07/04/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 07/04/21.

News: We’ve got carbon capture all wrong – Wired

6 April 2021, Bianca Nogrady.  Carbon capture is viewed by many as a last resort. But in the race to tackle the climate crisis, intelligently taking advantage of natural processes will be key:

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/carbon-capture?xtor=ES-208-[43297_NEWS_NLB_ACT_WK15_Wed_07_Apr]-20210407-[Wired]

Guardian News: Bitcoin mining in China will exceed energy consumption of 181 countries by 2024, study warns – MSN

6 April 2021, Anthony Cuthbertson. Carbon emissions from Chinese bitcoin mines are accelerating rapidly and will soon exceed energy consumption levels of Italy and Saudi Arabia if urgent action is not taken, a new study has warned:

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/bitcoin-mining-in-china-will-exceed-energy-consumption-of-181-countries-by-2024-study-warns/ar-BB1fmj4g

Press release: New figures show increase in energy efficient homes – Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP

6 April 2021.  The majority of new homes in England are in the most energy efficient bands, according to figures published on Thursday:

New figures show increase in energy efficient homes

News: Fracking ban should continue for UK to meet net-zero, CCC warns – Edie.net

6 April 2021. The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has told the UK Government that restrictions on onshore fracking for shale gas must be continued until scientists have a better understanding of its full environmental impact:

https://www.edie.net/news/11/Fracking-ban-should-continue-for-UK-to-meet-net-zero–CCC-warns/?adfesuccess=1

News: Bitcoin uses as much energy as Sweden and is on course to use even more. Experts say that’s a ‘major problem’ for its future – Yahoo Sport

31 March 2021, Billy Bambrough. As bitcoin surges to unprecedented value, the sprawling matrix of computers around the world that run its software is now consuming as much energy a year as Sweden, the latest calculations suggest:

https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/bitcoin-uses-much-energy-sweden-132520400.html

News: Government must ‘get out of the way’ to allow innovation to drive net zero – Current News

31 March 2021, Alice Grundy. The Energy Systems Catapult has proposed a variety of new electricity market reforms as it warns that the current government-directed system risks stifling new smart technologies:

Government must ‘get out of the way’ to allow innovation to drive net zero

Press release: Over £30 million government investment to boost batteries and hydrogen vehicles – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Lord Grimstone of Boscobel Kt

30 March 2021.  Pioneering research into battery technology, the electric vehicle supply chain and hydrogen vehicles is to be backed by over £30 million of government funding:

Over £30 million government investment to boost batteries and hydrogen vehicles

Decision: Forward work programme 2021/22 – Ofgem

29 March 2021. Decision on Ofgem’s strategic framework and proposed 2021/22 forward work programme:

Forward work programme 2021/22

News: Green Homes Grant scheme to insulate houses axed – BBC News Online

27 March 2021, Rog er Harrabin. A much-promoted grants scheme to help householders in England insulate their home is to be scrapped within days:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-56552484

News: Renewables meet 97.4% of Scotland’s electricity consumption in 2020 – Current News

26 March 2021, Alice Grundy.  Scotland has fallen just short of its goal of 100% of its electricity consumption being from renewables in 2020, reaching 97.4% in the year:

Renewables meet 97.4% of Scotland’s electricity consumption in 2020

News: Labour calls for ‘electric vehicle revolution’ as it unveils new proposals – Current News

25 March 2021, Alice Grundy.  Shadow energy secretary Ed Miliband has called for an “electric vehicle revolution” in every part of the country in an effort to boost jobs and support decarbonization:

Labour calls for ‘electric vehicle revolution’ as it unveils new proposals

Consultation outcome: Carbon Emissions Tax – HM Revenue & Customs and HM Treasury

23 March 2021.  This document provides a summary of the responses to the consultation. In December 2020, the government confirmed that it would implement a UK Emissions Trading System from 1 January 2021, and that the Carbon Emissions Tax would not be implemented:

Carbon Emissions Tax

News: UK seeks to drill more oil and gas from North Sea – BBC News Online

24 March 2021, Roger Harrabin. More oil and gas wells are to be drilled in the North Sea, the UK government has announced.  The decision has angered environmental campaigners, who say the government should refuse new licences:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-56503588

News: House of Lords sub-committee weighs in on post-Brexit electricity trading – Current News

23 March 2021, Alice Grundy. ​The House of Lords EU Environment sub-committee has released a new report, in part detailing its views on electricity pricing and trading post-Brexit:

House of Lords sub-committee weighs in on post-Brexit electricity trading

News: National Grid ESO joins the ENA to ‘accelerate progress’ towards net zero – Current News

23 March 2021, Molly Lempriere.  National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has become an official member of the Energy Networks Association (ENA):

National Grid ESO joins the ENA to ‘accelerate progress’ towards net zero

Article: To make the Prime Minister’s ambitious targets on offshore wind a reality, we need new laws now – Politics Home

23 March 2021, Jerome Mayhew MP.  From pretty much a standing start in 2010, the UK set the target of generating 10GW of electricity offshore by 2030, which seemed a challenge:

To make the Prime Minister’s ambitious targets on offshore wind a reality, we need new laws now