25/01/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 25/01/21.

News: Bank of England criticised for financing carbon-intensive firms – BBC News Online

25 January 2021, Roger Harrabin.  The Bank of England has been criticised by MPs for providing finance to carbon-intensive companies without attaching environmental strings:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55794292

Press release: Ofgem recommends an independent body to help lead Britain’s green transformation – Ofgem

25 January 2021.  Ofgem has recommended the creation of an independent body to help lead the path to net zero at the lowest cost to consumers. The body would be fully separated from National Grid and run the electricity system, helping to charge millions of electric vehicles and enabling a huge increase in renewable power while maintaining secure energy supplies:

https://ofgem-newsroom.prgloo.com/news/ofgem-recommends-an-independent-body-to-help-lead-britains-green-transformation

News: Electric vehicles and heat pumps set for exponential growth on road to net-zero – Edie.net

25 January 2021. More than 4.5 million electric vehicles (EVs) could be on UK roads, almost 250,000 households could feature solar technology and between 450,000 to more than one million domestic electric heat pumps could be installed by 2030 in order to reach net-zero, new research has found:

Electric vehicles and heat pumps set for exponential growth on road to net-zero

News: Climate change: Six questions about the Cumbria coal controversy – BBC News Online

23 January 2021, Roger Harrabin.  Pressure is growing on the prime minister to ban a new coal mine in Cumbria.  The county council approved the colliery, and the government decided not to challenge the decision:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-55766306

News: Legal bid to stop UK building Europe’s biggest gas power plant fails – Guardian Online

21 January 2021, Damian Carrington. Plan has been approved despite environmental objections and criticism over climate leadership:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/21/climate-crisis-uk-legal-bid-stop-biggest-gas-power-station-europe-fails

News: Future Homes Standard: Heat pumps to be ‘the primary heating technology for new homes’ – Current News

21 January 2021, Molly Lempriere. The government has restated its commitment to heat pumps following the most recent Future Homes Standard consultation:

Future Homes Standard: Heat pumps to be ‘the primary heating technology for new homes’

Press release: COP26 calls for groups to bring climate summit to life – Cabinet Office and The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP

21 January 2021. Applications have opened on 21 January 2021 to help shape the COP26 venue in Glasgow ahead of the crucial climate change talks later this year:

COP26 calls for groups to bring climate summit to life

News: Electric car batteries with five-minute charging times produced – Guardian Online

19 January 2021, Damian Carrington.  First factory production means recharging could soon be as fast as filling up petrol or diesel vehicles:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/19/electric-car-batteries-race-ahead-with-five-minute-charging-times

News: Councils plan to install just 35 on-street EV chargers on average by 2025 – Current News

19 January 2021, Alice Grundy.  Across the next four years, only 9,317 on-street electric vehicle (EV) chargers are planned for installation by local councils, according to new data released by Centrica:

https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/councils-plan-to-install-just-35-on-street-ev-chargers-on-average-by-2025

News: Smart meter installs drop 27% in 2020 as COVID-19 bites – Current News

19 January 2021, Alice Grundy.  Installations of smart meters were significantly impacted in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic according to new data from ElectraLink:

Smart meter installs drop 27% in 2020 as COVID-19 bites

Research Briefing: National Infrastructure Commission – House of Commons

19 January 2021. This briefing explains the role and main outputs of the National Infrastructure Commission:

National Infrastructure Commission

Speech: Transforming the global energy sector through ambition, collaboration and investment in green recoveries – Cabinet Office and The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP

19 January 2021.  COP26 President Alok Sharma at the 11th International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) assembly on the importance of international collaboration for the clean energy transition:

Transforming the global energy sector through ambition, collaboration and investment in green recoveries

Open consultation: The Future Buildings Standard – Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

21 January 2021.  Consultation on changes to Part L (conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (ventilation) of the Building Regulations for non-domestic buildings and dwellings; and overheating in new residential buildings:

The Future Buildings Standard