September 21st, 2018

Beyond Petroleum or Boosting Production? BP’s sustainability goals

by Alexander Boden

 

Businesses – especially energy businesses – have a huge role to play in limiting global warming. The combustion of oil-based fuels accounts for more than 50% of GHG emissions in industrialised countries. It’s hard to see a path to keeping global warming to below 2°C without fossil fuel companies committing to major changes in their business models. So, let’s look at what is being done by the world’s sixth largest oil and gas company, BP, which enjoys something of a green reputation.

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July 31st, 2018

Saving private wire: will going off grid rescue UK renewables?

by Katharine Blacklaws and Nick Churchward

 

What can be done to boost new deployment of subsidy free wind and solar in the UK?

Eunomia’s recent report ‘How Data Can Inform the Deployment of Renewable Electricity Generating Capacity’ shows that since 2015 there has been a major downturn in the number of projects of these two leading forms of renewable electricity generation entering planning. Just 29 large scale renewable energy projects became operational in the first half of 2018, which is less than 15% of the figure for the same period in 2017, while the generating capacity entering service fell by two thirds to 1GW.

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March 29th, 2018

Networking opportunity: cutting carbon emissions with heat networks

by Molly Hickman

 

Through the Climate Change Act, the UK is committed to reducing its carbon emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. Central to meeting this important goal is the decarbonisation of heat: according to government data, in 2009 heating-related emissions accounted for 38% of the UK’s carbon footprint.

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January 12th, 2018

Too much wind power?

by Duncan Oswald

 

Before being welcomed into the magical world of Eunomia, I spent many happy years designing and installing wind turbine and on-site energy management systems in some of the most remote, beautiful (and hostile) environments in the UK.

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August 25th, 2017

What next for the electricity grid?

by Katharine Blacklaws

 

What does the UK need if it is to meet its Carbon Budget commitment to reducing carbon emissions? Perhaps the first thing you might think of is reducing the amount of energy we use, by improving the energy efficiency of our homes and businesses. Or you might think of the need for more generation capacity for renewable energy, perhaps wind farms or solar panels. But a critical and often under-appreciated constraint is the vital infrastructure that underpins the whole system: our electricity network.

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August 4th, 2017

Myth takes: renewables consume more energy than they produce

by Peter Jones

 

I had a kitchen contractor over to quote for some work in my house. As he ran a company that specialised in using reclaimed wood, the conversation turned to green issues – and let’s just say he wasn’t averse to sharing his opinions. “Those wind turbines,” he grumbled, “they’re an eyesore and they’re not even carbon neutral.”

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May 19th, 2017

Improving consumer engagement with the energy market

by Molly Hickman

 

The Conservative manifesto for the 2017 general election includes an energy price cap for the single variable tariff. While the aim is to “protect energy customers from unacceptable rises” there are worries that such a policy would lead to reduced competition and pricing issues in the long run. The rationale for the proposed price cap may be questionable, but it has at least brought the topic of energy back into the news; a lack of consumer engagement is a significant and ongoing issue within the sector, affecting the bills people pay and the amount of energy they use.

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