05/03/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 05/03/21.

News: The Sun Online – News: ECO COST Brits were misled about ‘true £70bn cost’ of Theresa May’s net zero carbon target

5 March 2021, Natasha Clark.  BRITS were misled about the cost of the Government’s net zero carbon emissions target by 2050 after Whitehall officials played down the estimated £70billion annual hit:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14240903/lies-over-cost-of-net-zero-carbon/

Collection: Fuel poverty statistics – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

4 March 2021.  This series brings together all documents relating to fuel poverty statistics:

Fuel poverty statistics

News: UK Government has ‘no plan’ for reaching net-zero, MPs warn – Edie.net

5 March 2021. Almost two years after enshrining the 2050 net-zero target in UK law, cross-party MPs have heard evidence that the Government still lacks a credible plan for delivery:

UK Government has ‘no plan’ for reaching net-zero, MPs warn

News: UK has broken air pollution limits for a decade, EU court finds – Guardian Online

4 March 2021, Damian Carrington.  Levels of nitrogen dioxide, mostly from diesel vehicles, remain illegally high in 75% of urban areas:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/04/uk-has-broken-air-pollution-limits-for-a-decade-eu-court-finds

News: Lords Committee opens inquiry into how to integrate batteries into UK energy system – Current News

4 March 2021, Jules Scully. An inquiry into the role battery and fuel cell technologies will play in the UK’s path to net zero has been launched by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee:

Lords Committee opens inquiry into how to integrate batteries into UK energy system

Collection: Net Zero Innovation Portfolio – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

3 March 2021.  The Net Zero Innovation Portfolio provides funding for low-carbon technologies and systems. Decreasing the costs of decarbonisation, the Portfolio will help enable the UK to end its contribution to climate change:

Net Zero Innovation Portfolio

Notice: Register your interest in the Longer Duration Energy Storage Demonstration – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

3 March 2021.  Details about the Longer Duration Energy Storage Demonstration, an innovation competition launching later in 2021:

Longer Duration Energy Storage Demonstration

News: UK plans floating offshore wind innovation scheme – ReNews

3 March 2021.  The UK is to launch a new competition to provide funding to support the development and demonstration of new technologies for floating offshore wind:

UK plans floating offshore wind innovation scheme

Press release: Reducing carbon emissions from cars – National Audit Office

26 February 2021. The government has set an ambitious target for almost all cars to emit zero carbon by 2050. It has made progress in increasing the number of ultra-low emission cars and charge-points in the UK to support this, but it has a long way to go to achieve its aims, according to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO):

https://www.nao.org.uk/press-release/reducing-carbon-emissions-from-cars/

News: Drax unveils plans to host UK’s largest carbon capture project by 2027 – Edie.net

3 March 2021. Drax has begun the planning process for its proposals to scale up bioenergy with carbon capture (BECCS) arrays at its Yorkshire power plant:

Drax unveils plans to host UK’s largest carbon capture project by 2027

Article: The Energy White Paper – a ‘roadmap’ towards net zero, but lacking in specific details – Environment Journal

1 March 2021, Greg Hilton, Partner (Energy and Infrastructure) at Carter Jonas explains why the UK’s Energy White Paper lacks specific detail:

https://environmentjournal.online/articles/the-energy-white-paper-a-roadmap-towards-net-zero-but-lacking-in-specific-details/

News: Ambitious’ UK ETS auctions to launch in May – Current News

2 March 2021, Alice Grundy.  The first auction of the UK’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is to open in May 2021, with the auction calendar now published:

‘Ambitious’ UK ETS auctions to launch in May

News: The road to net zero electricity markets – Current News

1 March 2021, Kayte O’Neill, Head of Markets, National Grid ESO. The energy sector is undergoing massive transformation. Zero carbon sources have gone from making up 20% of electricity in Great Britain in 2010, to 48% last year. A new landscape is emerging, with different types of electricity generation, more participants in the electricity market and changing consumer behaviour:

The road to net zero electricity markets

Open consultation: Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive: ensuring a stable scheme – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

26 February 2021.  Seeking views on the closure of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme to new applicants, and accompanying reforms to future-proof the scheme:

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive: ensuring a stable scheme

News: Atlantic Ocean circulation at weakest in a millennium, say scientists – Guardian Online

26 February 2021, Fiona Harvey.  Decline in system underpinning Gulf Stream could lead to more extreme weather in Europe and higher sea levels on US east coast:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/25/atlantic-ocean-circulation-at-weakest-in-a-millennium-say-scientists

News: How Bitcoin’s vast energy use could burst its bubble – BBC News Online

28 February 2021, Justin Rowlatt. Electric car company Tesla made a paper profit of more than $900m (£646m) after buying $1.5bn (£1bn) -worth of the cryptocurrency in early February. Its high profile support helped pushed the price of a single Bitcoin to more than $58,000. But it isn’t just the digital asset’s price that has hit an all-time high. So has its energy footprint:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-56215787

Research briefing: New Nuclear Power – House of Commons

26 February 2021. This Commons Library briefing paper summarises current progress on nuclear power, including conventional reactors, advanced designs, waste disposal, and nuclear research:

New Nuclear Power

Report: Reducing carbon emissions from cars – National Audit Office

26 February 2021. This report examines how well the government has used public money to support the uptake of ultra-low emission cars and draw lessons for the future. It examines progress in increasing the take-up of ultra-low emission cars through the plug‑in car grant; the development of charging infrastructure using government financial support; and the impact of increasing the sale of ultra-low emission cars on carbon emissions from the UK car fleet so far:

https://www.nao.org.uk/report/reducing-carbon-emissions-from-cars/

News: Why local electricity pricing holds the key to a Net Zero energy system – Policy Exchange

7 December 2020, Ed Birkett & Benedict McAleenan.  The UK Government’s commitment to quadruple offshore wind capacity by 2030 will transform Great Britain’s electricity system. However, it poses serious challenges for the electricity market:

News: Insulate homes better or miss carbon targets, ministers told – BBC News Online

25 February 2021, Roger Harrabin. The UK will never meet its carbon targets unless homes are better insulated, ministers have been warned.  The Climate Change Committee (CCC) – an independent body which advises the UK government and devolved administrations – says the struggling Green Homes Grant must be rescued:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-56187069

News: Carbon tax would be popular with UK voters, poll suggests – Guardian Online

24 February 2021, Fiona Harvey.  Levies on flying, imports and other high-carbon services could raise £27bn a year by 2030, says Zero Carbon Campaign:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/24/carbon-tax-would-be-popular-with-uk-voters-poll-suggests

News: 44% of families with children ‘would fall into debt if their energy bills rose’ – Yahoo News

25 February 2021, Vicky Shaw. Around two out of five families would fall into debt if the cost of their energy increased, according to a household financial confidence survey.  If energy bills increased, 44% of families with children at home believe that it would push them into debt with their energy provider:

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/44-families-children-fall-debt

News story: Fuelling a greener future: E10 petrol set for September 2021 launch – Department for Transport and The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

25 February 2021.  E10 fuel – an eco-friendly blend of petrol and ethanol that could cut transport CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes a year – to be available by September 2021:

Fuelling a greener future: E10 petrol set for September 2021 launch

Hydrogen: Is UK policy and industry at a tipping point? – Edie.net

24 February 2021 Recent weeks have seen influential bodies urging the Government to publish the Hydrogen Strategy sooner rather than later. In tandem, announcements have been made about hydrogen-powered homes and vehicles. So, is the UK’s hydrogen revolution about to begin?:

Hydrogen: Is UK policy and industry at a tipping point?