The 24 innovative projects, from start-ups and family-run businesses to research institutes and universities, will receive funding to produce low-carbon energy using organic materials. The projects will boost biomass productivity in the UK, through breeding, planting, cultivating and harvesting of organic energy materials.
Biomass -- non-food energy crops such as grasses and hemp, forestry wastes and marine-based materials such as algae and seaweed -- is backed by the UK's independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and is a small but important part of the renewable energy mix the UK requires to meet its climate change goals.
The Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme is funded through the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio.
(Source: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Business News Wales, 26 Aug., 2021)
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Peatland covers approximately 12 pct of the land area of Northern Ireland, but 86 pct of peatlands have been damaged by pressures, including drainage, overgrazing, afforestation, burning and extraction in lowland areas.
The RSPB's analysis shows peatlands avoid 1,992 tpy of CO2 emissions -- equivalent to 5 pct of total UK greenhouse gas emissions every year. According to Martin Harper, RSPB Director of Global Conservation, "Peatlands are an incredibly important habitat in the UK both for wildlife and for storing carbon. If our peatlands are not restored, they will emit twice as much carbon as would be captured by tree planting in the Committee on Climate Change's UK forestry targets for 2050."
Despite the CCC recommendations, the government last week signed a new International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreement that will let maritime emissions continue to grow until 2030 -- an approach experts contend is unlikely to be compatible with the UK's aim to be carbon neutral by 2050.
The IMO agreement
is expected to allow emissions to grow by 14 pct by 2030, only 1 pct lower than the current expected trajectory of 15 pct growth if the sector is left to its own devices. (Source: The Committee on Climate Change, Irish Independent, Nov., 2020) Contact: The CCC, +44 (0) 75 8510 4950, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.theccc.org.uk;
IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
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The announcement earmarks next-generation wind turbines for Teeside, Humber, Scotland and Wales as part of the government's plan to raise the country's renewable energy output from 30 to 40 GWs and become a "world leader in clean power."
According to the UK Committee on Climate Change (the CCC) the UK needs approximately 7,500 offshore wind turbines to meet a carbon emissions target of net-zero by 2050. (Source: TheCCC, Energy Digital, 6 Oct., 2020) Contact: The CCC, +44 (0) 75 8510 4950, email@example.com, www.theccc.org.uk
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According the UKIFDA, biofuels would allow off-grid homes to switch to a more environmentally friendly fuel with lower carbon emissions . straightaway, with a view to fully transition over time. "Transitioning to biofuels is key in reaching both the UK Government's decarbonisation targets, and in a way that works for consumers,” UKIFDA chief executive, Guy Pulham added.
Details on the UKIFDA proposal are HERE. (Source: UKIFDA, Grampion, 28 June, 2020)
Contact: UKIFDA, Guy Pulham, CEO, +44 0121 781 7267 , firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ukifda.org; The UK Government and the Committee on Climate Change
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The report recommends government Ministers seize the opportunity to turn the COVID-19 crisis into a defining moment in the fight against climate change. To that end,
the report recommends the following investment priorities: low-carbon retrofits and buildings; tree planting, peatland restoration, and green infrastructure; strengthen in energy networks; transportation network upgrades; and moving towards a circular economy. The report also recommends:
investing in the UK's workforce with "re-skilling" and retraining programmes and targeted science and innovation funding. (Source: UK Committee on Climate Change, Website ,June, 2020)
Contact: The CCC, +44 (0) 75 8510 4950, email@example.com, www.theccc.org.uk
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Even so, Glasgow-based ScottishPower Renewables, an amalgam of the 6 largest utility companies in Scotland, reports it is planning a major expansion of onshore wind projects and has identified 100 potential onshore sites in Scotland, and a few in Ireland, according to a Guardian report.
(Source: The Guardian, Committee on Climate Change, CleanTechnica, 25 Nov., 2019) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk;
ScottishPower Renewables, Lindsay McQuade, CEO, +44 0 141 614 0000, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com
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According to the report, emissions reductions "must be vital to the whole of government and to every level of government in the UK. Policies must be fully funded and implemented across all sectors of the economy to drive the necessary innovation, market development and consumer take-up of low-carbon technologies, and to positively influence societal change."
Download the CCC Net Zero-- The UK's Contribution to Stopping Global Warming report
HERE. (Source: The Committee on Climate Change, May, 2019) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk
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The 2050 net-zero target was recently recommended by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the UK's independent climate advisory body which estimated that reaching net zero would come in at £50 billion a year. The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy puts the figure at £70 billion, according to the FT.
The Chancellor and Under-Treasurer of Her Majesty's Exchequer, commonly known as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, or simply the Chancellor, is a senior official within the Government of the United Kingdom and head of Her Majesty's Treasury. The office is a British Cabinet-level position. (£1 = $1.27 US)
(Source: Financial Times, Carbon Brief, Various Media, June, 2019) Contact: The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP - GOV.UK
www.gov.uk/government/people/philip-hammond; Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk
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To that end, both cities have set targets exceeding the Scottish government's 2045 net-zero target and that set by the UK government's Committee on Climate Change of 2050.
Achieving net-zero status involves more than reducing emissions, it also involves offsetting greenhouse gases released with initiatives such as planting trees.
Glasgow City Council is working with Scottish Power, the energy provider in charge of the UK's largest onshore wind farm near Glasgow. Glasgow's energy sector is dominated by wind power and continued investment in the electricity grid has allowed the city to focus on other parts of the economy such as transport and heating.
Edinburgh's carbon emissions have fallen by about a third since 2005, and the city council aims to continue that momentum by boosting renewable energy, making the city centre a low-emissions zone and encouraging low-carbon design for construction projects.
The city also has schemes in place to reduce waste and increase recycling.
Additionally, cyclists, pedestrians and public transport will have better access to the city centre, which will be off-limits to most cars to help cut emissions. (Source: World Economic Forum May, 2019)
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According to the CCC, net-zero
by 2050 could be achieved within a budget of 1-2 pct of GDP. It would require new policies across various government departments: low-carbon electricity would need to quadruple and low-carbon heating will be required throughout Britain building stock.
All new cars and vans should be electric by 2035 or earlier, while novel technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) will become a necessity.
Such reforms are especially urgent considering that the UK is currently set to miss its present legally-mandated target of an 80 percent cut in emissions by 2050.
(Source: Independent Committee on Climate Change, yahoo News, 30 April, 2019) Contact: Independent Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk
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Environmental groups, including to Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Biofuelwatch, the Dogwood Alliance, and the Southern Environmental Law Center, have noted that relying on woody biomass with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to achieve climate targets is "misguided" and will prove overly expensive. Biomass power generation reached a record 35.6 TWh in 2018, up by 12 pct year-on-year, according to government statistics.
The environmental organizations say the UK should rely on genuinely zero-emission renewables like wind, wave, and solar power, energy efficiency and conservation, and smart resources like energy storage, rather than woody biomass power generation. (Source: Committee on Climate Change, Renewables,May, 2019) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk
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Since 1990, the UK has slashed its carbon emissions by more than 43 pct through a combination of cleaner power and lower overall demand for electricity. The country's electricity generation declined 1 pct in 2018, reaching its lowest levels since 1994.
Despite these trends the UK is still not on track to meet its legally binding carbon target during the 2023-2027 period, known as the fourth carbon budget, according to the Committee on Climate Change, the independent panel that advises the government on emissions policy. (Source: Carbon Brief, Financial Times, Jan., 2019)
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Although the membership and scope of the new panel has yet to be announced, it is not expected to have legal authority to demand documents under subpoena. Progressive democrats
have been calling for a "Green New Deal" that promotes renewable energy and a new climate panel as part of a "green agenda." (Source: Nancy Pelosi, Various Media, AP, Guardian Various Media, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: Nancy Pelosi, https://twitter.com/search/Nancy+Pelosi
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According to the CCC report, "There is significant potential to increase domestic production of sustainable biomass to meet between 5 pct and 10 pct of energy demand from UK sources by 2050. The lower end of this range can be delivered by fully exploiting the UK's organic waste resource (after reduction, reuse and recycling) whilst maintaining today's level of agricultural and forest residue use." The report also recommends the government "not provide further policy support (beyond current commitments) to large-scale biomass power plants that are not deployed with CCS technology." It also called for the government to limit support for bioenergy use in buildings to biomethane produced from anaerobic digestion, thus creating a demand for UK sourced food and garden waste.
Access the full biomass report HERE.
(Source: The Committee on Climate Change, Nov., 2018) Contact: The Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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According to the UN Committee on Climate Change, buildings account for 50 pct or more of a city's emissions. In London, Los Angeles and Paris, the figure is pegged at well over 70 pct. In 2012, GHG emissions from buildings made up more than a third of the UK's total emissions.
The C40 Cities group is a network of 96 urban centers committed to bold action on climate issues. In addition to committing signatories to ensuring new buildings are net zero carbon by 2030, C40 members pledge that all buildings in a city, old or new, will meet net zero carbon standards by 2050.
The C40 Cities pledge is part of the World Green Building Council's (WorldGBC) Net Zero Carbon Building Commitment for Businesses, Cities, States & Regions.
The government's 2017 Clean Growth Strategy challenged UK businesses to improve their energy efficiency -- productivity by 20 pct by 2030, and the report argues distributed energy technologies could help companies achieve around half of that target. The reports says the deployment of distributed energy technologies in just half of organizations across the three sectors could achieve savings of 9 megatonnes per year of carbon dioxide equivalent for a total of 137MtCO2e by 2030.
The government's independent Committee on Climate Change has warned the UK is currently off track to meet its binding emissions goals for the late 2020s and early 2030s.
(Source: Centrica, Business Green, Oct., 2018) Contact: Centrica, www.centrica.com
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