pumps, compressors, screen rakes, lighting and heating offices, etc. Any excess electricity is fed into the local grid.

Breakthroughs for biofuel in aviation and transport sectors

So, biogas from annual wastewater from 50,000 inhabitants can send one car on 6 return trips to the Moon. More relevantly, this would fuel the 25,000 cars that these 50,000 inhabitants actually use a grand total of 200km each, or about 1 week''s worth of driving. Pointless headline-grabbing statistic masks what is a very modest development.

British tampons and nappies set to fuel power stations

Greenpeace slams 'jaw-dropping' inaction on marine pollution from soft drinks firms

Hi Wilf, thanks for your comment. We do usually provide links through to the full versions of reports and industry papers that we write about, but had some trouble with the external link for this one. I have retrospectively added a hyperlink through upon first mention of the report, which should now be working and will take you through to the full thing. Thanks, Luke (editor)

London support scheme launched to help SMEs scale up circular business models

How can I connect with LWARB s chief operating officer Wayne Hubbard ?

Nine London boroughs selected to champion food waste awareness

I would like to get involved in food waste recycling in the borough of Lambeth. Can some one sign post me. Thanks

Greenpeace slams 'jaw-dropping' inaction on marine pollution from soft drinks firms

Thank you for reporting this .It would help if a journalistic practice became giving specific reference to access the perimary document ie the report. Wilf MOUND

Water retail competition savings will be 'more than expected'

Water retail competition savings will be 'more than expected'

A Water Retailer WaterScan Ltdrunning a tender for Sainsbury? Are you serious? How is that a water retail competitive tender? Really Sainsbury what are you thinking

The UK's ever-changing energy mix: 2015 in charts

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The UK's ever-changing energy mix: 2015 in charts

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Green light for first UK hydro storage project in 30 years

Excellent news indeed in a technology we need much more of, following in the footsteps of the superb Dinorwig and Cruachan schemes and, once built, generating zero waste and pollution. Hopefully wind turbines will be included to move water from bottom to top reservoirs more frequently and increase the generating time of the station. Good luck to the project team for a successful and timely completion.

SUEZ invests £250,000 into 'ground-breaking' MDF recycling technology

Guys, This all sounds very laudable but several plants have already been built in the UK that recycle the fibre board and produce new boards using a steam process which was operating about 20 years ago. So NOTHING new there so who is kidding who as this is NOT new technology and why would such a large group invest in such a small plant???? John Squire

Shell opens its first UK hydrogen refuelling station

Keep it going! Hydrogen and electric vehicles can save the UK!

SUEZ invests ?250,000 into 'ground-breaking' MDF recycling technology

Isn''t that chipboard in your picture, rather than MDF?

Hyundai unveils hydrogen vehicle concept with boosted driving range

From where does the hydrogen originate, and by what means is it stored on the car? What is the power rating of the vehicle? Richard Phillips

UK carbon emissions fall by 5.8% in 2016, analysis finds

@KAREN BAINES We do need to keep the strict rules in place on smokeless fuels only in residential areas. However, biomass (wood pellet) burning power stations (with strict emission-control standards applied) are much less polluting compared to the same amount of wood burned in a forest fire. Biomass burning is indeed carbon neutral over the life cycle of the plant so it offers a low cost back up power supply to intermittent renewable energy. Biomass-burning done right is a good renewable energy solution.

UK carbon emissions fall by 5.8% in 2016, analysis finds

"But Holmes, my patients are still suffering from breathing London''s polluted air, lower carbon emissions notwithstanding" Watson complained. Holmes jabbed his finger out of the window of number 221b at the traffic moving slowly along Baker Street. "There''s your culprit Watson. The internal combustion engine, millions of them in London alone!" Holmes proclaimed. "What''s to be done, Holmes?" Watson asked. "We simply can''t go on like this!" "Hydrogen fuel-cells for electric vehicles, to speed up refuelling and make range-anxiety a thing of the past", Holmes opined, thoughtfully. "For buses, commercial and heavy goods vehicles too, Holmes? Is it practical? Is it affordable?", a note of doubt entering Watson''s voice. "Show me Holmes, I want to see it with my own eyes." "There''s a demonstration fleet of 10 hydrogen buses in Aberdeen, Scotland, according to this web-site." Holmes said as he clicked his mouse, his curiosity aroused. aberdeeninvestlivevisit.co.uk/ Invest/Aberdeens-Economy/City-Projects/H2-Aberdeen/Hydrogen-Bus/Hydrogen-Bus-Project.aspx Scottish Scientist Independent Scientific Adviser for Scotland scottishscientist.wordpress.com * Double Tidal Lagoon Baseload Scheme * Off-Shore Electricity from Wind, Solar and Hydrogen Power * World s biggest-ever pumped-storage hydro-scheme, for Scotland? * Modelling of wind and pumped-storage power * Scotland Electricity Generation my plan for 2020

Could this compostable coffee capsule solve the great circular economy challenge?

But are the capsules home-compostable? If not they could cause problems for home and community composting. And... Maybe there''ll soon be an organic coffee option?

ESOS: Companies still non-compliant as Environment Agency turns to enforcement action

The fact that there was no compulsion to implement recommended measures made sure that ESOS had no teeth. It also meant that the audits were not as rigorous in evaluating opportunities, leaving final action plans too woolly for implementation without further development.

Budget 2017: Chancellor confirms electric vehicle funding, announces new recycling targets

"solar PV installers now facing a potential 800% hike in business rates" - I think it''s installations that''s meant! Actually, in cash terms they are not always huge, but nonetheless it''s disappointing that what they give with Feed-in tariffs, they then take back with increased business rates.

Could this compostable coffee capsule solve the great circular economy challenge?

David is correct, it''s a great idea, but not new. However, saying that the capsules can be put in food waste collections is disingenuous. This local authorities that do food waste collections only allow food waste in them, not packaging of any sort. The only other thing that is allowed is a liner. Before we can promote such coffee capsules, we need to get them accepted.

ESOS: Companies still non-compliant as Environment Agency turns to enforcement action

If ESOS (and previous schemes like CRC) is to prove successful in driving down energy wastage non-compliance needs to be punished at a level punitively higher than the costs of compliance. I and I''m sure others have no doubt of that.

Almost half of British public would support diesel scrappage scheme, research finds

Would be much better to be searching out, supporting and developing Clean energy- hydrogen projects for transport and all other areas where Fossil Fuels/hydro-carbons are burnt to create energy. I was amazed recently that having entered my concept for a Hydrogen rotary Engine-generator for the Technology Developer Accelerator Program being run by the Advanced Propulsion Centre, it was not taken forward. I am quite clear that it does need considerable support, but I am saying that at the outcome it will be Zero emissions and have its own fuel on board the EV. Now, unless there was a better more advanced concept/project with greater potential to deliver Zero emission, any one would have though that this should be chosen for the accelerated program. NO! APC have held conferences and gatherings. before the judging panel took place "Can anyone out the Z in Zero emissions" and after the decisions, "Well to Wheels ....the pathway to Zero CO2" hosted by JLR. It appears to me that they are not really serious about attaining Zero emissions, because any reasonable person, would think that anything which has a 50% chance of achieving zero emissions, should be started ASAP. It should not be sidelined for an independent evaluation when it was recently assessed by Southampton University Prof. Ed Richardson, finding the new engine type to be "Plausible." HyPulJet.2.0 shows that there is at least on option for potential to have Zero emissions EVs which need neither the grid or Hydrogen network. Is it being stifled.

UK carbon emissions fall by 5.8% in 2016, analysis finds

But switching power stations from coal to wood pellet burning and promoting wood stoves and boilers with RHI incentives has created its own problems due to the increase in PM2.5 emissions especially in residential areas: https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/wood-not-carbon-neutral-energy-source

Report: Brexit offers escape hatch from £2bn EU waste policy costs

I hope to see some journalistic analysis of this report as it was full of glaring omissions and poorly-evidenced. For example, the only benefit of CE which they acknowledge (beyond a very narrow interpretation of resource efficiency) was that of climate change. They frequently claimed ''it is hard to see'' on issues where the answers have been exhaustively set out in the Circular Economy package workstreams and updates; it was even factually inaccurate in several places, referring to ''gate fees'' per ton for RDF export, rather than the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste notification fees payable to EA, on a per shipment basis.

Danone and Nestl? Waters pursue 100% bio-based plastic bottle rollout

The bottles may be bio- based but they are not biodegradable. Like the Coca Cola bottle made from sugar cane, what is the point ? Simply to substitute oil ? Ok that is fine too, but if the bottles are not collected they will not rot down in the environment just because they are bio-based. They do not resolve the recycling conundrum ! Only fully functioning collection for recycling will do that and probably that has to pass through a deposit scheme. Why is industry resisting that ?

Could this compostable coffee capsule solve the great circular economy challenge?

Welcome this news but fairly certain that such coffee capsules have been available from BASF bioplastic for at least 2-3 years. What is missing to make such circular recovery work is obligatory food waste collections. If only 40% of English councils collect foodwaste, it means these capsules sold in the other 60% will not be recovered at all. And this is the tragedy of failed English waste policy- food waste going to landfill is a climate crime and a resource waste.

Almost half of British public would support diesel scrappage scheme, research finds

The knee-jerk reaction of a large body of opinion from politicians to members of the public, must surely illustrate the general ignorance of the stringent limits set by the euro6 vehicle emissions limits demanded for the MOT test. Emission limits for petrol and diesel engines are almost identical; there being a larger allowance for carbon monoxide emissions from petrol engines, and a slightly greater emission limit for nitrogen oxides from diesel engines. The differences are marginal. In the face of this it would seem that a more rational approach would be to ensure that, like exercises to prevent unlicensed and uninsured cars being on our roads, non-MOT compliant vehicles should also be policed and removed. Scrappage is ridiculous, diesel engines are more thermodynamically efficient. Richard Phillips

Sustainability reporting frameworks lack comparability to attract investment, say experts

RE: "we ll need to get a common currency against all of our impacts" All kinds of activities/interventions/policies both in private and government/not-for-profit sectors have have one thing in common - they have impact on health, which is the common denominator. However, many people including experts often regard sustainability from narrow and/or specific point of view (individual business or industry). Then, they get a kaleidoscope of specific facts from which some of them try to establish a pattern. In most cases a "tick-box system" can not even identify a pattern, let alone to provide comparable and universally applicable indicator. Paper offers a solution based on model which provides universal explanations & predictions for impacts on health (the common denominator) for all kinds of activities/interventions/policies both in private and government/not-for-profit sectors https://goo.gl/UZINJR

Canary Wharf Group launches circular coffee waste system

While this initiative is a broadly positive step, it doesn''t qualify as ''FULLY embracing the Circular Economy'', even if you only limit the context to coffee cups. Here''s hoping it''s a step in that direction though.

Land Securities is world's first property firm to have science-based targets approved

Well done Land Securities. Its an interesting article because whilst National Grid might not have the same approval process in place, they have had a ghg strategy and action plan that tracks its performance against the UK government target for its businesses globally and has done since 2006. I know because I wrote the first strategy and five year plan. At the time there was no standard so the data was externally verified.

Burger King linked to alleged South American deforestation practices

THE destruction of this WORLD''S Forests is Alarming Whether its to Produce Bio-Fuels or other Products that are NOT Bio- degradable and not- reusable to benefit Mankind . The Deforestation of Lands in Bolivia and Brazil for the sole purpose of Producing SOY are in my opinion A tragic waste of the WORLD''S Natural Resources ! The Practice of clearing HUGH Tracts of Land will eventually lead to or result in nothing but DESSERTs and end up like Northern Africa !!

Green movement 'greatest threat to freedom', says Trump adviser

''Higher priced energy and academics'', as opposed to the burning a polluting non renewable resource and ignoring facts! Hell is empty and all the devils are here!

Sustainability reporting frameworks lack comparability to attract investment, say experts

Here is the correct link: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainable-population-health-indicator-success-sdgs-jordan-panayotov

Wind farms: the Marmite of energy generation - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Reaching the UK's 2020 renewable energy targets by utilising the power of AD - The Greener for Live

These people need HyPulJet.2.0 Hydrogen Rotary Engine-generator for EVs and other energy needs and applications. Own fuel production, powered by generator driven by a separate drive output shaft. Zero CO2 emission and Zero NOx Most of the Auto Makers and funding bodies such as Innovate UK do not fund this and have failed to look at the details. I have to think that this concept is being stone walled, the people running these bodies have not decided that it will not work, they appear to be frightened to look at the details because it will work and that will make all that they have been saying and funding wrong. Support needed and this will be the biggest disruption since the jet engine.

Getting ahead of the curve on energy efficiency - Andy's Energy Musings

we need more insulation. why spend energy when you can work on buildings that can keep heat or cold inside the houses... more education on subject is needed. Marcelo fiszner

WWF: Third-party sustainability standards can advance SDG progress for business

Hi Kirsty, looks like the link break originates with WWF as the same error message appears using the links on their site. We''ll investigate and update as soon as we hear back. Thanks, the edie team.

WWF: Third-party sustainability standards can advance SDG progress for business

The link to this report isn''t working. Can you refresh or post the amended link? Thanks,

Wind farms: the Marmite of energy generation - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

I almost hesitate to reply, as reply on the widfarm potential of the SwanseaTidal barrier just didn/t get onto his site - even though I sent it twice! But of course Kieron has a point, i.e. there is great need for better itegration of & on windfarms with other renewable energy generation & of course the 1st & most important factor of all i.e. Energy Efficiency: I write as someone variously involved in these matters since the early 1970s & who recently spoke in favour of onland Wind Turbines here in West Dorset, albeit to no avail due to those against! Oh & by the way, within sight of Cambridge, where I come from, I well recall a windmill, & similarly nearby out in the Fens, there was e.g. one at Wicken Fen i.e. helping the drainage, as so many used to. Meanwhile back here in the Dorset of today there''s a mgnificent watermill at Sturminster Newton + elsewhere on the Stour has several water electricity generating turbines Philip Jordan

Greenhouse PR certified as sustainable business

Great news, but I think you''ll find Forster Communications beat you to first place.

Wind farms: the Marmite of energy generation - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@Steve B - thanks for your reply. I do agree that wind turbines can be quite aesthetic at times. Gently spinning in the breeze like giant, white versions of kids windmills. Watching them sat in farmers fields in Denmark and Norfolk they look like sentinels watching over the crops. The problem with wind farms is more often their location. Towering over the mountains of the Lakes or the Highland Glens they are totally inappropriate in my mind but strung out along the M4 or the M8 they hardly make any impact to the visual environment, at least no more than pylons and electrickery lines. Good luck with the job

National Trust champions on-site solutions in renewables revolution

Biomass burning is an environmental disaster that is adding to global warming. The government have wasted 450 M on this blunder and misled the public. Pellet boilers and wood stoves are dirtier than coal and wood-burning is now responsible for 79% of the UK''s air pollution (killing 50 000 per year) according to DEFRA''s latest report (page 10 - DEFRA Emission Statistics) See the references to the Chatham House report here: :http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39053678 Time to expose this shameful wood-burning programme for what it is - a scam that has only served to make the sector, and its corrupt ex-politician Chris Huhne, wealthier.

Is it time for a plastic bottle tax?

I don''t see why it shouldn''t be possible to take non-food bottles (e.g. cleaning products) back to the supermarket for a refill.

Is it time for a plastic bottle tax?

I suspect that the demand for base material PET would be insufficient to soak up more than a small fraction of the bottles produced (and discarded) today. So a return to glass may help, but I recall when glass bottles first became non-returnable that the excuse was they had a thin polymer coating that reduced breakages but prevented re-use (and that the value of glass as cullet was too low to make it worthwhile collecting them). Clearly the solution must lie in changing the culture to encourage people to bring their own bottle (and mug to coffee shops, which is an even more obvious candidate for a charge on single use containers). In turn, we must accept that there needs to be a way for retailers to maintain a profit from selling non-prepackaged drinks so that, ultimately, the only losers are likely to be the container manufacturers. This may also need clearer volume marking on containers, so retailers know how much of a refill is being given. As an aside on the final point, in Cambodia motorcyclists often but fuel in small quantities from roadside stalls, selling it in re-used bottles. Western branded whisky bottles are popular, as the motorcyclist feels assured that if it''s a litre bottle that formerly held Johnny Walker whisky, it really does contain a litre of fuel!

Heineken couples sustainability and financial reporting as emissions tumble

We love to see this kind of efforts. We know that in Spain, Heineken has the posibility of reducing the Co2 emissions by giving their brewers spent grains to www.lpernia.com (bagazo de cerveza y cebadilla de cerveza)

Is it time for a plastic bottle tax?

I remember as a kid hunting around for discarded glass soft drinks bottles so we could take them back to the sweet shop, get the refund and buy a bag of "penny" chews. The glass bottles went back to the manufacturer and were reused. This was in the 70''s. Would a deposit scheme work today? I don''t see any reason why not and as plastic drinks bottles (PET) can be turned into clothing and other synthetic fabric items it opens up a development opportunity. While it might not reduce the number of plastic bottles being produced if it stops plastic bottles getting into the water system that has got to be a good thing. I can see kids hunting for plastic bottles to get the refund to buy mobile phone top ups in the future

Sainsbury's becomes first retailer to commit to 100% plastic-free cotton buds

Sainsbuy''s seemly are prepared to control plastic in our food chain BUT have refused to commit to selling only tinned fish that have been caught by Pole and line. Seemly Sainsbuy''s are happy with the horrendous "By Catch" where many many marine animals are killed in a catch all trawl net. John West is the worst manufacturer..Other supermarkets have taken this step and do not stock any John West products untill they demonstrate unequivocally that they no longer support any company using the catch all trawl

Wind farms: the Marmite of energy generation - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Hello Kieron Just a quick reply as I am on my way to a job. I think wind turbines are great. They are only modern windmills after all. . I live not far from a place called Bridlington they built a small group of w /turbines next to the beach just south of Bridlington. .The local objectors were up in force .However it was built and to my mind on a clear "blue sky day it is "the best looking thing on the coast" modern, clean, ,silent and efficient. Quite a contrast to the sort of "tacky" appearance of the area. Even the birds like them as they gather around them in the fields as they used to before they were built. You mention the Dutch wind farm location .I lived in Holland for a while and have great admiration for them as a people.They seem to do and get everything "right".. The Dutch used their original windmills to power pumps for draining the land and even to power machinery which allowed them to build wooden sailing ships in record time.Wonderful practical,problem solvers. Wish we could get rid of the 4 wheel drive nimby voters. Steve..B

edie publishes free ISO 14001 guide for environmental professionals

I have only just started to read this but I am not sure about the statement on Page 4 under "What are environmental aspects?" The list near the end of the paragraph is a mix of aspects and impacts. Land, water and air pollution are impacts: the relevant aspects would be emissions to land, water and air. It is these which are potentially under the direct control of the organisation. I would add use of energy as another important aspect and transport is often considered separately.

London to enforce world?s 'toughest' vehicle emissions charge in October, says Sadiq Khan

In my opinion it is more important to ensure that the manufacturers are willing to produce the Zero emissions vehicles. It is equally important to recognise that so called zero emissions Plug in EVs are nothing like Zero emissions. There may well not be any emissions where they are used, however the grid leads to power stations which belch out CO2 and other toxic pollutants along with heavy metal particulate matter, along with millions of tonnes of steam. Gas fired power stations may be a little better but "natural Methane gas" leaks from fracking sites and is more than 20 times worse than CO2. I agree with Keiron S but it is not just London it is everywhere, go through any bus station/interchange and it is difficult to breath. I would like to get a message to Mayor Khan.. Your proposal to make this charge against diesels is completely missed by the London Taxi Company. I read an article that they were working on a Zero emissions Taxi and Electric Plug in version. So having a concept for a Hydrogen Rotary Engine-generator for EVs I emailed the CEO to ask if they would like to look at the details of the three UK Patent Applications. The benefit for them, would be smaller battery packs, less weight lower cost. Zero emissions both CO2 and NOx and no need to plug into the Grid and send emissions anywhere and everywhere. The greatest benefit being that HyPulJet.2.0 will produce its own fuel from water, basically. You would think that the London Taxi Company would jump to look at the details and decide whether it was viable and that it would be good for their sales and the Cab Drivers. You would be wrong, the CEO stated that this is not the way that they are proceeding, ""What"" Zero emissions on board fuel production and they did not even look???? Late 2016 Southampton University assessed the Hydrogen Rotary Engine-generator. They found that the descriptions and drawings in the three UK Patent Applications covering a Novel engine Design, Methods and Processes was "Plausible". (The Uni did not assess the on board fuel, not a part of the Patent Applications. There are several options on linked In and I am looking at three such options, one already working but will not work with Fuel Cell.) This is not some scam, they are not being asked for money, they are being asked to look at the details to decide if it will work and if they would like to support and fund the development of this Novel engine. Message to Mayor Khan, the main players in the Clean Air for London are failing to search out the True Zero emissions options when there is every possibility that they could produce Zero Emissions London Black Cabs in two years time if they set their stall out. Message for Mayor Khan and other Politicians and Officials who claim to be moving transport to Zero emissions. I have entered HyPulJet in Technology Accelerator Development Program with Advanced Propulsion Centre. There are problems meeting the criteria and after three years of trying to join with an OEM when the OEMs which do reply are like LTC whereas most simply do not reply. I have asked that they view my innovation and provide the connection with an OEM so that what may be as important as the Jet engine might get tested out. Yes I am posing a major question here, Are these Officials and Auto Makers really wanting Zero emissions or is there some kind of block if there is a disruptor which does not do things in the way that has been decided even though it is clear that present options have failed. There is also a challenge, because I have been advised to offer HyPulJet.2.0 to CARB - ARB and their Mid term review of Hydrogen infrastructure and alternate fuel systems. Will a Brit Invention be British or will it become American? Al Scott

First-class sustainability: How Royal Mail is leading the way on employee engagement

Reducing waste and avoiding filling landfill sites is certainly good. But I thought the core function of Royal Mail was to cost effectively and efficiently deliver the mail. If their employees are not focussed and engaged on the core function of Royal Mail, I think this celebration is misplaced.

Consumer engagement: Fitting the final piece of the food waste puzzle

Good article, there is clearly no one thing that will sort out food waste, waste packaging and best uses for both. Over production on land, to supermarkets driving BOGOF''s and two for one offers are different problems. Offers drive up household waste before food preparation but have little influence on after (plate scrapings, peelings) so each point of waste should be looked at in isolation and addressed accordingly. I would like to address one of these points. We have an incinerator in our area. in fact we have three within 40miles of each other accounting for 700,000t/y. Their income is driven by the tonnage they put through their plant. They have a certain amount of steam they need to produce to drive their generating equipment. For example 100t/hr, if they produce all the steam they need within 45mis then their throughput is down although power efficiency is up. So to be able to take the full hour to produce the steam required and so increase their tonnage throughput, they have to add water in the form of food to reduce the calorific value of the material they burn. So there is a reluctance for incinerators to remove food waste from their input. So food waste does not help to generate power but the opposite, its to make incinerators less efficient. So I believe the only way that this can be addressed is by government policy change. Not to stop incinerators. (they have an important part to play) but either to ensure that they work at their most power producing efficiency and penalised if they don''t or to ban food waste from entering them in the first place by forcing food waste collections on local authorities. Unlike other issues we do have an alternative to incineration for food waste which is far more productive than burning in the form of AD. I do wonder how plastics to landfill ban in 2020 will affect AD. if they cant put plastics to landfill and so have to put it through incineration then even more food waste is going to have to find its way into it.

UK must prepare for 'inevitable changes' of climate risks, warns advisers

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London to enforce world?s 'toughest' vehicle emissions charge in October, says Sadiq Khan

Mr Khan how about making it illegal for taxi''s and other diesel engined commercial vehicles to leave their engines idling while parked? So many times you walk past a taxi rank to see a line of black cabs all belching out stinking fumes while they wait for the next fare. A standard car battery can power the radio for hours without going flat so there is no need for them to keep the engine running.

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

I remember an article back in the 1980''s I think in the journal of the Royal Society of Chamistry which was my introduction to the concept of Climate Change. That (Maybe tougue in cheek) advocated the "Couch Potato" solution on the basis if we''re in that postion we''re not driving cars or expending Carbon in other ways. That was of course before wide screen TV''s, PC''s , Gamestations etc....

Brickworks could make use of sludge

Hello , I am interested in sending a sample of our sludge from our effluent treatment plant to these Brick Makers in Port Elizabeth for evaluation and feasibility of using this in their brickmaking process . . Please can you provide the contact details of the company in Port Elizabeth . Kind regards, Prithee Ellappen pellappen@buckman.com

Lightbulb moment: UK streetlights get innovative green makeover

The real common sense engineering element here is that, in order to stop poisoning this planet via fossil fuels and nuclear fission, we actually research and deploy ALL possible renewable alternatives and, as a Chartered Engineer with 40 years experience, I congratulate those doing this work and wish them every success. Remember that, on behalf of our children and grandchildren and future generations, we have a duty to PROTECT PLANET EARTH, ITS ENVIRONMENT AND RESOURCES IN ALL THAT WE DO, SAY OR INFLUENCE - IT IS, AND WILL REMAIN, OUR ONLY HOME - THINK ABOUT THAT!

National Trust champions on-site solutions in renewables revolution

Very well done National Trust, hopefully they will do the rest of their properties similarly. Given the waste wood on these sites and the large land areas, biomass and heat pumps offer a far better alternative to obsolete oil and gas. More of the same please National Trust!

New coalition calls for 'fair and ambitious' Clean Air Act

Really pleased that edie chose to use the construction of 20 Fenchurch Street as the image for this article as we established construction phase air quality monitoring which sent real time text alerts to the team when PM Levels approached pre-agreed thresholds, allowing for intervention to maintain acceptable levels. Of course more can be done and we welcome new standards such WELL to help raise awareness and drive change

Auto industry calls on Trump to review fuel efficiency standards

Can this be challenged? How does improved cruel efficiency caus ejob losses? So car costs will go up to cover the R&D but are customers really going to buy less cars, or less frequently as a result to such an extend that car factories need to shut? Aren''t most car jobs done by robots anyway? So the smart R &D work should CREATE jobs, no?

National Trust champions on-site solutions in renewables revolution

Congratulations to the NT, East Greeen Energy are very pleased to be involved with a number of these projects in the East of England .

Caff? Nero reports coffee-waste-to-biofuel success, plans expansion

How do the emissions compare with wood pellets - what is the composition ? With a higher oil content won''t the emissions be more toxic?

Air quality crisis: 7 shocking statistics that will take your breath away

Great article ...but missing one important fact - woodsmoke is the greatest contributor to PM2.5 and PM10. According to DEFRA it makes up 79%. There is no safe limit to particulate exposure and it is known to cause COPD, asthma, heart attacks, stroke, brain tumours, dementia and autism. Only a complete ban on solid fuel burning will clean up the air. The government must stop promoting biomass and wood stoves - the new ''eco'' labelled stoves pollute as much as 25 times more than the older diesel trucks. The Clean Air Act must address this or there will be no improvement in air quality - 20% of the UK population already suffer from COPD and lung disease.

Sadiq Khan calls on Government to incentivise diesel scrappage scheme

@Leo - the proposals do go some way towards doing this, by prioritising vans and minibuses, rather than typical family cars. Avoiding free riders, when firms would upgrade their van anyway is the main issue. I''m also not sure about the middle grant for low-income families to replace cars - this seems that it might be administratively complex, as the registered keeper of the car may be different from the driver (think father as keeper and NEET son driving an old diesel Mondeo). But in principle the idea is not too bad.

Lightbulb moment: UK streetlights get innovative green makeover

Windmills on street lamps in a built up city at pretty much ground level is useless. Half a ton of carbon a year is about 3.5kwh a day per windmill x 365days... very optimistic. The cables in the street lamps even after all the lights have been converted to LED would barely have enough copper conductor size to recharge one car on that street lighting power circuit. The common sense engineering doesn''t stack up to real word applications.

Caff? Nero reports coffee-waste-to-biofuel success, plans expansion

Do the biomass pellets have a BSL number as this is mandatory for any tariff set up?

Sadiq Khan calls on Government to incentivise diesel scrappage scheme

The dirtiest of vehicles should be the first removed. The mayor needs to use and Emissions Detection and Reporting (EDAR) system to identify the dirtiest vehicles through remote sensing. It would be a big mistake to use the European Vehicle Emissions Standards to identify which are the dirtiest cars. We all know that the VW dieselgate scandal, and the subsequent revelations that each auto manufacturer found loopholes in the certification, resulted in our roads being filled with diesel vehicles that passed the test but pollute at alarming levels on the road. We need to prioritize which vehicles need to be removed from the road, and we need to continuopusly monitor the vehicle fleet with remote sensing to make sure our efforts are producing measurable results.

Sadiq Khan calls on Government to incentivise diesel scrappage scheme

"A series of unfortunate air vents" - I suspect the writer is pleased with this pun

Brits back smart meter rollout, survey finds

such intelligence

Sadiq Khan calls on Government to incentivise diesel scrappage scheme

And money grows on trees

Fuel cell technology to power Radisson Blu hotel

But what are these fuel cells using? Pure Hydrogen or Methanol? If Methanol how is this produced and from what base? If it is Methane then this type of fuel cell should be classed as "fossil" fuel unless the Methane comes from anaerobic digestion of plant matter. Then there is the energy required to produce either the Hydrogen or Methanol. Still interesting to see as this large scale test of fuel cells is a valuable advance in the energy storage development process. Having a real world, long term test of the technology will allow us to evaluate the effectiveness for the future.

Renewables reaching cost-parity with fossil fuels, research finds

Good but please remember that this does not mean we will stop drilling for oil and gas. Hydrocarbons will still be needed as base chemicals for many things including solar panels for years to come.

Lightbulb moment: UK streetlights get innovative green makeover

Great innovation and logical use of existing power point, if you want them in the East of England let us know we would love to get them on our EV Driver Network too.

Waitrose showcases 500-mile biomethane truck fleet

Great stuff! Eventually you will have 100% clean hydrogen trucks!

Food and drink sector tastes strong environmental progress

I was disgusted today to see unsold bread and rolls being bagged for animal feed in a local high class bakers. When I protested to them that they ought to be passing it on to charities for redistribution I got the reply that basically it was too much trouble - "rules and regulations". Can anyone reading this article supply any info re food waste charities in the Hounslow/Twickenham area of London that I can pass over to them, hoping that they may reconsider?

BBC launches mandatory carbon tracking scheme

Brilliant in concept and as an example. One does wonder how well independent production companies renting facilities will be able to make the assessment but a least they''ll hve to try!

Costa goes nationwide with in-store coffee cup recycling scheme

Can Costa and Starbucks please advise us the % of cups sold over the counter vs the % of cups returned and fully recycled? The great British public can then make an informed judgement

23 EU countries are breaking European air quality laws

"small particulate matter (PM2.5) caused 436,000 deaths in the same year. PM2.5 particles, microscopic specks of dust and soot caused by burning fossil fuels, can enter the lungs and bloodstream". In London the adverse health effects of the "green" smoke from wood-burning stoves and biomass boilers has now offset schemes to reduce traffic pollution.

What does the sustainable business of the future look like?

As someone who consults on the intersections of sustainability/regenerativity and profitability, I''m glad to see this topic getting more attention. There are so many opportunities for profitable products and services that move us forward on the SDGs as well as the even larger questions around hunger, poverty, war, and climate change. My website, http://goingbeyondsustainability.com , offers a number of resources in these areas.

Going Circular: PwC's staff engagement success story

Sustainability is fine. Empowering employees to think and act like owners is better. Industry leaders like Southwest Airlines, Capital One and BHP Billiton, (clients of mine), and hundreds of private companies treat their employees like trusted business partners, enabling them to make more money for their company and themselves. They consistently see both profits and engagement soar. This Forbes article provides more background: http://www.forbes.com/sites/fotschcase/2016/05/31/engage-your-employees-in-making-money/

EXCLUSIVE: US withdrawal from Paris Agreement 'could happen any day', says Trump aide

Stop calling this man, and those like him, a climate change "sceptic." True sceptics are interested in debating genuine science. These people are simply climate change deniers. true facts don''t concern them.

Green movement 'greatest threat to freedom', says Trump adviser

God help us.

Green movement 'greatest threat to freedom', says Trump adviser

The lunatics have taken over the asylum.

Closed-loop carbon: Where does CO2 fit within a low-carbon economy?

"Why is it that we hate carbon so much when it is everything around us? It s one of the basic elements of life" Brilliant! Finally someone has voiced the basic truth about Carbon. It is not a pollutant but the building block of all life on Earth. And for the company to find a way to use all that CO2 as a raw material is fantastic. Go Covestro :-)

We must get behind wonky veg in the food waste war - The Bio Collectors Blog

Living in France we found the supermarkets weren''t so anal about the shape of loose fruit and veg and if you wanted really tasty stuff the local market was the place to go. Buying from someone who had grown it in their garden or on their balcony (balconniers in French) was brilliant and you can''t get more wonky than homegrown. There is nothing wrong with a dodgy carrot or a curvy potato so why we are all so fixated on the "perfect" fruit or veg is ridiculous and was driven by the supermarkets in the first place.

Vehicle manufacturers lack incentive to promote efficiency, says Riversimple

Matt Mace, The Brilliant Hugo Spowers and Riversimple and the ''one'' right way forward for Clean Energy Transport which is being put into place. Added Value for the consumer, is paramount. If they are expected to pay double for a clean energy car than a petrol car, it is a No Brainer. Subsidies for Fossil Fuels have to stop! the savings should be made available to get Clean Energy Innovation to Proof of Concept and even public trials such as Riversimple. Why are they having to Crowd fund whilst diesel engines get 3.5 million awarded by Innovate UK. I keep making the point that I have a concept for a Hydrogen Rotary Engine-generator which will be a low-cost alternative to "fuel cells" and would fit well with Riversimple for one. With the ability to produce its own fuel on board the EV this will provide exceptional range on fuel from water, Cut out the need for plugging into the Grid and also the need for H2 Fuel stations HyPulJet.2.0 powered EVs could be GM Volt and BMW i 3 and i 8 for a purchase price much the same as the petrol engine range extender presently used. The difference being that Zero emission Rotary engine does not need a large heavy and costly battery pack nor to plug into a grid with Fossil Fuel generated electricity or indeed a hydrogen filling station. The New Nissan e-Note also has a three cylinder petrol range extender which clearly could have been powered by HyPulJet.2.0 I have contacted many people at Nissan, so the people in the higher echelons are aware of HyPulJet.2.0 and what I say the potential is. Let me clear one issue, the industry has not seen fit to even look at the details, so they have not got a clue whether HyPulJet.2.0 will work or not. Preconceived ideas that it will not work, may well prove to be a disaster for these companies. Southampton University assessed the engine in late 2016. Their finding that the novel design, methods and processes are "Plausible" should open some minds to take a look at the details. One of the biggest problems is that the Auto Makers nor the Government are open to new innovation and still keep funding innovative steps in the Fossil Fuel providers of energy, which got the world to this dire position. The greatest problem to overcome, is that it is difficult to find funding for seed innovation and that is compounded by the fact that engineering anything which resembles a prototype is beyond the normal innovator and therefore extremely difficult to make the pitch given the restrictions of Patent Rules on disclosure. Best Regards Al Scott

Industrial Strategy green paper: A step in the right direction or too little, too late?

BEIS Industrial Strategy must recognise need for SMEs to have access to unsecured working capital. Unfortunately BEIS s Green Paper fails to identify the reason for the UK being 3rd in global start-up league tables yet 13th in start-up survivals after 3 years. These stats imply a tremendous waste on the part of the UK. The solution for the problem is only arrived at if it is first recognised that there are 3 forms of finance required for business to grow. The first source of cash as everyone accepts - is equity capital to start the business. The UK provides this in abundance. Few recognise that debt finance is divided into two separate and distinct areas - secured and unsecured. Secured bank finance, whilst not always easy to obtain, is available at a price though rarely for construction, house building, infrastructure, R&D or even Innovation. The 2008 Crisis, Brexit, New World Order, Basel 3 and 4 means hardly anyone provides unsecured finance. If unsecured finance is offered, then the rates are extortionate. When devising policies for new start-ups to be the driver for growth and a key part of Industrial Strategy, it must be remembered that the majority of start-ups are now new work . These High Tech, R&D, Innovative business have few, if any, assets to pledge as security for secured borrowing. Rarely are their owners able to provide acceptable personal guarantees. Therefore, the finance industry currently does not provide the required unsecured flexible working capital to ease the cash flow difficulties of the very businesses that are seen as the main drivers of the UK s new Industrial Strategy. Even when other start-ups do have assets to pledge or has owners who can provide guarantees, very few businesses can increase their assets necessary for secured finance at a rate that is in line with their expansion in business. Even if such businesses do have banking facilities, such working capital is usually not new facilities but a rearrangement of existing lending without any increase in the over-all borrowing limits. Over trading caused by lack of working capital is the main reason that more businesses go bust coming out of recession (against going into one of during it). Therefore, very few SMEs can source the necessary increase in working capital to finance growth/expansion - or to even consider tendering for new public sector procurement. This is reason behind the OECD stats of UK being in 13/16 position of start-ups remaining after 3 years and the UK must solve the lack of unsecured working capital for UK business, especially SMEs. Philip King of Chartered Institute of Credit Management and Dept of BEIS have rightly focused on improving a SME s cash flow by getting cash to suppliers through Prompt Payment by ensuring a creditor pays the invoice promptly. This only addresses a relatively small part of the cash flow shortfall. It reduces the need for suppliers/SMEs to obtain asset backed finance but does little to provide the essential means by which business obtains the cash needed to finance business from the signing of the contract or receipt of purchase order, through the production or delivery stages to the point at which the invoice is be raised. This process can often take between 3 and 6 months. To this must be added the often additional 2 or 3-months lapse of time, even for public sector, for buyers to approve the payment of the invoice. It is worth remembering that even Asset Backed Finance is only available AFTER the invoice is approved by the buyer. But neither banks nor most Alternative Finance providers will provide invoice financing or asset backed lending for the construction or infrastructure sectors yet HMG policy is to focus on infrastructure and house building as a key part of Industrial strategy and UK policy. So Asset Backed Lending/Invoice Financing does not address the area where the main cash flow short fall occurs - in the period from signing the contract to approval by the buyer of the invoice. This is often between 3 and 7 months. This lack of available working capital and inability to increase unsecured borrowing in line with growth in business is why start-ups either sell out to acquirers within 3 years of starting-up or go bust. The real question is why doesn t BEIS s Green Paper does focus on working capital requirement despite it being the key to HMG successfully achieving its other main policy objectives? After all a Working Capital Solution for SMEs is required if other HMG policies are going to succeed - increased procurement from SMEs without increasing supply chain risk (reducing dangers to tax-payer s money), enabling growth to be more evenly spread throughout the country, for procurement to be sourced locally to spend. The sourcing of low cost flexible unsecured working capital for SMEs is key to their ability to innovate, encourage R&D and more SMEs to be involved in construction/ infrastructure spend. The need for a completely new form of supply chain finance was highlighted nearly 7 years ago by the Bank of England sponsored 2010 Association of Corporate Treasurers Supply Chain Report. It concluded Supply Chain Finance (SCF), in particular Buyer Driven Receivables Programme (BDRP), offers opportunities to expand lending to smaller and mid-tier companies and the larger companies the buyers can play a significant role by facilitating BDRPs that their supply chain can participate in. The benefits to suppliers can feed back as a benefit to buyers in terms of better relationships with suppliers and a reduction in possible financial weakness/instability of suppliers. Banks that have not participated in supplier driven SCF structures are starting to enter the UK SCF (BDRP) market. We do believe that the SCF market would benefit from a coordinated industry focus on increased transparency and standardisation. In the longer term this would lead to non-bank investors entering the market. Despite this recommendation well over 6 years ago, the finance market has still to respond. But perhaps more worryingly, very few are even identifying that this working capital and cash flow need exists! Time to add working capital finance to everyone s agenda. Chris Poll - http://www.smecapitalfinance.com.

How innovation can provide a breath of fresh air for the UK's pollution woes

Hi Matt, Me again, "edie''s innovation month" I have to ask when are publications such as this and Business Green and other News papers going to actually contact the real innovators waiting in the wings starved of funding and presented with rules which stifle New Innovative Ideas. EoN does not have any urgency to change to clean energy so why should it not speak with forked tongue, not unlike Shell and many others who present as wanting to change for the past five years or so. A carbon tax penalises who, the end user who has no choice. Diesel taxes, consumers bought diesels as we were told that they were better and those supposed experts either knew and told lies or are so incompetent that No one should refer to them as experts. At the time I wrote to the DfT and asked what about the other pollution from diesels and that it is not just about CO2 No response. I have made the same statements about Plug in Battery EVs simply transfering emissions to power stations and the fact that power stations emit heavy metal particulate matter that diesels and petrol engines do not. There is a problem with joined up thinking. The problem is shown up by Trump, like Trump we have politicians in charge of the Transport who have little understanding of the issues and rely on people with vested interests. Added to this is the possibility that Batteries spell the death of first diesel internal combustion engines which is accepted but it also includes petrol engines. There is little chance in the next 20 years of hitting any sort of target with Batteries unless they build mega battery plants everywhere. The obvious answer is to have a Hydrogen engine which is manufactured in the same plants and the same engineers. Those companies in the Auto Manufacturing supply chain produced 75 million vehicles 2016 and to meet a 20 year time frame to have a clean energy transport fleet it will need 50 million clean energy vehicles average per year. Tesla is having problems with 750,000 and with there now being a shortage of cobalt to make Li-ion batteries raising the out put does not look likely. So come on Matt at least lets have some real innovation in these articles let people know that there are alternatives.

Here Comes the Sun: Abbey Road Studios to run on renewable energy

Just one question if I may - when the wind isn''t blowing at night where do Ecotricity users get their power from? If they have paid for purely "green" energy then surely they can''t expect to have electricity from a coal or gas fired power station? Or am I just being way to cynical

How innovation can provide a breath of fresh air for the UK's pollution woes

Hi Matt, Your report has it that there are Hybrid Electric Ford Transits and other e.vehicles to lower the pollution and that is fine. However, it has to be made clear that these Battery plugin EVs are only as clean as the generation mix on the Grid Yes they will undoubtedly clean the Air in London and other cities, however there has to be honesty and openness about the emissions sent to power stations. Your report mentions Hydrogen Fuel Cell EVs great, however the cost of either of the two models at over 50,000 they are not going to make the grade. Forget the millions being spent on filling stations until there is a SWOT analysis of how many consumers intend to buy H2 FCEVs and how long it will take for fuel stations to break even. The report is about innovation being the answer, well time for some honesty, innovation is not performing a step change which is R&D. Given the history of where and who arrives at that "Great disruptive idea" it is by far the individual innovator, the man in a garage, woman in kitchen, bedroom, Uni dorm. Hardly ever from a company or University both of which still take the ideas of individuals. Yes, it then needs a small team, leading to an ever increasing size of team. My question of these people, right the way up to Bill Gates et al, when they have $millions why fund "innovation" which has been funded in billions already to No avail. I have a concept for a Zero emissions Hydrogen Rotary Engine-generator for EVs. It will be a Low-cost alternative to H2 Fuel Cells but better still it will have its own Fuel production system on board the EV. Just as a for instance, replace the Petrol engined generator with HyPulJet.2.0 and there would be a Zero emissions EV at 20,000 less the now. No need for massively costly H2 Fuel stations, use those funds to lower the costs further = greater up take. Is this for real, Southampton University assessed the engine in 2016 and found the novel engine design, methods and processes to be "Plausible". Basically the engine will work and needs development. If the engine works then there will be drive to the generator specifically to power the on board Fuel system. I email the Deputy Mayor Transport and various other people, none of whom have replied, none have decided to look at the details of True Innovation and then support that to Auto makers etc. Until people in decision making positions with responsibility for funding innovation start to look at the details of the actual innovation and not Business Plans we are going No Where fast. Lets be fair, there can be millions of good business plans but it is the actual innovation which is going to cut CO2 emissions.

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@Richard Laxton - The first link is very interesting and I take back some of my comment about steak and cows. There is still a massive environmental impact of livestock farming from deforestation to overuse of antibiotics but it does appear that blaming cows for Methane was a bit harsh. On the flaring front I totally agree that this is a terrible waste of a natural resource and really should be reduced to as low as practicable sooner rather than later. It will always have to be available to the Oil&Gas industry (for safety reasons and testing) but massive efforts have been made to reduce it where we can. One thing about flaring to take into account though is by burning the unwanted gas off it prevents all that Methane being just vented to atmosphere. Burning the CH4 actually reduces the warming effect as 1 molecule of CH4 is more effective (about 67x effective I believe) a greenhouse gas than 1 molecule of CO2. Again thanks for your links and contribution to the discussion

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@Richard Laxton - yes it was a "tongue in cheek" comment about the juicy steak but it was not facile as there is an impact from all the cattle and I wanted to make people think about the other gases that are emitted. Sorry you thought that way but we are all entitled to our opinions and interpretations. Thank you for the 2 links, which I will read in due course.

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Nice piece, right up to the end, when there was a facile comment on steak, and then cows. Check the facts - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/8567486/ and he may want to look at http://www.nature.com/news/flaring-wastes-3-5-of-world-s-natural-gas-1.19141. Let''s all concentrate on what we can do, not mud sling.

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@Andy - I''ll see if I can find it, thanks

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Re: population growth effects. It''s worth watching "Don''t Panic" by Hans Rosling available on Ted talks or BBC.

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Re: population growth effects. It''s worth watching "Don''t Panic" by Hans Rosling available on Ted talks or BBC.

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@Chris - interesting link and thanks for sharing. Yes there is a Carbon Cycle that works in the millions of years given the geological aspect of it and there is a degree of truth to the "carbon out equals carbon out" equation from what we eat to what we exhale, we can''t after all make carbon atoms out of nothing so every carbon atom we eat has to be accounted for somehow. Humanity has had a big impact on this cycle but has anyone really looked at how much of an impact? Or has CO2 just been picked out for demonisation just because governments can tax it?

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@Frank - even just reading the intro to that book and the reviews is enough to make you think twice about a juicy sirloin. I knew it took a lot of energy but never realised it was that much!!! While I''m not going to totally give up my steak I think it will be a special occasion only. I''ll try to get a copy of Beyond Beef or Mad Cowboy and read through them fully to get the full picture but thank you for pointing me in that direction

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@Steve - thank you

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@Richard The correlation between populous and global warming is absolutely and intrinsically linked. this blog is quality and has provided for an interchange of genuine thoughts and comments...whereas your contribution is pure global warming... otherwise known as "hot nasty air" or "provocative b*llshit .

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@ Richard - from the dictionary "Unit of electric power equal to one billion (10^9) watts" so 50GW is equal to 50 billion watts so OK I missed 3 zeros but that does not mean the entire blog is irrelevant. You could also argue that I should calculate how much carbon has been locked up in carbonate sediments since the 1800s You have the right to disagree but as I said it is my musings not a scientific research document

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

https://skepticalscience.com/breathing-co2-carbon-dioxide.htm

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

There are so many mistakes and omissions in this blog I don''t know where to begin. It is not worth being on the Edie site even if it is just your musings. It would be easier to debunk if you worked for some environmental organisation. "50GW - that''s 50,000,000 watts." No, it isn''t. The entire premise of the blog is wrong. I would be interested if you researched how much carbon was locked up in timber frame buildings. The blog reveals a fundamental lack of understanding.

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@Frank - Thanks, I''ll look out for it. I presume it is about that juicy steak :-)

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Read Beyond Beef - Jeremy Rifkin

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@Steve - sent

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Hi Kieron, Yes I would appreciate the originals : steveb@corroserve.com

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@Steve - again I thank you for your comment. If you would like the original image rather than the cut down and adjusted one I had to use here let me know.

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Quality article that addresses the "elephant in the room"... The graphs are very poignant and would be something I would use as a solid point of reference, whilst attempting to assess and fully understand the whole picture. Thanks Kieron.

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@Hugh - thanks. I know it might be somewhat of a taboo subject but I think it is an important part of the whole sustainability idea and a topic that should be considered and discussed.

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Thought provoking article

P&G develops world's first recyclable shampoo bottle made from beach plastic

A great initiative, so much healthier and more efficient I''d guess than burning it for EFW plants. But can someone explain the following: The phrase "Beach plastics" was used several times in this article, e.g. "Creating the world s first recyclable shampoo bottle with beach plastics is a start of an important journey." Is someone literally going to to collect all this from the world''s oceans? I can''t believe the economics of ''dredging'' the seas for plastic waste as a resource would add up. Not when the nation''s local authorities are awash with it to the point where they would practically pay for it to be taken away. Or more likely, is "Beach plastics" a new shorthand for post consumer waste that would otherwise be land-filled and/or sent to Asia where it may well be simply dumped in the environment?

2016 hottest year ever recorded - and scientists say human activity to blame

We need to stop using fossil fuels and we need to persuade people of this essential fact by making them see clear evidence of why it is bad for this planet and its people to use fossil fuels. The correct way of doing this is to reinforce the undeniable fact that using fossil fuels is causing MASSIVE GLOBAL POLLUTION - poisoning the air we breathe and the water we drink, whilst acidifying the oceans - this is evident all around us NOW. Instead scientists have chosen to follow the GLOBAL WARMING route and many people, including senior scientists, don''t believe this because the earth and its climate cycle movement have been around far longer than we have and we know certain facts like Antarctica was tropical jungle 100 million years ago (British Antarctic Survey reference) - HARDLY GLOBAL WARMING SINCE. Consequently the thrust to eliminate fossil fuels is blunted because scientists are using a threat that people cannot identify with so they keep using fossil fuels. If scientists were to use the PROVEN GLOBAL POLLUTION argument then the message would be driven home far more effectively and we would see a marked reduction in the use of fossil fuels over time. The global warming argument will NEVER achieve this because the majority of mankind cannot see or sense it as they can GLOBAL POLLUTION. THINK AND ACT AGAIN SCIENTISTS - AND DO SO QUICKLY!!

Scotland sets 'climate-leading' 66% emissions reduction target for 2032

"7.2.3 Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) is critical to the delivery of a cost-effective emissions reduction trajectories under the Plan; CCS will also act as a technology capable of playing a central role across the decarbonisation strategies of key sectors such as heat, industry and power." + 10 other references to "Carbon Capture and Storage" - DRAFT CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN The draft third report on policies and proposals 2017-2032 ________ Carbon Capture and Storage is a FRAUD! The collected CO2 gas will be sneakily vented to the atmosphere (because there will be a profit to be made by cowboy operations in doing so) defeating the whole purpose of the exercise. So not so much "Draft" as DAFT Climate Change Plan. Scottish Scientist Independent Scientific Adviser for Scotland https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/

Yes we did: A complete timeline of Barack Obama's climate legacy

Barack Obama has been a credit to the office of President of the United States and the US nation and he did try very hard in the area of environmental protection. Just think what he could have achieved had both houses of Congress been with him. I sincerely hope that he will continue in his environmental efforts now that he has left the White House. We would all be the poorer without him. Long life and success to you, Michelle and the girls Barack.

Obama injects $500m into Green Climate Fund

Correction to final 2 sentences in my previous comment - apologies all - should read: We need to stop using fossil fuels and we need to persuade people of this essential fact by making them see clear evidence of why it is bad for this planet and its people to use fossil fuels. The correct way of doing this is to reinforce the undeniable fact that using fossil fuels is causing MASSIVE GLOBAL POLLUTION - poisoning the air we breathe and the water we drink, whilst acidifying the oceans - this is evident all around us NOW. Instead scientists have chosen to follow the GLOBAL WARMING route and many people, including senior scientists, don''t believe this because the earth and its climate cycle movement have been around far longer than we have and we know certain facts like Antarctica was tropical jungle 100 million years ago (British Antarctic Survey reference) - HARDLY GLOBAL WARMING SINCE. Consequently the thrust to eliminate fossil fuels is blunted because scientists are using a threat that people cannot identify with so they keep using fossil fuels. If scientists were to use the PROVEN GLOBAL POLLUTION argument then the message would be driven home far more effectively and we would see a marked reduction in the use of fossil fuels over time. The global warming argument will NEVER achieve this because the majority of mankind cannot see or sense it as they can GLOBAL POLLUTION. THINK AND ACT AGAIN SCIENTISTS - AND DO SO QUICKLY!!

UK tidal energy plagued by cost discrepancies, says ETI

Double Tidal Lagoon Baseload Scheme I propose a renewable energy scheme where a tidal lagoon is partitioned into a high lagoon and a low lagoon by a dividing wall, which houses turbines which continuously generate power as sea water flows from the high lagoon to the low lagoon. Operation At high tide, the sea-gates of the high lagoon are opened and the high lagoon is filled up to high tide level. When the ebb tide begins, the sea-gates of the high lagoon are closed and remain closed until the next high tide. At low tide, the sea-gates of the low lagoon are opened and the low lagoon is emptied to low tide level. When the flood tide begins, the sea-gates of the low lagoon are closed and remain closed until the next low tide. The sea-gates are functionally identical to one-way flap valves and may be engineered as such. Baseload The Double Tidal Lagoon Baseload Scheme delivers a genuine baseload generation capability which can t be delivered by inferior single tidal lagoon schemes as proposed by Tidal Lagoon PLC, as explained in the critical review in Energy Matters, Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and Baseload Tidal Generation in the UK . Reference A couple of days after posting this, a comment was kind enough to provide a reference to David J C MacKay s Sustainable Energy without the hot air , pages 320/321 Getting always-on tidal power by using two basins These toppings-up and emptyings could be done either passively through sluices, or David J C MacKay So MacKay s passively through sluices two basins scheme is indeed absolutely equivalent to my double lagoon proposal here. Scotland The Solway Firth The Solway Firth is the best location for Scottish tidal lagoon plans because that s where Scotland s highest tides are. Almorness Tidal Energy Scheme The Almorness Tidal Energy Scheme is my outline design concept intended to serve only as an example of possible Double Tidal Lagoon Baseload Schemes. Points to note are * the River Urr empties into the high lagoon, adding to generation capacity. * dredging the estuary mud out of the lagoons, especially the low lagoon and around the turbine house would likely be necessary for satisfactory performance * there should be a drainage canal to redirect water flow to prevent drainage into the low lagoon * the lagoon walls would obstruct sea-going navigation to the Urr estuary harbour unless a lock for boats was built into the high lagoon sea wall to enable (admittedly delayed) navigation. Sea Lochs Whilst the tides on Scotland s north-west coast aren t so high, there do seem to be quite a number of suitable sea-lochs there that could relatively easily be barraged to exploit tidal energy, somewhat in the style of a tidal lagoon but without having to build much in the way of lagoon walls, nature having done most of the work already. Simple. More - https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/double-tidal-lagoon-baseload-scheme/ Scottish Scientist Independent Scientific Adviser for Scotland https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/

Obama injects $500m into Green Climate Fund

We need to stop using fossil fuels and we need to persuade people of this essential fact by making them see clear evidence of why it is bad for this planet and its people to use fossil fuels. The correct way of doing this is to reinforce the undeniable fact that using fossil fuels is causing MASSIVE GLOBAL POLLUTION - poisoning the air we breathe and the water we drink, whilst acidifying the oceans - this is evident all around us NOW. Instead scientists have chosen to follow the GLOBAL WARMING route and many people, including senior scientists don''t believe this because the earth and its climate cycle movement have been around far longer than we have and we know certain facts like Antarctica was tropical jungle 100 million years ago (British Antarctic Survey reference) - HARDLY GLOBAL WARMING SINCE. Consequently the thrust to eliminate fossil fuels is blunted because scientists are using a threat that people cannot identify with so they keep using fossil fuels. If scientists were to use the PROVEN GLOBAL POLLUTION argument then the message would be driven home far more effectively and we would see a marked reduction in the use of fossil fuels over time. The global warming argument will NEVER achieve this because the majority of mankind cannot see or sense it as they can GLOBAL WARMING. THINK AGAIN SCIENTISTS - AND DO SO QUICKLY!!

CCS left with 'uphill battle' due to Government failings, says National Audit Office

"The Department has now tried twice to kick start CCS in the UK, but there are still no examples of the technology working, NAO s head Amyas Morse said. "A coal-powered chemical plant in Tamil Nadu, India, is doing something rather extraordinary. It s capturing its own carbon dioxide emissions and turning them into baking powder. It s the first time carbon capture has run without subsidy and could inspire businesses around the world to make their own investments in the tech. The plant is expected to save a massive 60,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year by using it to make the cooking ingredient. It has almost zero emissions." http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/carbon-capture-plant-baking-powder_uk_586b736fe4b0f24da6e952ad

CCS left with 'uphill battle' due to Government failings, says National Audit Office

"The Department has now tried twice to kick start CCS in the UK, but there are still no examples of the technology working, NAO s head Amyas Morse said. "Carbon dioxide has been pumped underground and turned rapidly into stone, demonstrating a radical new way to tackle climate change. The unique project promises a cheaper and more secure way of burying CO2 from fossil fuel burning underground, where it cannot warm the planet. Such carbon capture and storage (CCS) is thought to be essential to halting global warming, but existing projects store the CO2 as a gas and concerns about costs and potential leakage have halted some plans. The new research pumped CO2 into the volcanic rock under Iceland and sped up a natural process where the basalts react with the gas to form carbonate minerals, which make up limestone. The researchers were amazed by how fast all the gas turned into a solid just two years, compared to the hundreds or thousands of years that had been predicted." http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/09/co2-turned-into-stone-in-iceland-in-climate-change-breakthrough

#UoLCarbonCut: University of London delivers world's first tweet-based sustainability report

I like it - a very relevant way of communicating sustainability with its core audience: young people. Well done.

SmartestEnergy launches UK's first certified 100% renewable electricity product

Is this renewable electricity over and above that supplied under the Renewables obligation where 5% of electricity has to be renewable and receives a payment for its generation. Therefore all mains electricity has a basic 5% renewable content. If these supplies are not independent of RO renewable electricity then it is double counting....

Obama injects $500m into Green Climate Fund

Excrementally speaking, he looks like a lump, An Environment-hating, blusterful dump. A kick in the rump For this odious chump, From his New York Tower this conman should jump.

Fuel for thought: Will 2017 be the year of the zero-emission fuel-cell vehicle?

Will 2017 by the year of the H2 Fuel Cell. There has been two FCEV models for sale over the past 12 months and as far as I can make out not one sale. I keep asking OLEV and DfT for what the SWOT analysis came up with and it becomes very clear that there is embarrassment that there has not been any research on the market potential. I have been saying for two years that Fuel Cells would be/are too expensive and there has to be something put in place to reduce the overall costs so that changing to clean energy is attractive to the consumer. My Cut5T /Cut10T was dual low-voltage house Off-grid with banks of batteries charged by renewables. The banks of batteries would also give off electrolytic gasses which would be drawn off to be stored for use powering a Rotary Engine-generator. Bringing together Energy for house, vehicle fuel and H2EV under one payment would lower costs, increasing take up of Zero emissions EVs. I have since moved on to the second variant HyPulJet.2.0 Hydrogen and Oxygen Pulse Jet Rotary Engine-generator concept. This will have excess power to generate electricity to produce its own fuel supply on board the EV. It will connect to a small starter house and recharge batteries and run 48 volt appliances. Larger houses will have a HyPulKJet.2.0 static generator and for larger houses still both options both will be used. For the past 20 years people have been attempting to make existing technology fit the needs. It has not worked so look at different things most certainly a completely different approach. Much simpler to generate electrical energy as close as possible to point of use, so why persist with a grid which needs so many major improvements especially massive storage and billions for smart meters which appear to have little or no effect. Change needed, HyPulJet.2.0 will provide the initial change with others to follow. Al Scott

New Plastics Economy: Businesses support action plan to recycle 70% of global plastic packaging

When it is claimed that - "be more plastics than fish in the ocean by 2050"- is that by numbers or volume or weight?

Britain's largest grid-scale battery 'could transform the energy grid'

This is a start but it is only a larger version of the UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) unit that sits behind the computer in my office. 6000 homes for 1.5hrs is only really a short term store for network blackouts. Units like this in every town in Britain would be a great start to balancing out the fluctuation inherent in wind and solar but we do need to start seriously thinking about energy storage systems that will provide days or even weeks of storage capacity.

On Wings of Waste: Plane fuelled by plastic waste completes trailblazing flight

Very interesting and the oceans most definitely need something to be done about the trash. Although, this new technology may be great for saving the planet, I doubt it will result in an any cost savings to the airlines. Knowing something about chemical engineering the process required to do this on a scale required that would meet the needs of the airline industry alone would be a substantial investment to the tune of several hundred million pounds per plant. The waste collection program necessary to feed this beast would be a behemoth in itself. So....... although I commend Plastic Energy in the development of a system to recycle ocean plastic waste I really wish them the best in making it cost effective for use on the world market. Otherwise it''s all just academic.

Swansea Bay: ?1.3bn tidal lagoon project earns much-needed backing from Hendry Review

When will we move away from the LCF and get renewables and energy efficiency to be paid out of general taxation? In parallel there is also an opportunity to involve the local and national population through ownership and management. Just look at the wider community energy sector successes that create buy in, awareness and value creation for local communities.

Starbucks follows Costa with in-store coffee cup recycling bins

It''s great that Starbuck has recyclable cups now, what about the lids?

Nick Hurd: Brexit offers the flexibility to strengthen Britain's decarbonisation commitments

Fine words - fine words indeed [but] we have been trying to enter into a dialogue with Westminster on decarbonisation for three years in how 20% - 35% reductions in energy consumption can be achieved in heating which accounts for almost half of all UK energy consumption - the silence has been deafening................

Nick Hurd: Brexit offers the flexibility to strengthen Britain's decarbonisation commitments

Fine words - fine words indeed [but] we have been trying to enter into a dialogue with Westminster on decarbonisation for three years in how 20% - 35% reductions in energy consumption can be achieved in heating which accounts for almost half of all UK energy consumption - the silence has been deafening................

UK wind energy surpasses coal generation for first time

Electricity from renewables will continue to fall in price as more renewables and energy storage are introduced, whilst the cost of nuclear fission electricity will rise, rendering these stations obsolete now let alone in 10-15 years when (if) the Hinkley white elephant produces its first Watt. The other cost that renewables will drive down is the environmental one as we move away from obsolescent fossil and fission fuels, making our planet greener and cleaner for our children, grandchildren and future generations.

London councils commence innovative solar battery project and LED retrofit

Is it me or are those solar panels in the front right hand corner in shade? Defeats the objective of providing power as a shaded solar panel produces no power. Could be the ridges of the houses are East / West facing in which case they''ll balance out during the day. Just points out the need to properly investigate and plan installation of solar panels to avoid shading wherever possible. Or, as one developer has ended up doing near my parents, put solar panels on a north facing roof!! However, this is a good idea by the local council. Not only should it help reduce fuel poverty but it will also give a large scale database on actual solar generation in a real world scenario for domestic purposes and it will also test short term domestic storage technologies under real world conditions. Await the results with interest

UK wind energy surpasses coal generation for first time

This is all well and good but if the prices don''t see quite a large reduction it is not going to be appealing to the majority market. I understand it can be quite pricey and many utilities are still in the wholesale business quite largely, but there needs to be something changed. For those interested -> http://selectra.co.uk/guides/quote

Less than a third of $175bn natural catastrophe losses covered by insurance

Investments in technology companies, can help to mitigate climate change damages by supporting the stock market in share holder gains. Some of these profits can be used to mitigate losses in the bond divestitures. Black Rock shares, Apple, and Microsoft are examples of good yielding investments.

Small businesses key to UK low-carbon transition, report claims

Even larger condominium projects can produce greater benefits for share holders, or tenants whereby the board adopts new technology, such as the installation of lithium power retainers in each unit, to share the energy produced by solar tiles that are heated in winter to prevent snow accumulation. Government data bases can hold the key to supply and accessibility, especially when web pages do not expire due to broken links in the network, which, incidentally has been a problem when negotiating Canada.ca web sites, perhaps in an effort to preserve employment and thwart real time on line access for citizens. I have had this experience when applying for the Canada Pension Plan and the link to the opting out application form for the years spent at home for young children to avoid miscalculations for this period was broken. In addition governmental costs for employees who submit Birth Registrations for example for a prescribed fee could be eliminated with on line access for citizens who could just include the data with any income tax submissions, or program parameters, using secure on line key sign in partners like financial institutions. How can we save money on useless human resource assets whereby governmental programmers who maintain web sites do not attend to the quality of the service. I would suggest that going forward we make all of the information necessary to promote carbon reduction methodologies on line with competent support from IT networks. Micro grid networks can become the new reality but not without the proper backup and support.

AECOM sustainability chief awarded MBE

Very good News for a much under valued Industry

Can Scotland continue its climate lead in 2017?

Can Scotland continue its climate lead in 2017?

Again the Scottish media keen to wave the wooden spoon award around as they are eager to puff up nationalist sentiment as they boast Scotland is "better than the UK" in something - as if performing better than that failing dung-heap of a kingdom was anything to boast about. Why not measure Scotland''s power less favourably to Norway''s and Iceland''s, whose electricity is nearly all derived from renewable resources? Why not explain how far we have to go, to drive us onward? Why pat ourselves on the back when there is so much further to go? I don''t know about anyone else, but this Scot is not happy unless and until we are leading the world in renewable energy. Simply leading the UK is not worth mentioning, in my book. * Off-Shore Electricity from Wind, Solar and Hydrogen Power * World''s biggest-ever pumped-storage hydro-scheme, for Scotland? * Modelling of wind and pumped-storage power * Scotland Electricity Generation my plan for 2020 Scottish Scientist Independent Scientific Adviser for Scotland https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/

'World first': Indian firm succeeds with subsidy-free carbon capture and utilisation project

Good news but India also needs to eliminate its high sulphur content coal burning power stations soonest.

UK takes action to uphold sustainable fishing amid toxic chemical concerns

It would be helpful to have links to the sources for the information on pesticide use in aquaculture, as is normally the case with Edie articles. My reading of the monthly raw data published by SEPA is that while there is, as with other intensive farming, a significant level of mortality, a more realistic measure than numbers lost is weight lost through mortality. For three locations taken at random, September 2016 mortality figures were 1.9%(19.2t/1027t - AIR1), 0.1% (1.4t/1281t - AMM1), 2.6% (33.2t/1272t - ARDG1). At none of these sites had azimethaphos been used during the month, although the first and last of the three had both used another biocide, enamectin benzoate. Indeed, in a random sampling of the data for a dozen or so of the larger sites, I found only one that had used azimethiphos in September 2016. The article focuses on the dangers from biocides such as azimethiphos, which degrades in seawater in a few days, but makes no mention of any potential damage to the seawater environment from eutrophication resulting from unconsumed food and alimentary waste from the salmon.

Britain celebrates 25 years of wind energy as tax-free ISA opens new sale avenues for wind farms

Richard Phillips Newbury The greater the number of wind farms, whose output is used before all else, the greater is our reliance in fossil or nuclear back-up when the wind drops. But this intermittency makes these reliable generators inefficient to run, and expensive, so no-one wants to build them. The margin is now so slim that all sorts of other, more expensive emergency generators are sought. These are diesel generators, STOR, special for the purpose, and any spare energy from industry, paid for at a premium. It all gets tighter and more expensive, Peter Lilley MP has a report on the subject, just published, and it is truly disturbing. And hardest hit will be the poorest. But there are no technical members in the Cabinet who understand science or electrical power systems; Politics Philosophy and Economics gets you nowhere in the physical sciences. And only a handful of MPs have much better knowledge. Get your home generators ready, mine is! Coming generations will curse this folly.

Car-eating buses and volcanic carbon capture: the best green innovations of 2016

Are there any further details of Volvo''s roadmat technology - Surely this just means that as other cars drive over the road mat they expend more energy and use more fuel?

Energy storage megashift: 10 of the best battery projects across the globe

A mixture of energy storage and demand response is required in order to enable intermittent renewables to make up a significant portion of a country''s energy mix. Richard''s point on the capacity is relevant although I feel slightly misdirected. Instead of being compared to a traditional power station, the project capacity must be carefully built to consider the likely surplus they will be subject to (hard for wind, but more predictable for solar) - which is why I watch SolarCity''s integrated solution carefully. ...and in relation to Richard''s comment on global temperatures; they have been rigourously documented - one such source is http://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/global-temperature/.

Christmas and sustainability: Mistletoe and wine or chalk and cheese?

Stop whining. It''s Christmas.

Drax receives green light to complete biomass conversion project

How can cutting down trees in America then transporting them across country to be loaded into bulk cargo carrying ships to be steamed across the Atlantic then transferred back into lorries to be driven to the power station be classified as "green", "zero carbon", "renewable" or "environmentally friendly"? It takes approx 69,000litres to sail a 205,000tonne displacement CapeMax cargo ship across the Atlantic from New York to Liverpool (3000 nautical miles) at 14 knots. This is 1.3 barrels per mile. Hardly green is it? And then add in fuel for lorries, chainsaws etc and it soon becomes clear that biomass is not a zero carbon fuel.

Energy storage megashift: 10 of the best battery projects across the globe

RICHARD PHILLIPS Newbury Peter Morcombe is spot on. The total capacity of these ten leaders is some 150 MW, with a capacity of some 542 MWh. Seven of these combined units would be needed to be the equivalent of ONE average power station, and their combined output would last, at full capacity (what else makes any sense?) for some four hours. Big deal, and this is top of the tree!!! This is only being done in this country because Her Majesty''s Government contains almost nobody who has any scientific or electrical engineering knowledge, and absolutely none in the Cabinet. As long as gross amateurs run technical undertakings, duped by vested interested, the public are going to pay through the nose. Peter Lilley has a very recent paper on costs of renewables, enough to terrify the less-well off!!! And global temperatures are not rising over the last 18 years, and the effects of la Nino are now fading. Is CO2 so important? Many thousands of scientists doubt the magnitude of any man made effect, and even the IPCC acknowledges that climate forecasting over years or decades is not possible. Is the world run by greed or stupidity????? Richard Phillips

UK packaging producers warned of mounting costs from EU fees disparity

I don''t believe this should be viewed as a Brexit issue and whether we should/should not comply. It is part of the world issue on climate change, that we and 194 members have signed up to within the Paris Agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and therefore needs to be addressed as such. Packaging, recycling and the circular economy is not something to decide upon as an individual nation, it is something we need to address and act upon in a uniformed way across the globe.

Britain's diesel car emissions 'five times over EU limits', Government tests reveal

Hi Matt, It is not too difficult to read the trip computer in my Citreon C4 Piccasso to see that instead of the proclaimed 73 miles to the gallon I get 47 miles to the gallon. You do not need to be a genius to know that these tests and information is a load of lies and deception. These Car companies should be taken to Court for mis-selling. The Government and ministers involved should also be taken to Court for making dishonest statements. What does the future hold? I have no problem with Electric Vehicles only where and what generates the electricity. It is well known from the US that using fracked natural gas to generate electricity to recharge batteries is slightly worse than just using CNG in a Internal Combustion Engine. There is a difference in where those emissions are created though, a replay of the Clean Air Act of the 1950 s when the UK poisoned the Forests and Lakes of Scandinavia. In my view the future is Hydrogen, that is On Board the EV production systems and also Hydrogen produced on site for Off-grid houses. It is a fact that Ministers and Government Officials in general are not upto speed with new innovation in the offing and the Energy Advisors from Energy and Utilities simply do not want to hear of such disruption. My HyPulJet.2.0 Hydrogen Rotary Engine-generator concept will have its own fuel production system. "Hydragen" in the US is a prototype House with renewable generation to produce and store hydrogen. It is then used to generate electricity for the House and the Electric car. The people in high places need to make themselves aware of what is happening outside their sphere of influence.

GIB commits ?35m to North Wales energy-from-waste-plant

What! Parc Adfer is an incinerator project. All right, better than landfill but hardly ''green''. Why on earth is the GIB getting involved in an incinerator projector? EDIE should be giving both sides of this story.

Employee engagement helps P&G hit energy reduction goal four years early

As a P&G longstanding shareholder, I am pleased to see how the company has engaged its workforce to drive results in energy saving. I hope it considers using the same approach to get all employees to think and act like owners, to drive company profits and engagement to new heights. Industry leaders like Southwest Airlines, Capital One and BHP Billiton, (clients of mine), and hundreds of private companies treat their employees like trusted business partners, enabling them to make more money for their company and themselves. They consistently see both profits and engagement soar. This Forbes article provides more background: http://www.forbes.com/sites/fotschcase/2016/05/31/engage-your-employees-in-making-money/

Recycling rates in England drop for first time

I often wonder at what point the recycling rate is recorded, with commingled collection is the weight collected deemed recycled even though a good percentage may be too contaminated to recycle. Is RDF/WDF classed as recycled? If separated recyclates are deemed too contaminated further down the line, are they still deemed recycled. My point is, in a target driven system our actual recycling rate may be far lower.

Disrupt or die: Preparing for the next generation of sustainability

iApproov is betting that the change will not be driven by businesses changing their model proactively nor governments legislating. We hope it will develop naturally by consumers adopting the consideration of a company''s intent, commitment, actions and accomplishments in both their purchase decisions and social conversations. The iApproov phone app does this easily, quickly and uniquely for the user using the latest data on company and brand performance. Confronting businesses economically and reputationally is the only way to get their attention and action. Capitalism regularly re-invents itself and is doing so again now but we need to help it to relate the economic costs and opportunies of sustainability leadership in its widest sense.

Recycling rates in England drop for first time

Sad news but not unexpected. Simply taxing packaging manufacturers is not the answer though. Through producer responsibility, manufacturers already have some accountability for funding recycling in England. Surely the system just needs to be improved. Will central government take a lead in improving legislation? This could be a big post-Brexit "we have more control" opportunity. On a side note, Well done Wales!

Recycling rates in England drop for first time

Suez might want to have a look at Germany. They dont have a tax but industry is obliged to collect and recycle packaging. The costs of this are met by a fee levied on every piece of packging. The actual collection and recycling is done by a network of sub contractors. Local Authorities are relieved of the obligation. Works well

From disruptors to Hinkley: 7 things we've learnt about Greg Clark's industrial strategy

Nuclear energy is not low carbon. The AGR reactors routinely discharge carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as it is the AGR cooling gas - AGR = Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor.

Energy storage megashift: 10 of the best battery projects across the globe

What wonderful projects! As long as the poor are dumb enough to put up with absurdly expensive electricity the transfer of funds to the rich people who own these technological marvels will continue. The damage done in the name of renewable energy is hurting most people as explained in this report: http://www.cps.org.uk/files/reports/original/150313101309-HowrenewablesubsidiesdestroyedtheUKelectricitymarket1.pdf

New energy and water retail service offers businesses 'one-stop-shop' for utilities

Dear Luke, I''m not quite sure why this merits special attention. There are already several organisations that offer a one-stop shop service, so why should Utilitywise be singled out for special promotion? Nigel Aylwin-Foster, ReEnergise

Disrupt or die: Preparing for the next generation of sustainability

This is among the wisest and broadest responses to both the environmental and political events of recent times. Unlike most of my business colleagues, Jonathan has a time horizon in decades. If only we could hear more! Cal Bailey, NG Bailey

Disrupt or die: Preparing for the next generation of sustainability

This is among the wisest and broadest responses to both the environmental and political events of recent times. Unlike most of my business colleagues, Jonathan has a time horizon in decades. If only we could hear more! Cal Bailey, NG Bailey

Report: British wind farms cut carbon emissions by 36 million tonnes

Really great news about the amount of energy produced this year from" wind farms" . They are wonderful to look at ,close up on a sunny day, against a blue sky "modern windmills," they make a flat dull east coast far more interesting. I don''t think this year has been a particularly windy year. In fact a lot less windy during the summer months.. Where I live (the east coast) we seem to have lost the usual summer sea breezes which you could predict to be force 4 by 10am ,lasting 4 hours on a typical summers day.

New energy and water retail service offers businesses 'one-stop-shop' for utilities

This is a BIG deal for customers but not a GOOD deal! Why?well Utility Wise has well and truly shown its hand and given up the independence and transparency they once had. They say on their website"We''re completley independent" And go onto say "We have absolutely no stake in the water supplier you choose" Really not according to this press release! "Business Stream will manage the water services and Utility Wise wil oversee energy provision" it seems all Utility Wise clients will be pushed through Business Stream not good for customers what about the other 19 Water Companies? no real choice for Utility Wise Clients from now then?

AD sector doubles in 2016 as Ecotricity targets fracking sites for new green gas plants

Great news if all the feedstock comes from, for example, domestic refuse. But did I read somewhere that Dale Vince is planning to use grass as a ''fuel'' for wide scale AD production of gas? If this is the case, are we not in the same problematic scenario as was experienced by the advocates of motor fuels produced from agricultural products e.g. corn. When agricultural resources such as corn or grass are used for fuel production, then prices for that resource will go up and that will inevitable mean that someone metaphorically or literally goes hungry!

28 days later: What we know so far about the climate impact of Trump

Please do not refer to Pruitt, the new head of the Environmental protection Agency, as a climate change sceptic: this assumes an open mind upon the issue . Whereas, to date, he has been a climate change denier.

Supermarkets urged to prevent high-risk salmon sourcing

Just because this sports anglers representative organisation have renamed themselves with conservation in their name does not make them a conservation group. Their concern for wild salmon and sea trout does not extend to calling for an end to the killing of wild salmon and sea trout for sport. Wild salmon and sea trout stocks are threatened across the North Atlantic even where salmon farming does not exist. 95% of migrating young salmon now die at sea but S&TC prefer to focus on the 1-2% that die from sea lice, a natural parasite. In fact anglers like to see sea lice on the salmon they catch because it indicates a freshly run fish. A new study shows that wild salmon were in decline long before the arrival of salmon farming to the west coast but so far S&TC have refused to discuss these findings.

Britain's green groups unite to fight for environmental protection post-Brexit

Greener UK Coalition, get yourselves a twitter account, get people to follow/sunbscribe and see how many followers you can reach, lets see if we can get several million followers.

Sadiq Khan doubles investment in clean air policies

The Mayor is setting an example to the rest of the Politicians, however there is a need to get the issues in the right order. Hardly right to penalise consumer/motorists who bought a vehicle in good faith that the emissions were low. It is far more important to invest in Zero emissions Hydrogen cars, vans and trucks. It is equally important for the Politicians and Government Offices to actually search out new innovation and get it to Proof of Concept. It is perfectly clear that when there are millions of EVs running around London there will need to be a major increase in generating capacity or there needs to be Hydrogen Production On board the vehicle. Is Hydrogen production on board the EV possible, of course it is, however it means that everything changes. Team HyPulJet Hydrogen Rotary Engine-generator.

Is it all worth it? - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@Philip - of course we have to look at the big picture but we also have to look at the little wallet as well. If I can make more of a saving per year insulating under my floor (and pay that investment back in 4 years) than by installing a solar system on my roof that may never pay me back unless I keep my house until I am 100 then I know where I am going to invest my hard earned. I am certain that there are locations throughout the UK where rooftop solar is a viable option and should be encouraged (London and the Home Counties being the obvious) so that we don''t end up destroying the natural wildernesses of Scotland with wind turbines just to power one corner of the country. And as this last week has shown even in winter we can not rely on wind turbines. For several days we have been maxing out the coal fired power stations to meet the demand as there has been next to no wind generation. It is quite common to get periods of very cold, calm weather during which time wind will generate zero % of the demand. There is no denying that fact of our weather.

28 days later: What we know so far about the climate impact of Trump

There is an enormous difference between the term "climate denier", which presumably means "climate change denier", and what is probably meant "a questioner of the degree to which man-made CO2 is responsible for a change in terrestrial climate". That degree is probably less than that stated by enthusiasts. To suppose that the 0.04% of CO2 in the atmosphere has a vastly disproportionate effect than the average water vapour content of about 2.5%, some 60 times greater, is not demonstrable, nor does mathematical modelling yield results in agreement with the reality of temperature records. But a lot of money is being made by promoting fear, and enabling the renewables industry to thrive, only marginally useful as it is. Richard Phillips Newbury

Polluting industries stand to gain from EU ETS reform, report claims

Alex, This is a wilful misrepresentation of my position. The purpose behind the amendment was clear: to exclude offshore installations from the cost associated with the electricity generation needed to power the rig, since this generation is part of a closed system and not for onward distribution. The purpose of the ETS system is to reduce carbon emissions. You appear to be conflating a dislike of oil and gas with an exclusion related to micro electricity generation. It''s tough enough steering reform through the parliament without this ''patchy'' approach to the work done by MEPs. Dr Ian Duncan MEP

Is it all worth it? - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Looking at the posts & answers you''ve received &/or given, I must agree with those saying there''s need to look at solar PV in the o/a sustainability inc energy use & insulation context - of course in the uk, we know that the 4 darkest months of least daylight hours co-incide with major energy demand for warmth & light - but too we have e.g. Emeritus Prof Barnham''s publication which points to the practicability of running a modern society on Renewable Energy i.e. Wind, Solar & bio Gas - the last being non fossil & how to get energy for use in the Solar winter trough (albeit Wind''s still around then!) The Burning Answer: a User''s Guide to the Solar Revolution by Keith ... https://www.theguardian.com Arts Books Science and nature 22 May 2014 - The Burning Answer: a User''s Guide to the Solar Revolution by Keith ... Fortunately, Keith Barnham does have something new to say: he cuts ...

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An old technology fit for the future? - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Thanks to Philip and Steven for their links to various modern Stirling Engine heating systems. Perhaps this technology will come back to the fore in time but it is still good to see someone is tinkering with it anyway.

Is it all worth it? - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@Roger - the site I used to do the basic calculations stated 4kw as the limit for the FIT so that''s where I got that number from, needs updating obviously. I agree that in the event of a major roof rebuild then it might be worth looking into again. @Paul - I agree it would be extremely valuable to have a database of actual, real world figures for towns and cities around the country so people can actually see how much power can be generated for their local area but doubt it will ever happen. @Derrick - I''m sure in the sunnier areas of the country, such as East Anglia and SE England domestic solar installations can (and do) pay for themselves quite quickly. Given the number of houses down there perhaps the Government should be encouraging installations instead of subsidising the vast number of wind turbines we have up in Scotland. Part of the problem with any calculations I have done is where the house is located. We are in the wettest part of the country so trying to determine exactly how many sunshine hours we get a years is nigh on impossible. As Solar PV loses a dramatic % of capacity as soon as it is cloudy we''d get virtually nothing on the regularly wet days and even less when it is snowing (although the cold would help on the rare sunny winter days). Mind you in midwinter we get about 6hrs of sunlight so any generation would be hampered by the lack of hours and the low angle of the sun. @Philip - I''ll look back through my posts and get back to you, sorry about that. I think the figures are based on average energy usage and would hope that this assumes you use any appliances during the day as most of us do. Our house does have Economy10 electricity so we try to use the washing machine during the cheaper hours. I agree that with modern A+ or A++ appliances and careful use of them it should be possible to save more but when the sun isn''t shining it makes very little difference.

Is it all worth it? - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Kieron, I''ve not yet received any answer to what I wrote earlier ref another piece by you, but: as to your figures here, you''ve missed out any reference to your savings by matching your energy use on things like washing machine & dishwashing useage in daylight/sunlight hours

Is it all worth it? - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Kieron, I''ve not yet received any answer to what I wrote earlier ref another piece by you, but: as to your figures here, you''ve missed out any reference to your savings by matching your energy use on things like washing machine & dishwashing useage in daylight/sunlight hours

Ecotricity named one of Britain's most disruptive businesses

Are we? https://www.thealternativewatercompany.co.uk/blog/alternative-water-company-innovative-water-industry/

UK homebuilders failing to deal with waste, report finds

It is over year since the abandonment of the code for sustainable homes and waste has gone up, should we be surprised, I don''t think so. Standards should never be totally abandoned they were there for a reason not just a whim, the industry has been let off and let loose and this is perhaps just one of the unintended consequences.