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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


February 17th, 2017

Are renewable energy advocates hurting the climate cause?

by Paul McDivitt   In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, the proliferation of misinformation on social media is finally getting the attention it deserves. Or so I thought. Scrolling through my Facebook news feed recently, I stumbled upon an article shared by Climate Central, a nonprofit news organization focused on climate science. “The […]


December 5th, 2014

Is waste a source of renewable energy?

by Mike Brown   Whenever you look at material produced by the developers and users of energy from waste (EfW) incinerators, you soon come across the phrase “renewable energy”. Vince Cable used the term to describe a new incinerator in Lincolnshire just last week. On the websites of companies such as Viridor, SITA, of councils from […]


September 19th, 2014

Blowin’ in the wind: the role of wind in UK energy policy

by Chloe Bines   This summer has seen record generation from wind energy, with the UK’s wind turbines delivering more energy than our declining coal plants on several days and even managing to outstrip nuclear on 29th August. Over the course of August wind energy met 10% of power demand, a substantial contribution, although still […]


July 18th, 2014

CfD FiTs: CHP-ing away at DECC’s biomass strategy?

by Adam Baddeley Is the Government’s approach to the use of biomass to meet our power needs in danger of being subverted? The renewable energy sector is a dense thicket of acronyms, denoting the range of subsidies and contracting mechanisms being used to provide support to the various technologies being used to reduce our reliance […]