08/06/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 08/06/21.

News: Pressure on UK as Germany backs ending free carbon permits for airlines – Guardian Online

6 June 2021.  Boris Johnson has pledged to give details of how UK will meet its climate targets before Cop26:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/jun/06/pressure-uk-germany-backs-ending-free-carbon-permits-airlines

Press release: New proposals to support rapid and safe rollout of fusion energy – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Amanda Solloway MP

1 June 2021.  Regulatory Horizons Council publishes report on measures required to support the rapid and safe introduction of fusion energy:

Link: New proposals to support rapid and safe rollout of fusion energy

News: BEIS unveils new details for £68m long duration energy storage competition – Current News

1 June 2021, Alice Grundy. Details of the government’s upcoming long duration energy storage innovation competition have been revealed, with an event to provide application support this month:

Link: BEIS unveils new details for £68m long duration energy storage competition

News: Rollout of smart and advanced meters hits 24.2 million – Current News

28 May 2021, Alice Grundy. Suppliers installed 760,000 domestic smart meters in Q1 2021, taking the number of smart and advanced meters in homes and small businesses to 24.2 million:

Link: Rollout of smart and advanced meters hits 24.2 million

Research briefing: Climate change: an overview – Parliament UK, House of Commons

27 May 2021.  A collection of overarching climate change-related parliamentary briefings and publications:

Link: Climate change: an overview

News: In the pipeline: networks to warm UK homes using surplus heat – Guardian Online

28 May 2021, Jillian Ambrose.  Tens of thousands of homes, offices and hospitals could soon be warmed with surplus heat from factories, incinerator plants and even disused mine shafts under plans by the government to fund low-carbon heating:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/may/28/in-the-pipeline-networks-to-warm-uk-homes-using-surplus-heat

News: Shell: Netherlands court orders oil giant to cut emissions – BBC News Online

26 May 2021.  A court in the Netherlands has ruled in a landmark case that the oil giant Shell must reduce its emissions.  By 2030, Shell must cut its CO2 emissions by 45% compared to 2019 levels, the civil court ruled:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-57257982

News: Climate: World at risk of hitting temperature limit soon – BBC News Online

27 May 2021, David Shukman. It’s becoming more likely that a key global temperature limit will be reached in one of the next five years. A major study says by 2025 there’s a 40% chance of at least one year being 1.5C hotter than the pre-industrial level:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-57261670

Research briefing: Green Homes Grant – Parliament UK, House of Commons

26 May 2021.  This briefing paper summarises the Green Homes Grant Scheme that was open from September 2020 to March 2021. The paper covers details of the scheme, commentary on the scheme, its closure, and possible next steps:

Link: Green Homes Grant

News: Mast Upgrade: UK experiment could sweep aside fusion hurdle – BBC News Online

26 May 2021, Paul Rincorn. Initial results from a UK experiment could help clear a hurdle to achieving commercial power based on nuclear fusion, experts say.  The researchers believe they now have a better way to remove the excess heat produced by fusion reactions:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-57232644

Question: Renewable Energy: Heating – Parallel Parliament

17 May 2021.  Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from Alan Brown SNP: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he plans to take to support the scale up of heat pump installations to achieve the 2028 target of 600,000 per year:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/question/2354/renewable-energy-heating

News: Ofgem looks to support EV rollout as it announces winning projects receiving £300m – Current News

24 May 2021, Molly Lempriere.  Over 200 low carbon projects are getting a chunk of £300 million in investment from Ofgem to support electric transport and heat:

Link: Ofgem looks to support EV rollout as it announces winning projects receiving £300m

News: BEIS unveils £166m to encourage ‘rapid development’ of CCUS and hydrogen – Current News

24 May 2021, Alice Grundy.  This funding is to drive developments in technologies needed for the green industrial revolution, including carbon capture, greenhouse gas removal and hydrogen. It is being awarded to a mix of innovators, businesses, academics and heavy industry across the UK:

Link: BEIS unveils £166m to encourage ‘rapid development’ of CCUS and hydrogen

Corporate report: Environment Agency: reaching net zero by 2030 – Environment Agency

24 May 2021. The Environment Agency’s road map for cutting carbon emissions and reaching net zero by 2030:

Link: Environment Agency: reaching net zero by 2030