10/05/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 10/05/21.

News: Report: UK must more than double onshore wind capacity by 2030 to meet climate targets – Edie.net

7 May 2021.  RenewableUK is urging Ministers to set specific, legally binding 2030 targets for renewable energy generation to help deliver its net-zero target, including growing the nation’s onshore wind capacity to 30GW:

Link:https://www.edie.net/news/10/Report–UK-must-more-than-double-onshore-wind-capacity-by-2030-to-meet-climate-targets/

Policy paper: Carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) supply chains: a roadmap to maximise the UK’s potential – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

7 May 2021.  This roadmap sets out how government and industry can work together to harness the power of a strong, industrialised UK CCUS supply chain:

Link: Carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) supply chains: a roadmap to maximise the UK’s potential

News: Report: China emissions exceed all developed nations combined – BBC News Online

7 May 2021.  China emits more greenhouse gas than the entire developed world combined, a new report has claimed.  The research by Rhodium Group says China emitted 27% of the world’s greenhouse gases in 2019:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-57018837

News: Cutting methane gas ‘crucial for climate fight’ – BBC News Online

7 May 2021.  Reducing emissions of methane gas is vital for tackling climate change in the short-term, a major UN report says:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-56933443

Research Briefing: The UK Emissions Trading Scheme – House of Commons Library

4 May 2021.  The UK left the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) at the end of the Brexit transition period and has implemented a UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) to replace it:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9212

News: Ørsted says offshore UK windfarms need urgent repairs – Guardian Online

29 April 2021, Jillian Ambrose. Operator says it may need to spend £350m over two years to repair cable damage caused by seabed rocks:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/apr/29/rsted-says-offshore-uk-windfarms-need-urgent-repairs

News: ‘No sign of a roadmap’: PAC slams lack of leadership from HMRC and Treasury – Current News

29 April 2021, Molly Lempriere.  The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has criticised a “lack of leadership and coordination” from HMRC and the Treasury in targeting environmental action:

Link: ‘No sign of a roadmap’: PAC slams lack of leadership from HMRC and Treasury

Article: MPs warn lack of government strategy stalling community energy – Environment Journal

30 April 2021, Jamie Hailstone.  A cross-party group of MPs has expressed disappointment that the government has failed to acknowledge the key role community energy can play to help achieve net zero targets:

Link: https://environmentjournal.online/articles/mps-warn-lack-of-government-strategy-stalling-community-energy/

News: MPs accuse Treasury and HMRC of shirking climate responsibilities – Edie.net

28 April 2021.  The Treasury and HMRC are failing to respond to a “climate storm breaking all around us”, failing to make the necessary changes to tax systems and short-term funding packages needed for the ‘just’ transition to net-zero:

Link: https://www.edie.net/news/11/MPs-accuse-Treasury-and-HMRC-of-shirking-climate-responsibilities

National Statistics: Fuel poverty statistics projections 2021 – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Fuel poverty statistics projections report for 2021:

Link: Fuel poverty statistics projections 2021

Consultation outcome: Implementing the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation – Department for Transport

28 April 2021.  Proposals for implementing the international aviation carbon offsetting scheme (CORSIA):

Link: Implementing the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation

News: Ofgem launches consultation into half-hourly settlement – Current News

27 April 2021, Molly Lempriere.  Ofgem has launched a consultation into the implementation and governance arrangements of the introduction of half-hourly settlement:

Link: Ofgem launches consultation into half-hourly settlement

News: Solar and wind could entirely displace fossil fuels by 2050 says Carbon Tracker – Current News

23 April 2021, Molly Lempriere.  In less than a decade, solar power will be economic in comparison to local fossil fuels globally, while wind will be economic in more than half of cases:

Link: Solar and wind could entirely displace fossil fuels by 2050 says Carbon Tracker

News: Electric cars alone are not the answer – lightweight vehicles are a better way forward – MSN News (The Independent)

25 April 2021, Jennifer Lenhart and Wayne Ting.  While EVs present a promising step in shifting to more sustainable urban transport, to effectively tackle climate change, we’ll need to think bigger by going smaller:

Link: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/electric-cars-alone-are-not-the-answer-%E2%80%93-lightweight-vehicles-are-a-better-way-forward/ar-BB1g1LYo

News: ‘Insanely cheap energy’: how solar power continues to shock the world – Guardian Online

24 April 2021, Royce Kurmelovs. Australian smarts and Chinese industrial might made solar power the cheapest power humanity has seen – and no one saw it coming:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/25/insanely-cheap-energy-how-solar-power-continues-to-shock-the-world

News: Government ‘abandoned’ Green Homes Grant scheme, say MPs – The Energyst

23 April 2021, Alban Thurston. The Johnson government walked away from its undelivered flagship policy to insulate Britain’s energy-wasting homes, MPs claim in a scathing new report:

Link: Government ‘abandoned’ Green Homes Grant scheme, say MPs

News: Labour unveils £30bn plan to create 400,000 green jobs – Guardian Online

22 April 2021.  Keir Starmer sets out scheme to bolster UK economy with secure jobs in clean industries:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/apr/22/labour-plan-create-green-jobs-keir-starmer-employment