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Thursday, 11 February 2021

Ministers have backed Net Zero as the answer to structural political and economic challenges at home.  The energy transition is already changing international relations.  A new world, built around clean energy, will bring new dynamics, alternative questions, different power structures, and a new set of winners and losers.  With COP26 on the horizon, delivering the green economy at home offers the UK a unique opportunity to help shape the world to come. 

 

Friday, 24 July 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has triggered a global health emergency and an unprecedented economic shock affecting the lives of billions of people. Throughout this pandemic the energy sector has been an unsung hero, with an army of workers helping to deal with the changing demands of households and businesses whose daily routines have been turned upside down. 

Friday, 24 July 2020

The UK’s target to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050 is one of the most comprehensive goals set by any major economy to date. As we come out of the COVID-19 crisis, we have a unique opportunity to re-align our economy with this ambitious net zero emissions commitment.

Friday, 10 July 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented worldwide economic disruption with nations, communities and entire industries brought to a standstill. Faced with the prospect of its most significant recession ever, the UK government responded last week with a rescue package designed to keep businesses and jobs secure whilst the worst impacts of the virus hit the economy.

Thursday, 02 July 2020

At the beginning of June, the Prime Minister talked of a “vital, green recovery” as we emerge from the Covid pandemic. How quickly he seems to have forgotten. By the end of the month, in his “Build, Build, Build” speech, there was little evidence that greenness was at the heart of his plan.

Monday, 29 June 2020

In April 2020, IRENA released its Global Renewables Outlook: Energy Transformation 2050. The report showed pathways for the transformation of the global energy system that are not only consistent with the Paris Agreement, but are also accompanied by immense socio-economic benefits.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

On Wednesday 10 June, Britain hit a significant landmark, going for two full months without burning coal to generate electricity – the longest period since the Industrial Revolution.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

This month sees communities across the country come together to mark Community Energy Fortnight. In normal times, I would have been travelling around the country visiting projects, taking part in open days and meeting with people to talk about how energy has been transforming their communities. But we are living in far from normal times.

Monday, 22 June 2020

We’re currently witnessing one of the greatest challenges ever to face the UK economy. Recent figures show the economy shrank by 20.4% in the first full month of lockdown, and every sector has felt the strain.

Friday, 19 June 2020

As we emerge from lockdown, one of the few things which won’t have changed is meeting net zero emissions by 2050. Home heating contributes a significant 14% of all UK greenhouse gas emissions and for rural ‘hard to treat’ homes this decarbonisation problem is acute.

Monday, 15 June 2020

The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on our lives. But amid the social and economic turmoil there is a small chink of light. At the height of the lockdown, UK carbon emissions fell by around 31%, the steepest drop in output since records began.

Tuesday, 09 June 2020

Since the start of the pandemic the energy sector has been focusing on twin priorities – supporting customers and maintaining reliable services. The energy industry provides an essential service. As such, it has well-established contingency plans to ensure the reliable supply of power to both business and domestic customers, as well as support for those in vulnerable circumstances.

Tuesday, 09 June 2020

The United Kingdom currently employs around sixty Energy-from-Waste (EfW) plants providing a vital sanitation service to society, while diverting non-recyclable waste from landfill and generating energy - a significant proportion of which is derived from renewable feedstock.

Tuesday, 02 June 2020

It was little more than a year ago that Parliament declared a climate emergency.  The following month, legislation was passed requiring the Government to reduce the UK’s emissions of greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050.  Nowhere near ambitious enough, but significant nonetheless.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

One of the hardest truths about the pandemic, which so abruptly cancelled everyone’s future plans is that, even now, we do not fully understand what this means. Despite a colossal global effort we are still some way from being confident of being able to ensure public health as we release people from the disciplines of lockdown.

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