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Hydrogen: a critical piece of the net-zero jigsaw?

Earlier this year the UK Government committed to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 through the amended 2008 Climate Change Act (CCA). Professor Joe Howe, chair of the North West Hydrogen Alliance (NWHA) and executive director of the Thornton Energy Institute, looks at how hydrogen is a vital part of the solution.

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Episode 75 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast lands during edie's Net-Zero November and delivers five exclusive interviews with energy and sustainability experts from the likes of National Trust, Costa and Yorkshire Water to discuss how businesses can transition to net-zero emissions.

EasyJet will also look to champion carbon capture technologies and sustainable aviation fuels in order to decarbonise its flights and operations. Image: EasyJet

EasyJet to offset all flight emissions, pushes for electric aircraft vision

EasyJet has become the first airline to operate net-zero flights, after agreeing to offset all emissions from fuel starting today (19 November) and will continue to work on rolling out electric aircraft in the future.

Heat currently accounts for 15% of the UK's annual greenhouse gas emissions

ENA calls for mandatory hydrogen boilers as CBI outlines new sustainability vision

Replacing existing gas boilers with hydrogen-ready devices should be mandatory when they reach the end of their life, the Energy Networks Association (ENA) has urged in its general election manifesto.

The report notes that decarbonisation through coal phase-outs can only be banked once

Report: annual 10% decarbonisation rate needed to meet UK's net-zero target

The UK will have to deliver annual carbon intensity reductions of 10% to meet its net-zero legislation for 2050, up from less than 4% currently, according to a new study from professional services firm PwC.

Yeo served as the Minister for the Environment and Countryside from 1993-1994; the Shadow Secretary for Environment and Transport from 2004-2005 and chair of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee from 2010-2015. Image: Policy Exchange

Tim Yeo: We have to take cost risks on low-carbon projects

The urgency of the climate crisis means that the world cannot wait for a decade or more to find out whether emerging technologies - such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) - will work, the former chair of Parliament's energy and climate change committee has warned.

Drax believes the project could capture 15% of the UK's current annual carbon emissions

Plans for zero-carbon industrial hub fleshed out in new roadmap

Drax, Equinor and National Grid have published a new roadmap fleshing out their plans to create the world's first zero-carbon industrial hub in the Humber region by 2040.

Clarke was quizzed on net-zero timeframes, technology solutions and Brexit

Treasury's net-zero minister: Climate action will be a 'signature theme' of next government

Speaking exclusively to edie following the launch of its Net-Zero Review, HM Treasury minister Simon Clarke outlines the Government's plans to deliver on the legislation to reduce the UK's emissions to net-zero by 2050.

Grangemouth (pictured) is one of the key industrial clusters the Government is seeking to decarbonise

UK Government launches business fund to deliver net-zero industrial clusters

The UK Government has opened two innovation funds aimed at helping businesses plan and deploy technology to help reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

BP's chief executive Bob Dudley and group chief economist Spencer Dale on stage at the One Young World summit

BP chief: Alternative to 'polluter pays' carbon tax can help meet net-zero

BP's chief executive Bob Dudley and group chief economist Spencer Dale believe that regional carbon prices that don't just tax the producers will enable the oil and gas giant to join the global transition to net-zero emissions, but neither were convinced of when that would happen.

The new rail line and wood pellet loading bay with sawmill residues in view at Drax LaSalle BioEnergy. Image Drax

Drax launches sustainable biomass strategy

Drax has outlined how it will use the latest science and best practice to ensure that biomass use is sustainably sourced and not linked to deforestation, with the UK Governments former chief scientific adviser Sir John Beddington confirmed as chair of a new Independent Advisory Board (IAB).

To communicate its investment, Tennent's will be lighting the famous “big red T” in the signage of its Wellpark site in green, and using the green logo on a line of limited-edition pint glasses. Image: Tennent's.

Tennent's unveils £14m plan to eradicate plastics and carbon

Scottish brewer Tennent's has pledged to eradicate single-use plastics from its packaging by 2021 and to become carbon-neutral by 2025 - commitments it is backing with a €16m investment package.

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Massive wind turbines and microplastic weather forecasts: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best.

Total will be able to reduce the overall cost of the integration process. Image: Total

Total signs cleantech deal to produce hydrogen at refineries

French energy giant Total has signed a cooperation agreement with the Sunfire cleantech company to integrate capture waste heat and CO2 at a German refinery to create synthetic methanol and hydrogen to be used to reduce energy and transport emissions.

The company will also commit €1.5bn annually in net capital expenditure on onshore and offshore wind technology and solar photovoltaic and storage solutions

RWE to become carbon-neutral by 2040

German utilities giant RWE has unveiled a new strategy to transform itself into a carbon-neutral company by 2040 by funnelling billions into renewables projects, decommissioning existing coal-fired plants and backing carbon capture and storage technology.

A new report by Vivid Economics estimates that up to £20bn a year could be required for the UK to reach its net-zero target for 2050

Billions wanted: Report sets net-zero price as Siemens aims for £100bn green project pipeline

Technology firm Siemens has signed an agreement with a coalition of 94 local authority political leaders across the UK to help unlock green investment towards clean energy projects, as a new report warns that up to £20bn may be required annually to deliver the UK's net-zero commitment.

The cement industry accounts for 6% of global CO2 emissions

Cement giant Heidelberg throws weight behind CCS

Heidelberg Cement has signed a memorandum of understanding with multinational energy giant Equinor, in a bid to scale up its efforts in the field of carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Investment decisions on a further $21bn in 12 high-carbon projects are due this year

Oil and gas companies risking £1.8trn in stranded assets during low-carbon transition, report warns

Oil and gas companies have spent £40.5bn ($50bn) on investment projects that undermine the Paris Agreement, with a new report from think tank Carbon Tracker warning that major companies risk wasting £1.8trn ($2.2trn) on stranded assets by 2030.

In the Blueprint, the industry has committed to keeping production above one million barrels of oil equivalent per day

Oil and gas industry's net-zero blueprint branded 'overt lobbying'

Green groups have criticised the UK's offshore oil and gas industry's blueprint to contribute to net-zero emissions by 2035, claiming that the accompanying evidence fails to "leave fossil fuels in the ground".

In May 2019, the Scottish Government announced plans to amend its Climate Change Bill and commit to a legally binding target of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045

Civic and business leaders publish 12-point plan for Scotland to address climate emergency

A group of civic and business leaders, including representatives from Scottish Land & Estates, Changeworks and Scottish Renewables, has called on the Scottish Government to champion healthy diets, fix land use and target low-carbon vehicles and buildings to address the climate emergency.

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The 10 clean growth policy 'shortfalls' and how to address them, according to MPs

The Science and Technology Committee has published a new report warning that the UK isn't remotely close to reaching upcoming carbon budgets up to 2032, outlining 10 key policy areas that need to be addressed if the UK is to deliver on its net-zero ambitions.

Tree planting above Gorpley reservoir in Calderdale where up to 200,000 trees will be planted Image: Yorkshire Water

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

A host of major UK water companies, local authorities and NGOs have today (15 August) teamed on a new tree-planting initiative that will assist the delivery of a carbon-neutral water industry by 2030.

From transport to the built environment, its clear that policy efforts to date have made the net-zero target nothing more than "warm words" 

Green economy wishlist: How to turn the net-zero pipedream into a low-carbon pipeline

With the latest Committee on Climate Change (CCC) progress report revealing that no UK sector has showcased "good progress" to managing climate risk, the green economy has unanimously called for a net-zero philosophy to steer the nation towards its climate targets.

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

Last week saw edie host a webinar on the UK's 2050 net zero carbon ambitions. Here are five key takeaways from the live question and answer event, which featured Skanska, Nottingham City Council, Business in the Community, and sponsor Ørsted.

A Drax power plant. The company is one of the beneficiaries of the new fund

Government funnels £26m into CCUS projects

The UK Government had confirmed that 10 companies have secured £26m in funding to facilitate the advancement and rollout of carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS).

Battersea Power Station: The UK's heat, power and construction sectors are at risk from the net-zero transition

UK sectors face system shocks during net-zero transition

The road to net-zero emissions in the UK will create system shocks and disruption that will hit organisations across the electricity, heat, transport and construction industries the hardest, according to new research published by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC).

Humber produces more carbon emissions than any other industrial hub in the UK 

Government urged to set 2040 net-zero target for Humber

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has unveiled a new ambition to reduce the region's carbon emissions to net-zero by 2040 - 10 years ahead of the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) recommended 2050 deadline for the UK.

An artist's impression of what the CCS and hydrogen infrastructure could look like

Drax confirms plans to create UK's first zero-carbon cluster in Humber

Energy giant Drax has unveiled plans to build a large-scale zero-carbon industrial cluster, featuring carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) technology, during the mid-2020s.

The Committee says achieving a net-zero carbon economy by 2050 will require a “whole-government” approach to fighting climate change

Net-zero emissions by 2050: CCC publishes long-awaited recommendations for UK Government

The UK must "set and vigorously pursue" a bold new climate change target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 'net-zero' levels by 2050 – replacing the current target of an 80% reduction against 1990 levels – according to a major new report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

The climate strikes have created a unique backdrop for Government to raise ambitions

Net-zero emissions and a Green New Deal for the UK: Key business questions, answered

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is providing its highly anticipated advice on setting a net-zero emissions target to the Government during a time where calls for a Green New Deal continue to grow. Here, edie explores how the UK can set a new standard for climate change policy.

Turner said the government should be open-minded about using a mix of market and regulatory mechanisms to cut emissions

Decarbonisation by 2050 can be achieved at 'very low cost'

The UK can fully decarbonise by 2050 at a "very low cost", the first head of parliament's climate change watchdog has claimed.

Heavy industries like cement, steel and chemicals are heavy users of fossil fuels, accounting for about 14% of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions

Zero-emission EU industry 'within reach' but costly, study finds

Bringing down emissions from heavy industry to net-zero by 2050 is possible but will require costly new production processes and a 25-60% increase in near-term capital investments to reach €40-50 billion per year, according to new research published on Thursday (25 April).

Late last year, the UK Government unveiled plans to

Report: Clear CCUS policy needed for UK net-zero emissions goal

The UK Government should update its "vague terminology" on carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) deployment in the UK to create clear policy drivers that transform the technology into a primary tool to meet national and international climate change targets.

Puro will hold the first auctions where CORCs will be traded in May and June this year

Finnish businesses set up 'world's first' marketplace for carbon removal certificates

A group of Finnish businesses have partnered with global financial solutions firm South Pole and Swedish bank SEB to launch a new marketplace for science-based CO2 removal certificates, in a bid to scale methods that can capture and remove carbon globally.

The Aldersgate Group believes that the net-zero target could bolster opportunities for UK businesses

Government urged to focus on lifecycle emissions as part of net-zero target

Any plans to enshrine a net-zero carbon target into UK law will need to examine the lifecycle emissions of new infrastructure, technology and products - a move the can spur rapid growth for new low-carbon market standards.

EU leaders will meet in Romania on 9 May and are expected to put their cards on the table ahead of a landmark UN summit in September on climate change

Five EU countries call for 100% renewable energy by 2050

The European Union's 28 energy ministers had their first public debate on the European Commission's 2050 climate plan on Monday (4 March) but five member states derided the lack of a 100% renewable energy scenario among the EU executive's proposed options.

SUSTAIN will aim to transform the entire supply chain of the steel sector

Zero-waste and carbon-neutral: £35m programme launched to transform UK steel sector

UK steelmakers and university experts are teaming together on a seven-year research programme aimed at boosting the productivity of the steel sector by championing carbon capture techniques and minimising industrial waste streams.

Biomass domes at Drax Power Station. Image: Drax

Drax begins capturing biomass carbon emissions in 'world first'

Drax has begun capturing carbon emissions from one of the four biomass units at its power station in Yorkshire.

Coca-Cola HBC will use a containerised product providing beverage-grade CO2 from air-captured CO2

European Coca-Cola bottler to pioneer carbon capture technology

A Swiss-based Coca-Cola bottling company is set to introduce air-captured CO2 use to the beverage industry to help reduce costs and achieve its long-term climate targets.

Pictured: Researchers at the Sustainable Gas Institute (SGI) testing a small-scale CCS prototype

BEIS wants major carbon capture project delivered by mid-2020s

The UK Government has today (28 November) unveiled plans to "make carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) technologies a reality", including an aim to bring the nation's first large-scale CCUS facility online by the mid-2020s.

Biomass domes at Drax Power Station. Image: Drax

Drax seeks 'negative emissions' with biomass and CCS trial

Drax has kicked off a six-month pilot scheme to trial carbon capture and storage (CCS) on one of the now four biomass units at its power station in Yorkshire.

The IEA calculated that existing infrastructure would “lock in” 550 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide over the next 22 years

World has no capacity to absorb new fossil fuel plants, warns IEA

The world has so many existing fossil fuel projects that it cannot afford to build any more polluting infrastructure without busting international climate change goals, the global energy watchdog has warned.

A particular challenge for the construction sector is that less than 40% of emissions come from the energy used to produce cement

Researchers: CCS key for zero-emission cement

The construction sector can cut polluting emissions up to 80% by applying efficiency measures along the whole value chain, according to new research. If combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, emissions could even be brought down to zero by 2050, they argue.

This week's best innovations could drive significant change across the fashion, aviation and agricultural sectors

Carbon-negative batteries and food waste plastics: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

Increasing the amount of forested land in the UK to 5% of land area could play a major role as trees act as a carbon sink

Urgent greenhouse gas removal plan could see UK hit 'net zero' target - report

Tree-planting, restoring wetlands and using chemicals to take carbon dioxide from the air will all be needed to reduce the UK's greenhouse gases in line with government plans, scientists have said.

World Water Week: Valuing our natural environment

We all 'appreciate' a babbling brook and beautiful rivers and oceans, but what is the value of our natural environment? World Water Week provides us all with the perfect opportunity to reflect on the importance of water stewardship, which is not only about doing the right thing, it's also about generating real business benefits as a result.

The talks between Drax and the British Beer & Pub Association come as a response to the major CO2 distribution problems across the UK and mainland Europe this summer

Europe's first bioenergy carbon capture project to assist drinks sector

Energy group Drax has announced that it is in talks with the British Beer & Pub Association to explore whether the CO2 captured during its bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project could be used to tackle CO2 shortages in the beverage industry.

The taskforce concludes that deploying CCS at scale could reap cost reductions, like those achieved by the offshore wind industry

CCS plants to be operational by mid-2020s, says taskforce

At least two CCS (carbon capture storage) plants should be up and running by the mid-2020s, the government has been told by the force that it established to spur the development of the technology.

The inquiry will call on Ministers to define what a realistic level of cost reduction is, and when it should be aimed for

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

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has launched an inquiry into the role carbon capture and storage (CCS) will play in helping the UK meet its 2050 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, against a 1990 baseline.

The danger of being positive

Positive things are being reported in the world of sustainability but is this a "false dawn" and we may prematurely assume success is inevitable and thereby prevent it.

L-R: Jason Shipstone, Head of R&D, Drax Group; Caspar Schoolderman, Director of Engineering, C-Capture Ltd; Andy Koss, CEO Drax Power; Prof Christopher Rayner, Technical Director, C-Capture Ltd; Carl Clayton, Research and Innovation Engineer, Drax Group.

Drax launches Europe's first bioenergy carbon capture project

Energy group Drax has announced today (21 May) that it will lead the first bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project in Europe during a trial of new technology at its north Yorkshire power station.

Statoil’s “broad energy” approach will see it build up a renewable energy portfolio that accounts for 15-20% of total capex on new energy solutions by 2030

Equinor: Statoil to change name in recognition of energy transition

Norwegian energy giant Statoil is proposing a name change to stakeholders, in recognition of the company's diverse energy strategy that aims to increase investments into renewables and new energy solutions.

The company has added 12 new jobs at the demonstration plant, since it relocated from London to Cheshire in 2017

EU-backed carbon capture utilisation plant opens in UK

The UK's first carbon capture demonstrator plant has opened today (1 March), providing a new treatment that can convert carbon dioxide into polyol compounds that can be used in various manufacturing processes.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) insists that new policies will be required to close the remaining “emissions gap”

Clean Growth Strategy 'not enough' to meet UK's carbon targets, climate advisers warn

Urgent action is needed to flesh out current plans in the Clean Growth Strategy in order to meet the UK's fourth and fifth carbon budgets, the Government's climate change watchdog has cautioned.

Ministers will also retain emergency powers to suspend the phase-out in the case of an emergency shortfall in electricity supplies

UK government spells out plan to shut down coal plants

One of the UK's eight remaining coal power stations is expected to cease generating electricity this year, the government has said as it laid out new rules that will force all the plants to close by 2025.

The North of England accounts for more than a third of low-carbon jobs in England and generated 48% of all renewable energy in 2015 – the largest of any region

Report calls for UK Government to devolve carbon budgets to regional levels

The UK Government has been urged to devolve national carbon budgets down to regional levels in order to create socioeconomic benefits that can be captured by promoting low-carbon job growth across specific areas of the UK, a new report has suggested.

One of Baroness Brown's major concerns regarding the strategy is its so-called “flexibility” mechanisms, which enable the Government to borrow from

Clean Growth Strategy 'flexibilities' could put Paris goals at risk

The aspirations of the Clean Growth Strategy have been praised as a "step in the right direction" by green economy experts, but concerns have been raised that the Government's willingness to rely on banking and borrowing from carbon budgets could put the goals of the Paris Agreement at risk.

Claire Perry will personally chair a separate new CCS council with industry

Climate change minister pledges to 'break the deadlock' on CCS

Climate change minister Claire Perry is convening a taskforce next month to deliver carbon capture and storage plants more cost effectively.

The Government has faced criticism over its handling of CCS projects since closing the £1bn competition fund in 2015

Report: CCS could boost UK economy by £160bn

New research has claimed that carbon capture and storage (CCS) could boost the UK economy by more than £160bn if the technology is deployed on the east coast of the country.

Direct air capture technology filters carbon out of the air and uses it to grow plantlife, which will result in negative carbon emissions

Global warming unstoppable without geo-engineering, says study

The international community has already missed its chance to limit global warming to between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius, according to a new study by Switzerland-based researchers. But a solution to the problem could lie in geo-engineering technologies.

Hinkley Point C is among the projects expected to be negatively affected by UK’s planned withdrawal from the Euratom treaty

UK on track to miss carbon emissions target due to stalled energy policy

The UK's ambitious target of slashing carbon emissions by more than half within 13 years is at risk because of government dithering on energy policy, industry professionals have warned.

The East coast of England was identified as a prime location for CCS deployment, based on its large emissions base and access to the offshore sites

No technical barriers for large-scale, low-cost UK CCS deployment, report finds

The UK has "more than enough" potential Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) sites to meet legally binding 2050 carbon targets in a cost-effective manner, which could save up to £2bn annually throughout the 2020s.

Since 1996, Interface has reduced its cradle-to-gate carbon emissions from products from an average of 20kg per square metre to around 7kg

Interface unveils 'carbon-negative' carpet tile prototype

Using innovative plant-derived materials, global flooring manufacturer Interface has unveiled a first-of-its-kind carpet tile with a negative carbon footprint.

Vote for change: Why Labour has the edge over the Conservatives

The nation holds it breath once more as we prepare for yet another monumental political decision which could have seismic consequences for the future of British politics and society. But before we head to the polling booths, it is crucial to remember an issue avoided by large sections of the mainstream media: how the outcome of this General Election could significantly impact the future of our environment.

The committee concluded there is now a major gap in the government’s decarbonisation plans

MPs go on the offensive over carbon capture and storage

A leading group of MPs has slammed the government's track record on carbon capture and storage (CCS).

More than 250 UK-based academics will benefit from the fund, which will strengthen research into maximising the contribution of CCS to the desired UK low-carbon energy system

Government pours £6m into University of Sheffield's CCS research centre

The UK Government has funnelled more than £6m into carbon capture and storage (CCS) research, with an additional £1.5m set to be generated from partner institutions to finance collaborative projects.

The report names Grangemouth as the ideal location to create a “Co2 utilisation hub” in Scotland

Scotland viewed as ideal location for closed-loop CO2 market

As Scottish energy ministers meet with UK Energy Secretary Greg Clark to discuss "back-tracked" support for Scottish Islands renewables projects worth £2.5bn, a new report has claimed that re-using carbon dioxide could create a £500m market for Scotland.

Total’s role in the partnership is to develop an end-to-end CCS chain by 2025

Oil giant inks carbon capture deal with Norwegian Government

Multinational oil and gas company Total has today (7 April) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Norway's Energy Minister to join one of the world's largest facilities for testing carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Last week, the Treasury denied forcing the now-defunct Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) to axe a competition for carbon capture and storage pilot projects in late 2015

CCS key to meeting climate change targets say ETI

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the most cost effective way of meeting climate change targets and needs to be deployed sooner rather than later, according to the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

Covestro develops insulation foam capable of saving around 70 times more energy across the lifetime of the product

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

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses need to stop "demonising" carbon and should instead treat it as a valuable raw material that can enhance product specifications and cut key environmental footprints if treated correctly, a sustainability expert has said.

The report highlights that a risk burden exercise wouldn’t be in line with wider energy policy and would incur more losses onto the taxpayers

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

The UK Government's "ambitious, but ultimately, unsuccessful" plan develop and deploy Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) incurred costs of £100m and failed to achieve value for money, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.

The technology converts the captured carbon into soda ash, which is used as a base chemical in glass manufacturing, paper production and detergents amongst others

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

An Indian chemicals company has introduced a world first to the carbon capture market, by utilising subsidy-free technology to turn CO2 from its own boilers into make base chemicals with a wide range of uses.

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EEF wants the Government to make immediate announcements on a full phase-out strategy for coal power by 2025 and a plan for the uptake of carbon capture and storage

Manufacturers call on Government to deliver low-carbon Energy Statement

The UK Government must introduce reforms which increase the uptake of low-carbon technologies to restore the "tepid" confidence in Britain's future energy security, according to the manufacturers' organisation EEF.


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