• US provides $24m for battery and methane detection technologies

    US provides $24m for battery and methane detection technologies
    The US Government has announced $24 million (£18.6m) of funding for projects that aim to commercially scale up battery development as well as methane detection technologies.
    It will support the first stage of the Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential (SCALEUP) programme, an initiative that supports the scaling of high-risk and potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications.
    It works to take promising energ
  • EU bank lends €110m for smart meters and IT solutions in Lithuania

    EU bank lends €110m for smart meters and IT solutions in Lithuania
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a loan agreement worth €110 million (£101m) with a Lithuanian energy company in support of smart metering systems and IT solutions.
    Ignitis Group will use the financing to install smart meters and implement IT solutions for data collection and management with energy distribution operator ESO.
    Under the first stage of installation, ESO is planning to replace around 1.2 million units of smart meters in Lithuania by the end of 2023, starting
  • Netherlands and Portugal strengthen their ties for green hydrogen transportation

    Netherlands and Portugal strengthen their ties for green hydrogen transportation
    Netherlands and Portugal have signed a new agreement to facilitate the transportation of green hydrogen between the two countries.
    The plan is to work together to transport green hydrogen from a new project in Sines, Portugal to the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands.
    The memorandum of understanding signed between the Minister of Environment and Climate Action of the Portuguese Republic and the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Netherlands also supports the development of a hydr
  • California to ban the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035

    California to ban the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035
    All new cars and passenger trucks sold in California will be zero-emission vehicles by 2035. 
    Governor Gavin Newsom issued a mandate for a ban on the sale of new gas-powered vehicles within 15 years.
    The new order is forecast to achieve more than a 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and an 80% improvement in nitrogen oxides levels from vehicles in the state.
    According to official figures, transportation is responsible for more than half of all of California’s carbon pollution,
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  • Climate pledges 'like tackling COVID-19 without social distancing'

    Climate pledges 'like tackling COVID-19 without social distancing'
    Current global pledges to tackle climate change are the equivalent of declaring a pandemic without a plan for social distancing, researchers say.
  • China’s new net zero goal ‘could lower global warming projections by 0.3°C by 2100’

    China’s new net zero goal ‘could lower global warming projections by 0.3°C by 2100’
    China’s pledge to deliver carbon-neutrality before 2060 and see peak emissions before 2030 could lower global warming projections by as much as 0.3°C.
    That’s according to a new report by independent scientific analysis organisation Climate Action Tracker (CAT), which forecasts global temperatures would increase by 2.7°C by 2100 without the new commitment from the world’s biggest emitter.
    Scientists argue the new climate policy move, which was announced by President Xi J
  • Biffa and Nestlé Waters strike deal for recycled plastic in the UK

    Biffa and Nestlé Waters strike deal for recycled plastic in the UK
    Biffa and Nestlé Waters UK have formed a new partnership to help accelerate a circular economy for plastics in the UK.
    The sustainable waste management company will support Nestlé Waters UK to achieve its commitment of making every BUXTON® bottle using 100% recycled PET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate or rPET).
    It will do so by collecting recyclable PET bottles and reprocessing them into rPET at its recycling facility in Seaham, County Durham.
    The plant has the capacity to
  • Boris Johnson: ‘Climate action cannot be another victim of coronavirus’

    Boris Johnson: ‘Climate action cannot be another victim of coronavirus’
    The Prime Minister is reportedly set to call on world leaders to make ambitious commitments to secure the planet for the next generation as he addresses a UN Climate Action Roundtable later today.
    Boris Johnson will speak through video link and is expected to push for action on climate change.
    According to Downing Street, he will also announce the UK will co-host an event with the UN on December 12th to mark the five-year anniversary of the landmark Paris Agreement.
    Mr Johnson is expected to say
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  • New fund to pave the way for low carbon and resilient cities in developing and emerging economies

    New fund to pave the way for low carbon and resilient cities in developing and emerging economies
    A new fund that aims to help pave the way for low carbon and resilient cities in developing and emerging economies by unlocking infrastructure investment at scale has been launched.
    The City Climate Finance Gap Fund, with a target capitalisation of at least €100 million (£91.7m), has been launched by ministers and directors of the Governments of Germany and Luxembourg together with the World Bank, European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Global Covenant of Mayors.
    The Gap Fund offers te
  • The Sustainable Energy Association re-appoints Lord Best as President and welcomes Russell Dean and Graham Wright as Vice Presidents

    With the support of its members, the Sustainable Energy Association warmly welcomes both Graham Wright from Daikin, and Russell Dean from Mitsubishi Electric into their roles as Vice Presidents today and thanks its re-appointed President, Lord Best for his valuable and ongoing support.
    This announcement comes at a pivotal moment for the Sustainable Energy Association and for industry and government; the green recovery is high on the agenda and has already instigated a number of schemes to drive
  • Iberdrola launches global smart grid innovation hub in Spain

    Iberdrola launches global smart grid innovation hub in Spain
    Iberdrola has announced the launch of a new centre designed to support cutting-edge projects in smart grid technologies that benefit local industries and promote global innovation.
    The Global Smartgrid Innovation Hub, located at the company’s Distribution Operation Centre in Bilbao, Spain, will act as a platform for driving innovation, combining its technological capabilities with that of suppliers, collaborators and start-ups from across the world.
    Around 200 professionals will work on re
  • Consortium to build ‘world’s first’ 100% recyclable wind turbine

    Consortium to build ‘world’s first’ 100% recyclable wind turbine
    A consortium of companies, including ENGIE and the Denmark-based manufacturer LM Wind Power, part of GE Renewable Energy, has unveiled plans to develop what claims to be the ‘world’s first’ 100% recyclable wind turbine.
    Driven by the French research centre IRT Jules Verne, the €18.5 million (£16.9m) Zero Waste Blade Research (ZEBRA) project intends to investigate the technical, economic and environmental feasibility of thermoplastic wind turbine blades.
    LM Wind Power
  • British Olympians and Paralympians urge government to ‘race to win’ against climate change

    British Olympians and Paralympians urge government to ‘race to win’ against climate change
    A letter supported by 300 GB Olympians and Paralympians, including 37 Olympic and Paralympic Champions, has been sent to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, urging him to prioritise the environment in the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
    Among the signatories are Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe.
    They wrote in the letter: “We can sit timidly in the pack, pretending that we have no role to play in the unfolding race. Or, like the athletes, we would have watched this sum
  • This tiny device can scavenge wind energy from the breeze you make when you walk

    This tiny device can scavenge wind energy from the breeze you make when you walk
    Most of the wind available on land is too gentle to push commercial wind turbine blades, but now researchers have designed a kind of 'tiny wind turbine' that can scavenge wind energy from breezes as little as those created by a brisk walk. The method is a low-cost and efficient way of collecting light breezes as a micro-energy source.
  • New York offers $50m to boost energy efficiency of buildings

    New York offers $50m to boost energy efficiency of buildings
    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of a $50 million (£39m) challenge to increase the energy efficiency of buildings, reduce their carbon footprint and tackle climate change.
    The Empire Building Challenge aims to transform existing multifamily and commercial high-rise buildings, advancing low carbon retrofit approaches resulting in heating and cooling solutions that will increase their sustainability and energy performance.
    Buildings currently account for around 45%
  • 'Tiny wind turbine' can collect energy from a walker's swinging arm

    'Tiny wind turbine' can collect energy from a walker's swinging arm
    Researchers say device can generate sustainable power from gentle breeze Scientists have developed a “tiny wind turbine” that can scavenge energy from the breeze made while walking.Imagine rubbing a balloon on your hair for a few seconds – can you hear the crackle of static electricity, see your hair stand on end? That energy, powered by the contact and separation of two materials, can be bottled up and stored for use, according to researchers working on the device. Continue re
  • Scientists develop 'tiny wind turbine' to scavenge energy from gentle breeze – video report

    Scientists have developed a 'tiny wind turbine' that can take energy from a gentle breeze, such as that made as you walk.The device comprises two plastic strips in a tube that flutter or clap together in the presence of airflow. That energy, powered by the contact and separation of two materials, can be bottled up and stored for use, according to researchers.Scientists in China hope the device can generate sustainable power in a low-cost, efficient manner while 'overcoming the issues t
  • Greta Thunberg donates €150k for regions impacted by climate crisis

    Greta Thunberg donates €150k for regions impacted by climate crisis
    Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg has announced she will donate through her foundation €150,000 (£138k) for people fighting the climate crisis in Africa.
    The funding will be shared by organisations that work in regions swept by heatwaves, droughts and floods – beneficiaries are to include the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement for their relief work supporting people and communities impacted by recent natural disasters.
    Grants will also support Sol
  • Plans for interconnection of British and Dutch offshore wind farms move forward

    Plans for interconnection of British and Dutch offshore wind farms move forward
    The commercial development arm of National Grid, National Grid Ventures and the Dutch transmission system operator TenneT have signed an agreement to investigate the feasibility of connecting Dutch and British wind farms to the grids of both countries through subsea electricity cables.
    The plan is to develop an interconnector, which would connect up to 4GW of British and Dutch offshore wind, providing an additional 2GW of capacity between the countries.
    The project could allow both the
  • Iberdrola announces new unit dedicated to green hydrogen

    Iberdrola announces new unit dedicated to green hydrogen
    Iberdrola has confirmed its commitment to green hydrogen with the creation of a new business unit focused on the technology.
    The company has joined the technological challenge of producing and supplying hydrogen from clean energy sources, using 100% renewable electricity in its electrolysis process.
    With an investment of €150 million (£138m) and the creation of nearly 700 jobs, is developing what it claims is the largest green hydrogen plant for industrial use in Spain, which will be
  • EU proposes more efficient air traffic management to reduce emissions

    EU proposes more efficient air traffic management to reduce emissions
    The European Commission is proposing to modernise the management of airspace to establish more sustainable and efficient flight paths that can help reduce energy use and emissions.
    It is suggesting an upgrade of the Single European Sky regulatory framework, which was launched in 2004 to reduce fragmentation of the airspace above Europe and improve the performance of air traffic management in terms of safety, capacity, cost efficiency and the environment.
    The Commission proposes actions such as s
  • INEOS signs 10-year offshore wind power deal with ENGIE

    INEOS signs 10-year offshore wind power deal with ENGIE
    INEOS has struck a 10-year wind power purchase agreement (PPA) with ENGIE for heavy industry in Belgium.
    The 84MW deal is expected to reduce INEOS’ carbon footprint by around 1.1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions – the equivalent of taking 100,000 cars off the road each year.
    It is claimed to be the largest-ever industrial wind power purchase deal in Belgium.
    ENGIE will start supplying renewable power from the 370MW Norther offshore wind farm in the North Sea from January 2021.
    It
  • New sustainability reporting research reveals uplift in corporate Net Zero ambitions but a lack of clear strategy

    New sustainability reporting research reveals uplift in corporate Net Zero ambitions but a lack of clear strategy
    45% of FTSE companies are now committed to Net Zero by at least 2050, but only 16% of the index has a robust strategy to meet the global goal
    Top scoring companies this year include Unilever, BT, Landsec, SSE and NatWest Group
    Investor pressure is having a significant impact on corporate sustainability reporting
    Overall performance of index is pulled up by high performers exposing urgent action still needed by many UK companies
    Climate must be central to our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • EU investigates Belgian electricity capacity scheme

    EU investigates Belgian electricity capacity scheme
    The European Commission has launched an in-depth investigation to assess whether an electricity capacity scheme in Belgium is in line with EU state aid rules.
    Belgium notified the Commission of its plans to introduce a nationwide capacity mechanism to incentivise energy providers, including generators and demand side response operators, to offer their availability to the transmission system operator (TSO).
    It would replace the Belgian strategic reserve that was approved by the Commission in 2018
  • China vows to achieve carbon-neutrality by 2060

    China vows to achieve carbon-neutrality by 2060
    China has pledged to scale up its Paris Agreement climate target and achieve carbon-neutrality by 2060.
    Speaking to the UN General Assembly, Chinese President Xi Jinping stated the country aims to see carbon dioxide emissions peak before 2030.
    He said: “We call on all countries to pursue innovative, coordinated, green and open development for all, seize the historic opportunities presented by the new round of scientific and technological revolution and industrial transformation, achieve a
  • Airbus unveils designs for ‘world’s first’ zero-emission commercial jet

    Airbus unveils designs for ‘world’s first’ zero-emission commercial jet
    Airbus has unveiled three different designs for what claims will be the ‘world’s first’ zero-emission commercial jet.
    Named ZEROe, the planes would be powered mainly with liquid hydrogen, could potentially carry up 200 passengers and travel with a range of up to 2,000 nautical miles.
    Each of the designs represents a different approach to achieving a flight with zero emissions, using technologies and aerodynamic configurations – despite not having any detailed plans availa
  • The Coalition's tech roadmap is a strategy based on an old and discredited argument | Tristan Edis

    The Coalition's tech roadmap is a strategy based on an old and discredited argument | Tristan Edis
    There are useful elements in recent policy announcements but what we really need is a clear financial incentive to deliver emission reductions
    Stationed here in Victoria under Covid lockdown and working from home day after day it can begin to feel a bit like groundhog day.But when the Morrison government unveiled its low-emission technology roadmap – outlining its plan for how technology, not taxes, will lower our climate change emissions – I never thought I’d be reliving the s
  • Government proposes tax on gas suppliers to fund green gas production plants

    Government proposes tax on gas suppliers to fund green gas production plants
    The government has proposed a new levy to be placed on gas suppliers across the UK to fund the construction of green gas – or biomethane – production plants.
    Green gas is produced from environmentally-friendly organic waste products and using more of this gas from renewable sources to power boilers in homes or in industrial processes in factories will help reduce emissions from the gas grid while supporting the UK’s 2050 net zero goal.
    The Green Gas Levy, initially announced in
  • Norway submits plan for £2bn carbon capture and storage project

    Norway submits plan for £2bn carbon capture and storage project
    The Norwegian Government has submitted a proposal to Parliament for a new carbon capture and storage (CCS) project.
    The total investment in ‘Longship’ is estimated at NOK17.1 billion (£1.4bn) and operating costs for 10 years at NOK8 billion (£0.67bn), totalling NOK25.1 billion (£2bn).
    The government proposes to initially implement the  carbon capture technology at Norcem’s cement factory in Brevik.
    Longship will also include the Northern Lights proje
  • Arctic sea ice has reached its ‘second-lowest’ level in 42-year satellite record

    Arctic sea ice has reached its ‘second-lowest’ level in 42-year satellite record
    Sea ice in the Arctic has reached its second-lowest level in 42 years.
    That’s according to new research by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder, which found on 15th September that Arctic sea ice may have reached its minimum extent for the year, at 3.74 million square kilometres.
    That is only the second time Arctic sea ice has hit this low level since the beginning of the satellite record in 1979.
    Scientists argue the 37.7°C heatwaves in Si

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