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  • Scott Morrison's climate language has shifted – but actions speak louder than words

    Analysis: The PM changed tone as soon as Joe Biden was projected likely next US president. Will a policy pivot follow?Scott Morrison’s language about Australia adopting an emissions reduction target of net zero by 2050, and about climate action more generally, is starting to warm up. The […]

  • Heat pumps: have a cosy home without warming the planet

    Home owners can get help from government schemes but do they really cut costs?When Graham Davidson and his wife, Pauline, retired to a bungalow in Norfolk three years ago they ripped out the old boiler and replaced it with an air source heat pump at a cost of £10,000. But this pricey […]

  • O’Neill to speak out on COP26 sacking

    Claire O’Neill will break her silence next week on the government’s handling of COP26, ten months after she was sacked from the presidency of the UN climate summit. The BEIS select committee will also hear from the EU’s ex-lead negotiator on climate issues. The committee’s […]

  • UK’s nuclear sites costing taxpayers ‘astronomical sums’, say MPs

    Public accounts committee says ignorance, incompetence and weak oversight to blameThe Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has a perpetual lack of knowledge about the state and location of waste on the 17 sites it is responsible for making safe, a powerful committee of MPs has found.This results […]

  • Wind sector provides funding to stop turbines blocking air defence radar

    The offshore wind sector is providing millions of pounds of funding to the Ministry of Defence to identify ways of allowing wind turbines to be deployed in areas where they have previously been blocked due their impact on air defence radar. The money will be used by the ministry to test a range of […]

  • Low-carbon auctions ‘no longer technology neutral’

    The introduction of a three-pot structure for future Contracts for Difference auctions means they are effectively “no longer technologically neutral”, an analyst has told Utility Week. James Brabben, wholesale manager for Cornwall Insight, said the decision is nevertheless the right one […]

  • NIS proposes net-zero duty for regulators

    The government has backed handing utility regulators a new net-zero duty and signalled moves to split off the Electricity System Operator from National Grid. Utility Week’s policy correspondent David Blackman delves into the government’s newly published National Infrastructure Strategy […]

  • Utility Week Explains: How connected technology can help to improve health and safety

    This Utility Week Explains in association with MSA Safety io looks at how wearable and smart technologies connected to cloud-based services is emerging to better monitor the amount of time workers spend in hazardous areas, improve the prediction to exposure of toxic gases, and help boost […]

  • Narrabri gas project should not have been approved while Santos plans remain uncertain, opponents say

    The miner has not revealed which parts of the Pilliga forest will be cleared and what it means for groundwater and threatened speciesOpponents of Santos’s $3.6bn Narrabri gas project say it should not have been approved given the company has not explained which parts of the Pilliga forest […]

  • 3 Reasons Why the Ocean is Recovering During Covid-19

    Learn about the various ways the ocean has recovered during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read the full article: 3 Reasons Why the Ocean is Recovering During Covid-19 […]

  • EU 'did not properly consider conflicts of interest' over BlackRock contract

    Hiring of investor to advise on environmental regulation for banks looked into by watchdogThe EU did not properly consider conflicts of interest when it hired the US investment manager BlackRock to advise on environmental regulation for banks, an influential watchdog has said.The European […]

  • More than 60 Australian coal-carrying ships kept waiting to unload off ports in China

    Labor presses Coalition to explain what it knows about delays as pricing agency says Beijing appears to be ‘singling out’ Australian importsMore than 60 ships carrying Australian coal have been stranded at sea – some for months – while waiting to enter Chinese ports, […]

  • The Morrison government has abrogated responsibility for acting on the climate crisis to the states | John Hewson

    It has fallen to the states to lead with more realistic targets, strategies and attempted policy responsesA colleague commented to me recently: “Where would we be without the states leading and driving the response to Covid-19?”It made me think. To cut through all the spin, […]

  • Mark Latham 'filibusters' on NSW energy bill, forcing upper house to sit around the clock

    One Nation MP moves hundreds of amendments in attempt to stop electricity infrastructure roadmap being passed this yearThe New South Wales parliament has been forced to sit around the clock in a bid to pass a landmark energy bill which the One Nation MP Mark Latham is seeking to block by moving […]

  • Best Eco-Friendly Gifts for Teenagers

    If you’re looking for some of the best eco-friendly gifts for teenagers in your life, here are some options you should explore.      Read the full article: Best Eco-Friendly Gifts for Teenagers […]

  • AIA sponsorship is stain on Spurs shirts, say Kick Out Coal campaigners

    Hong Kong-based insurance company holds stake of at least $3bn in coal projectsTottenham Hotspur may be top of the Premier League for a change, but the climate credentials of its shirt sponsor AIA are among the lowest of any club in the country, according to a new report by fossil fuel divestment […]

  • Floating wind in shallower waters allowed to bid for CfDs

    The government has revealed plans to open up fresh swathes of the UK’s offshore waters to floating wind by allowing turbines deployed in shallower depths to bid for Contracts for Difference (CfD). The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy made the announcement as part its […]

  • PPAs signed for first two phases of Dogger Bank

    SSE Renewables and Equinor have announced that 15-year offtake power purchase agreements (PPAs) have been signed for the first two phases of the Dogger Bank windfarm. The deals to buy the power generated by the first two phases of the wind farm follow the conclusion of a competitive bidding process […]

  • 5 Simple Ways to Help Your Small Business Go Green Today

    Going green in your small business not only saves money, it demonstrates industry leadership in promoting sustainable businesses. Here are five simple ways to go green at your workplace while creating a "future-proof" business. Read the full article: 5 Simple Ways to Help Your Small Business Go […]

  • Deal agreed to build UK’s largest community-owned solar park

    A deal has been agreed to build the largest community-owned solar park in the UK, which will generate 18GWh of electricity per year. Renewable investment company Low Carbon has struck an agreement with Oxfordshire-based social enterprise Low Carbon Hub for the rights to its 19MW Arncott Solar […]

  • Stark says hydrogen town plan is ‘on the edge of feasibility’

    The chief executive of the Climate Change Committee has welcomed Boris Johnson’s bold pledges on decarbonisation of heat but questioned whether the goal of having a whole town heated by hydrogen by 2030 is actually feasible. The post Stark says hydrogen town plan is ‘on the edge of […]

  • Federal government gives environmental approval to controversial $3.6bn Narrabri gas project

    The approval is the final major regulatory hurdle for the project, but environmentalists and critics have vowed to keep fighting itThe controversial $3.6bn Narrabri gas project that would drill up to 850 wells in grazing land and forest in northern New South Wales has been given environmental […]

  • Future-proofing your lines of communication

    Utility companies rely heavily on SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems to monitor and manage critical infrastructure. The planned UK PSTN network end-of-life in 2025 has created a sizable problem for the sector to solve. Not only does industry need a viable technological […]

  • UK government to subsidise onshore renewable energy projects

    Energy companies will compete for contracts in auction at end of 2021The government plans to double the amount of renewable energy it will subsidise next year after agreeing to include onshore wind and solar power projects for the first time since 2015.Energy companies will compete for subsidy […]