EU carbon market emissions rise for first time in 7 years

Stronger industrial output pushed up Europe’s carbon dioxide emissions for the first time in seven years, according to new analysis.

Carbon analysts at Thomson Reuters examined data from the European Union (EU) Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which covers about 45% of the union’s output.

Ingvild Sorhus, lead carbon analyst at Thomson Reuters, said: “The European economy grew 2.5% last year.

“Solid growth in the European economy resulted in increased activity leading to higher emissions.”

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£60m Scottish hydro investment plans announced

GFG Alliance, an international energy group led by industrialist Sanjeev Gupta, has unveiled plans to invest nearly £60 million over the next two years into the Scottish hydro-electric power sector.

The group voiced its ambitions after buying hydro developer Green Highland Renewables (GHR).

GFG wants to build or upgrade 12 hydro schemes in the Highlands by 2021.

The group owns an aluminium smelter in Fort William and a neighbouring 114,000-acre estate where it wants to build a 400-worker alloy...

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Solar overtakes fossil fuels in 2017 generation capacity boost

A record 98GW of solar capacity was installed globally during 2017, eclipsing the 70GW of fossil fuel capacity that was added, a new report has found.

China accounted for 53GW of solar’s total.

Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, which compiled the report alongside the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), said: “We are at a turning point ... from fossil fuels to the renewable world.

“The markets are there and renewables can take on coal, they can ...

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10/04/2018 - Sector Round-Up

Galloper hits full power

The Galloper wind farm off the coast of Suffolk is now running at its full 353MW capacity.

Developer Innogy, which began constructing the offshore wind farm 18 months ago, said its 56 turbines were now all connected to the grid.

Project Director Toby Edmonds said: “Getting all the turbines switched on means we’ve done it and in record time.”

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Google achieves green energy target

American technology giant Google has met its goal of...

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Policy overhaul urged to unlock billions in green investment

A major report has called for the UK’s green finance policies to be overhauled to unlock the billions in investment needed for the low-carbon transition.

The Green Finance Taskforce, an alliance of organisations across the sector, argues that aims that “unprecedented levels of investment” will be required for the UK to lead the world in cutting emissions and drive economic growth.

It believes the low carbon transition taking place across the world presents a huge opportunity for the UK but also ...

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Another record year for wind energy

Renewable industry leaders have hailed official figures which show that wind generated 15% of the UK’s entire electricity demand in 2017 – the highest annual amount ever - up from 11% in 2016.

Renewables overall provided 29.4% - up from 25%.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s “UK Energy Statistics Report” reveals for the first time that onshore wind generated 8.5% (up from 6% in 2016) and offshore wind provided 6.2% (up from 5%), due to increased capacity and higher...

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Key role for demand reduction to boost energy security

Energy efficiency and energy demand reduction have a key role to play in strengthening energy security, a report by the UK Energy Research Centre has said,
It said reducing energy demand reduces exposure to risks such as price shocks and energy shortages.

The report also found that the relationship between decarbonisation and energy security is “not straightforward” and argues that many of the risks can be mitigated and security of the electricity and gas system can be improved significantly by...

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Updating wind farms could lead to cheap power boost

Repowering UK onshore wind farms as they reach the end of their operating lives would be a highly cost-effective way to increase generation of cheap, low-carbon electricity, a report has argued.

Upgrading wind farms that will reach the end of scheduled operation in the next five years with the latest and most efficient turbines would increase the UK’s generating capacity by more than 1.3 gigawatts (GW) compared with a scenario in which turbines are taken down at the end of their lives,...

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New centre to focus on energy demand

A new research centre is being set up with £19.5m of funding to study energy demand in the UK.

The UK Centre for Research on Energy Demand (UKCRED) is being backed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The centre will look to focus on the energy demand aspects of the transition to a secure and affordable low carbon energy system.

Over 40 academics

Professor Nick Eyre of the University of Oxford who will lead the...

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Brexit risks to Scottish renewables highlighted

Brexit poses a skills and supply chain risk to Scotland’s renewable energy industry, its First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told delegates at Scottish Renewables’ conference.

Sturgeon urged the UK government to protect the sector from potential Brexit impacts and to provide further clarification regarding its effects on the industry.

“If we are taken out of the single market, it will hinder our supply chain and reduce our skills base,” said Sturgeon.

“If we are outside the internal energy market it ...

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