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  • Ministers doing little to achieve 2050 emissions target, say top scientists

    Experts call for sweeping policy changes and warn against Heathrow expansionExpanding Heathrow airport is unlikely to be compatible with the UK’s target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, leading scientists have said, adding that government policies are lacking in many other key areas from […]

  • Who’s in the firing line for climate change litigation?

    Fossil fuel companies, energy-intensive users and even governments can find themselves in court accused of misleading the public over climate change, says Rachel Lidgate of Herbert Smith Freehills. The post Who’s in the firing line for climate change litigation? appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • Fracking protester's sentence reduced by court of appeal

    Judges say greater leniency should be shown in cases of non-violent civil disobedienceA fracking protester’s sentence has been reduced by the court of appeal, which said greater leniency should be shown in convictions for non-violent civil disobedience.Katrina Lawrie, 41, was found guilty of […]

  • Zero-carbon hydrogen injected into gas grid for first time in groundbreaking UK trial

    Blend of hydrogen and natural gas is being used to heat homes and faculty buildings at Keele UniversityZero-carbon hydrogen has been injected into a UK gas network for the first time in a groundbreaking trial that could help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.The 20% hydrogen and natural gas blend […]

  • ‘Hypocrisy’: 90% of UK-Africa summit’s energy deals were in fossil fuels

    Exclusive: Almost £2bn went to oil and gas despite a UK pledge to support cleaner energy in African countries More than 90% of the £2bn in energy deals struck at this week’s UK-Africa investment summit were for fossil fuels, despite a government commitment to “support […]

  • Regional growth and utilities

    Following the UK election result, our New Deal for Utilties series for 2020 will examine the debate about what a fairer contract for the regions, including the North, could mean for energy and water companies. In our launch report, Suzanne Heneghan explores some of the key themes arising from the […]

  • GridBeyond secures £9m investment to fund research and expansion

    GridBeyond has secured a total of £9 million from investors including the Portuguese and Irish utilities EDP and ESB, as well as the venture capital arm of the French oil giant Total. The funding will support a doubling of its workforce over the next three years, an increase in research and […]

  • ABB and Volvo Electrifying Public Transportation in Gothenburg

    Volvo and ABB are set to introduce eco-friendly electric buses in the streets of Gothenburg, Partille, and Molndal in 2020. Read the full article: ABB and Volvo Electrifying Public Transportation in Gothenburg […]

  • Zero Waste Homes – Infographic

    Zero waste homes produce little or no waste. Achieving that milestone, however, might seem insurmountable. These tips will take you a step closer. Read the full article: Zero Waste Homes – Infographic […]

  • 6 Cool Solar Panel Alternatives For Your Home

    Solar energy is clean, efficient, and appealing. However, not everyone likes a full, or complicated setup. Here are some solar panel alternatives for every household need. Read the full article: 6 Cool Solar Panel Alternatives For Your Hom […]

  • Electric batteries: the future of transportation

    How do we tackle climate change and global warming? One way could be adopting newer technologies especially in one major area: Transportation. Here's a look at some of the best electric battery technologies. Read the full article: Electric batteries: the future of transportation […]

  • Utility of the Future: The digital water market is worth $30bn worldwide

    There is a lucrative global market for digitalising water, and UK plc must ensure it gets a share – The UK Water Partnership issues a call to action. The post Utility of the Future: The digital water market is worth $30bn worldwide appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • Great Australian Bight: Wilderness Society launches legal challenge to Equinor's oil drilling approval

    Conservation group say the Norwegian energy giant refused to formally consult with affected groups The Wilderness Society has launched legal action challenging the environmental approval granted to Norwegian energy giant Equinor to explore for oil in the Great Australian Bight.The conservation […]

  • Great Barrier Reef group severs ties with Greyhound over Adani contract

    Exclusive: Bus company’s CEO Alex de Waal resigns from board of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation after support for coal project declared ‘clear conflict’A Great Barrier Reef conservation organisation has ended its partnership with bus company Greyhound just hours […]

  • Climate Assembly advisor defends 2050 net-zero target

    A leading energy academic, who has been chosen to advise the new Climate Assembly, has warned it is “one hell of a job” to decarbonise the UK economy by 2050. He was speaking ahead of the first meeting of the Assembly, which brings together 110 members of the public to try to reach […]

  • 4 Contamination Sources Polluting Our Drinking Water

    Drinking contaminated water poses a great health risk. Here are some of surprising sources of water contamination. Read the full article: 4 Contamination Sources Polluting Our Drinking Water […]

  • Wales prioritises heat pumps in vision for new homes

    Heat pumps and networks look set to be the principal means of keeping Wales’ new homes warm from 2025, according to new draft building regulations. The Welsh government’s revisions to the regulations which govern energy use in new housing say there that while there may be a role for […]

  • UK could tap into Africa's $24bn market for off-grid solar power

    Rapidly growing sector could prove lucrative as Britain seeks post-Brexit trade opportunitiesUK investors could seize a $24bn investment opportunity by helping to connect millions of people without access to electricity to off-grid home solar power systems.The market for pay-as-you-go home solar […]

  • How to Electrify Your Home (Infographic)

    The “electrify everything” movement is a trend that aims to reduce carbon emissions by converting gas-powered technologies to cleaner electricity. While not all electricity is clean yet, steps are being taken to help clean up the grid. Homeowners are preparing for this clean energy […]

  • Trump blasts 'prophets of doom' in attack on climate activism

    Comment came as Greta Thunberg demanded immediate action in DavosDavos 2020 – live updatesAnalysis: Trump hails 1tn trees plan but ignores roots of problemDonald Trump told the world’s business leaders to stop listening to “prophets of doom” as he used a keynote speech at […]

  • Khan: London’s 2030 net-zero goal is ‘colossal undertaking’

    The Mayor of London has pledged to make the capital the biggest city in the world to be carbon neutral by that start of the next decade. He said: “There’s no doubt that it’s an ambitious target and that it’s going to be hard for our city to meet, but unless London is really […]

  • Eon extends renewable energy offering to small businesses

    Eon already supplies 100 per cent renewable-backed electricity to domestic customers. It now aims to get 100,000 small businesses to sign up in the next 12 months. The post Eon extends renewable energy offering to small businesses appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • SSEN secures funds to model impact of local energy strategies

    Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks has secured £343,000 of funding from Ofgem’s Network Innovation Allowance to model the impact of local strategies on the energy system to ensure they can be successfully delivered. The post SSEN secures funds to model impact of local energy […]

  • Big oil is the new big tobacco - and Congress must use its power to investigate | Naomi Oreskes and Geoffrey Supran

    Americans had the right to know the harms of smoking. They have the right to know the harms of the energy industry, tooGreta Thunberg summed up 2019 in five words: “Our house is on fire.” In Australia, this is now literally the case.Wildfires there have been raging for more than a month […]