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UK Commits £1.44Bn to Climate Change Fight (Int'l. Report)
G7
Date: 2019-08-30
At the conclusion of the Biarritz G7 Summit, the Uk announced it would increase its contribution to cutting carbon emissions in the developing world to £1.44 billion over the next foru years. The UK's previous contribution of £720 million between 2014 and 2019 came from the UK's Green Climate Fund (GCF). The GCF supports projects to protect and preserve natural habitats in the developing world, including in the Amazon where fires continue to rage.

The newly announced £1.44 billion funding, which will come from the UK aid budget and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), will be earmarked for tackling climate change, including wildfires.

During the Summit meeting, the G7 agreed to support a medium-term reforestation plan which will be unveiled at the UN in September. (Source: G7 Release, Various Media, Daily Mail, 27 Aug., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News G7,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emission ,  


UK Exploring Funding Options to Drive Renewables, CCUS (Int'l)
Low-Carbon Energy, UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Date: 2019-07-29
In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is touting renewable and nuclear energy fund proposals it says are critically important in reaching net-zero emissions. The proposals explore the use of the Regulated Asset Base (RAB) finance approach to attract significant private investment in major infrastructure projects like the Thames Tideway Tunnel which used the RAB model to reduce the cost of financing and risk for developers while limiting the long term impact on consumer energy costs.

The RAB funding model could also be used to reduce the costs of carbon dioxide storage. A funding model similar to the Contracts for Difference scheme, which provides developers with a set price for low-carbon electricity will be explored alongside other options to deliver investment in Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) power projects while cutting emissions. The government aims to roll out the technology at scale by the 2030s, subject to costs coming down, as part of its commitment to become a net-zero emissions economy by 2050.

To that end, the government has committed £170 million towards deploying technologies like carbon capture and hydrogen networks in industrial clusters to support establishment of the world's first net-zero industrial cluster by 2040. Additionally, industry will consider investing up to £261 million in new technologies to reduce emissions. Plans have also been announced to make it easier to recycle oil and gas infrastructure for use in CCUS projects, including using some of the 20,000 km of pipelines and depleted oil and gas reservoirs to transport and store CO2. Great Britain is aiming to completely phase out coal by 2025. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) , PR, 23 July, 2019) Contact: BEIS, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Net-Zero Emissions,  BEIS,  


2018 Record Year for UK Wind Power Generation (Int'l Report)
UK BEIS
Date: 2019-07-26
The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is reporting wind power generation in 2018 achieved record levels of 17.1 pct -- up from 14.8 pct in 2017. Of that figure, 91.pct came from onshore wind, while the balance was generated offshore. Overall, renewables generated a record 33 pct of the island country's electric power needs. (Source: BEIS, EnergyVoice, 25 July, 2019) Contact: BEIS, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  UK Wind,  BEIS,  


Notable Quote -- BEIS on Energy Efficiency, Climate Change
BEIS
Date: 2019-07-15
"We've always needed to get to net zero. The question has always been when, not if, We need an investment of £22/23 billion in business energy efficiency by 2030 to help deliver climate change. If we deliver that, we could wipe £6 billion off business energy costs in 2030.

"UK emissions have already fallen by 40 pct since 1990, while the economy has grown by over 70 pct. It will get better, and we]ve accepted the challenge to act on climate change. The government can help to make it easier and simpler for UK businesses to change for example, by making renewables and electric vehicles cheaper." -- Ben Golding, Dir., UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Contact: Ben Golding, Dir, DEIS, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News BEIS,  Energy Efficiency,  


BEIS Promoting Green Mortgages for Energy Efficient Homes (Int'l)
UK BEIS
Date: 2019-07-03
In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is reporting the launch of a £5 million fund for the financial sector to develop green mortgages and a £10 million innovation fund to cut the costs of retrofitting the UK's housing stock. The funds are part of a new Green Finance Strategy.

Green mortgages give customers discounted mortgage rates after they have upgraded the energy rating of their homes. Britain's 17 million homes are currently responsible for around 15 pct of the country's carbon emissions, according to BEIS. (Source: UK BEIS, Energy Live, June, 2019) Contact: BEIS, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK BEIS,  Energy Efficiency,  


British Steel Borrows to Meet Pre-Brexit EU ETS Rules (Int'l)
British Steel,Bexit
Date: 2019-05-06
Following up on our 15th April report on the European Union's decision to suspend Britsh Steel and other UK firms' access to free carbon permits under the EU ETS until a Brexit withdrawal deal is ratified, the UK government reports it has loaned British Steel £120 million to meet its obligations under EU ETS rules allowing industrial polluters to use carbon credits to pay for the previous year's emissions, or trade them to raise money.

Each free permit gives a firm the right to emit a tonne (1,000kg) of CO2. British Steel claims that it is discussing the impact of Brexit on its business with ministers and officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) and is in talks with Department for Business about financial assistance. British Steel has until 30 April to comply with EU emission rules. (Source: British Steel, Insider Media, 2 May 2019

More Low-Carbon Energy News UE ETS,  Carbon Emissions,  Brexit,  British Steel,  


UK BEIS Planning Building Energy Efficiency Consultation (Int'l)
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Date: 2019-04-29
In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reports it will launch a consultation aimed at identifying actions that would drive improved energy efficiency and reduced emissions in the commercial built environment sector.

According to the BEIS release, around 60 pct of the built sector is rented, creating barriers to improve energy efficiency due to complex contracts between landlords and commercial tenants which often clash with the ownership, maintenance and long lifetimes of technological improvements. Roughly 40 pct of the UK's carbon emissions come from energy consumed in buildings, according to the release. BEIS estimates a 20 pct cut in building emissions will reduce energy costs for businesses by £6 billion, £2.7 billion of which will be saved by SMEs, with a new energy efficiency targeting scheme set to be introduced to assist smaller businesses. The government's Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) came into effect on 1st April 2018, imposing new rules on both domestic and commercial properties within the private rental sector. The new rules prohibit landlords from granting a tenancy to new or existing tenants if the property has an inefficient Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating. (Source: UK BEIS, edie News, 25 April 2019, Contact: BEIS, Ben Golding, Director of Energy Efficiency, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk,www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Department for Business,  Energy and Industrial Strategy,  Energy Efficiency ,  


UK BEIS Plans Building Energy Efficiency Consultations (Int'l.)
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Date: 2019-04-26
In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reports it will launch a series of consultations on the commercial buildings sector's energy efficiency which the Ministry describes as a "huge untapped area" for improvements. The consultation is intended to identify actions that would drive improved energy efficiency and reduced emissions in the commercial built environment sector.

Approximately 60 pct of the sector is rented, creating barriers to improve energy efficiency due to complex contracts between landlords and commercial tenants which often clash with the ownership, maintenance and long lifetimes of technological improvements.

The Ministry notes its Clean Growth Strategy includes a "package of measures" to support business to improve energy efficiency and productivity by at least 20 pct by 2030 and lead to the establishment of an Industrial Energy Efficiency scheme to help large companies cut energy use and bills in commercial properties.

BEIS estimates that the 20 pct target will significantly cut energy costs for businesses and, to that end, has also launched a £315 million Industrial Energy Transformation Fund to support high energy consumption businesses with the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Elsewhere, the UK Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) came into effect in April 2018, imposing new rules on both domestic and commercial properties within the private rental sector. The rules prohibit landlords from granting a tenancy to new or existing tenants if the property has a sub-standard Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating. (Source: BEIS, edie Newsroom, 25 April, 2019) Contact: BEIS, Ben Golding, Director of Energy Efficiency and Local Department, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Department for Business,  Energy and Industrial Strategy ,  


British Steel Seeks £100Mn to Meet Pre-Brexit EU ETS Rules (Int'l)
EU ETS
Date: 2019-04-15
The BBC is reporting the European Union's decision to suspend UK firms' access to free carbon permits under the EU ETS until a Brexit withdrawal deal is ratified is behind British Steel's decision to seek a £100 million to meet EU ETS rules allowing industrial polluters to use carbon credits to pay for the previous year's emissions, or trade them to raise money.

Each free permit gives a firm the right to emit a tonne (1,000kg) of CO2. British Steel claims that it is discussing the impact of Brexit on its business with ministers and officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) and is in talks with Department for Business about financial assistance. British Steel has until 30 April to comply with EU emission rules. (Source: BBC, Steel Times, 14 April, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  EU ETS,  


BEIS Updated Short-Term Traded Carbon Values -- Used for UK Public Policy Appraisal (Int'l Report)
UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Date: 2019-04-12
In London, the attached UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy's (BEIS) short-term traded carbon values for UK public policy appraisal are used for determining the impact of government policies on emissions in the traded sector -- those sectors covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). Short-term values quoted in this paper correspond to the period up to 2030 and long-term values correspond to the period post-2030.

HERE. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, April, 2019) Contact: Gov of UK, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Department for Business,  Energy & Industrial Strategy,  Carbon Emissions,  


UK Carbon Emissions Plunge for Sixth Straight Year (Int'l)
UK Carbon Emissions, Carbon Brief
Date: 2019-03-20
Further to our 6 February coverage, the UK's carbon dioxide emissions fell for the sixth year in a row last year, the longest continuous run of reductions on record. Emissions fell to 361 million tonnes, their lowest level since 1888, according to analysis by the energy and climate website Carbon Brief.

Carbon Brief estimates emissions were down 1.5 pct on 2017 levels due largely to a continued decline in coal-fired electric power generation -- only 6 pct in 2018, according to the UK Business and Energy Department (Beis). (Source: Carbon Brief, Gibraltar Chronicle, Press Association, Others, Mar., 2019) Contact: UK Business and Energy Department, www.gov.uk/.../department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy; Carbon Brief, www.carbonbrief.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  Climate Change news,  Carbon Brief news,  


UK Carbon Emissions Plunge for Sixth Straight Year (Int'l)
Carbon Brief
Date: 2019-03-06
Further to our 6 February coverage, the UK's carbon dioxide emissions fell for the sixth year in a row last year, the longest continuous run of reductions on record. Emissions fell to 361 million tonnes, their lowest level since 1888, according to analysis by the energy and climate website Carbon Brief.

Carbon Brief estimates emissions were down 1.5 pct on 2017 levels due largely to a continued decline in coal-fired electric power generation -- only 6 pct in 2018, according to the UK Business and Energy Department (Beis). (Source: Carbon Brief, Gibraltar Chronicle, Press Association, Mar., 2019) Contact: UK Business and Energy Department, https://www.gov.uk/.../department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy; Carbon Brief, www.carbonbrief.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Brief,  


MCS Announces Battery Energy Storage Certification (Ind. Report)
Microgeneration Certification Scheme
Date: 2019-03-01
The UK national certification body Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) reports development and planned mid 2019 launch of a certification scheme for battery energy storage systems.

The new battery storage scheme will better equip the industry to roll out energy storage installations whilst ensuring consumer protection following the growing adoption of energy storage technologies to maximize renewable energy and create a flexible UK electric power grid.

MCS is a quality assurance scheme supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It provides the framework for the certification of microgeneration technologies used to produce electricity and heat from low carbon sources.

Download the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) details HERE (Source: Microgeneration Certification Scheme, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: Microgeneration Certification Scheme, Ian Rippin, CEO, www.microgenerationcertification.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy STorage,  Battery,  


Final UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions National Statistics: 1990-2017 (Int'l Report Attached)
UK GHGs
Date: 2019-02-06
The attached report from the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy provides the final estimates of UK greenhouse gas emissions going back to 1990.

Estimates are presented by source every February, and updated every March to include estimates by end-user and fuel type and are thus reallocated in accordance with where the end-use activity occurred. This reallocation of emissions is based on a modelling process: for example, all the CO2 produced by a power station is allocated to the power station when reporting on a source basis. But when applying the end-user method, these emissions are reallocated to the users of this electricity, such as domestic homes or large industrial users.

For the purposes of reporting, greenhouse gas emissions are allocated to a small number of broad, high level sectors as follows: energy supply; business; transport; public; residential; agriculture; industrial processes, waste management; land use and forestry.

Download 2017 UK Greenhouse Gas Emission Statistics HERE.

Access the UK National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory HERE. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy , Feb., 2019) Contact: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  Glimate Change,  


£20Mn Energy Storage R&D Funding Announced (Int'l Funding)
UK BEIS
Date: 2019-02-01
In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is reporting the launch of a new £20 million R&D funding competition to support and commercialize innovative long-duration energy storage technologies.

The "Storage at Scale" competition is intended to deliver up to three demonstration projects that can be built and tested by the end of 2021. Successful projects could include electricity energy storage projects with a target minimum power output of 30MW, such as compressed air, flow batteries, and fly wheels, as well as so-called power-to-x projects with a target minimum power input of 5MW where hydrogen, ammonia or biomethane could be generated from excess renewable generation and stored.(Source: BEIS, Business Green, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/.../department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News BEIS,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  


UK BEIS Updates Small-Scale Renewable Energy Support (Int'l)
UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Date: 2019-01-16
In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reports the release of its proposed guidelines intended to support the development of small-scale renewable energy technologies by ensuring remuneration for any and all electricity generated that is supplied to the grid by small-scale generators.

The proposed Smart Export Guarantee is intended to improve and replace existing Feed-in Tariff (FiT) schemes and a Generator Export Tariff incentive scheme for small-scale generators to supply electricity to the grid. Both schemes expire on 31 March,2019.

Those most obviously affected by such a shift are rooftop solar owners, but the UK boasts approximately 560,000 households and businesses generating small-scale electricity under the FiT scheme using a range of technologies including biomass anaerobic digestion, ,wind power and hydro-electricity.

The proposed Guarantee would specifically replace the FiT scheme and would require electricity suppliers to pay new small-scale energy producers for excess electricity generated from homes and businesses which is supplied to the grid. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, CleanTechnica, 13 Jan., 2019) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, https://www.gov.uk/.../department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Department for Business,  Energy and Industrial Strategy ,  


UK CCC Recommends CCS-Equipped Bioenergy Plants (Int'l Report)
UK Committee on Climate Change
Date: 2018-11-16
In the UK, a newly released study from the government watchdog Committee on Climate Change is predicting bioenergys' contribution to the country's energy mix could meet between 5 and 15 pct of the UK's energy demand and slash the UK's total emissions by 50 MtCO2e/yr by 2050. The report also estimates that as much as 65 megatons of CO2, equivalent to up to around 15 pct of current UK CO2 emissions, could be sequestered through combined biomass and carbon capture and storage (BECCS) plants.

Accordingly, the CCC recommends that the BEIS Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Department (BEIS) and Treasury create a value for removing CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it by extending carbon pricing. CCC also recommends that future biomass power plants receive government support only if they incorporate CCS technology. (Source: Committee on Climate Change, Utility Weeks, 15 Nov., 2018) Contact: CCC, Chris Stark, CEO, +44 (0) 207 591 6080, communications@theccc.gsi.gov.uk, www.theccc.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Committee on Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Biomass,  


Igloo Energy Scores Energy Consumption Research Funding (Int'l)
Igloo Energy
Date: 2018-08-20
In the UK, Southampton-headquartered energy software specialist Igloo Energy is reporting receipt of more than £1 million in grant fumding to further develop its unique energy saving software in partnership with two leading British Universities.

Igloo Energy received a £900,000 Thermal Efficiency Innovation Fund grant from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), as part of the Thermal Efficiency Innovation Fund -- a government led scheme investing up to £10 million to develop technologies and approaches to increase energy efficiency across the UK.

The grant will fund a two year project to further develop Igloo's software that identifies suitable energy efficient upgrades for customers' homes. The research will analyze customers' energy consumption using insights gained from interacting with customers and datasets that describe the homes we live in, the appliances we own and how we use them, as well as other available household data. As a result, Igloo will be able to understand the value to each customer of installing smart energy efficiency measures and provide each individual customer highly personalised recommendations to make it easier for them to reduce bills and therefore help the UK improve the energy efficiency of its housing stock.

Separately, Igloo Energy has also scored a £120,000 grant by InnovateUK to support the understanding of existing data to create more confident insights into customers energy consumption. (Source: Igloo Energy, Globe Finance & Banking, 18 Aug., 2018) Contact: Igloo Energy, Matt Clemow, CEO, +44 0 333 405 5555, team@igloo.energy, www.igloo.energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Igloo Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


UK Carbon Emissions at Victorian Era Levels (Int'. Report)
Carbon Brief
Date: 2018-07-20
In the UK, Carbon Brief, a website covering climate science, climate policy and energy policy, reports the UK's greenhouse gas emissions are 38 pct below 1990 levels equal to Victorian era emissions. Its calculations are based on the latest report from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The decline is largely attributed to an increased reliance on renewable energy sources and the drop in coal consumption which now accounts for only 5.3 pct of total primary energy consumed in the UK. The UK government has pledged to shutter all of the country's coal-fired power plants by 2025. (Source: Carbon Brief, Red,Green & Blue, Various Media, 19 July, 2018) Contact: BEIS, https://itportal.beis.gov.uk; Carbon Brief, www.carbonbrief.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News BEIS,  Carbon Brief,  Carbon Emissions,  


UK BEIS Sets 43 pct Public Sector Emissions Reduction Target (Int'l)
UK Carbon Emissions,
Date: 2018-07-11
In London, the UK Department of Business and Energy Strategy (BEIS) reports the government will increase its public sector greenhouse gas emissions reduction target to 43 pct by 2019 to 2020 based on 2009 to 2010 levels.

The new emissions reduction targets are expected to result in savings of £340 million ($452 million), and will be implemented parallel to guidance on targets for the wider public and higher education sectors., according to a statement. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy and Strategy, CleanTechnica, 9 July, 2018) Contact: UK Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark, www.gov.uk/government/people/greg-clark; BEIS, https://itportal.beis.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News BEIS,  UK Carbon Emissions,  UK Business and Energy Strategy,  


UK Energy Ministry Offices Rated Energy Inefficient (Int'l)
Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Date: 2018-06-29
In London, four of the eleven offices leased by the UK government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have scored the lowest possible "G Rating" for energy efficiency, according to the BBC. The energy display ratings are used to measure the energy performance of public buildings.

The display energy certificates show 10 Victoria Street, in Westminster, which the department leases and operates, uses twice the amount of electricity a typical office of that type. Its offices at Apex Court in Nottingham, Cheylsemore House South in Coventry, and Buckingham Palace Road in central London, also received the lowest possible G rating on their certificates. Only one building the department leases, The Observatory in Chatham, received an A rating, and the department's headquarters, at 1 Victoria Street, scored below average, with an E rating.

According to BEIS, it has saved £104 million in the last financial year through efficiency measures. Apparently, there is still room for improvement. (Source: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, BBC, June, 2018) Contact: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/.../department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Department of Business,  Energy and Industrial Strategy,  Energy Eficiency ,  


UK BEIS Supports Carbon Capture Utilization Demo (Int'l Report)
Carbon Capture
Date: 2018-06-15
In the UK, Innovate UK, Research Councils, and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) report they will invest a total of around £162 million in industrial research and innovation, including Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS).

As part of this commitment BEIS expects to invest approximately £100 million in low-carbon industrial innovation to reduce the risks and costs of accelerating the roll out of low carbon technologies which will enable UK industry to remain competitive.

Later this month, BEIS will open a £15 million Call for CCUS Innovation to offer grant funding for innovation projects that lead to significant reduction in the cost of capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide. Funding for up to 28 months will be available to 31 March 2021. BEIS will consider grants of up to £5 million for a single project.

The Call will be guided by the findings of the report of the Mission Innovation Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Experts' Workshop held in Houston last year.

As part of the government's Clean Growth Strategy, BEIS will be allocating up to £20 million to design and construct carbon capture and utilization (CCU) demonstration projects. This programme aims to encourage industrial sites to capture CO2 which could then be used in industrial applications and enable a pathway for the development of carbon capture technologies at an intermediate scale, reducing the costs and risks.

The first phase of the program focuses on initial scoping study for an engineering supplier to work on BEIS' behalf with potential host sites, carbon dioxide users and technology suppliers to produce site-specific cost estimates for deploying CCU at UK industrial sites. (Source: GOV.UK, Devdiscourse, June, 2018)Contact: BEIS, https://itportal.beis.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News BEIS,  CCS,  Carbon,  CO2,  Carbon Capture Utilisation,  CCU ,  


UK BEIS Funding Industrial Energy Efficiency Technologies (Int'l)
BEIS,Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-06-15
In London, the UK Government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reports it expects to invest around £100 million in low carbon industrial innovation to reduce the risks and costs of accelerating the roll out of low carbon technologies.

To support innovation in energy efficient technologies, the government will be investing up to £9.2 million for an Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator, to be delivered over the next 4 years. This Accelerator will seek industry-specific solutions that are close to commercialization by leveraging private sector investment and strengthening UK supply chains to reduce energy costs for UK industry.

After a competitive process, the Carbon Trust has been awarded the contract to help BEIS deliver this programme. The Carbon Trust has been holding events to engage with both industry and their suppliers, and the competition is now open to applications.

BEIS recently committed £560,000 to 2 projects in the first round of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA). The IEEA aims to broaden the range of technologies available for industrial energy efficiency. (Source: GOV.UK, Devdiscourse, 14 June, 2018)Contact: BEIS, https://itportal.beis.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


UK CO2 Emissions Dip to 1890's Levels (Int'l. Report)
UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Date: 2018-03-12
In its recently updated energy statistics, the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) found that the U.K.'s CO2 emissions levels dropped by 2.6 pct last year due in part to an almost 52 pct decline in coal consumption. Oil and petroleum usage both increased slightly in 2017, but not enough to counteract the declines in CO2 linked to other fuels, according to a Carbon Brief analysis of the BEIS data.

The U.K. aims to cut its carbon emissions by 80 pct on 1990 levels by 2050. Presently, the country's carbon emissions sit at 1890's levels. (Source: UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Carbon Brief, CleanTechnica, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: BEIS, www.gov.uk/.../department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Department of Business,  Energy and Industrial Strategy,  Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


CCSL Awarded £900,000 for Carbon Capture R&D (R&D, Int'l)
Carbon Clean Solutions
Date: 2018-02-16
A consortium led by Reading, UK-based carbon capture tech specialist Carbon Clean Solutions Limited (CCSL) reports it has been awarded £900,000 in grant funding from the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The grant will be applied to further research into lowering the cost of carbon capture technology. The ultimate aim is to develop a solution that is affordable on a large scale.

The grant funding will enable CCSL to build a large-scale carbon capture testing facility at the University of Sheffield, which will be the world's first integrated plant of its kind.

CCSL launched the world's first fully commercial carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) plant in India in 2016. The privately financed project captures CO2 at $30 per tonne. With this latest grant, it is hoped that the technology can be further refined to capture CO2 at $20 per tonne. (Source: Carbon Clean Solutions, Oil & Gas Tech., 14 Feb., 2018) Contact: Carbon Clean Solutions, +44 (0) 203865 06 39, (872) 206-0197 - Chicago Office, info@carboncleansolutions,com, www.carboncleansolutions.com; UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Clean Solutions,  


BEIS Announces Energy Efficient Homes Strategy (Int'l Report)
Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy
Date: 2017-10-25
In London, the UK government's Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reports the issuance of its Clean Growth Strategy to achieve a low carbon economy and future.

The strategy emphasizes:

  • long term goals for greater residential energy efficiency;
  • continued support for the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) policy;
  • improvd standards in new boiler installations;
  • a consultation in 2018 on how to make the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) in the private rental sector more effective;
  • establishing a clear link between cold homes and ill health, which costs the NHS £760 million per year;
  • creating the 2032 Pathway, which could see millions more properties insulated, especially those in fuel poverty;
  • a commitment for a review of building regulations for energy efficiency, following the current review on regulations for both domestic and non-domestic buildings:
  • use smart meter data to promote energy efficiency;
  • reform of Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to focus on long-term decarbonization, and others. (Source: Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy, UK Landlord News, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy, https://twitter.com/beisgovuk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


  • The Clean Growth Strategy -- Leading the way to a Low Carbon Future -- U.K.'s Clean Energy Strategy Attached (Int'l Report)
    Climate Change,Low-Carbon Energy
    Date: 2017-10-18
    In LOndon, the UK government's just-published Clean Energy Strategy which supposedly leads the way to the low-carbon future that the 2008 Climate Change Act calls for, is being widely criticized as the "same old, shop-worn green remedies -- smart meters, smart grids, EVs, hydrogen, bioenergy, carbon capture and storage, etc. -- dressed up as new solutions at an estimated cost of £20 billion over the next few years.

    Down load The Clean Growth Strategy -- Leading the way to a Low Carbon Future HERE. (Source: UK Gov., Seeking Alpha, Various Other Media, 16 Oct., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Energy,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


    UK Coal-Fired Power Plant Closures Plan Confirmed (Int'l)
    UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2017-10-13
    In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is confirming that the UK federal government is proceeding with its plan to phase out unabated coal-fired power stations by 2025 to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution.

    BEIS reiterated its decision to close coal-fired power plants following lengthy consultations with businesses, trade bodies, interested individuals and other stakeholders, the majority of which felt "there is unlikely to be a significant risk to security of supply from regulating to close unabated coal." Many industry participants concluded that regulation was "not necessarily required to drive the switch away from coal." Many underscored the effectiveness of carbon pricing -- carbon tax -- through the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) and UK's Carbon Price Support and the emissions reduction requirements under the Industrial Emissions Directive. The was "little support" for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology to be deployed to existing coal plants due to the nascent nature of this technology, high development costs and uncertain timetable for investment. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, SPG Global, Platts, Oct., 2017) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

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    Smart Energy, Energy Storage Plan Touted in UK (Int'l)
    SMart Energy,Ofgem
    Date: 2017-07-28
    In the UK, Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark is promoting an innovative plan that will transform how homes and businesses store and use energy. The plan would support innovative new technologies that give homes and businesses more control over their energy consumption.

    The proposed plan would also create opportunities and jobs in new technologies such as smart appliances, smart meters and other improvements to manage the energy system.

    The plan also recognizes the role that energy storage can play in a smart energy grid and the opportunities presented by falling costs of battery technologies designed to store surplus energy.

    The full implementation of the plan to move to a smarter energy system alongside other changes could help save as much as £40 in energy costs over the next few decades, according to research conducted for BEIS by Imperial College and the Carbon Trust. (Source: Ofgem, Various Media, 26 July, 2017) Contact: UK Business and Energy Secretary, Rt. Hon. Greg Clark, www.gov.uk/government/people/greg-clark; Ofgem, Chris Lock, +44 0207 901 7225, www.ofgem.gov.uk

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    Carbon Trust Managing IEEA Energy Efficiency Grants Scheme (Intr'l)
    Carbon Trust
    Date: 2017-07-28
    In the UK, the Carbon Trust reports it will run a new £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) launched in January by the U.K. Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). IEEA aims to support marketing, funding and co-funding of new and available energy efficient technologies from start-up and existing companies for a range of industrial sectors.

    The IEEA is funded by the Energy Innovation Programme, led by BEIS, and will be delivered by the Carbon Trust with support from engineering firm Jacobs and infrastructure specialist AMEC Foster Wheeler. Funding, which will range from £150,000 tp £1 million will support demonstration projects across the UK, is anticipated to unlock a further £11 million of private sector investments. (Source: Carbon Trust, British Palstics and Rubber, 25 July, 2017) Contact: Carbon Trust, Andrew Lever, Director of Innovation, Al-Karim Govindji, Senior Manager of Innovation, Nils Lehmann, Project Manager, +44 (0) 207 832 4773, www.carbontrust.com

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    UK Commits £246Mn to Battery Energy Storage R&D (Int'l)
    Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2017-07-26
    In London, the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is reporting the launch of the Faraday Challenge, a 4-year £246 million ($320m) investment round to boost UK-based R&D in storage technology. The funding will be distributed through three competition streams including a £45 million research competition led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and the creation of a Battery Institute -- a consortium of universities that will address the key industrial challenges in battery development.

    Additionally, Innovate UK will hold R&D competitions to bring the most promising results of the Battery Institute closer to market. The competition is aimed at finding the best proposal for a new open access National Battery Manufacturing Development facility. (Source: Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy PEI, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Prof. Philip Nelson,www.epsrc.ac.uk; Innovate UK, Ruth McKernan, CEO, +44 (0) 7766 901150, foi@innovateuk.gov.uk, www.innovateuk.gov.uk

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    UK's GHG Emissions Fall Fourth Year in a Row (Int'l. Report)
    UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2017-04-05
    in London, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS0 is reporting that Britain's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions fell by 6 pct to 466 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in 2016, compared with 2015 levels. The drop, which is being largely attributed to a decline in coal-fired power generation, marks the fourth straight yearly drop. The country's GHG emissions have fallen 42 pct since 1990, meaning it is half way towards meeting its Paris Accord target to cut its GHG emissions by 2050 to 80 pct below 1990 levels.

    Britain plans to close all coal-fired power stations by 2025 unless they are fitted with CCS technology. The UK is Europe's second-largest emitter behind Germany. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Reuters UK, 30 Mar., 2017) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

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    BSI Revises Building Energy Efficiency Specs (Int'l)
    British Standards Insitution
    Date: 2017-02-27
    In the UK, the British Standards Institution (BSI) reports it has revised and expanded its PAS 2030:2017 specification for the installation of energy efficiency measures in both commercial and residential existing buildings. The expansion includes definitive requirements for design aspects to be validated by installers, as well as specific methods, processes and procedures to be employed in commissioning installation and handover of projects.

    The PAS revision was sponsored by BEIS Home Energy and supports the government's Energy Company Obligatio nenergy efficiency scheme to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. The revisions in PAS 2030 were prompted by changes in UK legislation relating to energy efficiency and to meet the requirements of suppliers and users of energy efficiency measures.

    The revised PAS includes requirements for installation processes, process management and service provision, as well as criteria relating to installation methods, equipment, tools, product or system and material suitability. The commissioning of installed measures and the training, skills and competence of the people undertaking such installation, is also covered in PAS 2030. (Source: British Standards Institution, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: British Standards Institution, www.bsigroup.com

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