Fast tracking solutions to climate change

Tracking turtles through affordable, ubiquitous global Satellite IoT is just the start of a revolution in climate change understanding that should herald a new era of provable, positive environmental change, explains Laurent Vieira de Mello, COO, Astrocast. In a world of global innovation and cooperation, practical solutions to the challenges created by climate change and […]

Smarter technology is needed to bolster Europe’s energy resilience

Jean-Simon Venne, co-founder and chief technology officer, BrainBox AI explains how the application of technology can smooth the way to a net zero future. In 2018 the European Commission endorsed a vision to achieve Net Zero by 2050 and called for the creation of a competitive and climate neutral economy. The invasion of Ukraine has […]

Researchers plot energy storage under our feet


Chad Augustine and his colleagues at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) see opportunity where others might simply see a hole in the ground. “It can’t just be any hole in the ground,” Augustine, a researcher with NREL’s geothermal research group, explains. The idea is to use depleted oil and gas wells as a reservoir […]

The evidence is clear: the time for action is now

In 2010-2019 average annual global greenhouse gas emissions were at their highest levels in human history, but the rate of growth has slowed. Without immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors, limiting global warming to 1.5°C is beyond reach. However, there is increasing evidence of climate action, according to scientists in the latest Intergovernmental […]

UN chief warns against sleepwalking to climate catastrophe


UN Secretary-General António Guterres has highlighted some of the progress made at COP 26 last year but pointing to the enormous emissions gap and conceded that the main problem was not solved – it was not even properly addressed.    “Keeping 1.5 alive requires a 45 per cent reduction in global emissions by 2030 and carbon […]

Optimising energy and sustainable operations


JPMorgan Chase has started to use its NextEra Energy Resources’ Optos software platform to help the global financial services firm optimise its energy use and reduce its carbon footprint. Optos is an end-to-end energy management solution that uses artificial intelligence and blockchain technology to help companies identify their carbon footprint and provide real-time and forecasted […]

Biofuels market size to surpass $201.21 billion by 2030


According to Precedence Research, the global biofuels market size is predicted to surpass $201.21 billion by 2030 from $120.60 billion in 2020, growing at a CAGR of 8.3 per cent from 2021 to 2030. The transportation fuels generated from biomass resources, such as ethanol and biomass-based diesel, are known as biofuels. These fuels are typically […]

REA call for more renewables as climate crisis’ economic hit revealed


The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) has responded to the UK’s Third Climate Change Risk Assessment forecast that two degrees warming would reduce GDP by one per cent a year by 2045, by calling for an acceleration in the deployment of renewable energy and clean technologies to reduce emissions. The new report […]

Ocean technology companies announce collaboration to propel wave energy to the next level


Wave energy companies Eco Wave Power and Ocean Power Technologies Inc. (OPT), have announced that they are working to utilise their complementary technologies and skills to accelerate global wave energy projects, under an agreement that was signed at an earlier date. The companies will work together on several fronts, including knowledge sharing, joint grant submissions, […]

Global power systems under strain as demand for electricity surges


Global electricity demand surged in 2021, creating strains in major markets, pushing prices to unprecedented levels and driving the power sector’s emissions to a record high, according to the latest report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) Electricity is central to modern life, and clean electricity is pivotal to energy transitions, but in the absence […]

Global shipping company brings net zero target forward by a decade to 2040


Shipping company Maersk has announced a new set of emissions targets, which it expects to align the company with the net zero criteria of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) pathway to limit global warming to 1.5°C. They include a societal commitment to act now and drive material impact in this decade, and a commitment […]

New partnership to deliver one gigawatt of floating offshore wind in Celtic Sea


EDF Renewables, one of the UK’s leading renewable energy companies, has announced a joint venture partnership with international renewable project developer DP Energy to generate up to one gigawatt (GW) of low carbon green energy in the Celtic Sea. The project is likely to span English and Welsh waters. The floating offshore wind project, called […]

New research suggests that winter gas crisis threatens key net zero investment


Following the gas shortage that has seen energy prices dramatically rise this winter, new research has found that 80 per cent of senior decision makers in the UK’s most energy intensive industries are concerned about these rises, putting at stake their planned investments to electrify their businesses and reach net zero. With more than 90 […]

Study shows that domestic flexibility could reduce peak electricity demand by up to 23 per cent


The UK’s largest domestic flexibility study has found that active households could significantly reduce peak electricity demand by using time-of-use tariffs. Crowdflex, undertaken by National Grid ESO, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Distribution, Octopus Energy and Ohme, investigated how 25,000 households responded to price signals by reducing or increasing electricity demand. The study analysed the […]

Lithium extracted from Cornish granite for the first time


In what is believed to be a world first, British Lithium have been able to produce lithium at pilot scale from the mica in granite at its new pilot plant near Roche in Cornwall. Funded by Innovate UK, the pilot plant has taken just seven months to design and build, and uses patented technology in […]

Global technology company releases its UK Carbon Report for 2021


The UK arm of global technology giant Siemens, which has 8,600 employees in the UK across some 25 sites, has published its 2021 Carbon Report outlining how the company will get to carbon net zero by 2030 and what progress has been made already. In 2015 Siemens committed its global organisation to achieve Carbon Neutral […]

Five predictions for the energy and utilities industry in 2022


David Hall, VP power systems at Schneider Electric UK and Ireland, outlines five directions in which the energy management revolution will move in over the next year. The global shift towards more climate-conscious energy efficiency has accelerated the need for sustainable technology to deliver a cleaner, greener, and fairer energy system. The UK’s 2050 net-zero […]

Contract awarded to deliver Dogger Bank offshore wind farm grid connection


Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK has won a contract to deliver civil enabling works on the third phase of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank. The North Wales-based civil engineering company’s activity will include trenching, duct installation and joint bays for the two-kilometre (km) connection between the site’s converter station near Redcar […]

Companies work together to develop a 200-megawatt electrolyser plant in Germany


As part of its “Growing Green” strategy, RWE announced in November that it aimed to create electrolyser capacity of at least two gigawatt (GW) to generate green hydrogen by 2030. By preselecting the technical provider for two 100-megawatt (MW) electrolyser plants in Lingen, RWE is now taking an important step in this direction: It has […]

Successful marine biofuel trials show potential to cut carbon emissions in shipping


bp and Maersk Tankers, with support from the Danish Maritime Authority, have successfully completed trials using biofuel-blended marine fuel in product tankers, demonstrating that sustainable biofuels can be used as a marine ‘drop-in fuel’ to help reduce carbon emissions in shipping. Global shipping accounts for around three per cent of the global carbon emissions. bp […]