Rapid decarbonisation of the UK’s power grid is possible by 2030 without relying on “expensive and controversial” nuclear, biomass or carbon capture and storage (CCS), according to a new report.
The paper – which was commissioned by the US-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and compiled by Vivid Economics – concluded that wind and solar can provide more than 60% of total electricity by 2030.
Already planned or existing nuclear and natural gas capacity could provide the remainder, i...
Scotland is on course to exceed its 2020 climate change targets after a 49% drop in greenhouse gas emissions.
Pollution fell by 49% between 1990 and 2017, according to the latest Scottish Government statistics, with carbon dioxide emissions down 50%.
Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “We must go further and faster if we are to meet our responsibilities to our children, grandchildren, and future generations.
“Our ambitious Climate Change Bill will ensure we do exactly that – b...
Decarbonising the economy also offers significant opportunities for UK businesses to boost their competitiveness, according to a new report.
The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) and RenewableUK examined how industrial energy users and renewables generators are working with the system operator to balance the grid.
They looked at how intensive users are being flexible by ramping up or decreasing their demand on the grid when it is most needed, in response to a signal or incentive.
Academics at the University of Cambridge have warned of an approaching “carbon bubble” that could trigger a global financial crisis as energy efficiency and renewables trigger a drop in demand for fossil fuels.
Writing in scientific journal Nature Climate Change, the researchers called for a “carefully managed” shift to low-carbon investments and policies to deflate the bubble.
Computer simulations created by economists and policy experts suggest that fossil fuels could shift from being high-v...
Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones has offered £200 million of funding for the Swansea Bay tidal project if the UK Government gives the go-ahead for the scheme.
Jones has written to UK Energy Secretary Greg Clark telling him the project needs an “appropriate” contract for difference, as proposed by the Hendry Review last year.
“In broad terms, my proposal would be for the offer to comprise a Welsh Government commitment to an equity and/or loan investment of £200m, with the UK Government committ...