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  • At last, divestment is hitting the fossil fuel industry where it hurts | Bill McKibben

    Trillions of dollars of investments are being taken out of carbon-intensive companies. Governments must now take noticeI remember well the first institution to announce it was divesting from fossil fuel. It was 2012 and I was on the second week of a gruelling tour across the US trying to spark a […]

  • Questions over energy firms’ £58m debt to renewables obligation scheme | Letters

    To protect customers, renewables obligations need to be managed as commercially as networks and wholesale markets, writes Stephen LittlechildReport: UK householders pick up bill for bust energy firmsThe energy regulator Ofgem has announced a shortfall of £58.6m in this year’s renewables […]

  • UK fracking policy faces court challenges

    Friends of the Earth granted judicial review it hopes will help alter planning rulesMinisters face a pair of legal challenges to their planning rules on fracking this week, from a national environmental group and the son of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.The government used its revamped […]

  • What was agreed at COP24 in Poland and why did it take so long?

    Fractious UN climate change talks ended with a deal on putting the Paris agreement into practice – but much else left unresolved‘We can move forward now’: climate talks take significant stepCountries settled on most of the tricky elements of the “rulebook” for putting […]

  • 7 Winter Homesteading Tips

    Winter always sneaks up on us. It seems to come out of nowhere, sliding in on the breeze that rustles through the autumn leaves, turning the world from golden to brown. Here are seven tips to get wintering homesteaders started. Read the full article: 7 Winter Homesteading Tips […]

  • Sellafield, former star of the nuclear age, scrubs up for a different future

    When uranium was scarce, reprocessing was all the rage. Two decades on, the Cumbrian plant, though still a major source of jobs, has outlived its missionDeep in the heart of Sellafield, Britain’s biggest nuclear waste site, a small piece of history is playing out. Technicians are about to use […]

  • Poland's deadly addiction to coal – in pictures

    Coal, known as ‘black gold’ in Poland, has helped the country achieve energy independence. However, the high-polluting fuel has been linked to serious diseases and premature death. With COP24 climate talks under way in Katowice, pressure grows on Poland to reduce its reliance on the […]

  • Can Poland wean itself off coal?

    Climate experts say the renaissance can be stopped but change must happen now – and the main obstacle is at the topPoland’s deadly addiction to coal – in picturesDisplays of coal jewellery and coal soap, coal in a glass walkway beneath your feet, coal in the air that you breathe […]

  • Environmentally-Friendly Office

    Most people spend almost a third of their lives at the office. Work-based activities can have a huge impact on the environment and sometimes we are completely oblivious to it. Read the full article: Environmentally-Friendly Offic […]

  • Clark allows increased capacity at planned gas turbine plant

    The secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has given permission to vary the development consent order for a new combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant at King’s Lynn. The post Clark allows increased capacity at planned gas turbine plant appeared first on […]

  • A smart world needs the right data

    The post A smart world needs the right data appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • How fast is the industry changing?

    We’d like to hear your views on our state of the industry research, which will feed into major reports Utility Week is running in the build up to our flagship conference and exhibition Utility Week Live. The post How fast is the industry changing? appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • What 2019 holds for utilities

    The post What 2019 holds for utilities appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • Northumbrian Water pilots large scale battery storage

    Northumbrian Water has announced a partnership with flexible energy platform Argonaut Power. The post Northumbrian Water pilots large scale battery storage appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • All six DNOs sign up to flexibility pledge

    All six of the distribution network operators (DNOs) in Great Britain have signed up to a pledge to consider flexibility services as an alternative to reinforcements when managing local grid constraints. The post All six DNOs sign up to flexibility pledge appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • Regulation ‘not fit’ for emerging decentralised energy model

    The Labour party’s energy spokesman, Alan Whitehead, told the House of Commons launch of the new report, "ReDesigning Regulation: Powering from the Future", that current regulatory arrangements look "very creaky and outdated" given the rapid changes that the industry is undergoing. The post […]

  • Black lung disease is still killing miners. The coal industry doesn't want to hear it

    Today’s black lung rates are higher than 50 years ago, affecting men as young as their 30s, and in Kentucky their right to decent healthcare is being curtailedDr James Brandon Crum was alarmed. For months, unemployed coalminers had been coming into his clinic in Coal Run Village, Kentucky, […]

  • Ecotricity wins contract with British Airways i360 in Brighton

    Green energy supplier Ecotricity has been awarded a contract with the British Airways i360 viewing platform in Brighton. The post Ecotricity wins contract with British Airways i360 in Brighton appeared first on Utility Week. […]

  • Australia’s carbon emissions highest on record, data shows

    If emissions continue at current rate, Australia will miss Paris target by 1.1bn tonnes, Ndevr Environmental predictsAustralia’s carbon emissions are again the highest on record, according to new data from the emissions-tracking organisation Ndevr Environmental.Ndevr replicates the federal […]

  • Scott Morrison and the Business Council are pushing coal – but on what evidence? | Richard Denniss

    Despite plummeting costs of renewables the government and the BCA insist that emissions reduction would be ‘economy wrecking’Fresh from losing the economic fight about company tax cuts, the Coalition government is doubling down on an economic fight about renewable energy. And yet again, […]

  • Australia turns back on allies as it refuses to cut emissions above Paris pledge

    EU and 27 countries vow to toughen commitments as environment minister’s address at COP24 UN climate change summit accused of flying in face of realityAustralia will not commit to larger carbon emissions reductions above its Paris agreement target, despite a coalition of former allies and […]

  • Climate change talks lead to heightened pledge to cut emissions

    EU, Canada, New Zealand and developing countries to keep global warming below 1.5CThe EU and scores of developing countries have pledged to toughen their existing commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to enable the world to stay within a 1.5C rise in global warming.The promise, which […]

  • The Guardian view on global warming: time is running out | Editorial

    Rightwing nationalism threatens the global solidarity needed to avoid a climate catastropheGlobal warming is a crisis for civilisation and a crisis for life on Earth. Human-caused climate change was behind 15 deadly weather disasters in 2017, including droughts, floods and heatwaves. The […]

  • We need a non-proliferation treaty for fossil fuels | Letter

    ‘Peaceful use’ of fossil fuels could mean their continued but decreasing extraction, within enforceable limits constrained by the Paris agreement goals, writes Hugh RichardsIn the face of the emerging climate emergency (Letters, 10 December) and projected unconstrained growth in global […]