14/05/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 14/05/20

News: In numbers: The public’s understanding of net-zero and green policies – Edie.net

12 May 2020.  A government survey of more than 1,800 UK citizens has found that the public is largely unaware of net-zero movement and what that means for the UK, despite more than three-quarters of citizens being concerned about climate change:

In numbers: The public’s understanding of net-zero and green policies

News: Oil and gas giants overstating net-zero ambitions, study finds – Edie.net

12 May 2020.  Recent announcements from European oil and gas majors such as Total, Shell and BP to commit to net-zero aren’t actually aligned to the required, science-based cuts to emissions to reach net-zero or the 1.5C target of the Paris Agreement, new research has found:

Oil and gas giants overstating net-zero ambitions, study finds

News:  The Local Electricity Bill: A solution to the local energy dilemma? – Current News

11 May 2020, Stephen Cirell.  Power for People is attempting to get a new Bill passed into law, which would encourage and enable the local supply of electricity. The Local Electricity Bill was set to be considered under the Ten Minute Rule on Tuesday 28 April, however due to the current timetable restrictions, this has now been postponed:

The Local Electricity Bill: A solution to the local energy dilemma?

News: Oil prices jump amid signs of rising demand – City Am

7 May 2020, Edward Thicknesse.  In addition, data from independent analysts Rystad Energy showed that at least 616,000 barrels of oil a day will be shut in by US producers in May:

Oil prices jump amid signs of rising demand

News:  MPs to probe role of hydrogen in net-zero transition – Edie.net

8 May 2020.  The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is to seek advice on the role of low-carbon hydrogen production and utilisation in accordance with the UK’s wider efforts to spur economic growth and reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050:

MPs to probe role of hydrogen in net-zero transition

News:  CCC calls for a coronavirus recovery plan that supports net zero – Current News

6 May 2020, Molly Lempriere.  The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has called for low carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure to be at the heart of the government’s approach to rebuilding the UK after COVID-19:

CCC calls for a coronavirus recovery plan that supports net zero

News:  CCC: Change tax systems to build green economic recovery post-coronavirus – Current News

6 May 2020.  The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has advised Prime Minister Boris Johnson, COP26 President Alok Sharma and national first ministers across the UK, calling for climate action to be placed at the heart of an economic rebuild following the coronavirus pandemic:

CCC: Change tax systems to build green economic recovery post-coronavirus

News: Europe’s energy giants turn greener, but paths and targets diverge – Reuters

5 May 2020, Shadia Nasralla & Ron Bousso.  Europe’s top oil and gas companies, which account for roughly 7% of global crude consumption, have committed themselves to greenhouse gas emission reduction targets which vary in scope and detail, making them hard for investors to compare:

Europe’s energy giants turn greener, but paths and targets diverge

Press release: OGA unveils strategy to support Net Zero – Oil & Gas Authority

6 May 2020.  Oil and Gas Authority unveils strategy to support Net Zero and is seeking views on its intention to refresh its core aim:

https://www.ogauthority.co.uk/news-publications/news/2020/oga-unveils-strategy-to-support-net-zero/

Press release: Petersberg Climate Dialogue summary video – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP

4 May 2020.  Over 30 climate ministers and high-level representatives met via video call for day two of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue on 28 April 2020:

Petersberg Climate Dialogue summary video